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About Clever Pets

We believe training should be fun for both owner & dog and we use ethical & science led training methods, placing welfare & safety as the highest priorities.

Owned and run by Donna Lennox, Clever Pets is passionate about helping people have the best possible relationship with their dogs through increased understanding and communication.  

Donna is a certified & professional member of the Association Of Pet Dog Trainers Ireland (Membership Number: APDTI 053) and we work under their code of ethics.

Before starting Clever Pets, Donna worked as Training & Behaviour Advisor for Dogs Trust Ireland, specialising in helping adopters with any issues they experienced with their dogs. The role also involved coaching & assisting staff in the training & rehabilitation of dogs. She also worked for Dog Training Ireland and has been in the industry since 2010.

Relevant Education & Professional Development

As well as her extensive professional experience in working with dogs, Donna believes in lifelong learning and continuous professional development to remain abreast of the latest industry knowledge & research. Her relevant education and professional development courses and seminars are outlined below.

Current

  • Animal Emotions (Course) – Illis Animal Behaviour Consulting

  • Fighting Like Cats & Dogs: Dealing with Interspecies Aggression (Webinar) - Katenna Jones

  • Advanced Animal Training (Course) – Illis Animal Behaviour Consulting

2020

  • ‘But my Dog’s not food motivated’ (Webinar) – APBC & Kathy Sdao

  • Adolescent Behaviour & Development (Webinar) – Chris Patchel

  • Kids & K9s (Course) – Ani-Ed

2019

  • Canine Aggression & Reactivity (Course) – Ani-Ed

  • Dogs & Storks (Webinar) – Family Paws LLC

  • Dogs & Toddlers (Webinar) – Family Paws LLC

  • Dogs Trust Training & Behaviour Conference (Incl: Helen Zulch, Rachel Casey, Lisa M. Gunter)  – University of Warwick

2018

  • APDT Ireland Certification

  • Dogs Trust TBA Best Practice

  • Dogs Trust Building Training Skills

  • Dogs Trust Training & Behaviour Conference

  • IAABC Conference (Incl. Dr Susan Friedman, Amber Batson)

Pre 2017

  • (2017) Dogs Trust Training & Behaviour Conference                  

  • (2017) Relationship Centred Training & Enriched Puppy Protocol (Seminar)Suzanne Clothier 

  • (2017) Dogs Trust TBA Induction (Course)

  • (2015) Patrycja Kowalczyk - MADzone Dog Training Tricks Workshop

  • (2015) Animal Husbandry within a shelter environment - Chirag Patel

Pre 2015

  • (2015) Behavioural Ethology & Ecology of Canids (What makes your Dog Tick?) Raymond Coppinger & APDTIreland

  • (2015) Dogs Trust Behaviour Course - Lynn Barbar 

  • (2015) Dogs Trust ‘Back To Basics’ Training  - Steve Goward

  • (2014) Force Free Trick Trainer/Adv. Clicker Skills Course IMDT & Nando Brown – Spain

  • (2014) Dogs Trust CC-CDS Advanced Dog Training 

Pre 2014

  • (2014) Injecting fun into training classes (Workshop) – IMDT & Nando Brown 

  • (2014) Living & Learning with Animals (Seminar) – Dr Susan Friedman

  • (2014) TTouch (Workshop) – Lisa Dillon 

  • (2013) BAT, Training for fear frustration and aggression (Workshop) – Grisha Stewart     

  • (2013) OCN NI Level 4(Equiv. Irish Level 7) Introduction To Canine Behaviour

Pre 2012

  • (2012) Dogs Trust CC-CDS Dog Training Level 1

  • (2012) Canine Scent Work 1 and 2 (Workshop) - Kelly Gorman-Dunbar

  • (2011) FETAC Level 6 Award in Canine Obedience & Training

  • (2007) Professional Sales and Sales Area Management Training – FTMTA

  • (2005) ICM Diploma in Business Studies – The Institute Of Commercial Management