Prepare for puppy love on Chants Ave

Published: Friday 6th January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Sports Centre on Chanterlands Avenue is about to branch out into pet fitness thanks to new venture Dogs Playpark.

Conceived and created by Katherine Middleton and Beth Allen, the 10,000-square-foot facilities will open in a few weeks. Many dog owners have already subscribed to monthly membership, with many more expected over the following months.

We met up with Katherine to find out a bit more about this doggy wonderland and how it all works.

What exactly is Dogs Playpark?

It’s a large indoor grassed area. It doubles as a safe space for dogs and a place for owners to play and train, creating a community of likeminded dog lovers.

We want dogs and humans to be safe from theft, and injury from foreign objects such as poisoned meat, glass and tins. We promote off-lead play in a safe, secure, lit, dry environment.

Can you tell us about the planning stage?

The idea came about in March 2016 over tea and cake. Beth and I were both unhappy in our current jobs and feeling we had more to give.

Dogs Playpark is something we thought that, as dog owners ourselves, we would use. Also, we believe that it’s needed in the city, so why wait for someone else to do it?

What are the benefits for both dogs and their owners?

There are many advantages for the dogs. Membership includes training sessions such as obedience, agility, flyball, scent work, heelwork and tricks classes. This keeps them mentally stimulated, which in turn means happy dogs. They are also free to socialise and make new friends.

The benefit for owners is that their pets are safe and healthy during play. The dogs will also get tired out, guaranteeing a good night’s sleep.

Customers get access to friendship opportunities too as part of a huge new community.

Best of all, no more wet dogs at the end of a walk. Your carpets will finally be safe from muddy paw prints!

Can you tell us a little about your own pets?

I own a dog, Mabelle, who’s a Basset Bleu de Gascogne. She is so cheeky and I love it! I also have a horse, two goats, two rabbits, three Maine Coon cats and a gecko.

Beth owns four dogs and four cats. Needless to say, we’re animal fans!

When can people and their pooches start visiting?

We’re looking to soft launch for pre-booked members on 30 January. The full launch will follow shortly after.

How does membership work?

Memberships are £30 per month for unlimited use and classes are included. We will also have a day care service, shop, cafe and dog groomer on site.

This means that our human visitors can enjoy a cuppa and cake whilst our four-legged visitors get some exercise. We’ll be serving up locally roasted coffee, Yorkshire Tea and a range of tasty snacks.

Are there any requirements that dog owners need to bear in mind?

Dogs must be vaccinated or titre tested, microchipped, and have a collar with an ID tag. Also, females in season aren’t allowed due to issues that this may cause.

If you’re interested, visit www.dogsplaypark.co.uk for more information, including membership offers and classes. We’re also very happy to answer any queries via our website and social media channels.

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Published: Friday 6th January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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