by Charlotte Board // July 2017

Dog School in Cardiff

When joining Dog School earlier this year, there were lots of things that needed to be done, but finding a new venue was top of the list.

Dog School had previously run classes in Action Petz Cardiff, but when it closed down earlier this year; it left a lot of owners (and dogs I’m sure) disappointed. The Cardiff classes were really popular and always had a good turn out, so it was really important to us that we got another venue there as soon as possible.

We started out the search for a new venue optimistically – how hard could it be? Well - it turned out, even with three of us on the case, it took a lot of time and perseverance! Using the help of good old Google, we contacted every suitable Community, Scout and Church Hall we could find. We faced a lot of rejection from places who were full or wouldn’t accept dogs.

After searching for a while, we visited a couple of venues before we found the perfect one. We were starting to think we would have to compromise on location or size of the hall, but we got lucky when we visited Cathays Community Centre.

Dougal tries out the Centre’s musical garden!

Cathays is a vibrant, busy part of Cardiff that has a relaxed but lively atmosphere, with lots of students and families living there. Near the Community Centre, there are University buildings, a Theatre and lots of cafes and restaurants.

The minute we walked in the gate, we got a good feeling. With its bright, colourful entrance and the friendly welcome from staff and volunteers, it was somewhere we knew we would love to teach classes.  On learning that Dog School was coming to their centre, lots of volunteers were really excited and eager to help us out!

There’s a real Community feel, with lots of different types of people spending time there and using its facilities. From Yoga to Youth Clubs, Wrestling to Dance classes, a massive variety of activities take place there. On our first visit, we had the pleasure of listening to a jazz band practising as we were shown around the different rooms! The Centre is really important to the Neighbourhood, and we can’t wait to be part of that.

The Main Hall is where we are lucky enough to be able to hold classes, and it’s huge! With its large, bright and airy space, it is going to be great to teach and practise in. The whole centre is really relaxed and easy going, an atmosphere we believe will really help the dogs settle and feel comfortable in.

Classes start in the centre on the 27th July. We were keen to get them up and running as soon as possible, so are now working extra hard to get the word out there to get dogs booked in. Lots of dogs from the Bridgend Dogs Trust go to homes in Cardiff, and we have already signed a few of them up for our Cardiff classes!

Getting to meet new owners and dogs and see what a positive effect our classes have on their relationships is the best part of this job. We can’t wait for our Cardiff classes to grow so we can help as many as we can, and have fun while doing so!

Dougal helps put up posters and hand out fliers