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Dog exercise and training paddock opens in North Yorkshire

A new dog exercise and training paddock has opened near East Cowton, North Yorkshire.

My Happy Hounds is operated by Harry and Alison Gray, who were inspired to launch the business by their dogs Mollie, Harvey, and Nellie.

Alison told Richmondshire Today: “As owners of sensitive dogs, we struggled to find safe spaces for our pets to exercise, leading to exhausting and stressful walks for us and our dogs.

“We dreamt of owning a secure area where dogs could run and play freely, witnessing the pure joy of dogs being dogs.”

The facility offers diverse, secure paddocks, which offers dogs of all sizes the freedom for sniffing, digging, exploring, playing, running, or relaxing. My Happy Hounds features a sensory garden, sand pit, agility course, Parkour equipment, and a field shelter.

In addition, there are seating areas scattered throughout the paddocks and each paddock has its own secure parking area.

Alison told Richmondshire Today: “At My Happy Hounds, the overarching vision is to create a happier life for dogs and their parents, regardless of breed or challenges faced. The values of fun, freedom, and safety guide their approach.

“Dogs engage in emotional, mental, and physical workouts, improving their quality of life and reducing undesirable behaviours.

“The paddocks offer a space for dogs to express their natural behaviours and learn new skills, whether through high-energy agility activities or a calming retreat.”

The couple has also teamed up with Tees Valley Dog Training to offer a range of training opportunities.

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