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August happy hounds new beginnings.

Not blogged for ages ! Little Happy Hound is doing very well, after the covid-19 pandemic and I am glad to report my small. business is almost out the woods now, its been an interesting last few months, new dog walking clients, new cat clients, returning cat clients, long term dogs leaving, new reviews and all in all things are going extremeley well. 

So I think our last new dog I blogged about was Zelda the bassetoodle, since then we now have Toby the Bichon-Frise and now we have new golden doodle Maude, I also have a new dog lined up to join us in September and most recently I got a dog walking enquiry today I am going to meet them  tomorrow ‘Thursday’  and the dog is starting her walks on Friday! So since March we have had seven new dogs join us at LHH or will do very soon. 

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new client Toby Bichon

So I finally heard from some clients that I had not heard from since before the lockdown six months ago, three of our regulars from two households have left the LHH building for. various reasons due to the covid-19 pandemic, we wish them well. 

We also got a new cat sitting client Horace, I looked after him last week, he lives just around the corner from me in Chinley, he is a rescue cat from the RSPCA not been with his current family very long, has a lot of health issues, but it was fine looking after him, he needs supplements and medicines added to his diet, I looked after him twice a day for a week, then we also got a returning clients Poppy and Scamp booked in for the end of August and a very last minute cat sitting gig is starting this Saturday another new cat sitting client of mine again I Chinley I looked after their beautiful cats Fridgey and Lupo for the first time in February this year and now again from Saturday !! 

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new reviews

I have had some lovely new reviews on Facebook page and on our listing the freebuisness index, big thanks again to all the clients who are supporting me as a small business. 

And lastly  we have been having some amazing dogs walks as business is quiet I’ve been doing slightly longer walks on some days, as I have less dogs in my walking groups we have been able to do different walks, as the constraints of a bigger group isn’t there, like doing walks that require on and off leads, because of roads, cattle etc I wont usually do these walks with big groups but with smaller groups much easier, cant see me wanting to take more than five out maximum again, definitely no more groups of six thats for sure.

So nearly all our new dogs have come from Whaley Bridge with one being from Bridgemont, just after Whaley, I also cover Chinley where I am now based, I also have dog walking and cat siting clients in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxworth which are all areas I cover in and around Chinley High Peak, as of 2018 we stopped covering New Mills, Hayfield and Birch Vale and centralised the business, 

Little Happy Hounds has now been in operation for 8 years in this area, with all our new clients I feel like we are about to start a new chapter and I am definitely looking forward to the next 8 years, as a dog walker I walk in small well organised groups, off leads, when its safe to do so, we also offer a very experienced, very caring puppy visits services, and our personalised cat feeding service, little happy cats. As a small local business, I just cover the local area around Chinley, Whaley and Chapel, I have no employees at all, offering a more caring, more personal touch to the services I offer for all my lovely clients, I am fully insured, with pet plan sanctuary, I am DBS checked, I have a clean driving license, I drive a unbranded van to offer for more discretion for when I collect your pet or feed your cat for when your not home. 

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Maude and Zelda new clients

if you have an enquiry for me for dog walking puppy visits or cat sitting services, find me on Facebook, or visit the main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

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you can also email me info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

or call me 0773226549, be sure to leave a detailed voice mail and I will get back to you, 

January 2020 blog

So I have not wrote a post about Little Happy Hounds in a while on this blog, I have been concentrating my efforts in writing posts on the blog that is part of my website, http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk so a post on here a long over due. 

So far the new year has been kind too me, we are having a milder winter so works that little bit easier, its always very knackering dog walking in cold weather and in winter in general. So I have had some changes, I have new cockapoo puppy  Ralph Joining me in February for twice daily twice weekly puppy visits and eventually he will be moving on my lunch time group walk, Tuesday and Thursdays, I have new dog gizmo the Shih Tzu joing us for a walk once a week, like Ralph the new puppy he is also in Whaley Bridge, and a lady contacted me about a terrier cross in Buxworth so I am hoping she will come back too me again this all for next month, so if those three join Little Happy Hounds it will be a busy February, I wont able to take new dogs on until Ralph is a bit bigger as puppy visits play havoc with my dog walking schedule. Anyway lots of positives. 

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Two lovely doggies I walk left, a German shepherd and rescue dog, I have walked them for five years, they are from the same family, the little one Ruby  who is a rescue has always been a bit skittish in the past she has run away from my walks, so for the longest time I kept her on a lead but last year I started letting her off, anyway two Fridays ago she ran away and from me for no good reason really, for me  it was the last time, beyond the stress of a client vanishing, I was working with a tummy bug so I was already unwell, anyway I found her. Once I spoke too the owner about the scenario I wanted too do some changes in how I am walking them. I offered too do lead walk only around the park for her or if they wanted too leave it was totally understandable and it would be on good terms with myself, on top of Ruby being skittish, she is also deaf and elderly, her German shepherd sister Amy is also advancing into her twilight years, anyway they left. I was a bit shocked at the enormity of it I have walked them for half a decade I am very fond of both of them; thats the thing with dog walking you get emotionally invested in other peoples pets !! I have been down this road before it hurts but I have too switch off put my business head on, and be thankful that they all left on good terms with myself. So I will miss them but onwards and upwards. 

