About Samantha

Champion dog trainer Samantha Rawson is a Certified Canine Behaviour and training consultant. She is a regular contributor on radio nationwide including The Ray D’arcy Show on RTE Radio 1.  Her mission is to be an advocate for the dog and act as a mediator between the canine and human species  in order to  facilitate a mutually respectful relationship between dogs and their owners based on Knowledge and understanding of  Canine and human psychology, learning principals, and animal welfare. To build a bond between the dog and the owner based on good clear communication  understanding patience trust and the art of compromise.  Samantha is a member of the Irish Kennel club and is an  approved obedience 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 2005  she was awarded her qualification in Applied Animal Behaviour from the University of Southampton. She has also been awarded a Certificate in Counselling Skills from NUI Maynooth 2007 and her Train the Trainer Certificate in 2017.  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)  most recently with APDT Ireland  presented by John Bradshaw in 2018.  Presently Samantha is studying for a degree in Law with IT Carlow.  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 more than  twenty seven  years of professional experience Samantha has the knowledge and the skills to deal  from house-training puppies to more complex behaviour problems of aggression, separation related issues, fear based issues and rebuilding the trust of re homed or rescue dogs. Samantha has worked with   a wide variety and breeds of dogs, all with different personalities from the shy nervous dogs to the over confident ones who present unique challenges.

  • 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 has the knowledge understanding and the skills to help you and your dog.