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Judith Owens-Poole and Jeff Poole

Judith shares the Fircroft affix with her mother Mary Owens (another of Ireland’s top trainers) and she and Jeff own 3 Border Collies, 3 German Shepherds and a Portugese Water Dog.

When it all started …..

Jeff started Working Trials in 1980

Judith started Obedience in 1977, Working Trials in 1981 and Agility in 1985

Their most memorable occasions …..

Jeff says: National Police Dog Champion 1998 and KC Working Trials Champion in 1999 with GSD Latchets Quartz – ‘Dax’

Judith says: Ireland’s first Triple Champion – Show, Obedience and Working Trials with BC Fircroft Fascination ‘Chani’

The couple’s other successes include …..


  • Currently competing with two GSD’s at top level in both Ireland and U.K.
  • Winner of Irish Working Trial Green Star in 2005 with Latchets Boss, ‘Boss’.


  • Making up 5 Working Trials Champions, 5 Show Champions and an Obedience Champion.
  • Winning the KC CC at Dundee Championship Working Trial in 1998 with BC Irish Working Trials and Show Champion Fircroft Apache ‘Jace’.
  • Winning the KC CC at North East Counties Championship Working Trial in 2006 with Jace’s son Irish Working Trials Champion Fircroft Doon ‘Brody’.

DogWise, Canine Training and Behaviour Consultants

Judith has over 20 years experience of many aspects of companion and competition dogs and Jeff has been involved in dog training for over 30 years and served as a Police Dog Handler for 24.

DogWise, an hour’s drive from Dublin, offers Obedience, Agility, Ringcraft and (new for 2007) Puppy Socialisation classes – using only motivational methods of training.

There is a shop on the premises with training accessories, toys and food (including CSJ). contains a wealth of information about the company’s services and background and is well worth a visit …………..

To contact Judith and Jeff:

Phone: +353 87 2832455

North East County Championship 2006

North East County Championship 2006

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