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A little about Neil...

Neil is Senior Trainer for Disability Assistance Dogs (see News page).

As a volunteer, Neil has spent over thirty years training dogs to locate people who have become lost on the mountains, trapped and buried in collapsed structures, or who have drowned and are still beneath the water surface.

In fact, recently, Neil was invited by the National Search and Rescue Dog Association of the UK and Ireland, (NSARDA), to write the assessment standards for handlers of Drowned Victim Search Dogs. These have now been accepted by NSARDA and are the benchmark against which, the competancy of all future DVSDs will be measured.

The United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Service provide a team which will travel anywhere in the world to the site of an earthquake or other major disaster. Neil is part of that team and has responded to four major earthquakes in different parts of the world, Turkey twice, Algeria and Kashmir. Read More...

He now runs classes for basic and advanced obedience at venues in Newcastle, Kilkeel and Newry.

These classes have been granted Listed Status Approval by the Kennel Club and offer the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. In addition to the classes, Neil also conducts home visits to address behaviour issues with pet dogs. (See Services page)

Training Classes and Behaviour Modification

Neil offers dog training classes which are part of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. They are a great way to socialise dogs, teaching them to walk to heel, sit on command, come when called, lie down and the sit-stay.

Thursday: 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Barcroft Community Centre Newry
Friday: 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm - St Mary's Hall Newcastle

To make a booking, please contact:

Pet Connection
Ashtree Enterprise Park
Rathfriland Road, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 1LD.
028 3083 3442

Dog Training: Neil and Fern
Dog Training: Neil and Paddy