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service spotlight- puppy visits.

So away from the dog walking one of the services I provide at Little Happy Hounds is puppy visits / puppy care/ puppy sitting.  I provide puppy visits in the areas of Chinley, where I am based, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Furness Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire. Other areas maybe covered, for enquires, call 07732265149 or visit main website

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

or find us on Facebook, 

https://www.facebook.com/littlehappyhounds/

I can also be emailed directly info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

So like most of our services this is a very personalised service. I call in to visit a young puppy, once or twice a day, break up a long day at home alone, feed them, provide company, cuddles, playtime, and I also offer praise based training, recall, bite inhibition and lots of socialising. 

I am not a trainer at all so I strongly advice all clients with puppies to join a puppy training class, I have to say in the years I have been a dog walker it shows which puppies have not been to a class and which ones have.

A lot of dog walkers especially around here, offer puppy visits but do they do offer the training I do alongside my visit or is it just cuddles ? I am big believer in socialising little and often with young dogs,  every scenario going, walks in busy places, people, walks near busy roads, its important to get your puppy use to lots of different sights and sounds, I also do recall, toilet training,  socialising and bite inhibition, what tends to happen at Little Happy Hounds the puppies eventually go onto to one of group dog walks, which is really special for me as I have obviously built up a very strong bond with the puppy so for them to become my dog walking client is a honour and I find the ones that have been my puppies first, listen to me, have excellent recall and are very happy well rounded dogs.

 

My experience, is varied, I have read puppy training books, I recommend serval to my clients, I also have puppy experience through dog ownership and of course I have puppy experience running little happy hounds for the last 8 years I have cared for many puppies during this time. 

https://littlehappyhounds.co.uk/testimonials/

Like with all our services, I am fully insured, we are a small local business I have no employees all the care is provided by me, I am DBS checked and that certificate can be viewed at your meet and greet upon request, all the puppies you will see in this post on this dog blog are current dog walking clients that I have had the pleasure to care for from being tiny little happy puppies ! 

other services include dog walker, cat sitting and pet sitting.

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half term high peak.

So this post in my dog blog is about half term in the High peak and challenging weather we have had this week as a dog walker, its pretty much rained, rained heavily lots of flooding all over the uk, we have had two storms, today was just the icing on the cake, very heavy rain indeed.  Its not been easy I cant stand driving around watching the roads flood as its only in recent years its happened I have lived around here since 2005. 

 

:- new clients Lupo and Fridgey.

so I have had a few dogs off this week with the holidays but let busier as I have cat sitting several lots of cat clients.  I have a new cats sitting client in Chinley, last year we had two new clients in Buxworth, I very much want more pet sitting clients nearer to home, as its weekend and evening work and I don’t particularly want to head into new mills twice a day at the weekend, 

It was all very last minute booing with newbies so I had not met them when I collected key, until today, I was pleasantly surprised at them both female, Lupo and Fridgey, they are both so stunning, Lupo very tactile. They are having a once a day cat visit, are outdoor cats, just feeding, litter tray maintained. Mother cat sitting clients I am caring for at the moment are Esmee and Luna, over in New Mills, the last visit is this Saturday I have been popping in once a day now for almost two weeks !! Tomorrow is a dead day so my weekend starts this eve, got just one walk tomorrow two cat visits, I am hoping for a dry day we will see.

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Luna and Esmee clients since 2016.

Just a reminder, I am newly based in Chinley, but have been covering this village for pet care services since August 2012, some of my first clients were in Chinley and Chapel. Initially we lived in New Mills, then we spent five years in Whaley Bridge, then June 2019 we have moved for the long term to Chinley, Little Happy Hounds is a local caring pet care business, I am fully insured, DRB/police checked, I am a trusted key holder, reliable and very experienced in pet sitting, dog walking and puppy care, if you here any different ‘consider the source’ ….

