Why a pet franchise could be an excellent career choice

Why a pet franchise could be an excellent career choice
There’s an old idiom which states “find something you enjoy doing, and you will never work a day in your life”. If you love animals and would like to transform your passion for pets into an opportunity to earn, one of our pet franchise opportunities could be perfect for you.

Research shows that approximately 59% of households in the UK are home to a pet – the majority of which are dogs (33%), followed by cats (27%). Most pet owners agree that animals help improve their quality of life, and with so many pets in the UK it stands to reason that there’s a large market for feeding, minding, pampering or training our furry friends.

This means that there are almost limitless opportunities for owners of pet franchises to be successful throughout the country. However, before we delve into how to get started with a pet franchise, let’s consider the reasons why it could be an excellent career choice:

1) Variety
There are all different sorts of pet franchises for sale to suit all lifestyles and requirements. From pet food retailers to boarding kennels, every animal lover should be able to find a business model that suits them. Pet franchises can even allow you to combine a love of the outdoors via dog walking or tending to livestock. Whatever your abilities and preferences, there’s a UK pet franchise opportunity for you.

2) Flexibility
The beauty of being your own boss is that you can choose your own hours, as well as your own location. For example, you may choose to run a boarding kennel from your own home, or perhaps offer door-to-door deliveries on pet food products. Others choose to operate a mobile service. Whatever your choice, you won’t necessarily have to front the expense of renting a premises solely for the purposes of conducting business, which increases the likelihood that you will enjoy a healthy return on investment from the offset.

3) Growth industry
According to the Pet Gazette,UK dog owners spend a total of £57 billion on their pets each year, excluding medical costs and pet food. While some owners will be willing to spend more than others, this figure is encouraging news for anybody thinking of opening their own pet franchise.

The online statistics site Statista also confirms that pet ownership is on the rise. Over the past year, it is estimated that animal ownership increased by approximately 18%. Experts say this growth can be attributed to many people spending increased amounts of time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with pets bringing solace and comfort to many during the lockdown period.

4) A tried and tested model
One of the most daunting things about starting a new business is the fear that you might not get things quite right on the first attempt, or that you might lack the skills needed to succeed. With a franchise, you gain access to a tried and tested business model which is guaranteed to succeed, provided you are willing to put the work in.

This means you won’t have to worry about trial and error – you’ll simply follow the steps provided to achieve success. In addition to this, you’ll be provided with training, and you’ll also have a network of other franchisees to liaise with. This will help you to ingratiate yourself into the franchise culture and ensure you have a helping hand when you need it.

5) Save on marketing costs
When you buy into a pet franchise, you’re becoming a part of a successful, well-recognised brand. While other start-ups often face expensive marketing and advertising costs to drum up custom during those initial few months, your pet franchise will already be instantly recognisable to millions of pet lovers around the country. This gives you a head-start as your potential customers will already be familiar with your brand. It’s a form of trustworthiness that simply cannot be generated via standalone startup companies.

6) Greater purchasing power
In general, standalone businesses have a greater failure rate than franchises. This is because franchises already operate on a proven concept. However, another reason why franchises are so successful is because of the sheer size and power of the ownership network.

Franchise groups have the opportunity to buy products in bulk at huge discounts, whereas standalone businesses cannot usually take advantage of the discounts offered by manufacturers who sell in bulk. The savings made by the franchise group operator can be passed onto the franchisee, allowing them to benefit from lower supply chain costs.

As the statistics above prove, there’s never been a better time to consider a UK pet franchise. If you’d like to turn your love of animals into a full-time job where you can enjoy being your own boss, why not see what pet franchises we’ve got to offer? Alternatively, feel free to contact us for more information about pet franchises for sale London based, or pet franchises opportunities available around the world.

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Wire Fence Celebrates International Day of Friendship by Offering Donation to Pet Charity

Fence supplying company Wire Fence decided to celebrate International Friendship Day by donating 100% of their profits made on the 30th of July to a pet rescue centre or charity.

There are millions of pets needing aid and rescue in the UK, therefore the company wants to mark this occasion by raising awareness of this issue. Pets are loyal and amazing friends and they are worthy of being celebrated on a holiday dedicated to showing appreciation towards those who we have special bonds with.

