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Getting To Know Your Business 

Do you have a shop front? Where are you based? 

I offer home visit services throughout the whole of East Anglia although most of my clients tend to be in Suffolk or Norfolk.

My Dogs & Storks, Dogs & Toddlers and Cats & Babies Workshops are held at the Mama Wellness Studio, Masterlord Office Village in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Tell me a bit about your business, what makes it special? 

I support expectant families and families with babies/toddlers/children in promoting family life between two legged and four legged family members. I am the UK specialist in Dog & Baby and Dog & Toddler dynamics, working in this specific niche I am always striving to offer the best possible support to the families that contact me.  As well as being a qualified Animal Behaviourist, BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour Science, I am also pursuing additional qualifications in Child Development & Psychology. Dogs Bumps Babies & Beyond is special because it is unique, and a very much needed support to new and expectant families with canine and/or feline family members!

How long have you been in business?

I established Dogs Bumps Babies & Beyond ‘Helping to prepare your dog for family life’ in October 2014 and have supported about 100 families since then.

What is your favourite part of being your own boss?

Being able to fit work around my children, as well as being able to offer flexible and suitable timings to the families that I support.

Do you offer products or services? Please give information about these products / services. I offer a variety of services:

– Dogs & Storks Program ‘Preparing families with dogs for life with baby’ Private Home Visits & Workshops

– Dogs & Toddlers Program ‘Preparing families with dogs for life with toddlers’ Private Home Visits & Workshops

– Cats & Babies Program ‘Helping to prepare your cat for family life’ Private Home Visits & Workshops

– New Baby Home Visit: 2 Hour Home Visit helping the canine/feline family member adjust to life with the newborn

– New Puppy/Dog Home Visit: 2 Hour Home Visit for families that have a baby/toddler/child and have recently got a new canine family member, setting up for success from the beginning

– Pre-Puppy/Dog Home Visit: 2 Hour Home Visit for families that have a baby/toddler/child and are going to be getting a canine family member, setting up for success before bringing home the new canine family member

– Problem Behaviour Two Part Home Visit: addressing problem behaviours in dogs and cats that are not compatible or safe when living with a baby/toddler/child 

– Practical Training Follow Up Home Visit: 1-2 Hour Home Visit practical training exercises as required/recommended 

– Dog & Child Games for Bonding Home Visit: 1-2 Hour Home Visit (Themed….. Princesses, Superheroes, Star Wars, Dinosaurs, Unicorns etc.)

Other services are available and tailored to suit individual needs

What is your favourite product or service you offer? 

I love them all! It is difficult to choose. Recently I have been supporting a few different families with the ‘New Baby Home Visit’ service, going through how to help their dog adjust to life with a newborn baby and how to include their dog in day to day life with a newborn. Helping new parents to know how to safely and appropriately include their ‘fur-baby’ with their ‘new-baby’ so they can start to build a positive association and bond from the beginning. I love how 2 hours with a family can make the world of difference and alleviate worries/concerns/guilt that new parents may be feeling about their dog. 

If I want to hire you for your services, how can I do this/find you? 

Email: gemma@dbbb.co.uk

Telephone: 07572593582

Website: www.dbbb.co.uk

Time to get a bit personal… 

What kind of family commitments do you need to juggle along with your business? How do you find balance?

Balance doesn’t really exist……. my home life and work life surrounds babies/toddlers/children and dogs.

I have 2 children who are 5 and 6 years old and are extremely active and love being out and about doing various clubs and activities. I also have a number of pets (3 dogs, 2 rats, 4 chickens, 1 bearded dragon & 2 fish) to take care of so along with my business there is a lot of juggling that goes on but rarely ‘balance’ as such. 

What are your favourite tv shows, foods, or songs?

My guilty pleasure is Hollyoaks (I have watched it since it first began!). I do like Big Brother and I confess I did watch Love Island…. easy to watch tv to chill out to just before going to bed.

What can you be found doing when you have time off?

Most of my time off isn’t really time off as I have the menagerie of animals at home. I quite often like to take my own dogs out on a long walk and this tends to be my ‘me’ time.

What is your favourite place to get away to? And why?

Recently I really enjoy going to the beach at Felixstowe (the Martello Park end) with my children, as the beach is also dog friendly it is good to have the option to take the dogs with us as well. Perfect family day out including the children and the dogs together.  

And last but not least! Snog, Marry, Avoid: Mr Tumble, Mr Bloom, Mr Maker!! LOL!

Snog: Mr Maker

Marry: Mr Bloom

Avoid: Mr Tumble

About Vicky Barbour-Andrews

The Baby Experts - All round crazy lady, owner of two businesses, two little people and a husband. I am one of those people who just doesn't stop. On both of my maternity leaves I have chosen to start up a new businesses with my new 'spare time'. Some may call me crazy, some may call me stupid but to me I am just me, take me as I am as I do anything for a hassle free life as I believe it is for the living and enjoying - grab it by the balls people as we don't know how long we have here!


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