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Why train tricks?

Trick training is a great way to enrich your dogs life and build their confidence as well as building a strong partnership between owner and dog which is based on mutual respect and fun.


My name is Sonia Keenan, and I am fully qualified and experienced in dog training and obedience. I specialise in puppy development and cognition as well as problem prevention in older dogs, but my real passion is trick training,

I have had loads of pleasure and joy in training many multi-title-winning trick dogs.

I am also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Ireland (Member #APDTIre042) and a certified trick dog instructor (CTDI) with a gold medal rating,

My training, like all sessions here at Canine Coaching Ireland, is always carried out using only force-free and reward-based methods.


Trick training is becoming more and more popular with Irish dog owners. 

Why not replace one of your dog's walks with a trick training session and give it a try? You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!





* A lot of tricks in my Trick Stars Program give a good foundation for agility.

* Covers basic obedience commands.

* Suitable for dogs and owners of all ages and physical abilities.

* Provides enrichment for your dog's life.

* Keeps your dog's mind and body active.

* Strengthens the bond between dog and owner.

* Loads of  fun for both dog and owner.

* Owners learn to train their own dogs.


The joy of training tricks is as much about the fun and time spent with your dog as it is about the end results.



Our Trick Stars certificate and rosette awards program is currently available.

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I will work with you and your dog in private sessions as you progress through the different levels of tricks. 

From basic sit, stay, give the paw etc., right up to tidying up toys, fetching your keys, skateboarding, and much trickier tricks!

Our Trick Star awards program helps you to progress at your own pace while you earn your fabulous Certificates and Rosettes.

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Do more with your Dog

Sonia was the first officially certified trick dog instructor with 'Do more with your Dog ®' in Ireland and is a Gold level trick trainer.

All of our Trick training is done using reward bases, force free methods.

FETEC level 6

Distinction Fetac Level 6 Canine Obedience and Training

Dog Training Ireland

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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QQI Level 6 - Training Delivery & Evaluation


Diploma in Pet (Dog) Psychology 


Puppy training Diploma


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APDT Ireland membership number  APDTIre 042

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