Wire Fence are currently open for applications from charities, and any UK based charity is welcome to enter the competition.

The application process involves the following steps:
Go to their Facebook page
Find their post about this event
Share the post publicly
Collect as many likes as you can on your shared post until the 30th July.

The donation will be sent to the charity who collects the most likes on their shared post until the 30th of July. The winner will be announced on the 2nd of August.

Wire Fence is dedicated to helping those in need. They decided to support a different organisation each month by organising a fundraising event. Read more about this charitable initiative here.

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The Best Vans for Dog Groomers and Walkers

The dog has widely been considered man’s best friend because of its unflinching loyalty, unconditional love and excellent companionship. But these special friends will often need special care and attention when their human moms and dads are at work or otherwise unavailable. Many dog lovers will take up a career in dog walking or grooming because of their special affinity to these terrific animals. This is especially needed by those who have to be at the job but want their four-legged friends to enjoy fresh air, exercise and proper grooming.

Today, dog care has become a booming business. The popular website, The Good Dog Guide, was launched in 2011 and lists over 10,000 dog care professionals, providing support to millions of UK dog owners. For many people, the life of a dog care worker is ideal, but many more will find the setbacks are considerable. Did you know that London has the highest number of dog walkers per capita In the UK?

In the following article we will take a closer look at the various activities of the average dog walker or dog groomer and take a look at what types of features they should consider when choosing a van that will suit their needs. We will then take a look at some of the options on the market now and examine what it is that makes some vans more ideal for dog walkers, groomers and those that care for dogs.

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Why do dog walkers and groomers need a van?
The average dog walker will charge £10-£20 an hour for their services and this often means taking out more than one canine out at a time. This means that they will certainly need space in their van to collect several dogs of several sizes and transport them to a place where they can be walked. For this reason, the size of the van is very important.

If you are a mobile groomer for canines and felines, you will probably need a large enough space in the back of the van for you to set up your equipment and various cleaning agents and still have space to work on an animal that can be very large. Your grooming center will include hairdryers, baths and benches where you will work on hair and nails. Then you will need enough space to accommodate your size and allow you to move and work well.

What size vans do dog walkers and groomers need?
We have spent time looking through forums on the topic and the general consensus is that dog walkers often work in teams of two and therefore need the capacity to comfortably transport as many as 10 medium sized dogs at a time.

Some professional dog walkers have mentioned that an average sized car is sufficient for transporting 2-3 dogs at a time. But when it came time to upgrade their businesses, they found that getting a van was the most logical step. The Peugeot Partner had the capacity to hold up to four good sized cages. If you will be considering working with greater numbers of dogs, you will need to consider how many cages can be properly fit in the back of your van so that you can safely transport more than a few dogs.

If you are a groomer you need to consider that not all the animals you will be grooming will be petite felines or chihuahuas. This means you will want to consider getting a van that can potentially hold a large St. Bernard and allow you the space to address the animal adequately.

If you are a mobile groomer you will need to consider how the fixtures, appliances and benches will be arranged in the back of the van you choose. It is a good idea to have some idea of how this will work before you choose the van.

What modifications need to be made to the van?

Dog Walkers
The dog walker can take advantage of some special additions and modifications that can make their work considerably easier. The most common thing is a set of cages in the back of the van. Different cages, designs and materials will vary in their costs. Some of the more costly options will even have climate control to keep your canine clients cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are even vents and motorized airflow channels that can keep the dogs as comfortable as possible during their transportation. Then, you will probably want some storage space for poop scoops, towels, leads and anything else you may need on hand to function optimally.

You should also consider that your dogs will probably have some “accidents” in the back of the car and this can include vomit, urine or fecal matter that will need to be cleaned regularly. Make sure the floor and sides of the van are easily cleaned and hosed down.

Dog Groomers
If you are looking to break into the dog grooming business — the cat grooming business has also been booming recently — you will need a different set of modifications for your van.

