Martin & Brigitte

Proprietors: Martin Noonan & Brigitte Schorn Noonan

14_250wA1-K9 is a purpose built Boarding Kennels and Training Centre located on a stunning property in the rural picturesque area of East Cork between the villages of Knockraha and Watergrasshill. Our kennels are specifically designed to provide an environment that will cater not only for the physical needs of all dogs but will also ensure their emotional wellbeing.


18_250wBased on extensive research we designed and built the Complex to a very high European Standard. Our main objective is, to provide all dogs with a comfortable and stress free environment and their owners with peace of mind whilst they are apart  from their canine friend.



Martin’s professional expertise stems from training family- and working dogs (search & rescue, water rescue, working springers, detection) for over 25 years.

With his dog Che he is involved in IPO sport (competition obedience/protection/tracking at the highest level) nationally and internationally, which allows him access to the most progressive training methods based on the latest and up to date international research.

Brigitte, an internationally experienced professional educator (studied and qualified in Germany) specialises in Behaviour studies and applied Canine Therapy in the Boarding Kennels.

The findings of those studies are effectively used in the A1-K9 Behaviour Seminars and Training classes to explain and successfully communicate the CA.MO.FO principle.

At our Training Centre it is our objective not to just help people deal with problem dogs, but to solve the problem entirely. For us, Dog training is not a job but a vocation – a vocation that we love.