The Dogworks - Clever Dog Training Solutions
I'm Karen and I'm the founder and Head Training and Behaviour Consultant at The Dogworks. 
Dogs are my world and I've always been around them since I was a small child.  I had my first dog as a teenager - a GSD called Max and have never been without a dog since then, and now live with 3 rescue dogs, Pip, Woody and Jess.
I've worked with dogs for over 10 years and began my career in Spain where I became involved in animal welfare. I volunteered in rescue kennels, fostered dozens of dogs and puppies, and assessed and trained dogs for adoption and rehoming, and was lucky enough to be selected to attend The Dog's Trust International Training Programme in London in 2013.  I came back to Scotland at the beginning of 2015 and set up The Dogworks to provide the best of care and training for local dogs. I now work with more complex training and behaviour cases and specialise in rescue dog rehabilitation.
I believe that dogs will give more when they're enjoying learning and I only use positive reinforcement or reward based training methods. I'm always learning and along with the rest of The Dogworks Team, regularly attend workshops and seminars as part of my continuing professional development. I'm currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and am also working towards becoming a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor and am proud to be members of the following professional associations: 

  • Member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (No. 201923) 
  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild
  • Full Dog Trainer Member of INTODogs
  • Certified Animal Trainer ICAN
  • Student Member of The Canine Training & Behaviour Society
  • Supporting Member of The International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants
Karen Wallace
IMDT
ICAN   
PPG
​Dip Canine Behaviour & Training
​ADip PPCVPA
Founder & Business Owner
Head Trainer & Canine Behaviour Consultant

Amy joined The Dogworks in 2016 and has extensive experience in looking after and training dogs and has her own rescue dog - a border collie called Flynn.​​
As well as having worked with and trained rescue dogs, Amy has lots of experience in dealing with seperation anxiety cases and nervous dogs. She is a qualified Canine Coach with Canine Principles and is studying with the IMDT. In the past, Amy has worked in a veterinary practice and part-time for 2 years with the SSPCA as an Animal Rescue Officer.
Amy is committed to using and learning the most up-to-date methods in dog training and is an Associate Member of The Pet Professional Guild and a qualified Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
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Amy Craine

PPG
Dip Canine Coaching

DW Manager & Trainer
Natalie joined the team in June 2018, after having relocated back to Scotland. She graduated from University of Glasgow with a Zoology BSc (Hons) degree in 2007. Throughout her time at university she volunteered her time to different organisations which allowed her to gain experience in different aspects of animal care and conservation work. In 2010, she joined Cats Protection and later started her own petcare business Rubies Walkies that she currently runs in Kilmarnock. Natalie continues to learn more about dog training and behaviour by attending workshops, seminars and studying through online education organisations in her spare time. She has a special interest in rescue dogs and their rehabilitation, as well as helping sensitive dogs build their confidence. Natalie currently has 2 cats and 2 dogs which keep her busy when she is not out dog walking or assisting at our training classes.

Natalie Ferguson

Trainer

Amie Connolly

Amie is the newest member of the DW Team and joined us in 2018. She has a passion for dogs and is now fulfilling her dream to work with them and become a dog trainer. She has 2 JRTs called Ronnie and Reggie who are her inspiration to learn and she has enrolled to begin her studying with The IMDT.

Trainee Trainer

Liz McCann

Liz joined The Dogworks in 2016 and brought with her a lifetime of experience. She has 4 dogs of her own, 3 of which are rescue dogs and she trains  with them regularly and competes  at agility with them.  She has experience in dealing with many complex behavioural issues such as reactivity and anxiety. One of her own dogs is a Therapet and they regularly visit care homes in Troon. She also has her own professional dog walking business in South Ayrshire.

Training Class Assistant
​​​​​​​Claire is our resident doggy stylist and is a lifelong dog lover. She is a fully qualified groomer and is experienced in styling dogs of all shapes and sizes and will ensure your dog has the best treatment while being pampered at The Dogworks.
​Claire uses only the best natural and holistic products and you can be sure your dog will be given all the time and gentle care required to ensure he or she has a happy and stress free experience whilst in our care. 
Claire will carefully assess each dog and tailor their grooming services to suit their temperament and requirements. Our priority is always the comfort, safety and happiness of your dog. Whether your dog needs a full groom or a bath and tidy, they will receive professional one to one treatment.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Claire McGregor​

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