The inside of your van will have to be 100% waterproof, because you will be bathing animals. You should also make sure that the temperatures can be controlled because you will be working in the van during all times of the year and this can include the extreme cold and you will want to be comfortable and make sure that your clients are also comfortable.

You will need to have a bathing area that comes complete with a shower head. You will also need the work bench complete with restraints so that clipping nails and trimming hair is an easy task. In addition to these essentials, you will need the right storage space to accommodate a wide range of storage for brushes, clippers, scissors, towels and brushes. Because you will be working all hours of the day, you will also need to ensure that you have ample lighting.

Naturally, you are not going to find many vans on the market that already come equipped with your parlor on wheels. But you will be happy to know that many different companies provide this service.

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What Is A Doodle? Different Types Of Doodles Explained

A doodle is the name given to a dog that is mixed between a poodle and another breed and they are becoming increasingly popular and commonly sought after in the canine world. Besides their sweet appearance and cute name combinations, the appeal for many owners is their low maintenance coat that doesn’t shed, great for those who suffer from allergies.

While a Labradoodle tends to be the most well-known, there are now many other variations with a total of 37 known doodle breeds! This includes Goldendoodles, Schnoodles, Double Doodles, and many more. While there are many different types of doodle dogs, they aren’t all the same. The size, energy level, and temperament can vary from dog to dog and so it is important to understand the personality traits and requirements of each type of doodle. On the whole, doodles are known as affectionate dogs that thrive on human company.

Before contemplating which doodle is right for you, extensive research is necessary to ensure that the demands of the dog are catered to. If you are uncertain in regards to the different types of doodles, below we have included explanations to give you an insight.

If you were interested in getting a doodle for your home, it is possible to check out some doodle adoption services in your local area.

Labradoodles are known as one of the most common types of doodles. A Labradoodle is created when a labrador is crossed with a standard or miniature poodle. With affectionate but sociable personalities they display impeccable calmness in their temperament and are renowned for their intelligence. In fact, their temperament has gained them a reputation as excellent family dogs.

Just like Labradoodles, Goldendoodles are extremely popular and they possess qualities that are found in both breeds used to create them. They have easy going and friendly personalities similar to the temperament of a golden retriever, and the intelligence of a poodle. Goldendoodles are also known for their athleticism. While they will not hesitate to join you for a nap on the sofa, they love being active.

A Schnoodle is a hybrid of a Schnauzer and a poodle and while their appearance may be considered unique, this certainly hasn’t hindered their increase in popularity. Their appearance can vary significantly as both parent breeds come in different sizes. While poodles can be categorized as toy, miniature and large, Schnauzers come in miniature, standard, and giant variations. Schnoodles have gained a reputation as sociable dogs that love affection.

Aussiedoodles are known for their patience and calmness and have inherited some favorable qualities from each of their parents. As a mixture between an Australian Shepherd and a poodle, they display energetic and affectionate qualities that make them a great addition to family homes.

A Sheepadoodle is a mix of an Old English SheepDog and a Poodle. While their loving and smart temperaments make them a great option for single-person households, their energetic and playful character traits make them excellent family dogs too. They are praised for their obedience and loving personalities which are displayed through their affection towards their owners.

Double doodle
A Double Doodle is a hybrid of three breeds and is a cross between a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle. Their genes identify three different dog breeds; a poodle, a golden retriever, and a labrador. For this reason, the personality of a Double Doodle displays traits that are displayed through each of the breeds. They are known as calm, patient, and intelligent dogs that take to training practices well.

While a husky doodle may not be the most common type of doodle dog, they are developing in popularity. As a mixture of a Siberian husky and a poodle, they have the coat of a poodle and the markings of a husky and are one of the larger types of doodles. Known for their sociable personalities and energetic characters, they are an excellent choice for active owners.

A Whoodle is a type of doodle that has been created by mixing a soft coated wheaten terrier and a poodle. Although Whoodle is their most commonly known name, they can also be referred to as Wheatendoodles and Sweatendoodles. Whoodles are known to be very friendly dogs that love human company. They often display affection and are also playful and intelligent.

The Bernedoodle is a mixture of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle and comes in toy and miniature variations. Although they are said to display stubborn personality traits, on the whole, they love affection and human interaction and are a great option for those with families.

