***** Following our licence renewal inspection in March 2022 by Durham County Council, Paws n the Paddock is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the highest possible rating – 5 stars!! *****

Thank you to all our lovely clients with their wonderful dogs for your continued support.

We also look forward to welcoming new clients, please contact us with your enquiries.



Read our customer testimonials here to find out what people think of the Paws n the Paddock services and facilities

‘I was looking for a trainer to help me with a young reactive dog. Marisa was recommended and I’m absolutely delighted with the help and advice she has given us.The paddock is lovely it’s safe and secure and after a few sessions I feel confident to work on my own. I would definitely recommend Marisa.’

-Karen B

‘Marisa came for a 1-1 training session today with our 5 month old border collie. Wow! That’s all I can say! Amazing. Can’t wait to work with you and Tommy more in the future. Thank you so much.’

-Tracy F

‘Nice friendly professional service. Our puppy problem was solved in one session, would highly recommend.

– Joanne S

‘We brought our puppy for 121 recall training and he has been a completely different dog afterwards – it’s amazing! Marisa is so knowledgeable and experienced, and our puppy loves visiting her! Thank you so much Marisa’

– Caitlin F

‘Marisa came to our house for a 1-2-1 session with our 11 week old pup, she was absolutely amazing!! She taught us loads and the difference in our puppy already is unbelievable! Would highly recommend’ 

-Alice G

“We had an hour with Marisa in our home and she taught us lots of wonderful ways to engage our Border Collie in training. I took him for his first walk today and he was a like a different dog when I used the techniques learned from Marisa. 15 minutes in a disused basketball court doing recall and STOP and I felt ready to take him on a quiet lane. he did recall 100% and STOP 99%. I highly recommend Marisa- she will change your relationship with dog completely – for the better!”

– Rachel

“Our 4 dogs are snoozing happily at home after an hour’s play in the field. They loved every minute and we could relax and enjoy them playing knowing they were safe and secure. A brilliant experience we can’t wait to come back. Many thanks”

– Amanda

“Marisa is lovely and helped us to sort our puppy problem. Nice and friendly place, would definitely recommend.”

– Silke

“Nice friendly professional service, our puppy problem was solved in one session. Would highly recommend”

– Joanne

“Excellent 1-2-1 training for my GSD puppy. Would highly recommend and will be going back.

– Colin


“1st Marisa Spurgeon with Feel Free To Stare At Aramisty WSD losing 3.5. What a day Marisa, winning two red Rosettes. Very many congratulations. I know your work in my ring was quite stunning, even losing one point in scent and still finishing 1.5 points in front of the next competitor. With your excellent handling and training you will soon be in the top class. Look out you ticket handlers!! Very well done.”

– Judge Mish Stock

“1st: Mrs M Spurgeon and Feel Free to Stare at Aramisty Breed WSD
This was a lovely round, just what I love to watch, style with accuracy.
Your second novice I believe. A clear winner today and with work of this standard, Tommy must be on his way to an Obedience Warrant. Many Congratulations.”

– Judge Carol Hale

1st Marisa Spurgeon’s WS Seahawk Showstopper (a rescue from Bridgend Dogs Trust)
“A fabby round from this lovely young dog. Minimal points lost on both heelwork rounds and clear sets. A lovely, happy animated dog with a good future I think. Congratulations and good luck in A.”

– Judge Jackie Muir

1st Mrs M Spurgeon Seahawk Showstopper
“This was real teamwork from Marisa and Tag with very good heelwork, no fuss handling and good set exercises. Well done and good luck for the rest of the year.”

– Judge Lynn Johnson

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