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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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FAB FAB FEBRUARY.

Firstly February has been the cat sitting month, I have taken a new booking for June, but also I was looking after Polly, then Baz Aggie Lennie, then currently Esmee and Luna for two weeks we half way there with that, then Thursday and Friday I popped in on Queenie to do a short two day duration for her, and last night a new cat visit duration started for Ole and Tin tin till Sunday more.  So what I am wanting to do with the cats is cut back especially on twice a day visits and the ones that are far from home, when it comes to the evening and the weekend I don’t actually want to drive far to cat feed, money is okay but its not amazing especially when you count unsociable hours and the cost of diesal, so I am going to be much more careful about what I do. Which includes no more cats in New Mills.  I have a lot of cats I see in Whaley Bridge, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith even one or two in New Mills, but what I don’t have is any in Chinley so until that happens I am happy to cut back on the far away ones like New Mills, I know I am only in Chinley but to much driving makes me stressed, also the roads, percent state of being dug up, parked cars everywhere you go so lots of stop / start it can be a nightmare driving round here.

So the dogs !! so Peanut a border terrier came to me via another dog walker sending me the enquiry so I have thanked her for that and puppy Ralph has come to me via my some of my long term clients so what I am realising more more, writing blogs, social media , flyer dropping ‘ if I do that ‘ only achieves so much, the real form of advertisement now is word of mouth and reputation, so I am glad that it is working for me, as I am over the moon with Peanut firstly and also the prospect a young puppy going us.  Peanut is great she’s been on three walks, gets on with everyone is a typical high energy terrier she is only 8 months old I am very attached to her already !! She is also awesome in the van as she first to be collected its another five stops before we get to the walk it took almost an hour last week before we got to walk. 

So puppy Ralph starts twice daily week after next, I went to meet him and he’s adorable, glad to report he is completely different personality to a cockapoo puppy I took on last year which did not work out, the other cockapoo who joined me last year Gracie is absolute angel, she is high energy dog and I always look forward to her twice weekly walks, so with Ralph I will have four cockapoos on my books in the history of Little Happy Hounds Ralph will be number six !! So I would say I know the breed I definitely love the breed thats for sure.  The other thing I love about Ralph is he is apricot coloured, Max, Bobbie, Bridie and Gracie are all jet black, Gracie has some amazing grey making on her face, the first Betty I looked after years ago was amazing array of colours, white , black patches of tan! So plan is to work with Ralph during puppy visits, he will be getting some puppy training of a trainer and then I am hoping he can join group walks at 4 to 5 months old, I am not rushing though when he is big enough older enough has recall etc,  very exciting times only second month of the new year and we have new dog and new puppy ! 

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Ralph

 

 

So what I really need now is new dogs on Fridays ! When the last few New Mills dogs left in 2018, as I was centralising the business it left a gap on Friday, usually this would of filled very quickly but combination of not advertising and all the new dog walkers meant had no enquiries that day !! I enjoy being quiet on Fridays but again I still need a new dog or two that as at the moment I am not actually covering the fuel I am using to collect the few dogs I have ! 

So February has been kind month for Little Happy Hounds,  minus the weather bit, I have not enjoyed that at all, I am looking forward to March. Both work wise and personally March will be a great month !! firstly Its my very significant birthday and I have one or two little things planned to mark the occasion as its a big one, but I am also entering a new era, I want to focus on my health now and try and get a bit fitter, I am also returning home for few days going up to Newcastle, to see my dad, I have not been to Newcastle since 2017 I think.  And just before easter we were planning a long weekend away for my birthday and we were thinking Robins Bay, Whitby kind of area I have never been and its suppose to a area of outstanding beauty for walking, so we have to get a wriggle on and get that organised I have already booked time off from work. 

for all new enquiries or more information you can visit the main website , 

http://www.littlehappyhounds.co.uk

We are also on Instagram, Facebook, and twitter, 

little happy hounds, dog services, began life in New Mills in 2012, we offer dog walking, cat sitting, puppy visits and other services, like smaller pet visits, or toilet visits or home visits for elderly or injured dogs.  I am fully insured, offering over seven years of hands on experience from a established pet care business, 

Little Happy Hounds pet sitting and dog walking services,  is a local business based in Chinley with clients in Furness Vale, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, I am a trusted key holder, police checked, very caring, highly experienced. For discretion when your pets are home alone, I don’t wear company uniform or drive a branded van, I strongly feel its safer that way. 