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A Dog’s Support: 7 Types of Walking Aid Accessories for Dogs

Paralysis in dogs is a severe problem which could be caused by many reasons, such as spinal injury, genetic disorders, injuries caused by accidents, and many more. For many pet owners, it is a huge heartbreak seeing their pets not able to walk again.

The legs of the dog’s body are the most affected area, and the burden of not being able to walk again is most likely traumatizing for every dog. Therefore, several walking aid accessories were invented to assist those dogs that are unfortunately unable to walk again.

These walking aid accessories will give these dogs the feeling of becoming independent again. Now, if you’re up to know more about a few of these accessories, take a read.

Full Support Wheelchair
When we talk about accessories for walking aids, there are many wheelchair options for dogs that will surely help to keep their balance to walk again. One of these accessories is the full dog wheelchair that comfortably supports your dog and does not put pressure on the shoulders or front legs.

To remain active and retain their movement, dogs need a device with full-body support. Hence, a wheelchair with four wheels will be helpful in supporting the front and back weight of your dog. You can also adjust its tightness, making it easier to use than traditional wheelchairs for pets.

Rear Wheelchair
Unlike the full support wheelchair that offers full-body assistance to dogs, this rear wheelchair only offers assistance for dogs with lower back or rear leg problems. The rear wheelchair is positioned at the back of the dog’s body, where two wheels support the dog’s rear. It gives aid by enabling your dog to stand straight and get the workout they needed.

Using this type of wheelchair will help dogs who can’t still lift their rear or back legs. Also, keep in mind that there are different types of wheelchairs for dogs with different specifications and use. It’s always a good thing when you know what type of accessories best fit your dog’s needs.

Body-Covered Lift Harness
A lifting harness is a sling that attaches a long handle throughout your dog’s body. It is crafted to enable you to raise your dog while entirely holding the chest and stomach. This accessory will give you a way to assist your movement-limited dog just by softly lifting on the handle. It will help the dogs move around without them feeling the heaviness of their body.

The padding is quilted from the braces to the entire structure of the harness to provide proper stability. However, note that some lift harnesses are made entirely of lightweight materials. Still, a few have hardened handles, and other parts might be appropriate to lift a heavier dog. Therefore, when picking a suitable lift harness size, consider your dog’s weight.

Lift Rear Harness
There are times when your dog can’t always rely on the comfort provided by an entire body-covered lift harness. That’s why the lift rear harness was created solely to help dogs with back issues. This harness is designed to secure only the back legs of your dog. By doing this, their walking difficulties can gradually improve.

The exterior part of the harness is made from sturdy fabric. For optimum comfort, the interior is filled with lightweight fleece. Since it will be placed at the dog’s back, it would still allow the dog to urinate or excrete when wearing the collar. It is very convenient and isn’t troublesome to use.

Unfortunately, if your beloved dogs have lost two of their back legs and the front legs are the only ones functioning, the best walking aid accessories that can support them are scooters. For comfort and longevity, the scooter base is filled with cell foam padding. It is made out of a light and comfortable coat that lines the dog’s chest and neck sections.

The dog will be sitting on the scooter, and with the help of the scooter’s rollerballs, the dog can comfortably glide in any direction with a continuous smooth motion since it was designed for quick movement. However, rollerballs are not too helpful with outdoor activities. That’s why it’s only decent for indoor walking exercise.

Amputee Leg Ring Cover
An amputee leg ring cover is used with wheelchairs, so dogs with leg disabilities can use their wheels properly. This can help improve the dog’s comfort while being bound to the wheelchair. By covering the leg ring, this will make your pet more relaxed while moving around.

Usually, it is composed of lightweight material because it will serve as the cover of the legs. Since it’s made of soft materials, it can be easily cleaned and dried, which can be a good thing. Lastly, bear in mind that leg ring covers come in various sizes to make sure it fits different dog sizes.

Leg Braces
If dogs are in a bad state, such as having an injury, these dog leg braces offer protection and stability. It helps to alleviate joint pain and swelling and help them walk more steadily. It is a compression brace made of materials that provide comfort and protection to the dog’s legs without compromising flexibility.

