Dog-walker Dom is leader of the pack

HE'S THE LEAD-ER: Dominic Hodgson (left) with Theo Paphitis.
HE'S THE LEAD-ER: Dominic Hodgson (left) with Theo Paphitis.
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DOM Hodgson has taken the lead on promoting his business.

Dom, who runs pet walking service Pack Leader Dog Adventures, was presented with the Small Business Sunday award by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Dom’s was the first dog-walking business in the country to be recognised by Theo, as part of his Small Business Sunday feature, which runs weekly on Twitter under the hashtag #SBS.

He was invited to receive a certificate personally from Theo as part of the SBS 2015 event in Birmingham, which was attended by more than 700 small business owners from across the UK

“It was an amazing experience to meet Theo and receive the award as recognition for the hard work we have put in,” he said.

“The opportunity to meet and talk with other passionate small business owners was inspiring, and has given me a real boost.

“I was proud to be there representing the City of Sunderland.”

Dom quit his job in 2011 to pursue his dream of running his own dog adventure business for stay-at-home dogs in Sunderland and East Durham.

Many owners who work full-time are unable to find the time to exercise their dog during the day, and Pack Leader Dog Adventures provides the exercise and training sessions that keep dogs tired and content.

“When thinking of getting a dog many potential dog owners are drawn to handsome pedigree breeds,” said Dom.

“These can be very high-energy dogs and, if not given the right amount of exercise, the dogs can become frustrated and then behavioural problems can occur.

“We provide the exercise and training on our adventures to ensure that doesn’t happen.

“We work with our clients and give advice on diet and training to help them have the best relationship they can with their dogs.”

For more information, call Dom on 07794 053 084, email, or visit