Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q. How can I use the field(s)?
The fields are private and booked on an exclusive use basis only by pre-registered ‘Members’ who have completed an induction. They are not open to the general public. If you would like to visit please follow this link to Register and then Arrange an Induction. At the induction, you will be set up with your own record on our database and given a password to access the field’s online availability calendar and book future slots.
Q. Are the fields open all year?
Yes. The fields are open all year round and are only closed or have restricted availability occasionally (e.g. if significant maintenance work is required or if the management team are on a holiday abroad).
Q. What are the opening hours?
The Training Paddock and Half Past Field are open during daylight hours for a maximum of almost 15 hours per day (in the summer). The first slot is at 7am / 7.30am and the last slot starts at 8pm / 8.30pm)
The Meadow is open during daylight hours for a maximum of almost 11 hours per day (in the summer). The first slot is at 9am and the last slot starts at 6pm.
The opening hours of the fields get adjusted throughout the year in line with the sunrise and sunset
Q. Are the fields secure?
Yes. All the fields have continuous perimeter fences that dogs can’t pass through. However dogs that are absolutely intent on getting out at all costs may succeed in digging their way under or jumping over the wire. The fields are not cages!
There has been significant investment in secure stock proof fencing and camouflage netting. Please click on The Fields for more information and to see details of the fence heights for each option.
Q. What agility facilities are in the fields?
All the fields have some commercial dog agility equipment in them to practise weaving, tunnels, climbing and jumping as well as a ‘splash’ to cool off in on hotter days. There are also dog ‘scurries’ for added interest
In addition, the Half Past Field has many permanent obstacles for Canine Parkour fun and added mental and physical stimulation.
Please see the Gallery pages for examples.
Q. How many dogs can I bring?
A maximum of 4 dogs are allowed in the fields at any time.
Q. Do my dogs need to be vaccinated and why?
Yes. You will be asked to show an up-to-date vaccination certificate or Titre Test print out at your induction.
Vaccines often contain live, modified viruses. There is a (very) small risk that unvaccinated dogs may be adversely affected if they lick something or drink from a bowl that has been used by another dog that has been recently vaccinated.
Many dogs visit and so some insurers make vaccination a policy stipulation. A large number of dog exercise facilities now require an up-to-date vaccination certificate or Titre Test print out for this reason.
Vaccination cards also allow the details of both dog(s) and owner(s) to be checked. They also provide additional confirmation that Members who use the fields are responsible pet owners.
Q. Do my dogs need to be wormed and treated for fleas regularly?
Yes. A requirement of using the field is that your dog is up to date with their worming and flea treatments.
Q. Does my dog need to be spayed / are dogs in season restricted?
No. Dogs do not need to have been neutered or spayed. Dogs in season are also permitted as it is private field that is booked on an exclusive use basis rather than being open to the general public or for unrestricted occupancy.
Q. Will there be anyone else in the field with me?
No. The field is private and booked exclusively for your use only during your time slot. There may be other dogs, humans or horses in the distance, but no one will be in the field at the same time who you haven’t invited to be there.
Q. Can I bring a friend / companion?
Yes. Providing that any Government guidelines are adhered to (e.g. during the Coronavirus Pandemic) it’s fine to come with others.
However if any of the ‘others’ wish to also bring their dog at the same time (e.g. for a doggie ‘playdate’) and accompany you more than say once a month then that person must also be registered with us.
All visiting dogs – even those just coming for an occasional play – must have been shown to have an up-to-date vaccination certificate.
All accompanying guests (who are non-members) MUST also sign a disclaimer in order to meet insurance requirements. These should be returned prior to their visit although a few copies are available in the field shelters for last minute attendees.
Q. What are your prices?
There are several options – Pay As You Go, Credits or Monthly Passes. Depending on how often you would like to visit, prices range from around £5 to £13 for a 50 minute session (for a maximum of 4 dogs). Please visit the Prices page for more information.
Q. How long are the time slots?
All slots are 50 minutes long. Visitors can use part or all of the time providing that they leave no later than 50 minutes past the start time of their booking.
Q. Can I just turn up and use a field if it is available?
No. The fields are only for use by those who have pre-registered with us and have been for an induction. Timeslots must be booked and paid for in advance. Nobody will be permitted entry into the fields if they turn up ‘on spec’.
Each field has a heavy duty lock with a unique 5-digit code that is changed regularly. The code is disclosed in booking confirmation emails only.
Q. How do I join?
Please click on Register / Become A Member for more information.
Q. I’ve registered already, what do I do next?
Please click on Arrange An Induction for your first visit.
Q. I’m already a Member, but would like to use a second (or third) field. What should I do?
Please click on Arrange An Induction to try out an alternative field.
