Animal Actors at Fircroft

Mary and Rita have been sourcing, training and handling animals on set for Movies and TV commercials for over 30 years. 

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Dog Training at Fircroft

snippet2Mary Owens, vastly experienced dog trainer runs our dog training and puppy obedience classes tailored to suit each pet dog.

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Dog Boarding Kennels at Fircroft & Cattery

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Fircroft Dog Training DVDs

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Animal Actors at Fircroft


Fircroft Animal Actors started by Mary & Rita in the early '80.  Mary's dog Tansy was Studio dog in RTE's Youngline and Rita's dog Zaffle became Paddy Clarke's dog Snaffles in the now famous RTE soap Fair City. 

Mary & Rita's background is in animal training and behaviour and they keep themselves up to date with the latest motivational and humane methods while training their animals to enjoy learning. This results in happy, confident and reliable performances.


Film & TV work

Fircroft's trained dogs and other animals are well known throughout Ireland, UK & USA within the film industry.  A Documentary on Rita & Mary’s film and T.V. work was commissioned by R.T.E in 2002 produced and directed by Gillian Marsh (GMTV).

Directors, Agencies, Production Companies and Photographers -

We can source whatever creatures - be they fur, fin, feather or fangs to meet your requirements.  All will be of suitable temperament and will be handled on set under the supervision of Rita or Mary.  All action must be discussed and agreed in advance of shooting. 

Our aim - 

To provide stress free performances from any animal handled by us on set, in accordance with AHA standards, Mary & Rita  


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What Our Customers Say

jrTo Mary, The greatest dog trainer Ireland has ever produced,"

John Rogerson - world renowned dog trainer and canine behaviourist

bf copy"My dogs are a constant source of companionship and fun. Mary has been training dogs for years and years. She has trained hundreds of dogs for Television & Film, she is the perfect person to teach us".

Brenda Fricker, Oscar winning Irish actress and passionate animal lover

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