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, senior trainer)
Carol has the honour to be the first Kennel Club Accredited Instructor for Companion Dog training (at advanced level) in Northern Ireland. She is currently awaiting KC accreditation in Behavioural work too.
Carol has over 35 years experience of dog training and behaviour work and there's not a lot she hasn't seen! She holds the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (with Distinction), is a Guild of Dog Trainers Master Trainer (GoDT 138) and is a Member of the Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers (PAACT 0011).
In her younger days she competed successfully with her dogs in various dog sports including competitive obedience, working trials and agility. But as time went on she became more and more interested in training and behaviour. Every dog she see teaches her something.
GARETH SMYTH (Assistant 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 has been Assistant Trainer since 2015.
He has competed successfullly in KC Rally. He helps run the Perfect Puppy and Perfect Pooch courses and also assists with the behaviour 1-2-1 work. He has been instrumental in helping develop and running Down Dog's successful Putting it into Practice real life training courses.