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Amy and Ruby I will miss you both x

January has been busy, I have done some cat sitting gigs, Baz and co and queenie, and a lot of my regular clients have asked for extra walks so last few weeks and next week, its been busy, one dog I see usually three days a week, asked for four until March then a few ays ago asked fro friday as well for the next two weeks so she is now albeit temporary like a full time client, lovely springer I walk called Roxy joined us last year, and she is just one of many of my dogs who have asked for extra walks. 

So I am taking moment too appreciate how steady work is, new enquiries, but also in the face of so much competition now, so I am looking inwardly at Little Happy Hounds, and wanting too highlight the things I love about the business whats working and what isn’t, I don’t advertise which is a problem, but I have now started writing more blogs, my next task is a new flyer too convey the new message of 2020 and I am considering a flyer drop.  I can take on more cat sitting and smaller pet visits nearer too home, I have spaces for new dogs , Fridays possibly Wednesday and if anyone wants a later walk about 2 onwards that viable most days, everyone always wants the lunch time walk which was partly  why Amy and Ruby were such great clients they were flexible about what time I could go for the girls. 

So too conclude, January 2020 has been fabulous for me a small business  as a dog walker, I am fully insured, this coming August little happy hounds will be 8 years old, I offer discretion for when your not at home, I don’t drive a branded company van, I specialise in proper dog nature walks, as a dog walker we go to the Goyt Valley and other places in the Peak District, I walk in small groups, off leads, I am a one man show as small local business I guarantee a more caring, reliable approach when it comes too my pet care services. Longer and shorter walks can be arranged in advance.  I am based in the village of Chinley, I have regular clients in Chinley, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak Derbyshire. Puppy care, cat feeding and dog walking services, find us on Facebook. 

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the summer 19.

So I have not posted on this blog for a while I have been focusing my attentions on the blog attached to my website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk lots happening at Little Happy Hounds including moving to Chinley. 

I have had a lot of cat sitting work on plus my usual dog walking gang, I am currently looking Little Happy Cat Roary and his hamster sister Bow Bow. Returning clients of mine I see a few times a year, Roary is the sweetest kitty cat very easy to look after and always very happy to see me ! He gets a once daily cat visit. Video below is his visit today ! 

 

With cat sitting I cover Chinley Whaley Bridge Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, we have been looking after cats in the High Peak since 2012. Little Happy Cats offers a very personalised and very caring pet sitting services. We are fully insured, highly experienced, very caring and a trusted key holder, CRB checked. Other services include dog walking and puppy visits. 

Aaron 07732265149 or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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so this week I have seen and heard things with other businesses locally, I want to clarify the Little Happy Hounds ethos in this post on this dog blog, basically who we are and what we do as a pet care business in Derbyshire High Peak.

so as I am a one man show I can’t walk unsocialised dogs, dogs with aggression, or 1-2-1 dog walks. I actually put a clause in my contract last year about dog aggression. So in the beginning I walked two dogs lovely little doggies who hated other dogs and I began with solo dog walks, eventually threw socialising I had them both on group walks. However I have done that now don’t really have the time to do that again. My walking groups are a safe space, were all my dogs are highly socialised with other dogs, if we see dogs out and about on leads who may have problems we give them a wide birth. My appreciate some dogs have not had the best starts, my heart goes out to thumbnut my role isn’t to train those dogs, so sadly we just look after friendly dogs, dogs that love other dogs.

So I am not a dog trainer, again, I am just a dog walker. I use positive reinforcement with my dogs, if I find they are being unruly depending on scenario I will tell them off firmly verbally, and put them on leads. Again, threw out the walk I practice recall, rewarding them with treats and praise. If we see Joggers I get them in to one side again shower them in praise and treats and keeping them still. If we see dogs off leads approaching I assess the situation I am more than happy for my clients to say hello to other friendly dogs off leads. 

Again I see my role as a dog walker, to have fun with the dogs, take them interesting rural places, I avoid the crowds, we go off the beaten track. I want my clients to have exercise, fun, to be mentally stimulated, to socialise with me, other dogs, some clients are working from home others are out all day so I am making sure all the dogs get an hour, plus the car time, on quiet days we do longer walks. Its worked for me for six years, we have had no dog fights amongst the clients, they are brilliant in the car, I drive an estate car and they are sometimes with me for 35 minutes even an hour in the car as I cover Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Birch Vale. Again I fasten my dogs in, if the dogs are on back seat we have seat belt harnesses, in the boot I have a dog guard.  So all in all the little happy hounds way works for me, works for my dogs and works for my clients. We sadly don’t offer dog home boarding, I am not licensed for one thing or doggy daycare, we offer dog nature walks, cat sitting and puppy visits. 

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk