K9 Kids Club at Barking Mad DTS

Whatever the weather – sun or rain – every Saturday at noon, your kids and dogs can join K9 Kids Club at Barking Mad DTS.

Our first training session with “rent a dog” a lovely black lab
Our first training session with “rent a dog” a lovely black lab

Yesterday it was our 3rd session at K9 Kids Club. The first week we had a rented dog as Bunk was blacked balled but nothing lost… Lilly took his place on the 2nd week; Lilly is smaller, much calmer and better behaved; she is also much older and simple doesn’t care for checking out every new person, dog, bush or tire on the field. E. loves these training sessions and now Saturdays are her favourite day of the week. She cannot stop talking about it afterwards to the point that she is creating a dog training presentation in power point with all the new tricks and new things that either the dog learns or she learns.  This way we are able to keep a good track and thus see if the training is paying off.

Lilly working hard for her dog biscuits :-)
Lilly working hard for her dog biscuits 🙂

Every session lasts 2 hours with a short break for some snacks and drinks during this time. Kids can join with their own dogs (if they are suitable for the class – not too big or to aggressive etc) or they can rent a dog if they don’t have one. I actually love the idea of a “rent a dog”. Just think about all those kids that want to have a dog, but having no idea what it really means to be a dog owner. This class can give them a small introduction to ownership and all the hard work which is needed in order to turn your new fluffy daft friend into an obedient companion.

Lessons are fun and well organized with the kids in mind. They teach you some basic commands like sit, stay or paw but also some funny one like speak, play dead, roll over, spin etc… This is the part where Lilly lacks knowledge a bit as she was never asked to do stuff like that before… but she is getting there. Yesterday Lilly did her own first full spin… of course dog cookies were involved so I am not really surprised.

Proud Lilly after completion of her first K9 training session
Proud Lilly after completion of her first K9 training session

In addition to learning tricks the kids have a lot of exercise as a result of hiding the ball – under the barrel, next to the barrel, inside the tires, on top of the hay stack or simply throw and fetch… there are even plans for making a ball hunt take place inside a real car… this was supposed to happen two weeks ago but so far as I am aware there were problems with the car, so we are still waiting for this one, which I am sure will be a lot of fun.

And to add to all of this there are 100s of tunnels, see-saws,  A-frames, weaves and raised walkways or other obstacles which you and your dog have to master.

It is really a great way of spending a few hours a week focused on your four legged friend.

And now with Halloween just around the corner, Barking Mad DTS are putting on a special event for kids – K9 Kids Halloween Special – 5 hours long event which will include lunch on Friday 1st of November. E. is so looking forward to this one.

Getting ready for Halloween

Our try-out Halloween look
Our try-out Halloween look

It’s not too long till Halloween so it’s time to get ready. As always costumes are the most important part so they take priority in preparation hierarchy. This year we were lucky – F&F Clothing at Tesco came to the rescue! We could pick any costume we wanted.

The choice wasn’t easy, as there is a great selection to choose from.

There are 20 kids’ costumes to choose from so E. battled a bit with a choice between the cat onesie and a devil onesie. In the end she decided that the cat is the way to go.

Halloween Cat Onesie Costume from F&F
Halloween Cat Onesie Costume from F&F

Halloween Cat Onesie retails at £8 and is available in 6 sizes ranging from 3 years old up to 14 years old. I would say the sizing is pretty accurate. The costume itself is very soft and well made. E. has already put it on and then taken it off 20+ times and it is still in one piece, so it is durable. I think the cat nose is a really nice finishing touch and it brings all the costume together.

As for us, adults, we couldn’t decide between vampires and skeletons. So we compromise and got one each – vampiress for me and skeleton for Mark.

Of course we had to check our costumes out, so on Sunday we had a pre-Halloween dressing up session. As we had company and only 2 adult costumes – Roman took Marks spot as a skeleton and Mark was standing behind the camera suffering from an acute case of stage fright.

So this is us… on our pre-Halloween trying out session

Halloween Vampiress Costume from F&F
Halloween Vampiress Costume from F&F
Halloween Men’s Skeleton Costume from F&F
Halloween Men’s Skeleton Costume from F&F

Both adults’ costumes are true to the size stated. We didn’t have any problems with fitting into them nor do they hang too much. The skeleton is very thin, so there will be need for some thermal underwear :-). My vampiress dress is exactly the same as the stock picture, which actually surprised me a bit… I wasn’t expecting stiff collar and such a soft velvet fabric, so big plus there.

What do you think about our choices and try-out Halloween look?

Do you have your costumes ready?

If not, there is still time to order your favourite costume from F&F.

We received 3 Halloween costumes from F&F for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.