About Mary & Rita


Mary's Philosophy -

"Society does not oblige us to keep dogs or other animals, therefore, those of us who choose to own animals have an obligation to society to ensure that our animals do not in any way detract from the quality of life of our fellow man. To achieve this we who own animals must care for their welfare and teach them how to become socially acceptable companions, who are a joy to own and an asset to our community"   Mary Owens, KCAI adv, A.NCAB.

Our Pedigree: 

Training Director:
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Mary Owens, KCAI, A.NCAB (The Kennel Club Advanced Accredited Instructor) and Assocate of John Rogerson - Northern Centre for Animal Behaviour, UK. Dogs and other animals trained by Mary have featured in many feature films, TV series and commercials. Mary is a familiar face to Irish & Uk television audiences through her work on RTE’s Young Line, Live at Three, PM Live, The Late Late and TV3. She was Head of Department dog section for Hallmark’s award winning feature film ‘Animal Farm’ and has trained and worked dogs, cats and other furred and feathered creatures for directors Steven Spielberg, Stephen Frears, Ron Howard, Mel Gibson and our highly aclaimed Irish Directors Neil Jordan and Lenny Abrahamson to name just a few. 

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Rita Moloney, A.NCAB – administrator and film animal action coordinator. She is a certified Canine Behaviourist with over 30 years hands-on experience as an accredited Judge, trainer and exhibitor in Competitive Obedience, Working Trials. Rita has judged dogs under Irish and English Kennel Club Rules. 

Mary & Rita are well known in the Irish Film Industry for their work in sourcing, training and handling a wide variety of animals be they fur, feather, fin or fang.  



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Co Kildare, Ireland