A NOVEL agricultural diversification program could see the development of the region’s first center offering holiday and residential training stays for families with dogs.
Harry and Alison Gray have asked Hambleton District Council to turn seven acres of open countryside pasture in East Cowton, near Northallerton, into an independent, eco-friendly tourist destination based training and exercise facility for dogs.
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Documents filed with the state authority Leaps and Bounds will be a unique offering in the area, allowing guests to stay in one of 12 glamping pods while addressing dog behavior issues such as pulling the leash, bark at other dogs and return when called.
The proposal, which would create up to eight full-time jobs, follows farmers who submitted dozens of agricultural diversification schemes to North Yorkshire planning authorities over the past year, either to develop glamping sites , or to create training and exercise facilities for dogs.
Documents filed with the plan highlight the findings of a recent PDSA Paw report which found that 27% of dogs owned before March “show behaviors that could be linked to a lack of socialization.”
The PDSA report concludes that “methods of human behavior change are essential to improving the well-being of our pets”, and that “a relatively large number of inexperienced owners may now be grappling with the realities of owning a pet for the first time”.
The app says the development has been designed “to provide complete privacy and allow for a calm and relaxing experience for both owner and dog.”
He adds: “The additional CCTV coverage on the site will provide a sense of personal security for those who are afraid or unwilling to exercise their dogs alone in public.”
The application documents say the proposed facilities would offer “suitable and safe compounds for every dog/family”, the development has the potential to be a pioneer for the sector in Hambleton and North Yorkshire.
They add that the development could bring £225,000 a year in additional tourism revenue to the area, while the day training is expected to bring in an additional £75,000.
The application says the dog training center would be carefully managed to minimize impacts on neighbors.
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It concludes: “Like any destination, Hambleton must maintain and develop its competitive advantages, and a development such as that proposed at Dalton Gates will not only broaden the supply of the area, but also attract a relatively new niche market and help protect its position. to offer its visitors a truly wide range of modern and quality accommodation.”
The proposal has already attracted support from dog owners who have struggled to find suitable accommodation in the area.
In a letter to council, one supporter said: “I have family and friends in the area that I would like to visit, the only restriction is that I have two rescue dogs.
“For me, this is the ultimate solution. A dog-friendly stay and a safe place where I can walk my dogs.
“In a world where dog sitters and kennels are scarce, this is an absolute godsend.”
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