Modern, fun, family friendly, dog and puppy training on the Causeway Coast with Dog Trainer of the Year 2022

Welcome to Causeway Dog Training! Bringing dog training and puppy classes in Coleraine into the modern era. Gone are the days of the long disproved “dominance theory” and if you’re anything like me, dogs are absolutely part of the family. What comes with that, is a need for our dogs to cope and behave appropriately with our busy lives.

Having a young family myself, I am able to design training programmes that work with your busy life, not against it. If you want a chat to find out how I can support you with your training needs, book a free call below!


Dog Trainer of the Year 2022

  • I travel a 1 hour and 40 minute round trip every week to go to Causeway Dog training and agility because it is the best, BY FAR!
    Gemma is such a... read more

    thumb Eilidh Gribben
    August 31, 2021
  • We have completed hoopers both online and face to face, plus puppy classes with Gemma. Love her style of training, very up to date compared to others in the game.... read more

    thumb Laura Kirk
    October 31, 2021
  • Sam has been attending agility classes for the last 2 months which he really enjoys. Gemma is an excellent trainer and we love the variety of the classes. ... read more

    thumb Isobel Atcheson
    March 31, 2022
  • Gemma's great guidance has made us better owners. Her guidance will enable us to keep Finn's training going as he grows. Excellent for all dog owners and highly recommended.

    thumb Chris Murray
    May 3, 2022
  • Our two dogs absolutely love Hoopers and Agility with Gemma, and so do we! Not only do the dogs have a lot of fun learning new skills, we constantly also... read more

    thumb Julia Nikolaus
    May 1, 2022

I am so grateful to those of you who nominated me for NI Dog Trainer Of The Year for 2022, and to everyone who voted for me, making me Dog Trainer Of The Year! It means so much to me to have your support. I am going to continue striving to raise the bar for training on the North Coast and will be hoping to make a comeback at next year’s awards!

Puppy on Portrush beach

Benefits of Puppy Class

Puppy classes don’t just teach all the behaviours your puppy will need to know to become a lovely pet dog, although that’s part of it. Puppy classes teach your puppy to engage with you even when there’s other puppies and people around. When you get out into the world with your puppy there’s going to be plenty of distractions to battle against, puppy class will armour you up with strategies to keep your puppy focused and responsive to you.

One to one dog training service areas

  • Coleraine
  • Portrush
  • Portstewart
  • Ballymoney
  • Limavady
  • Ballymoney
  • Dungiven
  • Ballycastle
  • Londonderry
reactive dog class for barking and lunging dogs


Flash is my 4yo Springer Spaniel. While he isn’t the reason I became a trainer, he definitely made me a good one. He was bred to be a gundog and was training at it for 7 months, he went through a few gundog trainers to be labelled as stubborn and unfocused. It took until 7 months for his latest trainer to realise he is actually deaf! And at that point I got the call about him. When Flash arrived with us he immediately decided he was home and was never going anywhere else. He taught me very quickly about engagement and focus (or should we say lack there of) and I had to seriously up my game to understand how to keep him focused on me when the desire to go off and dig and bark at the sky was much more appealing. I can gladly tell you that he is now my best trained dog, most engaged and focused, fastest recall and if I do say so myself, the best little spoon. I have high hopes for Flash as an agility and hoopers dog and am very grateful to his sponsors Bears Pets for keeping him fuelled and AKT Veterinary Physiotherapy for keeping him smooth.

Dog Trainer Coleraine

Causeway Dog Training is the leading dog sports provider on the North Coast with 2 fabulous training venues, top class equipment and instruction.

Gemma has also undertaken extensive behaviour training in puppies, adolescents, aggression and much more and provides high quality, fun group classes, masterclasses and 1-1 sessions based on your individual needs.

Causeway Dog Training provides dog agility and canine hoopers classes and individual coaching in Armoy which is accessible to Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Ballymena in particular and Portrush. Puppy and adolescent classes are held at Benvardin Kennels in Ballymoney. Recall masterclasses are held at Maddybenny Farm in Portrush. For one to one training Gemma travels across the North, from Ballymena, Ballycastle and Ballymoney to Londonderry, Limavady and the triangle area of Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart

We are Tug-E-Nuff partners! Tug-E-Nuff is all about the power of play! They have a 45 day tug it and love it guarantee so you can buy with confidence. Some dogs are super motivated by toys and you can supercharge your training by rewarding with a game of chase and tug. Playing is massively underestimated! We can build so much relationship with our dogs by playing more with them! Why not take the Play Pawsonality Quiz over to see what toys could get your dog going? And as a special bonus, use the code ‘Maddybenny’ to get 10% off your first order at Tug-E-Nuff!

Find out more about dog sports…

Canine Hoopers UK

Tricks with Do More With Your Dog!