Champion trainer Samantha Rawson is a Certified Canine Behaviour and training consultant. She is a regular contributor on radio nationwide and has been a recent contributor to the Ray D’arcy Show on RTE Radio 1. Her mission is to facilitate a mutually respectful relationship between dogs and their owners based on good clear communication, TRUST and the art of compromise.
She is a member of the British Kennel club KCAI scheme for dog training instructors and is an Irish Kennel club approved obediance and working trials judge.
Samantha has adopted several dogs over the years, and currently shares her home with five dogs and five hens!
She has trained two rescue dogs to become Irish working trials champions. Battersea’s Best to Pele (aka Pele) from Battersea Dogs Home London and Ryan’s Daughter (aka Sassy) who was a pup destined for Ennis Dog Pound.
Sassy was the IKC top working trials dog for 2014. 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 1995 Samantha was the first dog trainer in the Republic of Ireland to become a member of the British Association of Professional Dog Trainers. In 2004 she was awarded her qualification in Applied Animal Behaviour from the University of Southampton. She has also been awarded a certificate in Communication and Counselling Skills from NUI Maynooth. As a committed life long learner Samantha is committed to her continued professional development and has attended many dog training courses and seminars (too numerous to mention) Her most recent seminar was with APBT Ireland presented by John Bradshaw in 2018. In recent years she has focused on dog training and behaviour services and has been busy competing in Working Trials here and in the UK where Sassy competed at the top level and achieved her UK titles Companion Dog excellent. Utility Dog excellent Working Dog excellent and Tracking Dog excellent.
Samantha says it as she sees it
With twenty six years of professional experience Samantha has the knowledge and the skills to deal with almost any problem from house-training puppies to more complex behaviour problems of aggression and fear based issues. Samantha has worked with all sorts of dog breeds and sizes and ages, all with different personalities from the shy nervous dogs to the over confident ones who present unique challenges.
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With a genuine interest in people and their dogs as she believe every relationship between a dog and it’s owner is unique. Her success is based on her respect for both dog and owner and her belief in honesty at all times. Samantha can empathise with every situation and has lots of practical advice.