Derelict Whiston pub to become a dog training centre

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A derelict pub in a Staffordshire Moorlands village is to get a new ‘leash’ of life as a dog training centre.

Planning permission has been granted by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the Sneyds Arms, Whiston, to be converted into dog behaviour training centre.

The 19th century pub has been empty and disused since December 2013.

The planning application involves converting the bar area of the main pub into living accommodation.

A report to the council said: “Apart from a few minor window and roof alterations at the rear, there will be no changes or alterations to the buildings.”

The dog training business, set to open in summer 2015, is being run by Lichfield vet Katie Friel.

It is the first business venture for 27-year-old Miss Friel, who also studies animal behaviour at Lincoln University, and her partner Ian Russell, who is in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Miss Friel said: “We both have a strong interest in animal behaviour and training and both have careers focused in this area.

“So working together has been our ambition for some time,

“We use modern, force-free methods and follow a scientific approach to dog training and behaviour and anyone wanting to work with their dogs should be looking to follow those guidelines.

“We aim to be running at full capacity by August or September but until then will also be offering home visits for training sessions.”

The new centre will be open from 9am until 9pm on weekdays and from 10am to 6pm at the weekend.

All dogs will be accompanied by their owners and no boarding will be offered.

 

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