Q. How do I cancel my slot once booked if needed?
Providing that we are given a MINIMUM of 24 hours notice before your slot start time, one ‘credit’ will be returned or added to your account to be used at a later date. Unfortunately we are not able to offer cash refunds for cancelled slots that are booked on a PAYG basis, only reusable ‘credits’.
Requests to cancel a slot should be sent by text to 07767 757009.
Q. How do I change or move my slot once booked if needed?
Providing that we are given a MINIMUM of 24 hours notice before your slot start time, bookings can be rearranged.
Requests to change a slot should be done in the following way:
Book the alternative date / time that you’d like to swap to via use of the online calendar and then WRITE IN THE COMMENTS BOX below the calendar (before pressing Submit) which existing booking you’d like to exchange it for.
This will ensure that the replacement slot will be reserved for you (as otherwise there may be a delay before it is able to be booked and there is a risk that it might be taken by someone else in the meantime).
Q. Are there toilets on site?
Q. What facilities are available?
All fields have a ‘scurry’, a range of dog agility obstacles, complimentary pooh bags, doggie drinking water, outdoor seating and a field shelter. In addition, there are water splashes for dogs to cool off in and other extras like toys, mown paths and an ‘honesty shop’. Please click on The Fields for individual field information and specifications.
Q. What do I need to bring?
It might sound obvious, but please bring your dog(s) along to the induction as it only takes a few minutes to complete the induction and your pet(s) will have plenty of time to try out and enjoy the field.
On your first visit you will need to bring your dog(s)’ vaccination record / Titre test print out and a signed copy of the Field Use Agreement that will be emailed to you at the time of arranging the induction. Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer as a copy will also be available on site to sign.
Inductions are £10 (cash) or 1 pre-purchased credit.
There is no need to bring your dog’s vaccination certificate or Field Use Agreement again on second (or third) inductions.
Q. Are dog toys provided?
There are plenty of physical objects in the fields for both mental and physical stimulation. A selection of dog toys and balls is also available to use free of charge in the Training Paddock. There are no additional dog toys provided in The Meadow or Half Past Field.
Q. Is there insurance?
Yes the fields are covered by Public Liability Insurance for dog walking and Product Liability. However it is recommended that Members also have their own pet insurance. Often this is provided as part of Household Insurance, but it is the responsibility of Members to verify this.
Q. What is the accessibility like?
Both The Meadow and Half Past Field have drive in access. The Training Paddock has a pedestrian size gate only and cars are required to park approximately 10 metres away from it. All parking is on hard-standing.
The Meadow and Training Paddock are predominantly flat fields. The Half Past Field has both flat and steeper parts. It is less suited to those with compromised mobility.
Q. Do the fields get muddy in winter?
Not really. The ground in all fields drains well and although there may be some muddy patches in late Autumn / Winter and wellies are recommended if it has rained, generally there is good grass cover all year round and steps have been taken to protect the ground.
Q. What dogs are accepted?
Providing that the breed is not banned in the UK or listed on the Dangerous Dogs Act, all dogs are permitted to use the field.
However dogs with an uncontrollable high prey drive; those intent on escaping from the field no matter what or dogs that persistently damage our property, will be asked to leave and not allowed to return. The safety of other visitors to the farm, family members, other residents, neighbours or animals (e.g. the neighbour’s ponies) is paramount and remains a priority at all times.
Q. What distractions might be nearby?
TRAFFIC: The A491 dual carriageway runs along one edge of The Meadow and the Stourbridge Road is behind a thick hedge adjacent to The Training Paddock.
OTHER DOGS: The Half Past Field and The Meadow are adjacent to one another, but a large gap has been left between the two fields and there has been significant investment in camouflage netting. That said, as the Half Past Field is on higher ground, it may be possible to see both humans and other dogs in The Meadow at a distance.
There are a couple of ‘farm’ dogs who live further up the drives by the residences and spend most of the day pottering about outside. They may be heard barking from time to time but they are not permitted to go near or into the dog fields.
OTHER ANIMALS: The Meadow is adjacent to a pony paddock where two small Shetland ponies graze. A small section of the perimeter fence in both The Half Past Field and Training Paddock is adjacent to a two-horse paddock. Whilst the Shetlands are likely to be nearby and in sight during The Meadow’s opening hours, the horses aren’t always turned out or close by.
Our neighbour may be running dog agility classes behind the camouflage netting on the Western edge of The Meadow as their property adjoins ours.
OTHER PEOPLE: Our neighbours on the Eastern side of The Meadow are foster parents and there may be up to three children tending to the Shetlands in the pony paddocks or ‘pooh picking’ with a wheelbarrow.
During the school holidays there may also be our own children playing in the wooded area between the Training Paddock and the main house.