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Breed Meets & Puppy Socials at Ryecroft

Allowing puppies to play, learn, explore and socialise off-lead in the countryside under the guidance of a behaviour qualified dog professional.

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Play and socialise

Set the beauitful countryside, dogs can play, explore, learn and socialise with other friendly dogs.

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Parking

We have an onsite parking area which is included in your play session booking. 

Safety

We provide an enclosed area for your dogs to run about. 6ft fencing around the entire perimeter.

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Qualified

Staff in sessions are first aid trained and have body language qualifications as a minimum. 

 
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Puppies: Socialisiation

When owners think about socialisation, generally they think of puppies meeting with lots of other puppies and dogs. But did you know? “Socialisation” does not just mean meeting other dogs. Socialisation means going to new places, experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, humans, other animals and making each of those experiences are POSITIVE ones!

It is a crucial part of your puppies development. Puppies who do not get many opportunities to interact positively with other dogs (and other aspects of socialisation) are more likely to struggle to cope with later novel situations. It is really important that when we socialise puppies, it is not just about exposing them to new things and overwhelming them but providing them with positive exposure to these things.

That is why we keep our puppies socials small, 45 minutes long or less and under the watchful eye of a qualified canine behaviour professional. You may see lots of "puppy socials" advertised, they often are not set up correctly and work to overwhelm and frighten puppies. Although you may be going home with an exhausted puppy which can seem fantastic, this increase in arousal through negative stress (and positive stress) often results in undesirable behaviours as they take several hours or days to emotionally recover from this event. In the long term, these experiences can largely impact how your puppies respond to things in their environment, and if they were negative experiences, then you may see behavioural issues as they get older. 

Importantly, these sessions are NOT for every puppy and we ask that you judge if this will be suitable for your puppy beforehand. They may be better meeting just one other puppy rather than 4 or 5, or a certain type of puppy, for example, some do better with similar breeds if they play quite intensely. We may be able to help you find a playmate so do not hesitate to get in touch. 

 

Being able to socialise in a controlled environment is particularly advantageous to puppies. These sessions are also brilliant for older dogs in our breed meets, who have been well socialised. It will allow them to play and interact in a private environment with other friendly dogs whilst exercising them physically and providing mental stimulation. 

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Use of our private field • Use for up to 1 hour • Free Parking • Water supplied

Tracey with Harper

Well, what a fantastic time Harper had today at Ryecroft Meadow with all the other puppies and small dogs.

 

We will definitely be going back, she thoroughly enjoyed mixing with all the other dogs and practising recall. 

Emma with Ruby

Ruby loved her first time here today. 

She made lots of new fur friends and is absolutely worn out now! Brilliant place for dog socialising, we will definitely be back next week.

Mandy with Marley

Had a great time at Reycroft the past two weeks at the play sessions.

 

Enclosed field with lots of friendly people and dogs. Highly recommend for your dog to let off steam and make new friends. 

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Play Session: Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for my dog?


We only accept friendly and non-reactive dogs. If your dog has any pre-existing behavioural issues that will be specifically affected by putting them in this situation please do not bring them. If you believe your dog is uncomfortable, not enjoying it, being too rough and so on, you should leave or we will ask you to. Please do not take this personally, we have the dogs best interest in mind.




What is it all about?


Socialisation is a really important part of your dog's development. Those who don't get many opportunities to interact positively with other dogs (and other aspects of socialisation) are more likely to struggle to cope with later novel situations. It's really important that when we socialise puppies, it's not just about exposing them to new things but providing them with positive exposure to these things. Being able to socialise in a controlled environment is particularly advantageous to puppies. These sessions are also brilliant for older dogs, who have been well socialised. It will allow them to play and interact in a private environment with other friendly dogs whilst exercising them physically and providing mental stimulation.




Are these sessions monitored?


Whilst we ask all owners to watch and consider their dog's interactions and play there will always be a staff member present in these sessions.




Which session should my dog attend?


We run small dog play which is suitable for small and small-medium dogs. We also run a play session for larger dogs. If you're unsure which one to come along to, contact us!




How long are the sessions?


The sessions last 1 hour (unless otherwise stated on the events page on facebook). If you think your dog has had enough before the hour ends please don't feel you have to stay, also watch your dogs body language, they may be tired pretty quick!




Can I use treats?


Yes, you can use treats. We do ask that you don't use treats when other dogs are nearby and bear in mind some dogs are on special diets.




How do I book and how much is it?


You can book via our website. The cost is £5 per dog, unless stated otherwise.





 
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Play and socalise

Set across the countryside, dogs can play, explore and learn.

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Parking

We have an onsite parking area which is included in your play session booking. 

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Enrichment

Here at Ryecroft, we have play tyres, a sandpit and various toys.  With lots more enrichment on its way!

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Qualified

All staff running play sessions are qualified and are first aid trained.