Who are Dtail?
We are obedience trainers, agility trainers, working trials trainers and dog behavioural specialists. As professionals we recognise that there is a need to bring together those trainers who have been working in this field for a long time even before there were training courses specialising in teaching these skills. We also acknowledge that there are people new to this subject who may have completed training courses, but lack the actual hands on experience which is essential in this area of work.
What are our aims?
To acknowledge and welcome dog trainers in Ireland regardless of qualifications or experience.
To openly share and discuss information relating to all aspects of dog training.
To develop and implement certified training on this subject.
As an organisation to act as a source of education and information to the public regardless of their affiliation with any other group.
What are our objectives?
To establish an organisation which values and utilises the skills of its members and bring together those who are working in the field as professional dog trainers along with those who wish to become dog trainers.
We will value the life long skills brought to the group by our long established and respected dog trainers and treat equally all members respecting the skills, experience and educational qualifications they bring to the group.
We will adhere to our code of conduct.
How can we be contacted?
The simplest way to get in contact with us is to send an email to
, or alternatively you can ring our secretary, Siobhan, on 086 32 181 32.
Who is on the board?
Director: John Ward
John is an Agility and Obedience Trainer with 24 years experience in training dogs, and currently runs two training centers in Dublin & Leitrim. He has attended numerous training and dog related seminars over the years and achieved judging status for Dog Training competitions in 1992.
John was the first winner of the AIB All Irelands Agility Dog award in 1990 with his German Shepherd dog "Rocky" and then went on to win two Irish Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Awards with his German Shepherd "Smokie". He has also appeared on TV3's Ireland AM and RTE's Beastly Behaviour. John's website is www.DublinDogTraining.com
Secretary: Siobhan Owens
Siobhan has been working with animals since 1989 when she started volunteering with the DSPCA clinic in Ballymun. She does volunteer work for Dogs Aid Animal Sanctuary, fostering pups that have been handed into the sanctuary and helping to find homes for them. She also works with older dogs from the sanctuary, especially the ones with problems, and gives them some training before they are re-homed. Siobhan qualified as a Pet Psychologist in 2006 and also got her Diploma in Holistic Animal Healing 2006.
Mission Statement: To keep pets with their owners, by helping owners have a greater understanding of why their dog is behaving the way it is. And to do this with patience, understanding and respect for owner and dog. Siobhan's website is www.DublinPetSchool.com
Chairperson: Caroline Woods
Caroline started dog training with the family dog when she was 11. She has competed in obedience ever since she got her own dog in 1972 and when agility and trials got up and running in the '80s she competed in these disciplines also. She moved to Ireland in 1974, and in 1976 she co-founded Northside Dog Training Club.
Caroline first started teaching obedience classes in 1984 and in 1986 she founded Blanchardstown and District Dog Training Club along with others. She has been the I.K.C. rep for Northside and Working trials Club of Ireland. Caroline is currently responsible for the working trials training section of the Working trials Club of Ireland.
Helen Ward - Treasurer
Jonathan Owens - Webmaster