It also helps dogs recover from trauma and any joint problems and can be used as a prevention method for aged dogs that are more at risk of injury. Note that when one of the dog’s legs is injured, the other leg will eventually follow suit since the disability can create an imbalance that can affect the dog’s movements. Therefore, leg braces are vital during this time to lessen the dog’s burden when walking.

Dogs are valuable companions of every pet owner. Therefore, when they need additional support, do not hesitate to give them appropriate assistance, especially in walking problems.

Regardless of any leg problems like arthritis, fatigue, joint injury, damage caused by accidents, or struggling to walk because of age, you should know how to take care of your dog and provide them the care they need. Walking aid accessories are made to give them comfort and help them recover their sense of being independent.

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“Virtual” Dog Training

Dog Training

As several countries, including the United Kingdom, gradually relax their “lockdown” restrictions (albeit with distinct differences across our constituent nations…), it is worth reflecting that although many businesses have sadly had to suspend or severely curtail their physical operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a fair number [including us, here at The Dog House Rules www.thedoghouserules.co.uk ] have been able to continue in the “virtual” space.

Education and training is a key area of course, where there is already a vast range of material available online and providers focused on physical delivery have moved quickly to add to this. This includes “live” conferences in our own canine world for instance, offering wider access and additional features in the process.

Dog (and other animal…) training itself may not be an obvious candidate for “virtual” delivery, given the traditional view of how it has operated in-person, through classes or private sessions.

However, taking dog training online is not merely feasible, it actually has a number of benefits for the client, the dog and the trainer. Of course, there are various aspects to be considered, but we are likely to see an ongoing and sustained shift towards this mode of delivery.

“Virtually” the Same…

There are elements of dog training and behaviour services that clearly cannot be done online, such as training your dog for you through options like Day Training and/or “Walk & Train” (see note below) or that may be inappropriate for safety reasons, such as bite aggression directed towards the handler. Most of the time, however, we are in “coaching” mode, teaching the owner and potentially other family members how to train their dog and design their own training sessions, whether it is foundation behaviours, new “tricks” or even advanced skills. This is a great opportunity for those who are still furloughed, on reduced hours, looking after family or self-isolating and likely to be seeking new activities. Those newly working from home will have some extra time without their daily commute. Children can get actively involved and the dogs will love it too!

Although animals (it does not just apply to dogs…) do introduce a whole new set of variables, there is actually very little difference between the physical coaching process and the online version. When the trainer is not in the same space, the potential impact of this for the dog and the owner is removed. Another major advantage in the current context is that it is of course totally risk-free from the COVID-19 perspective. Despite those 5G stories, the virus cannot be transmitted electronically!

Having said that, along with the general considerations, there are a number of elements to be addressed for the client and the trainer:

  • Technology
  • Approach
  • Communication/Interaction
  • Preparations
  • Environment

[Note: It is possible within Government guidelines to do coaching in person outdoors and also training or walking your dog for you, with a proper risk assessment and all necessary precautions in place. We have COVID-19 Risk Awareness Certification. However, many people will understandably choose the absolutely safe “virtual” option.]

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General Considerations

People may focus on the challenges or barriers in working online, such as the technology or thinking that the trainer actually needs to be there to observe the dog in action. However, similar considerations exist in other sectors and there are a number of distinct advantages. It drives best practice on the part of the trainer in various ways – the overall approach, profiling, observation and communication, as well as planning and logistics. A more normal, less stressful environment is maintained for the dog, avoiding “strangers” and other distractions (like someone else with treats!) and there are no additional safety concerns. The client may also be more comfortable without new people in the house. Of course, appropriate safeguards and precautions still need to be in place for an online presence. There is more flexible scheduling and the opportunity to help a much wider (potentially global…) population through a particular niche or specialism that may not be readily available to the client physically in the local area.


