SPPOT is a Unique Social Enterprise

Welcome to SPPOT

SPPOT is a unique dynamic Community Interest Company founded in 2013 with the purpose of enabling people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions, to access high quality, exciting opportunities, in the field of dog care, training and walking.

We are a fully inclusive, intergenerational service, providing work-based training for young people at risk of unemployment, along with training and volunteering opportunities and progressive day services, for adults who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental ill health.

In turn, we provide elderly and disabled dog owners with a high-quality community dog walking service and a small bespoke dog daycare service with built-in dog training service.

We are an Agored Cymru Recognised Centre and SPPOT Staff are recruited and trained in both Health & Social Care and in Dog Training & Behaviour.

SPPOT is a highly specialised service, with expert staff able to work with young people and adults of all abilities and professionally assess dogs too.

All staff hold fully enhanced DBS checks and they, our service users and the whole service are protected by robust insurance and risk management strategies.

SPPOT Dog Headquarters

SPPOT DHQ is a modern, bright, warm, safe and accessible one-level building, with fully fenced gardens, close to the town centre with a bus stop out the front and wheelchair accessible dog walking areas directly behind.

We have a very large main training room which can be joined to or separated from the smaller training room. Each training room has access to the central kitchen, gardens, offices and bathrooms.

The building also has a smaller relaxation room, laundry room, storeroom and cloakroom.

Meet the SPPOT Team

Kerri Bee

Kerri Bee

Operations & Development Manager, Director & Founder, Dog Trainer and Behaviour Advisor

Kerri worked for over 10 years in social care, working with adults and children with learning and physical disabilities and mental health in day services, residential and respite settings. She then retrained, graduating with a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training in 2009 and then worked as a dog trainer and behaviour advisor, including as a Volunteer Dog AID Trainer, before setting SPPOT up in 2013.

Amanda James

Amanda James

Senior Development Worker & Dog Daycare Coordinator

Amanda worked in social care for many years, and holds a Level 5 Diploma in Health & SocialCare and specialising in mental health work. Amanda also trained and volunteered with SPPOT before joining the staff team.

Amanda holds a Level 3 accrediation in dog welfare, training and behaviour and is now working towards her Level 5.

Jan Thompson

Jan Thompson

Development Worker

Jan has worked in social care for many years and has a vast background of experience and training, working with people who have learning disabilities. She is also an accredited Level 2 Dog Training & Walking Practitioner.

Jeanette Clark

Jeanette Clark

Relief Development Worker, Social Worker & Drummer

Jeanette worked for many years as a children’s social worker for the local authority and later as a child care services manager.

Now retired, Jeanette works part-time with SPPOT to support people to benefit from the project.

Rebecca Ridgewell

Relief Development Worker

Rebecca has a strong background in mental health work and is qualified in Health & Social Care. She also works for Hafal shares her home life with Poppy the collie

Lucy Ellerton

Dog Training & Behaviour Practitioner

Lucy has worked in the outdoor industry for 10 years, working with adults and children with disabilities both learning and physical. She has also been training dogs for 6 years, she has graduated with a BSc in Animal Biology and Behaviour. Her work with dogs has included rescue centres where she has rehabilitated many reactive/fearful dogs.

Client Testimonials

These people are brilliant. Just love their doggy day care service and more importantly so does my dog. I completely trust these people. How they mange to organise and deliver what they do is amazing. When I collect my dog after day care he is always grinning and I can tell he has been utterly satisfied, with his constant need for games and attention completer satiated – and knowing my dog that is saying something! He also looks completely destressed and more relaxed then normal. The training they do with him really helps me also and have noticed he is better behaved at home. They really care about giving the dog what they need, in my dogs case balance between mental and physical stimulation.
I also love their online booking system so easy to use and monthly billing, very user friendly and convenient for last minute changes to bookings. Nice job well done SPPOT.

Scott

Monty loves his days at Doggy Daycare and I feel so confident leaving him in the capable hands of the team. Lots of walks, playtime and sleep! (Although monty is like the Duracell bunny so he hardly ever chills!) highly recommend.

Annie

Our dog Nova goes to daycare once a week at SPPOT and she absolutely loves. She’s normally joined at my hip but doesn’t even look back at me when I leave. They tailor Nova’s day to her needs and nothing is too much trouble. We really couldn’t recommend them enough.

Amy

From day 1 SPPOT went out of their way to find our puppy space in their daycare service. They were so flexible and really helped us out so I could work and our dog was never left on his own. A year on or dog still absolutely loves his time with SPPOT and I love the fact each dog has 1to1 care. They manage to support the needs of each dog and make such an effort to make every visit fun for the dog. Think you guys are incredibly professional and fabulous at what you do. Thank you for all your hard work.

Kathryn

Would thoroughly recommend, our dogs are in safe, enthusiastic and very caring hands.

Caroline

Fabulous training advice and information, all animal friendly and enjoyed by all. Well done and thank you.

Peter

Have been using Sppot’s dog walking services for a number of years. Would highly recommend the service, very reliable and caring.

Caroline

An amazing place doing an amazing job for amazing people.

Dawn

We took Alfie to Simpson Cross on Thursday 7th Aug. He was there until after 4pm when we collected him and he was worn out with all the play he’d had. He has a new friend in Keith, who he was assigned to for the day and I think the feeling was mutual ! He will be going back soon! Lorna

Lorna

SPPOT have been walking my dog while my family have been away and they have been brilliant, coming early as its been so hot. My dog is quite shy but she has loved both volunteers. Will be recommending you to everyone.

Claire

My wife and I have been taking our dog (puppy) to their training sessions and the progress he makes at each session is truly remarkable. The simple techniques demonstrated are effective and easy for the dog and handlers to understand.
Natalie is recognised in the “doggy” world as being an outstanding trainer with a deep insight into canine psychology.

Gordon

Sppot do amazing work with dogs and people – always with the dogs best interests at heart. Our dog loves her sessions there & we are completely confident leaving her knowing she is in good hands.

Trudie

Joey loves daycare. Staff are all lovely and very helpful. Fabulous facilities.

Jemma

Wonderful people and a wonderful service. Our dog looks forward to spending time in doggy day care and we have also used the dog walking service in the past. Very professional approach and more then happy to let our boy be looked after by them.

Martin

Izzy had a fab time in doggy daycare and has grown up to be a lovable, friendly and sociable dog!!

Becky

Teddy absolutely loves coming to daycare and he’s always so tired after a day there. Fab service and would recommend to everyone! Thank you so much for looking after Teddy so well.

Bex
We took Skye to the foundation clicker training which was amazing and fun.
Now she goes to doggy daycare every Friday and she loves it.
I highly recommend Kerri and the SPPOT team to everyone. They’re amazing and friendly. Thank you for taking care of our little girl.
Sarah
Had a great morning attending the recall workshop run by the wonderful team at SPOTT. The workshop was fun, relaxed and very informative. There was lots of practical advice and great ideas for fun ways to help teach our very lively puppy and us the skills and confidence to help keep him under control in public places. We had a lovely walk around the racecourse this evening putting our new skills into practice.
Many thanks to you all.
Jo

Highly recommended, lovely staff and such a great location! Really has helped my crazy 7 month cockerpoo calm down loads considering he’s still a pup! Completely changed him and we get so much joy out of him! Keep up the good work girls and guys.

Amy

Maisie is a newcomer at Spott this week. I cannot praise the staff and care that Maisie has received enough! One tired pooch when she’s had so much fun I actually have peace and cuddles with her during the evening. So good to let her mix with other dogs in a wonderfully controlled environment and constant attention and exercise. Well done sppot.

Helen