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MINI showrooms welcome canine customers with Dogs Trust.

MINI retailers across the nation have been given the Dogs Trust golden paw of approval after training with the UK’s largest canine welfare charity to offer dog-friendly showrooms.

 

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Over the past year, to become the first Dogs Trust approved, dog-friendly car retailer, the 131-strong network of MINI retail centres have been going through a rigorous training programme, Dog Friendly Workplaces, developed and implemented by Dogs Trust Canine Behaviour experts, to make sure they provide pooches and their humans with the paw-fect service and experience.

“This is a really exciting next step in our work with Dogs Trust to help support our MINI and dog-loving customers. We recognise the big love they have for the dogs in their lives and now our four-legged fans will be able to enjoy the VIP treatment in all of our showrooms across the country,” said Colette Healy, General Manager, Marketing and Product for MINI UK.

MINI worked with a team of Dogs Trust experts to create bespoke online training modules for staff across all retailers covering topics such as how to keep dogs safe in showrooms by creating dog-free and dog-friendly spaces, how to approach a dog, how to avoid hazards for dogs as well as how to manage four-legged customers to make both human helpers and dogs feel at ease. The next phase of the partnership is to deliver further in-depth training to nominated Dog Champions across the retailers to enhance the two and four-legged customer experience at showrooms across the UK.

“Dogs are an important part of family life – and now there are more dogs in this country than ever before, retailers are starting to give serious consideration as to how they can support their dog-owning customers. We’re thrilled to be driving the way forward with MINI to build an accepting dog-friendly culture,” said Rachel Casey, Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust.

Last year, a survey conducted amongst MINI UK customers showed that 9 in 10 dogs (91%) were happy riding in a MINI, rising to 95% for MINI Clubman owners[1], confirming every MINI model has features that make it ideal for dog owners and further emphasising the importance of implementing dog-friendly showrooms.

Whilst all MINI UK retailers will be welcoming dogs through the doors, the brand is also continuing its work to help make sure they travel safely and enjoy the ride by working with Dogs Trust canine behaviour experts to educate consumers on best practice for dogs and car journeys.

Visit the MINI Dogs Hub to find out more: https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/mini-dogs-hub.html

To sniff out your local dog friendly showroom and find out more about the MINI UK and Dogs Trust partnership, please visit www.mini.co.uk.

Businesses who would like to find out more about Dogs Trust’s innovative Dog Friendly Workplaces programme can join an introduction webinar being held on 27 July. To register for the webinar visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dog-friendly-workplaces-introductory-webinar-tickets-372660436397, or visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/get-involved/corporate-partnerships/dog-friendly-workplaces/ to find out more.

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About Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest canine welfare charity and normally cares for around 14,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. We are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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[1]  MINI and TBB conducted the biggest known dedicated study into dog happiness in cars, surveying over 1000 MINI UK owners on the database. https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/mini-dogs-hub/9-out-of-10-dogs-love-mini.html

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