the instructors | meet the staff | news | links
| testimonials | our graduate brags |
Do you want a dog like
the Firehouse Dog?
There's no denying that he's cute, but is he the
right dog for your family? Read this first!
What type of Dog is the
Firehouse Dog, Rex?
Rex is an Irish Terrier.
What was this breed bred for?
According to the
Irish Terrier Club of America
(ITCA) is an old breed and has long been an essential part of
many Irish families because of their "... courage and ability to
guard its family against intruders and the instinct to kill the
vermin that abounded, while living in peace with the children,
the livestock, and the rest of the family. These very qualities
are still to be found today."
What is their energy level?
They are energetic
dogs and require regular exercise. The ITCA warns that Irish
Terriers must always be kept on lead, yet they require running
and playing in secured areas.
What type of grooming will they
have a double coat. The Irish Terriers seen in the movies and at
dog shows have their top coat stripped. This is a timely process
that needs to be done 2-4 times a year. Coats can also be
clipped, although many breeders warn this will affect coat color
and texture. Coats should be brushed regularly, and they shed
What other personality traits do
One of the functions that made the
Irish Terrier so popular in Ireland is his guarding ability, and
because of this the Irish Terrier can be territorial. They are
smart and independent, yet they love to be with their people. If
left to their own devices they will find their own type of fun
(in the form of shredding paper, barking at people and things
Some background on the actor
that plays Rex?:
According to the
website rottentomatoes.com, Rex was played by four Irish
Terriers, named Stryder, Frodo, Arwen and Rohan.
"We got these
dogs specifically for this movie," said dog trainer Ursula
Brauner. "This is their first 'acting experience' so we had to
teach them everything from scratch."
were on set to assist with turning this canine quartet into
For more info visit::
The Irish Terrier Club
Irish Terrier Rescue
Meet Trainers Academy, LLC's favorite Irish
I need to thank
you and the fellow instructors of my puppy class. Both Murphy,
my 4-month-old Irish Terrier—yes the same dog as seen in the
move FireHouse Dog, and myself learned a ton, not only
from the things at class, but what we worked on at home. Irish
Terriers can be a true challenge to train, even though they are
fun, curious, intelligent high energy dog that can be confused
as being hyperactive. So, the best training for any dog,
especially an Irish is one that is full of FUN, FOOD, and
PRAISE. In this regard, the Trainers Academy came through in
I also took the
advice of your staff before starting the class, to enroll Murphy in
Dog Daycare the day of Puppy Class, so that his attention during
class would be more on my instruction, then on the others in
class. This was easily the best advice anyone could have given
Murphy & I are
continuity working on the training we received and are still
seeing daily improvements. Again THANK YOU!!!
-Lance & Murphy
Puppy Class Graduates & DayCare Player