From pitches to pooches, a former Newcastle Falcons and England rugby star has discovered success with a brand new enterprise enterprise.
Sean Brown, 26, began his sporting profession as a goalkeeper at Sunderland AFC academy, earlier than changing to rugby aged 15.
He loved six years as a winger enjoying for golf equipment together with the Newcastle Falcons and representing England at junior stage.
But after retiring from rugby in 2016 on account of a quantity of accidents, he pursued a ardour for dog coaching.
Now his numerous dog care enterprise, Petsercise, has gained the dog coaching service of the year prize at the Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards, which recognises small and medium-sized companies and merchants.
Sean, from Barlow, Gateshead, stated: “When I first left rugby I felt actually misplaced. I spent all my life driving in the direction of one thing and then to really feel it slip away was robust.
“I keep in mind feeling sick all the approach by way of my remaining coaching session as a result of I knew it was the finish except I attempted to pursue the sport otherwise, like teaching.
“I wanted to seek out one thing the place I may channel that very same drive that I had in rugby and when I discovered it I wished to maintain pushing to enhance, in an analogous approach that I did with the sport.”
He added: “I by no means felt like I’d labored as I used to be doing one thing I used to be obsessed with and loved enjoying rugby. But then I found that I may get that very same enjoyment from dog strolling and the enterprise spanned from there.”
Petsercise was based as a solo enterprise enterprise in 2016, with Sean providing dog strolling providers to individuals throughout the North East.
However, his dedication has allowed the enterprise to develop right into a multi-purpose dog care facility using eight workers.
The enterprise affords dog coaching, strolling and agility courses, in addition to luxurious dog grooming, day care and boarding centres in Blaydon and Tantobie, in County Durham.
And it was impressed by a lifetime of Sean’s household proudly owning rescue canine, which he has continued to do since shifting out, beginning with Rottweiler Cleo who options on the enterprise’ brand.
When Sean re-homed Cleo, he ended her three-year keep in a kennel. She suffered with separation nervousness, was protecting of her possessions and would injury property if she was left alone.
But now she shares her toys and is snug in the firm of youngsters and different canine.
Sean stated: “There’s no scenario that I’d be frightened about placing her into now. She’s come such a great distance from the place she was once I first bought her.”
He added: “We love working with rescue canine and we’re a coaching firm who would not flip away from any dog.
“We do not hand decide the ones we expect will likely be simple to coach as a result of we wish to strive and assist all canine, regardless of their background and that’s so rewarding.”
Petsercise additionally works with Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter to assist put together canine for re-homing, with supervisor and trainer Lauren Allan working with shelter workers to educate canine to undertake higher behaviours.
Sean stated: “Lauren has been wonderful and completely breezed by way of coaching to work her approach up and now she delivers about 90% of coaching classes.
“She’s working with loads of canine who’ve been turned away from different trainers – she is a credit score to the enterprise.”