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Aaron 07732265149 info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

 

November 19

So with the run up to Christmas we are busy at Little Happy Hounds, this post is about the business what we do and the walks we have been on in November 2019.If your interested in any of our pet care services please feel free too ring me 07732265149 or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk with your enquiry, we also have a main website with lots of information, services, testimonials , and gallery http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

So this last few weeks I have been avoiding walking the dogs up on Eccles Pike for various reasons,  the main one being it was October half term so not comfortable taking groups of dogs up there when everyones off work schools are closed. 

so I have been traveling further out too make sure my dogs have a great walk, various terrains, quiet places so they can enjoy a proper walk off leads. As a dog walker we walk in small well managed groups, all my clients have good recall so are off leads, the places I have been going are the Goyt Valley and Taxal.  Last year I centralised the business a bit and we stopped covering New Mills, I had a few dogs in New Mills but the majority were in Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Chinley, I basically did this too cut back on car time, it was literally raking too long to pick dogs up, A555 has done many wonderful things including making the A6 much busier.

So I tend too do three one hour groups a day, the first two my morning and lunch time group tend to be busier and my third walk is always nice and quieter less dogs on that walk , so older dogs, ad hoc dogs can go on that walk, just depends what time of day people are looking for, with travel and the dog walks I work 9:30 too about 4 most days sometimes later with the cat visits.

So now I have dog walking  and cat sitting clients in Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and Buxworth which are very much areas we cover. Little Happy Hounds is fully insured, trusted key holder.  Puppy visits, dog nature walks, and pet sitting. 

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When I started the business back in 2012, there was not many people dog walking, the few I knew of were word of mouth ‘mature ladies’ shall we say, few were doing it the way I was website, using social media, how things have changed seven years down the line, in the face of all the new competition, we are still here as a small local business, still thriving and still focusing on our ethos, which is to provide dogs with excellent countryside walks and too offer the most caring personalised service we can, here is too the next seven years as I feel with my new van and my new clients our recent move that I am just getting started. 

Winter has landed in the High Peak I have some niggling cold which is not. helping but everywhere is feeling cold, wintry, dare I say it very muddy. The next few months are going to be busy with the dogs I walk and the cat sitting bookings, over the Christmas period I take a bit of time off and return second week of January fully charged raring too go. The photos in this blog are all recent from last weeks dog walks and cat visits. find us on Facebook too follow our adventures in full.

Aaron

Why Choose Little Happy Hounds.

So in this post I will talk about the dog walking, cat sitting and puppy visit’s work I do. We live in such sparsely populated area a few villages a few towns and let me tell you we have far to many dog walkers in our area now, ‘my humble opinion’ if your reading this and want to make a quick buck don’t it will take you ages to get new dogs that are not part of your friend and family network, that being said about new dog walkers its not effected our pet care services at Little Happy Hounds, even with the new ones who have uncut everyone by charging slightly less, you get what you pay for in my mind.

I think the reason we have no seen this affect us at Little Happy Hounds is firstly I have very loyal caring client based.

Secondly I think of my business, my dogs, cats and their humans as one big extended family I will aways go that extra mile to look after and accommodate all my clients.

So how I am still getting new enquiries in the face of such new competition; with huge branded brightly coloured vans every corner I take,  I like too think that its  firstly word of mouth, secondly facebook Instagram and twitter were I demonstrate what we do, thirdly blogging.  But who knows. its working whatever it is, thank you everyone. 

So within this realm of pet care its not very well regulated, common sense needs to prevail, you wont catch me with my dogs off leads crossing the dam bridge in between the two cars park at Fernilee for example; something I have now seen two new dog walkers do, it’s a road, a quiet road but a road all the same.

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You will not catch me walking down Eccles lane from Eccles pike on my mobile phone with two dog clients on leads and then fail to move out the way of traffic; again something I have seen lately I try very hard not to use my phone when I am with the dogs full stop; except for taking pictures at an appropriate time, again common sense needs to prevail.

If other new dog walkers don’t like me writing these things, then don’t do them were I can see them. End of the day when is see these things it really hurts my feelings as people have no idea what their dog walkers are doing with their pets, being a lovely person does not make you a great dog walker. 

Lastly is it ethical??  There are some breeds I just wont walk and have been asked as they are so interbred they have to have nose jobs to help them breathe, nope , I don’t want that responsibility or that representation for Little Happy Hounds. 

