Dog breeding

Dragon’s Den star’s stamp of approval for creator of Oswestry FE dog breeding course – FE News

An iPET Network course creator who campaigns for the welfare of dogs and puppies in Oswestry has had her work recognized by Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis.

Rebecca Walters runs Pupstarts Breeders, providing educational training to the dog breeding community and worked with iPET Network to create the UK’s first qualification for breeders earlier this year.

A former animal keeper who saw firsthand the reality that unwanted dogs suffer from, she has helped breeders raise around 8,000 healthy and happy puppies since she set out to revolutionize the dog breeding profession. in 2020.

She is also a champion of the iPET Network’s Safe Pets and People campaign, which calls for mandatory first aid qualifications for all UK pet professionals.

Rebecca shared her passion for puppies with dog lover Theo, who has a Cocker Spaniel, Gladys in his weekly SBS Twitter contest, and he picked her as the winner in September.

Rebecca said:

“Winning this award means our dedication to building a strong community and helping dog breeders to breed ethically and responsibly has been recognized.

“It means more people will know how important it is to find an ethical breeder if they want to welcome a puppy into their lives and it’s a step towards eradicating puppy breeders.

“Writing, developing and gaining accreditation for the UK’s first recognized educational pathway for breeders took courage, but the difference we are making for dogs and puppies is well worth it.

“Having Theo crown us one of his SBS winners validates our hard work and inspires us to keep fighting to improve the welfare of dogs and puppies.”

Small Business Sunday is a weekly initiative started by Theo Paphitis in 2010 and now boasts over 3,000 winners within its supporting community.

Theo said:

“We are delighted to welcome new #SBS members every week and to highlight how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.

“My vision is for everyone who has ever earned a #SBS re-tweet from me to become members of a friendly club; like-minded people who can share their successes and learnings.

“The website will also give a valuable profile to the chosen winners and I wish Rebecca and Pupstarts Breeders every success.”

Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed trader, Theo retweeted Rebecca Walters’ post to his nearly 500,000 followers and as a result has 500 more followers and more orders for their training courses for dog breeders.

They are also featured on the #SBS website ( which is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

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