Hi, I’m Helen, and welcome to Edipaws!
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I am the Founder and Director of Edipaws, I’m aged 34 and a complete animal nut! After 5 years in the media, redundancy opened up new avenues for me and I decided to take the plunge and start my own business, doing what I live for and that is being around animals. 12 years on and I have never looked back!
Dogs are pack animals and originate from the wild, they don’t think like we do they think like they would in a pack, in the wild. So to establish a bond with my pack I stick as closely as possible to the way they would behave in the wild, especially with food and exercise, which are pretty much their main priorities in the wild – other than their health. Creating the pack effect not only gives a dog lots of other buddies to play with, but it also stimulates their natural scenes and makes it much more interesting than an everyday plod in the park. This is especially important for young dogs in developing their socialisation and helps your puppy mature into a happy, balanced and well-trained little pooch.
We are extremely lucky to have access to 22 acres of private land which we walk our dogs on and where we spend our day with the day cares. On any public footpath legally you are only allowed to walk 6 dogs per person, and in all honesty I think 6 is enough actually. There may be people that you meet who simply do not wish to be approached by dogs, and it is also a legal requirement for you as the dog handler, whether you are just the walker or the owner, to have control over the dogs that are in your care. Again a totally fair requirement I feel.
On our private land we take out groups of 10 dogs per person, however this is on private secure land, and for the reasons mentioned above which I feel very strongly about, I do training with every single dog that attends Edipaws so that when we do go on a walk away from the private land, every single dog can enjoy an off lead play, and run in the streams, but will come back when called. Our pack is by no means a group of out of control loud dogs, every single dog can be called back to us with immediate effect, for health and safety reasons, and we also don’t allow them to bark to excess. All the dogs should be able to hear us at all times. I feel it is important to be able to call any dog back to you at any point.
We spend our time in the idyllic country side, with an abundance of toys and games, doing training, agility, and playing with friends. We also have a luxury day care office with heating and comfy sofa’s if the dogs choose to have a break or a lunch break.
The dogs that attend our pack aren’t just clients, they are our friends. Myself and the team feel lucky every single day, that our job is to play with these amazing dogs, and watch them smile all day long.
I founded Edipaws to bring my passion for animals to my clients, and ensure that no matter what the service a dog or pet may require, you absolutely know that your animal loved ones are taken care of.
After 10 years I still love Mondays. I am living the dream and spending every day with my best friends, my clients are as dear to me as family, and my business isn’t just my business…It is my entire life! When you have holiday home dogs living with you, it’s not a 9-5 Monday to Friday job – Your work is at home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but I love it and there is no way I would have it any other way.
All of the dogs in my pack are regular attendees and friendly. Why not check out the photos of what we get up to on the Edipaws Facebook page.
Many people ask me where the name ‘Edipaws’ came from. It’s a nickname my sister and I used when we were much, much younger. We would call each other Edipaws (me) and Adipaws (my sister Alice) – and the name seemed perfect for the business because of the ‘paws’ part. Where it actually came from, I have no idea. My family still call me Edipaws or ‘Ed’…I could talk dog all day every single day, so if you have any queries whatsoever please do not hesitate to get in touch – I would simply love to hear from you!