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Also with what is ethical, walking a group of dogs all off lead except one nervous one, or aggressive,  on a flexi lead. I do walk two sisters one of fleix again this is very much a 1-2-1 two sisters dog walk, don’t get me wrong I use a Flexi for my own dog when I am off work,  however I would not use one with large group of dogs its inappropriate and at its worse dangerous,  nor would I walk any dog with aggression or nervousness within my pack of happy socialised dogs, its not ethical if you do that your greedy trying to walk as many dogs as you can. we are not trainers or animal behaviourists we are Dog walkers and pet sitters. 

I could go on but don’t want to come across as a meany, when all I ever have done want to do is provide safe comfortable group walks for my dogs, were dogs get on are happy to be out and can be trusted off leads when its safe to do so. 

I offer Maturity, I am a married man, in my very late 30s, home owner dog owner I  have lived a very full happy life as a result I am a teenage girl walking dogs living at home. I am very a incomer of the High Peak area my home will always be Newcastle upon Tyne in mind but we just love the High Peak and living in the National Peak District park boundary is now a dream come true. We moved to New Mills in 2005 Whaley Bridge 2014 and mostly recently have found a permanent home in Chinley our new house is within the boundary of the Peak District.

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Branded uniforms, I see lots of new businesses on social media posts , creating emphasis on this that they have amazing shiny new branded uniforms, I am with dogs most days I don’t see clients other humans most days,  so too were a branded uniform is not going to benefit anyone especially me, its not what I am about, my appearance goes out the window when I am knee deep in mud covered in dog hair, so to walk around in branded and neat uniform makes me want to burst out laughing. I wear whats comfortable when I am out with the dogs.

Also with being non uniform comes discretion when I am walking  smaller groups I don’t want all of  in sundry,  knowing I am a dog walker, I am wanting to blend in when I can so wearing and uniform wont allow me to do that, plus visiting clients homes when your at work, on holiday for cat visits; wearing a uniform letting myself in and out your house at set times rocking up in a branded  van its all a red flag for me; if anyone is watching your home you have had it…

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So I am a one man show, with seven years experience running little happy hounds, prior to that I looked after friends cats and through dog ownership I have had a lot more experience than the seven years.

At Little Happy Hounds we have done and will do walk dogs of all breeds and sizes,   however we specialise in the care and dog walking of smaller breeds, my own dog is Shih Tzu cross, I have walked Shih thus  cavapoos, Chihuahuas Westies and all sorts of smaller doggies since we began life the clue being in the name of the business. 

My puppy service is  not just about keeping a puppy company while your at work, I will advice all new dog owners, help with bite inhibition, recommend vets, groomers, aides, trainers, help with  recall, socialising and toilet breaking  I have looked after  a lot of puppies and hopefully helped a lot of my clients out along the way in in fact lots of our little happy hound crew were puppies first. Thats very special for me as I get very attached probably too attached and form a very close bond with my puppy visits come dog walking clients. 

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Dog nature walks, so when I can I avoid parks low level flat walks and fields, I take my dogs on adventures, sometimes longer than hour, I walk in small groups , I allow lots of time off leads, work on recall and obedience, and in general make sure my dogs have fun, exercise, play time, my walks are varied Eccles Pike and Goyt Valley being two of my favourites and the dogs too.  A phrase I have blogged about since 2012 about my LHH walks is ‘ off the beaten track’ and it really is I try very hard to avoid people cattle sheep and walk the dogs quiet places however sometimes we do have to go busier places so my dogs need to have good recall.

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Cat sitting. So when I am not out in the peaks hiking with the LHH woofs I am cat sitting. So this is visiting peoples homes when they are on holiday, its primarly cats but we do get a lot fo smaller pets, recently I looked after a heard of alpacas and chickens, this service is very personalised, so I have indoor cats outdoor cats cats that hug me cats who hide from me, elderly cats who need medication, so I offer a very caring, very experienced cat feeding service, I try and cater for everyones pets specific needs.