There is already a very high level of “engagement” with internet technology, in particular through smart phones with social media and communication applications. Another outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that with the severe restrictions on gatherings, people have turned to these online tools, including those who have never used them before. Services such as Facetime, Skype, Google Duo, WhatsApp and Zoom have seen a dramatic increase in usage as physical meetings become virtual ones. The business and professional world has been doing this for some considerable time of course, but even those who would normally shy away from such things are embracing video calling and sharing activities remotely with family and friends such as quizzes, games, singing, dancing and so on – the list is endless and limited only by imagination and creativity. So, the technology itself is much less of a barrier here and instruction in its use can be given directly and/or through widely available videos produced by the software organisations and by users themselves. If necessary, a regular phone call can be used initially to guide people. Quite often there will be youngsters around who are already experts!

We use Zoom (www.zoom.us ) for consultations and coaching, due to its reliability and simplicity for the client – it is free for them, they do not need an account and simply have to click on a link sent to their device. For the trainer, Zoom has additional features and flexibility as well as being scalable, to run classes and webinars for example. We add WhatsApp for follow-ups between sessions. With the recent Zoom upgrade, both are now fully encrypted and secure.

The other key elements are video and sound at both ends and the connectivity between client and trainer. For the client, a smart phone is usually fine and typically has a very high quality camera. It is often helpful to have more than one angle and a family will typically have other smart phones, a tablet or laptop that can be used for this. They simply log on to the session as another “participant” with the same link, just making sure that only one device is enabled for audio to avoid echo problems. It is also possible to connect a second camera to a laptop and switch between the two.

Zoom is very tolerant of internet connections and generally works well even at low speeds. A strong and consistent WiFi signal within the local environments is important though.

Everything can be recorded and a recap at the end can be “trimmed” and provided as an instant summary for the client.

The trainer may want to invest in a more professional set up for “live” and recorded demonstrations. Video is a very effective training mechanism and now an essential part of the “toolkit”. The sessions themselves would be recorded.


We employ only science-based principles with a positive approach and never condone any form of coercion or correction. Unfortunately, we do hear stories of trainers grabbing dogs from their owners and forcing them to do something or punishing them for not complying – an option that is removed online. If the owner themselves is asked to do this, there is no “pressure of presence” and they can simply and literally switch off!

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Communication & Interaction

There may be a tendency to get “carried away” in an online session in particular and the welfare of the dog must always be paramount, along with the attention span of the owner!

Carefully structuring the sessions will help with this, incorporating frequent breaks and alternative activities for humans and animals alike.

The best approach is to break everything down into small steps, with clear and concise instructions. We use TAGteach (clicker training philosophy applied to humans: https://www.tagteach.com/). We explain the skill, why it is important, including extended practical uses in “real life” and then use the “WOOF” principle:

  • What you want
  • One thing at a time
  • Observable or Measurable
  • Five words or fewer

The initial session is likely to be an extended consultation, gathering information and exploration of options, including management. Coaching will probably then start without the dog, introducing the owner to the core principles and practice, demonstrated by the trainer using video, a toy dog, their own dog or even a “dog hand”, which they always have with them! In subsequent sessions, the first part would review progress, ideally supported with video taken by the owner. The actual training is kept very short, typically just a few minutes at a time, with reviews and adjustments in between. The owner can practice (with video) before the next online meeting. The second part can then be focused on a “show & tell”, followed by the next stage or something new, broken down into those small steps.

Again, the advantages are that the trainer cannot be tempted to “take over”, they have to explain and demonstrate everything very clearly and carefully and also there are no additional distractions for the dog!


Being fully prepared is of course another essential aspect for both trainer and client, whatever form the interactions take. When working online, it is even more important to ensure that the client has everything they need readily to hand and the trainer has planned out the session carefully and in detail, including actions to be taken under particular circumstances – people and dogs are not necessarily predictable!

Connections are also not 100% reliable, so there needs to be a clear plan for this situation.

Items required by the client will depend on the exact method being used (for instance a clicker), but will typically include a treat bag/pouch and tasty treats, already cut into small pieces. Also appropriate are food puzzles, kong, toys, chews etc to keep the dog occupied whilst they are not actually engaged in training and a mat or bed for them to rest on (or in a crate if this has been appropriately trained), plus of course a plentiful supply of fresh water. For the trainer, as well as the plan for the session, a timer is essential – in “silent” mode to avoid disturbing the dog, who may be wondering where the noise has come from! It may be helpful for the client to use wireless earphones so that they can still hear the trainer clearly and have full movement without encumbrance.


