Behaviour Modification & Training

Howard Haynes - Certified Dog Trainer

Experts in Controlling Behaviour and Teaching New Skills

We are a dog daycare centre in Galway with high levels of experience in offering all kinds of dog training services, from basic training to more advanced behaviour modification.

If you have a puppy at home, it is important to ensure they socialise with other dogs, as this time of their life is so crucial for determining temperament and behaviour. We take that pressure off your shoulders with our puppy socialisation service, giving your puppy the perfect chance to socialise with other dogs and develop in a healthy way.

Along with puppy socialisation, our team of experienced trainers also run pet obedience courses and one-to-one training. These training exercises are suitable for owners with no dog training experience; they are designed to provide the skills you need to communicate effectively with your dog and strengthen your relationship. In cases of more extreme and uncontrollable behaviour, our specialist team offers a behaviour modification service, which focuses on altering reactive or violent behaviours.

If you are interested in learning more about the training provided at our dog daycare centre in Galway, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Our Training Courses

  • Puppy Socialisation & Owner Education
  • Pet Dog Obedience
  • One2One Training
  • Behaviour Modification
Puppy Socialisation & Owner Education

Puppies up to four months may attend this course and must be fully vaccinated. Please confirm this with your vet.

This is a crucial stage in your puppy’s life and the most important training experience you can give to your puppy. Everything your puppy experiences at this young age will prepare them for life and ensure they grow into well behaved, well-adjusted dogs. Given that lack of socialisation is one of the main causes for aggression and other behavioural issues, this course revolves around acclimatising your puppy to be comfortable around other dogs, with our trainers giving you all the information you need about raising a happy and healthy puppy.

Please bring your puppy’s collar, lead, and all vaccination records. You are free to bring your own treats, or we can offer Natures Menu 95% real meat treats at our dog daycare centre in Galway, which are highly recommended natural treats and used by all trainers at the venue.

Pet Dog Obedience

Level 1

Available for puppies from four months of age and dogs of all ages, this course serves as a good starting point as it begins with basic training. The course is suitable for owners and dogs with little to no dog training experience, with an emphasis on addressing everyday issues owners may face with their dogs and teaching them how to communicate through pro-welfare techniques, thereby strengthening the bond between owner and dog. Nutritional and pet care advice is also provided. ​

Please bring your puppy/dog’s collar, lead, and all vaccination records. You are free to bring your own treats, or we can offer Natures Menu 95% real meat treats at our dog daycare centre in Galway, which are highly recommended natural treats and used by all trainers at the venue.

Level 2

All dogs must have completed our Level 1 course prior to commencing this course. Available for dogs of all ages, this course serves as a progression onto more complex training techniques, focusing on teaching the owner how to become a more efficient dog handler.

Please bring your puppy/dog’s collar, lead, and all vaccination records. You are free to bring your own treats, or we can offer Natures Menu 95% real meat treats at our dog daycare centre in Galway, which are highly recommended natural treats and used by all trainers at the venue.

On completion of Level 1 and 2 Pet Dog Obedience courses, you will receive:

  • All class training notes
  • Notes on all information given during the course
  • A completion certificate for your dog
  • Discount vouchers for Doggie Daycare Galway (20% off your dog's first groom, one free day at doggie daycare, 10% off your first purchase in our shop and €20 off your next dog training course)​
One2One Training

These sessions are by appointment only from Monday to Friday at our dog daycare centre in Galway, arranged at a time suitable for you. If you are experiencing an issue with your dog, it may take more than just a single one-hour session to truly resolve the issue, no matter how small.

After each session with your dog trainer, you will need to practice what you have learned and return during the following weeks to show your progress and discuss any issues you may have encountered. Unlike on our group training courses, you will have the undivided attention of a specialist trainer to discuss any issues you are having with your dog.

Behaviour Modification

The practice of behaviour modification is far more scientific, requiring a high level of specialist understanding to be delivered effectively. We have a team of experts with an intimate knowledge of dog behaviour, and in particular the dynamics of dog aggression and reactivity. Our work will centre around modifying established and unwanted behaviours – excessive chewing, biting, barking, etc. – to extinction or to a manageable level. We employ a series of different behaviour modification techniques to achieve this goal, such as shaping new behaviours, desensitising dogs to a particular provocation, or teaching a dog to respond in different ways to a certain event.

To learn more about the training and behaviour modification services we provide at our dog daycare centre in Galway, please get in touch.

Drop us a line

To find out more about what we can do for your dog, fill in the form below or call us on 091 770 400

When registering and paying for any of our training courses you are agreeing that you have read and will comply with all of our terms and conditions

Terms & Conditions

House Rules for Training Courses

  • ​Female dogs in season may not attend training classes
  • All dogs / puppies must be up to date with their vaccinations, including the kennel cough vaccine
  • Dogs with dog to dog aggression may not attend group training classes
  • No running when inside the training centre - unless relevant to training and under the instruction of the trainer
  • All dogs must remain on leash when inside the centre unless otherwise instructed by the trainer
  • ​All instances of accident or injury must be reported to the dog trainer at the time they occurred, in the class they occurred in. Subsequent reports of accidents will not be entertained
  • ​The following items are NOT PERMITTED in Doggie Daycare Galway Classes: Choker chains and / or Check chains of any description; Shock collars including citronella; Shock devices or any other device that causes discomfort, pain or fear to the dog; Prong or pinch collars; Any equipment that the trainer deems unacceptable
  • For the safety of all dogs and owners please keep all dogs separated when on leash in the training centre. The trainer will assign each attendee a position on the floor for training
  • When you pay for any dog training course you are committing to attend that course in full for the specified time. It is your responsibility to ensure you or another adult handler attend each week
  • When registering and paying for any of our training courses you are agreeing that you have read and will comply with all of our terms and conditions

