FREE workshops are set to be held at a Cumbrian pet food store to help dogs cope with busy environments. 

The sessions at WCF Pet & Equestrian in Penrith aim to ensure that dogs feel comfortable and safe when visiting places like pubs and shops. 

Led by professional dog trainer Jen Cartmel of Clever Dogs, the after-hours in-store sessions include training techniques and tips for dogs and their owners.

Nicky Mason, store manager at the WCF Pet & Equestrian store on Brunswick Road, said: “With the number of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, shops, and tourist attractions increasing over the past few years, more dog owners than ever are taking their pets with them when they go out for a meal or for some shopping."

The 90-minute socialisation workshops include dog-friendly exercises such as calmly entering the store for a ‘meet and greet’ with the team; quietly sitting or laying and waiting; and standing while being measured and fitted for harnesses, buoyancy aids, or drying coats, as well as being weighed.

The workshops are being held on Thursday, May 30; Wednesday, June 5; Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 21 at 6.30pm.