Down Dog Training & Behaviour was set up by Carol in 2008 and has grown from strength to strength. In preparation for the forthcoming 10 year anniversary in 2018 there are quite a few exciting changes planned! Watch this space.....
All training is done with positive, reward based methods. Down Dog's aim is for everyone to enjoy, understand, and have fun with, their dogs.
CAROL CLARK (Owner, lead trainer and behaviourist)
Carol has the honour to be the first Kennel Club Accredited Instructor for Companion Dog training (at advanced level) in Northern Ireland and the first and only Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in Behavioural Training in Ireland.
Carol has over 35 years experience of dog training and behaviour work and there's not a lot she hasn't seen or done! She holds the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (with Distinction), is a Guild of Dog Trainers Master Trainer (GoDT 138) and is a Qualified International Dog Training Instructor member.
Her passion is teaching people how to understand, train and help their dogs.
GARETH SMYTH (Trainer)
Gareth has been involved with dogs his whole life. He attended a Down Dog puppy course in 2013 and was so impressed he came to join us!
Gareth has completed the Think Dog course with Sarah Whitehead and has undertaken several other courses with top international trainers including Ian Dunbar and John Rogerson. He has been with Down Dog since 2014 and progressed through assistantship to become a Trainer in 2017.
He competes successfully in KC Rally. He runs the Perfect Pet courses and also assists with the behaviour 1-2-1 work. He has been instrumental in helping develop and running Down Dog's successful real life training courses.
LAURA WARD (Assistant Trainer)
A lifetime dog owner, Laura has been working and volunteering with dogs since the age of 14. She has always had a keen interest in behaviour and, inspired by our positive training methods, came to Down Dog in January 2017.
Laura has been honing her skills in dog training under Carol’s instruction and is becoming a very able assistant. She has completed online training with Sarah Whitehead and Susan Garrett and is attending further training courses with two more of the world's top trainers in 2018.