Woofers Walkies is 5 years old!
I’m not quite sure how that happened either, but it’s true. It’s been 5 years since I officially launched, Woofers Walkies is 5 years old!
5 years ago I nervously shared my new business’s Facebook page. I hadn’t told many people what I was about to do. Yes, I was worried about their reactions. In my head even I thought it was a mad thing to do.
Just 5 days earlier I had left my secure, well paid job of 21 years. A month before that I handed in my notice and the only plan I had was to have 6 months off. Except my brain came up with combining my huge love of dogs and my love of walking. Hence after 4 days being unemployed I was suddenly running my own business.
Woofers has walked a fair few miles
During our 5 years over 150 different dogs have enjoyed our unique adventure style walks. Doing an average of 40 walks a week and covering around 100 miles a week we have walked the equivalent distance from the North Pole to the South Pole since Septemeber 1st 2015.
Along the way we have used approx. 6200 eco-friendly poo bags and worn out 3 pairs of walking boots, 2 pairs of wellies and 4 pairs of trainers!
Play, Engage & Train
Late last year I expanded the business further to include training and the Woofers Training Academy was born.
Alan who joined Woofers in 2017, has devised some fantastic dog and puppy training courses that include my signature system; P•E•T® – Play, Engage & Train.
It is the same system we use on our adventure style walks that helps to keep the dogs focused on us rather than running off to other distractions.
This year has obviously been especially challenging due to the Coronavirus which saw both sides of the business temporarily closing down.
It was during that time closed that I wrote my first book “The Lockdown Dog.” Its aim was to help dog owners manage their dogs during the restricted time and support for helping their dog cope on their own once owners returned back to work.
I was amazed to find that it was in the top 50 for all kindle books in May this year.
The future looks full of puppies!
Both sides of the business are now open again and I am especially pleased that we have been able to add puppy classes to our services.
Puppies were the most affected by lockdown. For some it happened at a key time of their socialisation period. When they should have been getting out and about and experiencing the sights and sounds of our busy and noisy world, the world was strangely quiet and serene.
As we have come out of lockdown this has proved challenging for puppies, making some of them anxious. Our classes have been designed to turn the pups into confident, resilient, focused and well-mannered dogs.
We are delighted to have found an inside venue for our puppy classes at the Royal British Legion Hall in Kedington. As soon as they are ready to open we will be based there for puppy classes. In the meantime, we are using a secure field for all of our classes.
I am extremely proud to have reach this milestone, especially after the events of this year. I’m very lucky to be working with such caring and dedicated pet owners who want to give their dogs an amazing time when they can’t be with them themselves. I could never have imagined that 5 years ago I would not only have achieved my dog walking dream but have also become a published author and opened a training academy too. I’m excited for the next 5 years!
Dazzle Your Dog
To coincide with my special business birthday, my 2nd book is now available!
Dazzle Your Dog has 7 easy way’s to make your dog training sessions more achievable without having to find extra time.
You can order it from Amazon, available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and paperback.
Sally Cousins is a self confessed mad dog lady!
After being mum to several rescue dogs she decided to turn her passion in to her career and set up her own dog walking business back in 2015.
Sally not only runs her business, she also writes for her own blog and also does guest blogs for other dog businesses. You can also find Sally chatting as a guest on dog related podcasts.
Sally is also the author of “The Lockdown Dog” and “Dazzle Your Dog” both available from Amazon.