Nanci Creedon founded Creedons Dog Care in 2010 when she was already working in the pet care industry running Doggie W.A.G.S., a very successful dog walking and grooming service. She was in such demand that she was turning away dogs, and despite three walks daily, her huskies still had energy to burn off at the end of the day. That’s when she came up with the idea of a designated indoor play centre for dogs. Through the internet she quickly found out that doggie daycare was a booming industry stateside, and after talking to lots of Cork based dog owners she quickly learned that there was a massive demand for a similar service in Ireland.
After seven long years of planning, researching, saving, and furthering her own education, Nanci took the plunge and opened the doors to Creedons Doggie Daycare, Munster’s first and only dedicated dog care centre with complimentary services.
One of the most important priorities to Creedons is that positive reinforcement and gentle handling of all dogs was of the utmost priorities. There are a lot of old school theories and thoughts to dog handling, but thanks to life long learning, Nanci is keen to maintain forward thinking, progressive dog handling practices, and help to educate the general public on why old school methods should be forgotten, and why modern positive techniques work!
Owner & Behaviour Consultant
Nanci Creedon M.Sc IAABC-CDBC, AABP-CDBC, CPDT-KA, APDT(Ire) NTA(Pet Psy.) is Ireland's first certified canine behaviourist (CDBC – IAABC), leading the way in the dog training industry here in Ireland. She has a degree in Zoology and a masters degree in Animal Behaviour. She has also appeared as expert witness in the district court in Cork City providing expert opinion in relation to a dog bite case. Nanci has been a regular contributor on RTE’s Today with Maura and Daithi since 2013, covering topics as varied as DNA identifying mongrel dogs, to dealing with serious aggression and everything in between, and was a long term regular contributor on 2FM’s Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene. "I started Creedons Dog Care in 2010 with one aim, provide the dogs of Cork with the very best care possible, whether it be rehabilitating dogs who are scared of being groomed, or giving dogs a safe and secure place to play, and much more. My vision and my passion has and always will be about striving to be the best I can be. I've somehow gathered the most amazingly wonderful team along the way, sharing my vision and passion. Our love for dogs unites us and motivates us to continue to grow and develop while supporting each other through good and bad days. Every day I thank my lucky stars that stubbornness and hard work has brought Creedons, and the Creedons team, to where we are today."
Clodagh is our expert trainer here at Creedons. She holds a QQI Level 5 in Animal Welfare and QQI Level 6 in Practical Dog Training. She has also attended webinars and workshops from the likes on AniEd, the APDT, the ASPCA, The School of Canine Science, and the University of Edinburgh to name a few! Incredibly Clodagh was not always the biggest fan of dogs and was quite frightened of them growing up. She can now be found volunteering for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and fostering dogs for local rescues in her free time. Clodagh would love to learn more about human body language, behaviour and learning. "The workshop I did with TAGTeach really impressed upon me the importance of tailoring training not only to the 4 legged animals in the room, but also the 2 legged ones. I'd even love to run some human-only classes to teach passionate owners more about their dogs." Watch this space!
Ciara began her journey in the animal industry here at Creedons Dog Care, initially working as an intern. She holds a business degree in accounting but decided to chase her dream of working with animals instead! Ciara works closely alongside the dogs in our daycare area. She would love to go on to complete a veterinary nursing course and further her knowledge of animal welfare. Ciara has already completed many courses with Creedons College including Understanding Pet Dogs. She plans to work in a veterinary clinic or animal shelter in the future.
Kate can be found in our daycare area cuddling all the doggos! She is currently studying Canine Husbandry at St. John’s College and hopes to go on to complete our Dog Grooming Assistant course afterwards. She also has a degree in archaeology and history about which she says "I was kicking myself the entire time wishing I had chosen a path with animals instead... so here I am now following my dream of working with animals!" Kate would love to be able to take on rescue and foster dogs in the future.
Jess has a background in fostering which gave her the push to pursue a lifelong love of dogs and combine her extensive administrative and education experience with a role at Creedons Dog Care. She has a BA, H. Dip Professional Diploma in Education and MA. She is passionate about educating future dog care workers and making sure Creedons runs smoothly and efficiently. Jess was adopted by Ziggy and Archer; the vet assures her that they are dogs but cannot be more specific! Jess has certificates in both Practical Dog Care and Recognising Medical Abnormalities.
Front of House
Niamh is our newest addition to the Creedons crew! She holds a Level 5 and Level 6 in dog grooming and has worked in an award winning grooming salon. She also has experience working with assistance dogs, assisting in obedience training classes and working in a pet shop. She hopes to qualify as a professional dog training instructor within the next few months and wants to continue her education in dog grooming and training. Niamh has a black belt in karate and enjoys training in her free time. She would love to compete at Crufts with her flat coat retriever, Ben, who is already well used to IKC dog shows. The duo are also planning to start entering competitive obedience competitions. Niamh has two other dogs, Teddy the Labradoodle and Marley the Cavalier King Charles.