Trusted key holder, years of experience, offering a very personalised caring pet care services at all time, we cover Chinley, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth and Chapel-en-le-Frith High Peak. 

all the photos in this blog are from last few weeks, if you want to follow our dog and kitty cat adventures to the max find us on Facebook, Little Happy Hounds and Little Happy Cats or visit the main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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last few days new month of May 19

Crazy busy last few days at Little Happy Hounds, lots of great dog walks, pictures below are all from this week its been a great week, as a dog walker I walk in small groups, off the beaten track in the Peak District countryside, I have clients in Whaley Bridge, Chinley , Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, which are very much areas we cover for dog walking, cat sitting, and puppy care. 

 

All the pictures in this post on this blog are from some of the walks we have been on in the last few days, as you can see we are blessed with lots of very sweet dogs, you can follow our adventures on our facebook pages little happy hounds and little happy cats. We a small local pet care business fully insured, years of experience, reliable and caring. 

  • from 2019 we no longer cover New Mills,

Easter Kitties.

So I have been rubbish at blogging lately, I have been so busy mostly walking the dogs, that I have not had much time to post about all things Little Happy Hounds, I am currently enjoying some time off work so thought today would be a good day to write a post about what I got up to over the easter break. 

I never got around to booking anything holiday wise, it was my partners big birthday so by the time I had organised that then other little things kept popping up and getting in the way so in the end we decided just to take the time off and enjoy our local countryside and go for walks in and around Derbyshire the peak district.

We went on a five mile walk on Easter Monday from Wash up to Brown Knoll,  via Shire Oaks farm, then on Tuesday we did a Higher Disley walk I have not done in ages, over Black Rocks, through the grounds of the Moorside Grange, over Whaley Moor onto Start lane Whaley then back to Higher Disley via back the end of Lyme Park. 

I always take a week off at easter, with the dog walking its not easy managing the dogs on walks when everyone is off work, my walks are busy for three weeks over April and Easter as schools close different times so take a breather away from all the crowds is brilliant, I only really took Tuesday to Friday off as I was automatically closed for dog walking Good Friday to Easter Monday, plus I was working I was looking after cats all of last week the last one finished on Tuesday. 

So I was looking after the little happy cats, Eustace, Queenie and Roary, I could of had another one but it was to late notice wise, in general its best to book in advance, especially if its a new client or I have not seen the cat in a while, its easter weekend, I had a birthday party to arrange so three cats was quite enough thank you. 

Anyway my cat care took me to Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Birch Vale all three of these clients are once a day cat clients. As these are regular long term clients, I have started to just charge one extra visit to cover the easter weekend bank holiday surcharge so say one cat had five visits, three of which fell on Good Friday,  Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday easter Monday, I have added a visit, so charged for 6 visits, again this is because they are regular clients, new clients would be charged double time for easter.

Prices.

So prices changed in 2019 so far clients have been fine about that, one daily visit is £8.00 and two daily visits is £13.00 for up to three cats, bank holidays will incur a extra charge.  Little Happy Cats offers a very reliable a very caring alternative to the cattery, caring for your cats at home.  I am fully insured, CRB checked, a trusted key holder and I have been caring for the cats in and around the High Peak since 2012. dog walker, puppy visits, pet sitting. 

Aaron, 07732265149, or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

Other services include little happy hounds, dog walking and puppy care. Follow our adventures on Facebook. For our pet care services we cover Chinley, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge. 

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This is just my extra blog to write posts about whats happening with Little Happy Hounds, for contact details, galleries, information on services and testimonies page visit the main website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk.

Our emphasis is on dog nature walks, off leads, when its safe to do so, we walk in small well managed groups, years of experience, fully insured, I am a trusted key holder. 

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We offer cat sitting, dog walking and puppy visits services, we cover Chinley, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge, and Chapel-en-le-Frith High Peak. So little happy hounds turns 7 years old this August, there are no employees I run the business single handily with my dog Scrappy, he is shortie, yorkie x shih tzu, the picture below is us in our younger days, Scrappy will be 10 years old the end of this month, back in 2012, I combined my love of dogs and cats and walking and hiking into business, a business that has gone from strength to strength with each year. 

