Hairy Hounds Hackney will tidy-up, refurbish and paint a large, empty concrete yard to create a dog-friendly urban paradise, adding plants, a dog agility course, paddling pool and indoor accommodation for dogs, replicating our current set-up of warmth, comfort and peace.
We have identified a growing need for access to affordable training services in Hackney and our aim is to expand so we can work with more dogs, and their owners, and make a bigger impact in dog training through the area, establishing a community of owners and dogs.
There is no other project like this in Hackney, we will be creating a unique space and a offering a quality service that will really make a difference to dogs, animals and the wider community living in the area.
WHO WE ARE
Hairy Hounds Hackney is a doggy daycare and training service operating since 2014, we have over 30 years experience.
We are passionate about dog training, supporting owners to improve their relationship and communication with their dogs, as well as offering our hounds a friendly, safe and fun daycare environment. We focus on reward-based positive re-enforcement training. Because we also work with reactive and challenging dogs we understand how crucial obedience training and early socialization are in preventing behaviour issues and raising a healthy and happy hound.
We are expanding our services in the community to help more dogs with their owners, offering affordable and accessible training courses and a weekly members training club.
Find out more about Hairy Hounds Hackney - http://www.hairyhoundsinhackney.co.uk/dog-walking-in-hackney
WHAT WE NEED
We are aiming to crowdfund £7000 towards some of the site refurbishment costs – this will enable us to do more with the space and develop it to a higher standard.
We are also looking for donations of plants, topsoil, paint and timber - if you are able to help with any of this do please get in touch.
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
- More stimulating outdoor space for dogs to play.
- New Facilities: more spacious, individual doggy beds and large sofas, agility course and paddling pool.
- More capacity for fun and reward-based obedience training in a safe and controlled environment.
- Members Training Club and affordable training courses for people in the community – encouraging responsible dog handling and ownership in the area – benefiting everyone.
- Services and Events: on-site grooming and dogwash, optional - vet health-check visits , dog agility play days, outdoor doggie cinema club and members parties.
-We also want to offer work experience and volunteering opportunities for people to learn more about handling and working with dogs, and to explore a charitable partnerships in dog therapy.
-Doggie training drop-in: troubleshooting advice for challenging behaviours such as barking.
We are also hoping to offer on-site grooming and dogwash, vet health-check visits, dog agility play days and a summer outdoor doggie cinema club.
This is how we will spend the money raised as a contribution alongside our own funds:
-Purchase of a mobile home to create a home-from-home rest and relaxation space - £1500
-Conversion of the yard into outdoor training space and doggy sensory, play and agility course - £2000
-Renovations to mobile home to create daycare and rest space - including cladding, plumbing, electricity and fitted dog furniture - £2500
-Adding greenery to the site: topsoil, building planter boxes, plants and trees - £1000
We will also be doing lots of the work ourselves, along with the HHH Team, friends and volunteers.
If we are able to meet our stretch target of £9000, this will enable us to:
-Larger plants and trees providing more shade and natural greenery to the site - £500
-Converting onsite storage container into members' training space - £1000
-Increased contribution offering more subsidized training spaces - £500
Working with dogs and their owners is our passion – we hope that you are able to support us in some way – as we create a new and exciting space, grow our doggie daycare services and support the local community with affordable training.