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There has been a lot of noise on social media in the last couple of days about the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regulations, which are coming into force in England only on 1 October. Pet grooming businesses will NOT need a licence from their local authority to operate their pet grooming business. Pet groomers will only need a licence if, alongside their grooming activity, they commercially undertake any licensable activities (such as those listed below), to cover that activity, rather than grooming. The new AAL regulations will affect businesses involved in dog and cat boarding (kennels, daycare, home boarding etc); pet vending, dog breeding, riding schools and mobile zoos and will replace existing legislation that already covers those areas. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be unaffected by these changes (animal welfare is a devolved activity), but each is reviewing legislation and changes are likely to happen in the devolved nations too over the next few years. PIF/BDGA is spearheading a Canine & Feline Sector Group working party to develop guidelines for professional pet groomers. Professional groomers can base their practice on these to help raise standards in the industry and safeguard animal welfare. Such guidelines (also known as Codes of Practice) aren’t legally binding, but DEFRA have made reference to many Codes of Practice in the past. They are a useful tool in an unregulated industry. We’ve written an article to go in this month’s Total Grooming Magazine on AAL, and we will be doing more PR around this in the coming months, but PIF/BDGA and its committee are working hard to drive the professionalism in the pet grooming industry. PIF Members will be the first to hear about changes and updates, and we will be running a seminar on this subject at this year’s British Dog Grooming Championship on Sunday 28 October at the Warwickshire Event Centre. If you have any questions, please do get in touch at: info@petfederation.co.uk [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
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A new ‘state of the art’ dog grooming salon has opened in Greenwich offering local dogs the opportunity to receive first-class styling and pampering. Situated along Shooters Hill, Hadlow PIF Greenwich Salon is a joint venture between Hadlow College and the Pet Industry Federation and operates as a commercial grooming salon, as well as providing outstanding teaching to dog grooming students, under the watchful eye of qualified dog groomers and teachers. Hadlow College has had a site in Greenwich since 2013, and this expansion of the offer presents new opportunities for the area and builds on the existing solid links with the local community.It offers the best in modern facilities, with generous space in which to care for customers and their dog’s needs. This includes a reception area, outdoor kennels and indoor holding area, a large fully-equipped grooming room accommodating 12 grooming tables, a hydro bath, top of the range blasters and a walk in wet room for bathing large breeds. It also has plenty of free on-site parking. The Greenwich salon opens three years after the partnership to manage a successful dog grooming school at Hadlow College in Kent began and continues this unique and successful relationship between industry and education. Sophie Marriott, who manages the Hadlow PIF Greenwich salon said: ‘The team and I are looking forward to offering Greenwich dogs a grooming fantastic experience in our fabulous new salon. We are also more than happy to talk to dog owners about their dog’s grooming requirements, so do feel free to call us or drop by the salon to have a chat’. The Hadlow PIF Greenwich salon is open from Monday – Friday, 9.00am– 4.30pm. The salon offers dog grooming services at a substantially lower rate than most commercial grooming salons. To find out more and to book your appointment, please contact the salon and speak to Sophie or Lauren, on 020 8856 2960 or email: greenwichdoggrooming@hadlow.ac.uk [...]
Fri, May 11, 2018
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The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) is pleased to announce that well-known pet supplies wholesaler, Bestpets, will be the headline sponsor at this year’s British Dog Grooming Championship (BDGC). Organised by the British Dog Groomers’ Association (a PIF division), BDGC takes place on Sunday 28 October at Warwickshire Event Centre, near Leamington Spa. The event attracts hundreds of pet groomers every year, and has the largest number of trade stands of any pet grooming event, offering a wide range of products and services to the pet sector. In addition, three seminar rooms will be active throughout the day with individually ticketed grooming demonstrations scheduled; as well as ‘free to access’ business-related seminars and workshops on a range of topics and subjects of relevance to pet professionals. Mike Bailey, Head of Bestpets said: ‘As the UK’s leading pet food and accessories wholesaler, Bestpets is delighted to be partnering with the Pet Industry Federation to become the headline sponsor of the British Dog Grooming Championship in 2018. Bestpets prides itself on being a partner to the Professional Dog Grooming community - not simply just a supplier. Our commitment and the resources we put behind our trade partners is second to none. The pet grooming sector is a growing part of the Bestpets business and we have recently extended our grooming range to meet the needs of our customers, whether they are seasoned professionals with many years of experience or simply someone just starting out in the industry. We are extremely excited about this partnership and are looking forward to seeing the best groomers in the UK compete for the sector’s ultimate accolade.’ Nigel Baker, PIF CEO added: ‘Bestpets’ increasing involvement within the professional dog grooming market reflects the growing importance of this sector and its role as a fundamental health and welfare consideration for dogs. The British Dog Grooming Championship has been established for over 30 years and has continually pushed the boundaries of pet grooming events, to become the largest pet grooming event in the UK. ‘Bestpets are therefore perfectly placed to partner the British Dog Grooming Championship this year and we look forward to working with them over the next six months to create a successful and exciting show for the nation’s pet groomers’. Tickets will be on sale shortly through the PIF website, along with further details about judges, demonstrations, seminars and trade stands. To find out more, please call the Pet Industry Federation customer service [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
