Expansion plans for dog training business unveiled

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A dog-training business based in Wilburton is hoping to expand the number of courses it runs for pet owners by offering on-site accommodation.

Dog trainer Sian Ryan, who has appeared as an expert on BBC programmes Bang Goes the Theory and Inside the Animal Mind, has applied for permission to erect three holiday lodges at White Cross Farm.

The lodges will allow pet owners, who have complained of a lack of local dog-friendly accommodation, to stay on site and attend longer courses with their animals.

Ms Ryan’s business, Developing Dogs, was launched in May 2014.

Planning agents acting for Ms Ryan told East Cambridgeshire District Council: “Feedback from numerous clients suggests there is a considerable market for the centre to provide additional residential courses i.e. two day or longer training or experiences for dogs and owners.

“Clients who have booked and stayed locally in order to attend one-to-one training or workshops have reported difficulty in finding suitable dog-friendly accommodation. “Many owners who wish to attend have dogs who are fearful of other dogs and cannot stay in accommodation which they share with resident dogs. This lack of suitable local dog-friendly accommodation is limiting the growth of the courses and experiences offered at Developing Dogs.

“The provision of suitable dog friendly accommodation on site will therefore help retain existing clients and encourage a wider range of new visitors from further afield.”

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A decision is expected within the next eight weeks. To view the plans, or to have a say, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk

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