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As featured on Ireland AM

On Saturday August 5th on Virgin Media 1 when we talked all things Mantrailing and Search and Rescue Dogs. We were so happy to be able to share some insight into the exceptional training and skills of these remarkable hounds🐕‍🦺.

We are passionate about spreading awareness and appreciation for these furry heroes who make the world a safer place and are so excited for the opportunity to do this on Ireland AM.

You won't want to miss this informative segment as we share our experiences, showcase how Mantrailing Dogs are trained, and shed light on the critical role of Mantrailing Dogs in search and rescue operations. 📺✨

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INBTI (International Bloodhound Training Institute) Mantrailing Seminars

Hounds & Helis are proud to host Ireland's first INBTI Seminars. Our aim is to equip handlers, professionals, and enthusiasts with advanced skills and knowledge in Mantrailing training for search and rescue operations.

INBTI Seminar with Kevin Pirtle

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INBTI Seminar with Monica Diaz

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Search and Rescue Dogs - Training and Applications Workshop

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About us

Hounds and Helis was born from a deep passion & respect for dogs. Founder Éadaoin has worked extensively with dogs as a Puppy Foster Care Supervisor for the AADI, an Operational Search and Rescue Dog Handler and in her most recent venture as a qualified Mantrailing Instructor. Together with her partner Adrian, a crew member with Waterford based Rescue Helicopter R117,Hounds and Heli's continues to grow as a one stop shop for all your canine needs.

Our Story

The intro session was such fun. Eadaoin was the perfect mix of friendly and informative and really made the morning enjoyable. If you have a dog and you’re looking for a new hobby you can do together, this is the one! Give it a go! I’ll definitely be back again

Yvonne Delaney

The introduction to mantrailing course was brilliant. A really lovely morning. Eadaoin was great and really made you feel welcome from the very beginning. She really took her time to support each dog and owner individually and gave really good feedback and adapted the trails based on the dogs ability. Kobie thoroughly enjoyed it so I will definitely look to continue this. Highly recommend to everyone.

Author's nameSudesh Hendrick-Brady

Éadaoin is a fantastic trainer and she has a great way with dogs. The classes are both fun and informative. Can’t wait for more

Julie Copsen O'Sullivan

If you are looking for dog training the right way ie. Fun and positive reinforcement, look no further! Éadaoin has a wealth of knowledge and we very much look forward to our class every week. Great value for money. Also has a fabulous range of Collars, leads etc. for sale. 5 stars from me.

Colette Carroll

I ordered the most beautiful collar and lead from Éadaoin for my little Cavalier King Charles puppy. It is truly one of a kind piece and feels like a piece of jewelry for my dog. Double benefit of being completely functional while at same time adds to her beauty

Sarah Ann Cummins

This was a great workshop. Eadaoin is so knowledgeable and approachable. Always encouraging and helping you and your dog to succeed. I will definitely be doing more mantrailing as it helped my dog grow in confidence and put his brain to work.

Nicola Hayes

Booked in to Hounds and Helis Introduction to Mantrailing in Galway as it had been highly recommended by a trainer for my high-energy, reactive collie X. He loved it, I loved it, and it was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. It was fascinating learning about how search and rescue works, and it was really wonderful to see my dog, who can be very anxious in new places and around new people, get more confident with each trail he did. Would 100% recommend to anyone with a dog, but especially a reactive dog. Éadaoin was brilliant and the others doing the introduction were lovely.

Roisin Louise Adams

Meet The Team

Irene McCarthy - Killarney Mantrailing

Irene has been a dog trainer since 2017 after completing the Pet Dog trainers Course with Nanci Creedon at Creedon’s College in Cork. She set up Kerry Dog Training in Killarney soon after and has been running puppy and adult dog training classes as well as 1 to 1 training. Irene began Mantrailing with Hounds and Helis in 2022 with her beautiful Malinois Zeus and soon became addicted. She was so passionate about the benefits of Mantrailing for pet dogs that she set her heart on becoming an instructor. Once Irene completes her Mantrailing Global Instructors Course this September she will be running our Mantrailing Introductions and Progress Sessions in Killarney soon after.

Maeve McCluskey - Cork Mantrailing

Maeve studied Animal Sciences at St. John’s College and began working with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, primarily as a Dog Care Assistant and she now manages the Breeding Programme. Maeve's journey into Mantrailing began in March 2022, after she rehomed a reactive GSD pup named River. She started Mantrailing with River as it was one of very few activities suited to reactive dogs. That’s when she decided to became a Mantrailing Global Instructor to help dog owners like herself build confidence for themselves and their dogs, and to provide a fun inclusive outlet for the dogs.Maeve is one of our Cork Mantrailing Instructors and runs Introduction and Progress Sessions.

Jill Hyslop - Specialist Dog Trainer

Jill has been a professional dog trainer for 20 years.  She studied animal welfare and behaviour with Edinburgh University, and went on to do  post grad with Duke University on canine cognition & emotion.   Jill established “The Dog Lady” training 15 years ago and since then Jill has continued to upskill (The IMDT, The school of Canine Science, Canine Principles to name but a few).  A full member of the PPG, and the IVBA, Jill is passionate about delivering the best training possible to our pet dogs in effective and ethical ways. Jill believes that being a pet dog is the hardest job of all and works very hard to give families the best possible start with their new four legged friends.  That is why she is the perfect woman to run our dog training classes!