Vets

-Severnside Veterinary Group , based in Lydney, Coleford, Tidenham and Newnham offer a professional service to large and small animals and have extensive experience of surgery and a holistic approach to animal care. www.severnsideveterinarygroup.co.uk

-Abbey Vets provide a high level of expert veterinary care from vets, nurses and staff who simply love animals. They have recently expanded to include surgeries for pet care in Monmouth, Abergavenny, Brecon and Tredegar. They have a dedicated Equine Clinic in Llanover, near Abergavenny. www.abbeyvets.co.uk

-Veterinary Health Centre, Chepstow and Caldicot is an independent practice which has been established in the area for over 50 years offering great experience in caring for both small and large animals.  www.vetschepstow.co.uk

Training and behaviour associations

-CFBA – The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association is a national organisation offering behavioural advice for both dogs and cats. They select their members from the best of Britain’s dog and cat behaviour experts to assist in behaviour probem resolution. They have more members qualified specifically in Canine or Feline Behaviour and Psychology to MA, BA degree and PETbc Dip level than any other organisation in the UK. www.cfba.co.uk

-PETbc – The Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council sets national standards for dog behaviourists and thrainers throughout the UK.The Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council is committed to providing excellent practice, education and training through its member organisations and to encourage a high standard of learning and education for the ultimate benefit of pet animals and their owners. One of their major objectives is to enable the sector to speak with one voice to government, local authorities and non-governmental organisations including charities and all other relevant associations. As a member of the PETbc my organisation agrees with and abides by their aims and objectives. www.petbc.org.uk

-GoDT – The Guild of Dog Trainers is a professional organisation for dog trainers offering membership for hobby and professinal trainers, training courses at all levels and a database of professional trainers available to assist clients. I am a full member of the GoDT and am also a course tutor  for online training with them.  www.godt.org.uk

Recommended local dog walkers

-Georgie Atton runs ‘F.I.D.O. Forays’, responsible and professional one to one dog walking with optional training. Contact her on 07902 802111.

-Sarah Parker-Reid is a responsible and caring dog walker. She can be contacted at [email protected]

-Ruth Greenhill is not only a great dog walker, she is also a caring, local animal chiropracter with great skill. Contact her at [email protected]

Portraiture

Virginie Hartley – If you love your dog and would like a really special way to remind yourself of him or her, why not consider commissioning a portrait from Virginie Hartley, our talented local artist. Have a look at the painting to the right and see more on her website at www.oakgrovestudios.co.uk