Online Induction


So you've made a booking. What next? Well, we've compiled some simple instructions that we'd appreciate everyone following when they take a visit to Darling Dogs of May, so that you can all get as much out of your visit as possible, whilst keeping everyone safe. I would like to say at this early stage that the garden centre The Darling Buds Of May, has free range chickens and children! It is imperative that there are no dogs off lead in any of the public areas at any time NO EXCEPTIONS. The paddock is the only place dogs can run free.


As you pull into the site, you'll see the gate for the Paddock Entrance in front of you but don't worry if there is not enough space here. There is  more parking if you carry on round to the left. You'll drive past a large green steel barn on your right and then you'll see a wide hard-standing car park. Feel free to grab a spot here.

Please do not park in front of any gates .You can move to this location after you have used the paddock if you wish to use the Coffee Shop. That will leave the space by the paddock free for the next user. Please do not attempt to park in the paddock as this will cause the entrance to get very muddy. We are looking into providing more hard standing at a later stage.


Once you've parked up, you should see where the toilets are if you take a look at the large green steel barn that you've just driven past. Visitors are more than welcome to use the loos. 

Entering the Paddock-

Before entering the paddock, please ensure that the previous customer has had the chance to exit safely. Some people may have bought nervous or reactive dogs  so please allow them the time and space that they might need. We suggest getting ready to vacate 5 minutes before your time is up to allow for the change over .

Once you have entered the paddock you will notice there is a chain to link to the gate fastener to allow you to lock yourself in. This will give you the added peace of mind that you will not be disturbed. If you ever arrive at the field and the gate is fastened from the inside you must assume the field is occupied and make no attempt to enter until the person in there has vacated. It is our suggestion that before you release your dog  you check the field is safe you you to use. We ask that everyone replaces any equipment they have used but to be on the safe side check yourself!!

Using the equipment provided- 

Please feel free to use as much of our equipment as you like. This is why we provide it and this is what  sets us above our competitors. All we ask though is that you treat it carefully and please leave it tidy for the next user. Not everyone is going to want the agility equipment left out. This could get in the way of dogs having a good blitz round. Please bear this in mind and leave yourself time to put it all away when you have finished using it. Please leave us a message if anything gets broken or damaged, we do not want any people or animals harmed because of faulty equipment. If you bring any toys yourself, particularly small balls, be sure to pick them up and take them away with you. Large dogs can choke on small toys. 

We must stress that the dog agility equipment and toys are purely built for dogs and are not suitable for children and/or adults. Use at your own risk. 

Exiting the Paddock- 

Before you leave, please make sure that you have cleaned up after your dog. Poop bins will be located right next to the entrance/exit. Once you leave, the gate must be securely fixed shut behind you. 

Many thanks in advance and we hope you enjoy your visit!   

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Darling Buds of May, Newbury Rd, A339, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8LA


Tel: 07823 330073

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