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Founded in 2011 by Liz McDonagh, Positive Dog Training (PDT) aims to provide welfare-friendly training and grooming in a positive and encouraging dog centred environment. With fully qualified, insured and highly experienced staff, PDT only advises methods and products that they would use or give to their own dogs.

About Positive Dog Training

At Positive Dog Training, our mission is to provide a fun, safe, secure environment for all your pet dog’s needs. We have worked very hard to create a new standard in dog care, including unbeatable measures to ensure the health and safety of all the four-legged friends under our care.

Positive Dog Training opened in Sandyford in 2011 and has since welcomed thousands of dogs through our doors to take part in our dog training classes, be groomed in our welfare-friendly dog grooming salon, and play in our fun, fully supervised dog daycare.

We believe in all our four-legged clients having fun while providing peace of mind to our human clients that their family pets are in the safest possible hands.

Our staff are highly trained and experienced in dog training and behaviour. They are also certified in canine first aid and regularly attend continuing education events in dog training and behaviour.

Thank you for visiting our website; if you need more information, feel free to contact Liz or any team to learn more about our group training classes, workshops and dog grooming services. You will find our contact information at the bottom of this page or in our contact us section. We look forward to hearing from you and of course meeting your four-legged friend.

Liz Mc Donagh

Positive Dog Training is owned and managed by Liz Mc Donagh. She first began working full time with dogs in 2008 having volunteered with rescue dog organisations for many years.

Over the past 15 years, Liz has completed many dog training & behaviour courses including an intensive one-year dog training and behaviour mentorship programme with Steve Mann, chairman and head trainer of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Liz also took part in a full-time professional dog grooming course with Dog Grooming Ireland.

Liz was the first Irish dog trainer to earn full membership of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and the first Irish dog trainer to be invited to become a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) and provide a mentoring service for the Irish students of the Victoria Stillwell academy for dog training and behaviour.

In 2017, Liz was awarded the IMDT Dog Trainer of the Year. 


Seminars, Workshops and courses attended


Daycare Hours
7.30am - 6.30pm Mon to Fri
Collection by 6.30pm sharp
Grooming Hours
9.00am - 6.30pm Mon to Fri
Last appointment 4.00pm

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