Dog Services in Winnersh, RDG
Founder & Head Trainer
Ryan's love for canines came about when his parents brought Ziggy, a Jack Russel Terrier puppy into their home. Being from a military family he's lived all over the country, but dogs have always been a constant fascination for him.. so it was no surprise that once he left college he began working with them.
Ryan's grandfather had a passion for horse riding, so much so he built a stable block just off his home in order to care for his own 2 horses. He sadly passed away whilst competing in a race at the age of 60.
The stables sat dormant for 30 years until 2013 when Ryan brought them back to life with the help of his uncles to start Stablecroft Dog Care Services!!
Six quick years later Stablecroft has steadily grown into a truly incredible place for dogs to be whether it's day care, boarding, grooming or training.
The idea of letting dogs enjoy the outdoor space in groups, to roam, socialise and behave as naturally as dogs can has always been at the core of what Stablecroft is all about. We would't want our own dogs to live any other way and Ryan thought other like minded owners would love this environment too.
Over the years Ryan has learnt many lesson on how best to care for dogs with varying temperaments and needs, how to smoothly run a business ensuring everything is accounted for & how to manage an amazing team of people who all share a common goal in building and maintaining a special place for dogs.
Ryan enjoys travelling whenever the oppurtunity arises so in February 2016 he spent 3 weeks in Sofia, Bulgaria helping out at Animal Rescue Sofia.
This is a one of a kind shelter doing incredible work for all kinds of animals in a country where the government provides them with little to no support.
Those were 3 weeks well spent, working with their behaviourists and learning what it takes to tackle their cultural issues with dogs one step at a time. He also got to help look after some very adorable puppies!
Whilst in Phuket, Thailand, Ryan spent some time at Soi Dog Foundation. This incredible place helps care for abused and unwanted dogs and cats all around Asia.
Their story is powerful so feel free to read more below:
In 2018 Ryan rescued a Border Collie pup, something he'd wanted to do for quite some time having been so used to watching the development of puppies in the daycare.
In 2019 Ryan got his dog trainer accreditation through the IMDT and launched The Doggystyle Podcast where he talks with experts in the doggy industry, not only to learn from them but to share his findings with anyone willing to listen.
Ryan's love for dogs and business now leads him into the training world. He now offers 1 to 1 dog training, weekly group classes and online start-up business coaching!
The Stablecroft Team
Day Care Supervisor
Marley, Ivar & Dex
Head of Security
Day Care Technician
& Dog Trainer
Front of House
& Head of Welfare
Santa is in charge of the smooth running of our day care and all the enrichment that goes along with it.
She's compassionate and reliable making her the ideal person for this high responsibility role.
Santa has completed various training courses, supported Ryan in many group classes held at Stablecroft & is currently hosting and training a young potential guide dog named Jotko!
Sister to Ryan, Nikki has been a big part of Stablecroft since day one. Her keen eye for welfare and her animal management experience make her the perfect supervisor for all that goes on in the day care.
Jade is head stylist here at the Stablecroft Parlour.
Her natural affinity for dogs and their welfare was clear from the start as she focuses on each dog's individual needs throughout the grooming process to the highest of levels.
Her beliefs about compassionate grooming are in line with how we've always done things here so Jade fits in rather well we think!
When Jade isn't busy grooming (it's very rare), she's always mucking in with the day care wherever possible.. a true team player.
Georgia is our newest team member and a true asset.
Her experience in intimate customer service, her attention to detail and 3 rescue dogs makes her the perfect person for this unique job role.
Georgia is one of the friendly faces you'll meet when dropping or collecting your dog and she's in charge of ensuring each dog's individual welfare needs are met during their time with us. Something we take very seriously.
You may also spot Georgia in the Pantry advising on raw, in the Parlour helping with a groom or out in the fields giving some of our guests their daily walk. She's a real all rounder!
Amy is our part timer who spends the rest of her time at BCA college studying Animal Management.
She's come a long way in the time she's worked with us and it's a pleasure to have such a upbeat and driven young lady working alongside our team and our furry guests.
Introducing the Stablecroft Dream Team!
To your left is Marley, and as you can see from her face, she's in charge of the boys and never let's them get too out of hand. She'll herd our client's cars our of Stablecroft and gives the greatest cuddles.
In the middle, it's Dexter! Previously a regular in the day care from 3 months of age, he is now a full time resident. When he's not warming your seat or playing with his younger brother Ivar, he's keeping the paddocks clear of rogue birds (He has a rather embarrassing scream to warn them off!).
And finally, Ivar! He's the youngster and not your typically graceful Collie. He enjoys tormenting Dex, howling at the house phone & giving everyone he meets, a rather over the top greeting!