House Rules for Our Daycare Centre

  • A registration form must be completed for all dogs / puppies attending daycare.​
  • All dogs ​from 6 months of age must be temperament assessed prior to attending daycare. Puppies up to 6 months of age do not need an assessment.
  • Annual vaccinations, worming / flea treatments and the kennel cough vaccination must be kept up to date. This is the responsibility of each owner.
  • Dogs with dog to dog aggression may not attend daycare. We can help these dogs through one of our training programs.
  • Dogs with dog to human aggression may not attend daycare. We can help these dogs through one of our training programs.
  • ​All MALE dogs over 6 months MUST be neutered. (Check with your Vet, there is now a procedure for temporary neutering that lasts between 6 - 12 months).
  • All dogs must arrive at and leave the centre on a leash.
  • I understand that daycare is an interactive play setting for dogs and may be with some small risk of scratches / scrapes (as with children on a playground), dogs will be dogs.​
  • Doggie Daycare Galway reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog or any person should they feel the safety of other dogs or staff may potentially be at risk.
  • ​Instances of accident or injury must be reported to Doggie Daycare Galway at the time they occurred and on the day they occurred. Subsequent reports of accidents will not be entertained. This relates to human / owner injury if when on the premises.​
  • By registering and bringing your dog to daycare you agree that you have read and will comply with all of our terms and conditions

House Rules for Dog Boarding

  • All dogs from 6 months of age must be temperament assessed prior to acceptance to boarding.
  • A registration form must be completed prior to attendance. Email us at [email protected] or phone 091 770 400.
  • All dogs must have up to date annual vaccinations, worming / flea treatments and the kennel cough vaccination.
  • All sexually mature male dogs must be neutered.
  • All dogs must be house / toilet trained. Your dog will be in our home.

Opening Hours

Monday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Tuesday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Wednesday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Thursday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Friday: 7:30am - 6:30pm

Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday/Bank Holiday: 10am - 1pm*

*(drop-off and collections from Howard's home only)

Terms & Conditions

House Rules for Training Courses

  • ​Female dogs in season may not attend training classes
  • All dogs / puppies must be up to date with their vaccinations, including the kennel cough vaccine
  • Dogs with dog to dog aggression may not attend group training classes
  • No running when inside the training centre - unless relevant to training and under the instruction of the trainer
  • All dogs must remain on leash when inside the centre unless otherwise instructed by the trainer
  • ​All instances of accident or injury must be reported to the dog trainer at the time they occurred, in the class they occurred in. Subsequent reports of accidents will not be entertained
  • ​The following items are NOT PERMITTED in Doggie Daycare Galway Classes: Choker chains and / or Check chains of any description; Shock collars including citronella; Shock devices or any other device that causes discomfort, pain or fear to the dog; Prong or pinch collars; Any equipment that the trainer deems unacceptable
  • For the safety of all dogs and owners please keep all dogs separated when on leash in the training centre. The trainer will assign each attendee a position on the floor for training
  • When you pay for any dog training course you are committing to attend that course in full for the specified time. It is your responsibility to ensure you or another adult handler attend each week
  • When registering and paying for any of our training courses you are agreeing that you have read and will comply with all of our terms and conditions

House Rules for Our Daycare Centre

  • A registration form must be completed for all dogs / puppies attending daycare.​
  • All dogs ​from 6 months of age must be temperament assessed prior to attending daycare. Puppies up to 6 months of age do not need an assessment.
  • Annual vaccinations, worming / flea treatments and the kennel cough vaccination must be kept up to date. This is the responsibility of each owner.
  • Dogs with dog to dog aggression may not attend daycare. We can help these dogs through one of our training programs.
  • Dogs with dog to human aggression may not attend daycare. We can help these dogs through one of our training programs.
  • ​All MALE dogs over 6 months MUST be neutered. (Check with your Vet, there is now a procedure for temporary neutering that lasts between 6 - 12 months).
  • All dogs must arrive at and leave the centre on a leash.
  • I understand that daycare is an interactive play setting for dogs and may be with some small risk of scratches / scrapes (as with children on a playground), dogs will be dogs.​
  • Doggie Daycare Galway reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog or any person should they feel the safety of other dogs or staff may potentially be at risk.
  • ​Instances of accident or injury must be reported to Doggie Daycare Galway at the time they occurred and on the day they occurred. Subsequent reports of accidents will not be entertained. This relates to human / owner injury if when on the premises.​
  • By registering and bringing your dog to daycare you agree that you have read and will comply with all of our terms and conditions

House Rules for Dog Boarding

  • All dogs from 6 months of age must be temperament assessed prior to acceptance to boarding.
  • A registration form must be completed prior to attendance. Email us at [email protected] or phone 091 770 400.
  • All dogs must have up to date annual vaccinations, worming / flea treatments and the kennel cough vaccination.
  • All sexually mature male dogs must be neutered.
  • All dogs must be house / toilet trained. Your dog will be in our home.

Booking & Cancellation

Payments / Prices

  • I agree to pay the rates that are in effect at the time of attendance.
  • Prices may be subject to change at anytime. We will endeavour to give sufficient notice for all of our services.​

Refunds and Cancellations

  • When payment had been made in full, cancellation for attending any dog training course must be made 7 days prior to the course start date. Failure to do so within this stated time will result in no refund and you must book and pay in full for another course at a future date.​
  • There will be no refund for failure to attend a course.
  • There will be no refund for part attendance of a course.
  • When payment has been made in full, failure to attend any dog training course due to a female dog being in season or vaccinations not up to date, cancellation must be made 7 days prior to the course start date. It is the responsibility of each owner to ensure their dog is vaccinated and to monitor unspayed females dogs.​