About Us

Hi my name is Irene McCarthy. I have been interested in working with dogs from a young age and after retiring from the army I finally had the chance to complete a Professional Dog training course with Creedons College Cork in 2017. I opened The Dog House shortly after, with the aim of providing a modern, science-based Dog Training and Daycare centre in Co Kerry.

I am passionate about positive, reward-based training methods which have been scientifically proven to be the best and simplest way for your dog to learn. We specialise in practical pet dog training which helps your dog be well adjusted and a joy to live with.

I am a student member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers and attend regular seminars and workshops in order to keep up with the latest developments in dog training and behaviour.

I currently share my life with a Malinois called Zeus and two Rottweilers called Smyth and Weston, but I have experience with a wide variety of breeds and types.

Hi, my name is Ilse Sas and I’m the in-house groomer and second trainer at The Dog House.

I hold qualifications in dog grooming, dog training, behaviour and instructing, and animal welfare, and I have been working with dogs in various capacities since 2003. I have worked in kennels, grooming salons, rescue centres, an assistance dog charity, a veterinary clinic and as a teacher of Fetac/QQI courses in animal welfare, grooming and training.
My life revolves around dogs. At the moment I share my house with 7 dogs of my own, ranging in ages from 10 months to 14 years. I have 4 poodles, a labrador, a dobermann and a chihuahua x. Most of my dogs are rescues, and I usually have a few foster dogs as well.

I am obsessed about dog grooming and training, so I grab every opportunity to attend seminars and workshops all over the country. I love learning the newest techniques and styles, but my heart lies in teaching pups and adult dogs to enjoy the grooming process. I will always take my time with your dog and use all the tricks in my book to make the grooming session as stress-free as possible.


We both hold a current Canine First Aid Certificate

Introducing:  Marlee Uren

Marlee joins us from South Africa, having emigrated to Ireland with her family in 2020 -she is an accredited show judge and has her own flat coated retriever which she shows.  Marlee works in our Doggy Daycare as well as helping out with the grooming.