Steph is a dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant based in Dublin. She has been working with dogs since 2013, initially in London and more recently in Dublin. During this time, she has worked with hundreds of puppies, and adult dogs with behavioural issues.
In 2019 her first book, ‘Office Dogs: The Manual’ was published by Hubble & Hattie, and has subsequently been published internationally and multi-lingually. In the same year, she founded Happy Office Dogs, providing support and resources to dog-friendly workplaces.
In 2022, her second book, 'How to Raise a Puppy: A Dog-Centric Approach', co-authored with the inimitable Turid Rugaas, was published. You can order your copy here.
She is a full member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE), and sat on its board for 3 years from 2017-2020. She is currently Ireland’s country representative for the PDTE, and mentors newer members of the organisation.
She has appeared on Irish television and radio, as well as on radio stations and podcasts in the UK, US and Australia. She has spoken internationally on a range of dog-related topics, and is passionate about education as a means of improving canine welfare.
She has completed Turid Rugaas's International Dog Trainers' Education and counts Rugaas's methods and ethos amongst her strongest influences. Steph is committed to continuing professional development and has attended courses with Anne-Lill Kvam, Amber Batson and others in recent years. She also holds a certificate in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.
Steph teaches at the Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers.
Her non-dog related qualifications include an honours degree from Trinity College Dublin, where she held a Foundation Scholarship, and an MPhil from Cambridge University.
"Steph is a godsend! After one private visit at our home, we were extremely eager to attend her puppy training course. Her recommendations on everything (food, treats, games, snacks, tricks) were spot on.
What I love most about Steph is her massive heart. She is a true animal lover and it shows through her positive reinforcement training techniques even down to the type of harness and leads she recommends to not put as much strain on a young puppy. Our dog had a minor procedure done that I informed her about and she gave us loads of practical tips on ways to accommodate him as well as checking in with us regularly to hear about his progress. Overall my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend Steph for any age dog that needs a little help with training. Our course ended last week and we miss it already! Thanks Steph : )"
Nikki, Laurence and Toby.
"We totally recommend Stephanie. We are doing 1-to-1 training sessions to work on our dog’s behaviour and it is working very well. She is very dedicated, qualified and knows exactly what to do in every situation. She as well does research when we need more information on a topic. This is really appreciated. It’s a pleasure to work with her and both of our dogs love her! Thanks for everything you are doing for us and our dogs."
Ryan & Turkey the dog