Dorset’s Hounds and Hooves celebrate a ‘prestigious’ award

A DORSET dog training and walking business approaching nine years in business has been honored with a prestigious award.

Hounds and Hooves near Dorchester was established in 2013 by owner Jorden Eley when she decided to quit her job with the business after being made redundant following the death of her father.

The 37-year-old started the animal business after having had many pets throughout her life in order to cope with the grief of her loss and almost nine years later the business received an award from dog training.

Ms Eley said: ‘I was completely overwhelmed to win the best dog training services in the South West of England at the Prestige awards.

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication our team continues to provide on a daily basis.

“Prestige mentioned that this was very evident to them when reading over 150 testimonials on our social media platforms.

“We have worked hard as a team to get to where we are, we feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen as the competition is always very tough and especially with Covid-19 where things have been very difficult for small businesses .”

Hounds and Hooves now employs a total of eight staff offering dog walking, puppy, teen, enhancer, hoop and scent classes based at Whitcombe Racing Stables.

Ms Eley says she has always had dogs, horses, hamsters and other pets and wanted to find a way to “fix her heart” after her father died.

The mum-of-two continued: ‘I was falling into a hole of despair and like many, I found solace in the comfort of animals.

“Putting one foot in front of the other every day and being in nature has helped me heal.

“Over the years the business has grown and grown to become much more than dog walking and we are now a team of eight.

“We still offer dog walking, but now also offer a variety of training courses and work with individuals on a one-to-one basis to help overcome challenges.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms Eley says she worked hard to make sure her team had jobs to come back to after furloughing them and making sure they did was a ‘great success” alone.

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