Aaron 07732261549 or email info@littlehappyhounds.co.uk

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Hello March

So a new month and March has not gotten off to a good start at 9:00 am on a Thursday morning for the first time ever I have completely closed Little Happy Hounds due to the sever weather conditions, yesterday we pretty much also closed did a few toilet visits today 90% of my clients cancelled. 

We have sever snow from Siberia, really cold temperatures,today thick snow on the roads, I was so upset yesterday as I have not seen one of my clients since last week, and having to cancel on others, since everyone cancelled on me today I don’t feel so bad, I thought its a good day to blog about what awesome month February was as we go from strength to strength as a small local business in the High Peak.

So were to begin so many new and so many cute clients, for 2018 in general, we had gaps as Mario took sometime off last year, a full time client of ours, Chico also took sometime off and has now left he was also full time, and Holly left us a dog we saw three times a week, usually that is fine as I get lot of new clients, its worth noting Mario Chico and Hollie left for their own reasons, nothing we did as a business I stayed in touch with Mario as they communicated with me their plans, so the door was left open for him and he has returned, I stayed in touch with Hollies owners I always hoped she would comeback to us, sadly few weeks ago she passed away, RIP Hollie doggy ! I think Chico left as she was maternity leave.

but last year enquiries dried up, the dogs I did take on, two in particular messed me around , and in the end work wise I did not enjoy 2017. So over the Christmas break I took the decision to turn things around, work wise, in mind wise, and I think last year was important and because, it reminded me who we were as a business what we offer as a business, and now I feel we doing very well.

So this year Pippa joined our walks, lovely westie puppy, I walk her brother a schnauzer, so I was seeing Pippa daily in last few weeks of 2017, once we got into the new year she eventually joined our walks in late January, have to say she has been amazing for a young dog and as I predicted in her ballsy westitude personality has fitted in perfectly with the other dogs , we all adore her. 

Then just after January in a matter of days we took a seven year old cocker spaniel Monty ad hoc arrangement, and at the same time the most cutest 4 month puppy ever Ozzie, his owners said there were happy for him to walk up to a mile at his age and my lunch time was just over that, anyway he came on walks, for four weeks now not had any problems with him at all, I work on recall but as he’s has gone to puppy training and it shows, he is a brilliant little dog. Everytime I walk him I feel fortunate and blessed. Monty is beautiful lad and they have now changed his arrangement from ad hoc to one regular walk a week term time. As a dog walker both these lads are a dream come true as they are so well behaved on walks, so socialised, a pleasure to walk. 

Then in the same week as I said yes to  anew  9 week old puppy called Ralph, Mario came back full time. Ralph is this tiny sweet Lhasa apso puppy, I knew when I met him he was going to be very special to me as a client, as he reminds me so much of my own dog at that age, he was booked in for four puppy visits this week, due to the weather I have done just two ! His owners are great they have already taught him to sit on command, so I am just doing a mix up of feeding him, cleaning up after him, toilet training, and recall at the moment, once a few weeks have passed I will start lead training in their garden, I aiming for the four month mark for him to come on walks, but I am happy to wait longer if the owners feel he needs more time, once vaccinated I will do his puppy visit 15 minute walks and build it up from that.

More new clients ! in the shape of the Little Happy Cats, Lizzie and Mow Mow, and Walter. Lizzie and Mow Mow are new cat sitting clients I looked after for a weekend a few weeks back Mow Mow is 20 years old geriatric for cat, he looks really good for his age, I have seen a lot of elderly cats ! Lizzie is only two a black cat they rescued, both very sweet enjoyed looking after them it was doddle as the set up was so organised.  We also met new cat Walter,  I know his brothers clients of mine, Whirley and Hector but they got a new cat and he is adorable pic below very playful, So February was also a success for pets sitting, I personally cared for Eustace, Lizzie and Mow Mow, Cat, Minuit, Baz Agatha and Lennie, Minuit, Cat, Roary, Walter Whirley and Hector, and Ole and Tintin! My cat sitting adventures took me to Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxworth, Funress Vale, Hague Bar, Birch Vale and New Mills, all areas we cover for Little Happy Cats cat sitting services. 

February we also did lots of amazing dog walks, for our clients, our dog friendly places were Eccles Pike Chapel-en-le-Frith, Lantern Pike, Hayfield, Taxal, Toddbrook Whaley Bridge, 

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Walter