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The Pet Industry Federation is the UK trade association that represents over 2000 pet businesses. Our members include pet shops, kennels, catteries, manufacturers and suppliers and pet groomers. PIF has no retailer members that sell puppies. Under the 1951 Pet Animals Act, anyone selling pet animals (other than the breeder) needs a pet shop licence. The Act allows for sellers to operate from a traditional pet shop or a private dwelling. High street pet shops are subject to a high level of scrutiny from the general public, as most are open 6-7 days per week. The seller who operates from a private dwelling is not subject to anything like the same scrutiny. According to a, OATA Freedom of Information Survey, there are around 3,000 licensed pet shops in the UK. Of these, about 30 out of 120 businesses are traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retail premises who actually sell puppies, leaving 90 licensed private dwellings who are dealers or hybrid sellers. PIF does NOT support puppy farms where puppies are bred with no regard for their health or welfare and where commercial gain is the overriding factor. PIF does NOT believe that this is the right way for puppies to be reared and believes that such premises should be closed down. PIF is, however, concerned that if an outright ban on third party sales be brought in, this would lead to sales going underground and prevent the opportunity to put regulation and enforcement into these vendors to ensure that the welfare of the animals remains paramount. In the USA, for example, 30% of dogs are now acquired through unlicensed and unregulated rehoming centres as a result of certain states banning third party sales of puppies. In the UK re-homing centres are also unlicensed. In addition, the demand for puppies (estimated at about 800,000 per year) outstrips the supply and even if every new owner obtained their new pet from a re-homing centre, thereby emptying them completely, this would only enable 80,000 new owners to bring home a new dog or puppy. Kennel Club registrations only account for about 265,000 puppies; with an estimated 350,000 come from UK home breeders which leaves a gap of 185,000 puppies which need to be sourced from somewhere. PIF feels that education is a key factor in this issue, in order to encourage potential new puppy and kitten owners not to impulse buy, but rather to buy from responsible breeders where [...]
Fri, Feb 09, 2018
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The results of a rabbit feeding trial were announced to delegates attending the Pet Industry Federation’s Forum on Tuesday 28 November at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire. The year-long research study into the differences between feeding muesli and nuggets to rabbits, commissioned by the Pet Industry Federation, and run in conjunction with Hadlow and Moulton colleges was established to validate a previous study (Meredith et al., 2015; Prebble et al., 2014; Prebble et al., 2015) on the subject of diet presentation and its effects on weight, feed intake and dental health. 32 rabbits were split across Moulton and Hadlow and were not kept in laboratory conditions, but in outdoor pens to simulate how a rabbit may be kept in an outside home environment. The rabbits were allowed free access to hay and water and were provided with driftwood logs as a non-nutritional chew. Both food presentations were similar in nutritional composition and based on FEDIAF guidelines, which provide the most current recommendation for pet rabbits and each set was offered the feed at maintenance levels. The dental health was assessed by a specialist veterinary surgeon at the beginning, middle and at the end of the study. Dental assessments looked at malocclusion, elongation, slanting wear, ridging, fractures of incisors; direction, elongation, step/wave mouth, missing teeth and gingival health of cheek teeth, as well as facial indicators of dental health. Announcing the results of the trial at the Forum, Drs Ambrose Tinarwo (Hadlow College) and Wanda McCormick (Moulton College) revealed that there was no significant difference in either the weight, body condition score or dental health of the rabbits regardless of whether they were fed muesli or nuggets. Both sets of rabbits gained a small amount of weight during the trials and there was a general improvement in dental health in each set which could, the researchers felt, have been attributed to the hay quality and non-nutritional chew. Importantly, all the feed was consumed each day by both sets of rabbits on each diet, so there was no evidence of selective feeding. In concluding, Dr Tinarwo explained to delegates that the trial suggested that feeding the correct amount of feed to maintain a healthy body condition score was more important than whether they were fed nuggets or muesli; and that if this was done incorrectly, then concerns regarding dental health and weight would remain for both diet types. He also concluded that the importance of good quality [...]
Mon, Dec 04, 2017
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