Fun 4 All Dog Club
The Fun 4 All Dog Club was started by Helen in August 2009.
In May 2017 after 8 years in the fields behind The Bulls Head pub, we move to the beautiful setting of Lubcloud Farm on Charley Road, situated on the border of Shepshed.
After four hard weeks of fencing, mowing and ground preparation the club reopened for fun agility classes and a new service of Secure Field Private Hire for free running exercise. How wonderful for owners who have never walked their dog off lead for the fear of their dog running off or for the owners of multiple dogs, to have the venue all to themselves. The finishing touches include dog toys, agility equipment and facilities to make themselves a hot drinks; we even offer a service for dog parties and an excuse put on the gas BBQ.
During the winter of 2016 after a wet period it was decided in spring of 2017 to discontinue with agility classes due to the ground condition and weather. The good news is we offered Meet 'n' Greet Social events on alternate Saturdays, Sundays and every Wednesday lunchtime for 75 minutes. Now in 2019 we are at our busiest, having at times back to back bookings most weekends......so booking early is imperative.
The history of the club started with my idea for a fun pet dog club, in a safe environment, with a sociable group of friendly like minded people. I wanted it to be in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, we continue today ensuring we open and friendly to not just the dogs, but the owners too.
Fun 4 All started in 2008 when I was fortunate to be one of three dog owners featured for a whole year in the popular and informative monthly Your Dog Magazine. As a diarist my activities with the dogs were published every month. It was a memorable year to have in print with the conception and growth of Fun 4 All Dog Club. The magazine printed the unforgettable monthly antics of Ella, Measles and the really lovable, but extremely naughty black Labrador, Rupert.
Rupert was on the whole, a pretty typical Labrador, however he really had taken his desire for food to the extreme and gained his own fan club in the process. The diary concluded in March 2009 The magazine certainly promoted the growth of the club.
I had already been an Agility and Basic Obedience Instructor for 3 years at the time. However in 2008 I took an instructors course qualifying as a ACAI Qualified Agility Club, Approved Basic Instructor and soon the time was right to move forward .
For a bit of fun in the Autumn of 2010 I was invited by ITV to appear with my Great Dane Measles in the first episode of the Michael Ball Show. This featured Measles performing with two of his fans in a simple giant breed agility competition. It was funny - giant breed dogs performing Agility in just 22 sq ft of stage floor space!
From 2009 to 2011 During this period I wrote a monthly dog article for The Forest Magazine, Charnwood's then popular free full colour magazine. It was fun to write funny, interesting and informative articles every month. The readers feedback was positive and rewarding.
In 2011 I was asked by the Your Dog Magazine's to be a a guest expert for the February issue, answering readers questions on Agility, Flyball and Rally Obedience.