In common, I suspect, with every dog trainer, I have often longed for a perfect venue: not to take any village hall that was open-minded enough to allow dogs in, not to have to fit in around the Pilates and Bowls classes, not to have to lug heavy mats around, or not to have to work in a field, whatever the weather.
However, I never thought it would actually happen! But in April 2015 I attended a two-day workshop hosted by a Day Care centre in Peterborough. Although I was vaguely aware that these places existed I hadn't had any personal experience of one. I was so excited to see the facilities! I immediately saw the possibilities - well run, a Day Care centre can give real value to dogs and owners, and could also make it financially possible to have a training venue. The owner of All About Your Dog in Peterborough was incredibly helpful and kind, encouraging me to investigate more.
Months went past whilst I searched for the right place, sorted out finance and persuaded my family that it was a good idea. Then followed planning permission, licensing and lists, lists and more lists!
Finally, on 1st January 2016, I signed the Lease. Game on!