Mon - Fri 7.45am - 6.30pm, Sat classes only

051-392-239 / 085-744-2821

Witches Lane, Ballynaneashagh, Waterford, X91 WK88

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About Us

Meet the Inn The Doghouse Team

Inn the Doghouse is owned and run by Lyndsey Power. Lyndsey set up Inn the Doghouse in 2013 to offer a unique service to dogs and their owners in Waterford.

She felt that there was limited options for dog lovers to embrace their furry friends and there was a need to offer a safe place to allow dogs to be dogs. Lyndsey has been an animal lover all her life, with a special interest in the canine kind.

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Her canine career started in 2008 working as a dog walker for a doggie daycare in Melbourne, Australia.

Upon her return to Ireland in 2009, and back in her role as an analytical chemist in a laboratory, utilising her degree in chemistry, Lyndsey spent the next 6 years studying and gaining many qualifications and experience such as:

Dog Psychology course with Animal Care College in the UK

Fetac Level 6 Train the Dog Trainer course with AniEd (distinction awarded)

Dog training internship with premier dog training facility in Ireland

Two year FETAC Level 6 course in Animal Grooming from St Johns College, Cork

Nine month work placement in a busy grooming salon

Distinction in a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, COAPE College, UK

Certified Canine First Aid Responder

Her hard work, plus practical experience, paid off and she was offered the role as dog trainer with Dog Training Ireland where she remained until she opened the doors to Inn the Doghouse in July 2013.

Career Achievements to date

Lyndsey has a diploma in The Principles in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training from The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE).

Lyndsey is a proud member of APDT Ireland (No. 26). The Association of Pet Dog Trainers requires applicants to first successfully pass a written exam, then are assessed while teaching a 1 hour practical training class and directly after teaching the class, applicants are interviewed by the board to assess suitability for professional APDT approval.

Next, Lyndsey gained membership to the IMDT. The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers put applicants through an intensive, two day assessment process to gain membership. During these two days, applicants must perform a twenty minute lesson outdoors to a class of mixed ability dogs and handlers, perform a twenty minute Puppy Home Visit and advise on a common ‘puppy problem’, perform a twenty minute rescue dog practical 121 training session and prepare a follow-up report/email. Finally, to finish, a twenty minute oral, and 60 minute written short answer question & answer session with an IMDT Assessor before a decision is made.

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The International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) is the most respected behaviour expert association worldwide.

In 2018 Lyndsey nervously began the extremely intensive and in-depth process of applying for approval to join the organisation. This process included getting client and veterinary references, submitting many real life behaviour cases that she had worked on, carried out hypothetical assessments and behaviour modification plans, took part in online fictitious consultations through video chat, and sitting an extensive written exam.

The entire process took 9 months, and just before Christmas 2018 Lyndsey got the letter stating that she was now an approved member of the IAABC making her extremely proud to be one of only four certified behaviour consultants in Ireland.

Seminars, Workshops and courses attended

David Appleby MScCCAB - Dog Training Ireland - Canine Aggression Explained. Prevention and Treatment

WOOF 2013 – The European Training and Behaviour Conference: Thinking Outside the Crate. Speakers Chirag Patel, Sarah Whitehead, Dr Daniel Mills, Dr Helen Zulch, Teresa Mc Keon, Kelly Dunbar, Karen Wild, Dr Susan Friedman.

Steve Mann - IMDT – 4 day practical instructors course, 2 day career as a Dog Trainer course, canine aggression and rehabilitation, perfect puppy course and canine body language.

Sarah Kalanjs – Leash reactivity, cause to cure and The language of Dogs Seminar

Ray Coppinger - APDT - What makes your dog Tick?

Roger Abrantes - The Brave New World of Dog Training; Science with a Brain and a Heart.

Kelly Gorman-Dunbar - Canine Scent Work 1 and 2

Numerous dog grooming courses, workshops and seminars

Lyndsey is an award winning business woman. In 2014, Lyndsey was a runner-up in Best New Business Category in FAB Business Awards, a finalist in Waterford Chamber of Commerce Awards Best Small Business category and the overall Winner of Waterford’s Best Young Entrepreneur Best Established Business Category.

In July 2019, Inn The Doghouse moved location into a much bigger and better custom built premises and added a luxury dog hotel. Every design aspect of the new build was decided upon by Lyndsey following many years of experience and learning the hard way.

Lyndsey shares her home with her husband Dean, her son Jackson, three dogs, Kobi the pug, Kimmi the Standard poodle, Jenni the Italian greyhound and Krueger the cat.

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