Fircroft Dog Training School

Fircroft Ethics

Dog training at Fircroft is not based on fear - We do not train using choke chains, electric shock collars or physical punishment. We do not believe in punishing any dog for getting things wrong - instead we actively teach our canine pupils how to get things right. We motivate them through play and reward to want to learn and to enjoy their lessons and to become happy, responsive model canine citizens.  

Fircroft Dog training Schools offer: 

Residential companion dog obedience training courses

This includes training the handler or owner.

Clicker training classes

Puppy training programmes

Specialist tuition for students with learning difficulties

Dog Training/ Problem solving - fearfulness, aggression etc.


Canine behavioural Training Problem solving

Problem solving at Fircroft Dog Training Centre is enlightened and humane. It is based on sound behavioural modification principles developed through years of study and practical hands-on experience. All work is under the supervision of training director Mary Owens, KCAI, CDa, COa.  ANCAB

‘First do no harm’ - We base our dog training programmes on this ideal. It is critical before implementing any remedial program that the trainer is cognisant of possible adverse knock-on effects. This is important in order to avoid creating new problems while trying to cure existing ones.

At Fircroft Dog Training Centre dogs showing distressing or certain types of aggressive behavioural problems will be carefully assessed and a programme, appropriate to the individual dog, will be designed to help modify the undesired behaviour.

Residential Dog Training

Companion dog Obedience - Foundation course. level 1.

Our foundation course is suitable for all varieties of adolescent and adult dogs. It is also very suitable for puppies once they have been fully vaccinated. At the end of this course you will see your dog on video happily obeying in a controlled environment without distractions. 

Our popular foundation companion obedience course is a 12 day residential course. When you leave your puppy or dog with us you take home a copy of our dog training DVD. This is your ‘homework’ to be studied while your dog is with us. It is important to familiarise yourself and your family with our handling techniques, key words and the behaviour motivation principles on which we base our training. It also allows you to see the standard you can realistically expect your dog to achieve.  On completion of the course we do a short DVD showing what your dog has achieve. Both DVDs act as reference for you when continuing your training at home. The course ends with a handling lesson for you with your dog. We encourage owners to report in from time to time on their dogs progress, our ongoing support is always available.

Foundation Course content: 

Good Management – how to prevent your dog from practicing undesirable behaviour.

Good House Manners -  teach your dog not to jump up, playbite, pester for attention, bounce on the furniture, barge through doors.

Canine Social Skills – teach your dog to enjoy being groomed and to be safe when handled.

Basic obedience– We teach your dog, without distractions - to come promptly when called, to walk quietly on lead, to sit, lie down and stay for a short while.


Residential Dog Training Course 

level 2 - introducing distractions

(This course is for dogs that have completed our Canine Foundation Obedience course level 1)

'my dog is very good at home but a nightmare to take out'

The biggest single cause of failure in dog training is distractions. At Fircroft we teach your dog to obey in the presence of very lively distractions.

This 12 day training course teaches your dog to ignore enticing and distracting situations and be responsive and obedience to you.

As with our Foundation Companion Dog Training Course there is a DVD of your dog's achievement and a comprehensive handling lesson for you at the end of your dog’s stay with us.  


Specialist Dog Training Tuition

Individual programmes for clients with special needs. Price on request.


We recommend you come visit us at Fircroft, see our facilities and meet our trainers.  Visitors are always welcome, visiting hours 10.30 until 3pm daily.  

Booking In

Please email us at or phone us at 045 524250 to speak with one of our trainers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.



Please note no dog will be accepted into Fircroft without up to date appropriate vaccines including canine cough and worming. Vet card must be produced. 








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Co Kildare, Ireland