The Gift of Knowledge

Looking for some Christmas gift ideas to get the dog-obsessed person in your life?

We now have gift certificates available of any amount you wish to cover Robin's home visits, workshops, educational courses, seminars or any Puppy School courses covered by Robin.

Check out our events page to find out what is coming up that may be of interest and email to order your gift certificate, which our dog friend Mia is kindly modelling.

Dog Friendly Tours in Northern Ireland

Robin and his rescue yorkie Jake had a great time with Dog Friendly Tours in November 2017 on the group's first Belfast dog friendly tour going around local dog friendly pubs and restaurants and meeting new people and their dogs.

The group is Northern Ireland's first Dog Friendly Walking Tours. They encourage people to bring their dogs, explore new areas, and enjoy local Northern Ireland food, drink and craic in dog friendly venues.

If you think your dog would enjoy a social day out in the company of other dogs and dog owners we would recommend signing up for a tour with the friendly group.

Keep up to date with their upcoming tours across Northern Ireland via their website:





Canine Enrichment Talk at Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital and Clinic

Thanks to Cromlyn House Veterinary Hospital and Clinic for having me over to talk about canine enrichment, it's importance in dog's daily lives, the fact that it can happen anywhere and the different forms of enrichment that can be used around the home.  The attendees also heard from Vet Kathryn who gave an invaluable talk on first aid for your pet. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated towards Debbie Doolittle's Wild Life to help Debbie with all the good work she does across Northern Ireland with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. I hope to see some of you and your dogs at our upcoming Enrichment Hours at Smithvale Dog Centre on Thursday 14th December, and Thursday 28th December 2017. Email Valerie at Smithvale Dog Centre at to book your dog's spot to get a chance to practise some new enrichment ideas that you can set up for your dog around the home. 

Canine Enrichment Hours at Smithvale Dog Centre

We held our first Dog Enrichment Hour at Smithvale Dog Centre in November 2017. Both dogs and owners had fun engaging together and the dogs just loved using their brain power and noses during the exercises! Remember enrichment can happen anywhere, the home, on walks, in the garden. Enrichment does not have to be expensive, there are a lot of great canine brain games on the market, but sometimes an old shoe box filled with scrunched up paper and a few treats thrown in, or a folded up tea towel with a few treats hidden inside can be just as enriching! Our next enrichment event at Smithvale Dog Centre is on Thursday 30th November, there are still a few spots left so get signed up before it books up! 

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Interested in working with dogs or already in the industry and want to increase your skillset?

Sign up for our accredited course starting in January 2018!

Our Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour Course is accredited through the Open College Network Northern Ireland to their level 3 standard. 

It is held over ten classes covering topics like learning theory, the domestication of dogs, stages of puppyhood, socialisation, taking a class and teaching exercises and working with behaviour problems.

The course begins on Monday 22nd January 2018 at 7pm in Belfast, for further information please email

Registration for the course closes on Friday 8th December 2017.