A quiet, well-lit environment is important and distractions would be introduced gradually, so any other pets and children would ideally be in another area, unless they are to be directly involved in the session. It is also important that the dog has an “escape route” and safe place whenever they need it.

Having an appropriate space is also vital, so that both dog and owner can be in full view. This is both to observe the actions of owner and dog, but also to check the body language of the dog. The camera angle will affect this and as mentioned above, it is possible to have another device as an additional “participant” and a second camera connected to a laptop for instance can be used. This will only be needed for the “live” training in the second part of the session.


Whilst some training can only be carried out in the physical space and that may be the owner’s choice and preference, online training is here to stay.

There are a number of advantages for the dog in terms of lower stress, familiarity and fewer distractions. It is safer and encourages best practice on the part of the trainer.

Potential unfamiliarity with the online environment can be readily addressed and it is well worth considering for any owner.

Ask your trainer about their approach and ideally, to go through a checklist with you. This will ensure you are comfortable that they are fully prepared and have covered all of the key requirements.

Please feel to free to contact us if we can help of if you have any questions.

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Article supplied by: Stephen K Bell – The Dog House Rules

Must-See Places in the UK to Check Out With Your Pooch

With many dog owners considering their four-legged buddy as part of the family, a lot of establishments in the UK make it a priority to also make sure their patrons’ pets are well-provided with whatever they need. So if you’re making plans to roam around the country with your pet, you won’t have a hard time picking a destination that’s pet-friendly and accommodating. Below are just some of these places.

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Lake Windermere
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly attraction where you can spend an entire day bonding with your four-legged companion, try visiting Lake Windermere in Cumbria. Lake Windermere is the largest lake in the Lake District National Park and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. With countless pubs, cafes, restaurants, and attractions to welcome you and your canine buddy, it’s a great place to spend quality time with your dog.

Lost Gardens of Heligan
Since its restoration in 1996, the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has been open to the public as a tourist attraction. Idyllic and magical, the garden is a beautiful place to check out with your pooch. Aside from featuring Europe’s last remaining pineapple pit and a few rare livestock and wildlife, the garden is also home to two amazing sculptures, the Giant’s Head and the Mud Maid. Plus, management isn’t so strict when it comes to pets; all they ask is that you tell your dog to behave while on the premises.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is among the best zoos in England to spend the day with your dog. More than 260 animal species live in the park, and with over 160 acres of parkland to roam around, you can rest assured that your four-legged buddy would have a terrific time there.

The Cherub Inn
The Cherub Inn is easily one of England’s most dog-friendly and eye-catching pubs. A quaint 14th-century establishment, the pub is situated inside the town’s oldest building, still sporting the old ships’ timbers it uses as its frames and exhibiting a historic ambiance. The pub proves that many good things still come in small packages, and although it’s not as large as most other pubs in the country, it’s still one of the best bars in the UK where you can sip Dartmouth pride with your pooch.

The Dog House
But should you ever grace Scotland one day, have a glass of Scotch whiskey in the Dog House. Situated along Balloch Road and located at the foot of the majestic Loch Lomond, it’s the most awesome pub in Dunbartonshire. Not only will you drink in the stunning sceneries the county’s landscape has to offer, but you’ll also be able to drink their one-of-a-kind Loch Lomond Ale while in the pub. Meanwhile, the establishment also provides treats, water bowls, and dog doors for your canine buddy, keeping him content and happy while you sip your own drink in peace.

Old Swan & Minster Mill
There are also lots of canine-accommodating establishments in the UK where you can have a bite to eat and a place to go on a staycation. One of these is the Old Swan & Minster Mill restaurant. Located 15 miles from Oxford and 11 miles from Blenheim Palace, the inn is a favorite haunt for many dog owners. Combining contemporary design, luxurious comfort, and delicious menus with the rural and historic charm of the area, it’s a place you should include in your dog-friendly list.