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2019 a busy year for LHH

so in this post on my doggy blog we will talk about the last few months a new year for Little Happy Hounds and the services we offer, currently in Whaley Bridge.

so as a small business the last 2.5 months have been very kind and a brilliant success, I am being very careful about who comes on board, as I have very few spaces especially for dog walking clients. We did take a cockapoo puppy Max last month. 

One of the changes for 2019 was that we centralised things a bit to meet the new extra traffic on the roads, so we stopped covering the New Mills area, and concentrating our efforts closer to home in and around Whaley Bridge. 

The other change was I put my. cat prices up, as I was operating at a loss when the cats were busy because of the cost of fuel, but also working every weekend and most evenings, all my clients who have contacted me about a new cat siting booking have not minded the price rise, it was £7.00 one visit £11.00 two daily visits, its now £8.00/ £13.00, for the work I do I think that is about right. Beyond the actual details of the service I do the main thing the most important thing I think for pet sitting service I offer is the level of care I offer and the reliability I offer. 

The main part of Little Happy Hounds is the dog walking service we offer. As a dog walker I have been walking dogs in the High Peak for seven years this coming August, I walk off lead, offering lots of exercise, time to sniff and roam safely, I look for quiet walks, away from the crowds, we cover the following areas, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith High Peak, services include puppy care, cat sitting and dog walking, trusted key holder, years of experience, fully insured, local pet care business. 

Aaron 07732265149 or email me info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

For more information on Little Happy Hounds, visit our main website 

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk 

You can also find us on Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook. 

doggy days

so we are almost at the end of January, so far 2019 is so far turning out to be a good year for Little Happy Hounds, I am considering a new puppy client, we are getting weekly enquiries, I am keeping busy taking my dogs on long nature walks all in all everything is fabulous.  My dog friendly walks include, Taxal, Hayfield, the Goyt Valley and many others, in the High Peak.

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Countryside dog walking. 

So the big thing I do as a dog walker is I take my clients off the beaten track, all my dogs come off leads on walks, I strongly feel its the best form of exercise for them, I try and work on their recall and my voice command as much as possible. As well as voice control I try very hard to avoid other people. This post in my doggy blog, is about the services we offer, dog walking, cat sitting and puppy visits. Its also about the areas I cover for pet care, we are based in Whaley Bridge Derbyshire, we also cover Buxworth, Chinley, and Chapel-en-le-Frith, we are fully insured, trusted key holder, a small caring reliable local business, all your dealings, all of the care for your pets is undertaken by myself, offering the best personalised care. 

#LHHPETCARE2019

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Enquires vacancies available.

So its not often we have dog walking spots available, but due to transitionary period were we are no longer covering New Mills, we have one or two spots for new doggies, in Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley. We have had a number of enquiries however as a small business with just myself running the show I have had to say no and recommend someone else, this is because the enquiry has not fitted with what we have available.  Its not that I am picky but I am a one man show and whoever comes on board needs to fit in with my other dogs and how we do things at Little Happy Hounds.

What we offer.

  • Years of experience, Little Happy Hounds pet care began life back in 2012.
  • fully insured, small local, caring pet business.
  • as a dog walker I walk in small groups off leads,
  • reliability, compassion and lots and lots of attention and care for my dogs.
  • we specialise in the dog nature walk, off the beaten track, making the most of the Peak District countryside.

What we are looking for.

  • We only walk highly socialised dogs, who like other dogs.
  • excellent recall, good on and off lead.
  • well behaved and quiet in the car. We are sometimes driving for over 40 minutes picking dogs up before the walk.
  • In the vicinity of Chapel, Whaley, Chinley, High Peak.
  • we only have spots for single dog households on Monday, Thursday Friday Lunch times.

If your interested in any of our services, puppy visits cat sitting or dog walker, you can email me info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk or call me on 07732265149, this is just a extra blog we do, we also have a website http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk with testimonies, gallery, contact information, and another doggy blog. We are also on social media, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and youtube. 

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