Training Sessions

We offer a training session for 1.5 hrs to assist you with your MADRA dog. 

At MADRA we only use and promote positive reinforcement dog training. We use cues instead of commands and rely on peer reviewed science-based training methods to make learning as rewarding, ethical, successful and easy as possible – for the humans as well as the dogs!

Our team, led by our IMDT* qualified trainer, Carrie Hoade, always use positive training; working on rewards and motivating dogs for behaviour we want. It also allows us to foster a relationship with our dogs based on mutual trust and respect, instead of fear and intimidation. We want training to be fun for our dogs. Our team are always motivated to keep up-skilling and stay up-to-date with the latest research in dog behaviour and training. This helps us to teach our rescue dogs new life skills that they can take with them to their new homes when they’re adopted.

When dogs come to us, we take time to assess them. This helps us to understand what type of home will suit them best. For a while now, we have seen a trend where more and more of the dogs coming to us need some form of rehabilitation before and after rehoming. We now group our dogs into three categories and this helps us and their adopters understand what kind of training and support they may need.

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Level 1

Puppies or fairly well-adjusted adult dogs who we think will fit the role of ‘pet’ dog relatively easily. If you have adopted a puppy, you will receive an invitation to join our MADRA Adopters Training Group on Facebook. Run by Carrie, there are topics on the group covering house-training, appropriate socialisation, chewing, jumping up and so on. Adopters can post questions for Carrie to answer if the topic hasn’t already been covered. Adopters can also share pictures and connect with other puppy adopters.

We also recommend attending local well-run puppy training classes with qualified reward-based trainers. Puppy classes are great for teaching your puppy (and you!) new life skills and to help with their socialisation.

In Galway, we recommend Bremeny School for Dogs (based in Rahoon and Briarhill and formerly known as The Urban Pup). They have given us a unique discount code for MADRA adopted puppies. You can email Carrie at carrie.hoade@madra.ie for more information. If you have adopted an adult dog, your newly adopted dog will need understanding and support as they settle into your home. You will be invited to join our MADRA Adopters Training group, where you can post-training questions for Carrie.

Level 2

Dogs that may have some medical and / or behavioural issues but ones we feel can be managed with a moderate amount of intervention, i.e. training and the right environment. Although predominantly focused on helping the dogs in our shelter, part of Carrie’s role is providing post-adoption support for our Level 2 dogs. Included in your adoption donation is one consult call with Carrie and a follow-up call one week later.

Level 3

Dogs that have more complex behavioural or medical needs which could mean increased bite risk and will mean more specific post-adoption support. A bespoke support plan will be agreed at the time of adoption, depending on your dog’s individual needs, but this will generally include up to three free consults with Carrie (up to three months post adoption).

For Level 2 and 3 dogs, training in addition to the above can be booked with Carrie and a donation can be made to MADRA on the form above. The recommended donation is €50 per consult, which will include a follow-up individual training plan. This is available for three months post-adoption. Outside of this, you can opt for a private consult with Carrie or request recommendations of a trainer or behaviourist closer to you to continue with a behaviour modification plan.

Private 121

We will provide as much support as we can but our resources are very limited. We recommend doing some 121 training sessions with a qualified dog trainer to help with any training issues and to help strengthen your bond with your new family member. Carrie also does private training and 121 sessions outside of her work for MADRA but gets booked up quickly. To book, please email carrie.hoade@madra.ie. MADRA adopters receive a 20% discount.
You can also search https://www.imdt.uk.com/ or http://apdt.ie/index.php/find-a-trainer/ to find a local qualified dog trainer.

Unfortunately, the dog training industry isn’t regulated, so before hiring any trainer, please ensure they only use reward based training methods.