The Beach Hut
Vibrant and lively, the Beach Hut restaurant of the Watergate Bay Hotel not only lets you and your dog enjoy the views and sounds of the nearby sea, but it will also serve you both with some of the best dishes you’ll ever taste. While there, you can snack on fries with rosemary salt, have one of their Cornish-beef-made burgers, or even try their fish and seafood dishes (these are freshly caught by local suppliers, by the way. Easy on the eyes yet still imaginative, the Beach Hut and its menu can bring you and your canine together in ways no other restaurants could.

Keep Your Canine in Mind While Planning
A getaway with your pooch is as much as a break for them as it is for you. By choosing dog-friendly destinations, you’ll be able to make better sure they’ll have fun on your holiday together.

Deinah Storm

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Author’s Bio:
Deinah Storm is a pet lover from the US that’s had cats and dogs all her life. When she’s not walking the dogs with her family, she spends time writing informational and interesting blogs about pets to share with pet lover communities.

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How much research do we do before adopting a dog?

Something which may surprise a lot of dog owners recently emerged in the news, as the results of a survey from Legal & General revealed that one in every three dog owners did little to no research before deciding on which breed of dog to adopt.

This may feel like a high number, but as some of us know it’s sometimes the dog who chooses the owner rather than the other way around.

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Out of those surveyed who did their research before adopting, common considerations for settling on a specific breed was size at 43%, followed by temperament at 41% and 34% who considered their breed based on their lifestyle. 11% of people surveyed thought about how much adopting a dog would cost, and just 7% looking into the price of insurance policies.

Considering the numbers, it isn’t much of a shock that 14% of owners said that they had five or more visits to the vet in the past year. 45% of owners also revealed that at some point they have also had to pay a visit to an emergency vet, which can come with astronomical costs.

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Worryingly, 36% of owners revealed that they don’t have pet insurance, with 46% saying that there is no need for it. Thankfully, 48% of owners said that pet insurance is a life safer (and will surely be made up of those who had to visit the emergency vet!)

Sadly 6% of those surveyed said they were unsatisfied with their chosen breed, so to help lower this number Legal and General have released the Breed Selector, an tool which, instead of allowing you to choose the ideal dog for you, allows a dog to choose you as their ideal human.

It’s a fun tool that asks about you, your home and your lifestyle, and matches you with a breed which fits in with what you’re looking for.

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As we all know, owning a dog can be hard work, but it is also rewarding and can bring love and joy to our lives. Whilst research is important before deciding who we want to bring home, we can’t always decide who we fall in love with and want to join the family.

For more information on pet insurance from Legal and General, more information is available on their website.

Waggy Tails in Untouched Wales

It’s exhausting fetching sticks, being a loyal friend and companion, running after balls, day in day out! So Menai Holidays is offering your best doggy friend a FREE holiday! Now that is something to wag a tail about surely? And not only that but we can show you all the dog-friendly places where you and your best friend can go together.

  See our full range of Dog-Friendly Cottages here: https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/cottages/types/dog-friendly-cottages/

However, it doesn’t stop there. Once your cottage is sorted we have your rest and play covered too. With our newly launched website not only can you find the perfect dog-friendly cottage but you can research and find …

Dog-friendly beaches https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/see-do/beaches/dog-friendly/

Dog-friendly cafes. https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/eat-drink/cafes/dog-friendly-cafes/

And… dog-friendly walks and attractions. https://www.menaiholidays.co.uk/explore/see-do/attractions/dog-friendly-attractions/


So that wherever you go, your dog can come too! We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends very soon.

See our blogs on dog-friendly cafes in Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Llŷn and on dog-friendly beaches.

There is some small print to our “dogs go free” offer, so read on!

Bookings must be made between midnight 1st October & 31st October 2018 but you can stay between 1st October and 15th December 2018
The maximum we’ll pay towards dogs is £50. If there is a higher dog charge (staying for multiple weeks, or having more dogs than this amount covers) you’ll need to pay the difference.

Only one discount per customer
Dog owners can take full advantage of this offer by entering ‘WOOF18’ in the notes when making a booking online and hey presto, Menai Holidays will pay for the cost of up to two of your dogs to go with you for free, up to a maximum of £50.