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Welcome to Barney’s Buddies…


My name is Michelle and I live with 4 dogs, Barney, Harry, Ivy and Cherry along with two rescue cats and my husband Glenn. At Barneys Buddies the safety, welfare, health and happiness of your dog is always my number one priority. My aim is to ensure your dog lives it's best life.

Dogs have always been the most important part of my life and I have lived with a dog from being born. Roll on 50 years, living with 4 spaniels running a doggie day care, dog walking and home boarding business, dogs literally are my life. My spare time is spent walking my dogs and training my dogs to compete in agility.  Holidays are always with my dogs in a dog friendly cottage or away for the weekend competing in an agility competition.

I have ran a successful Home boarding, Dog Walking and Doggie Day Care business for over 8 years. I have a wealth of knowledge and skills from attending in person dog training courses, training camps and specialised training over many years.

Training courses I’ve attended include Interactive play, Scent work, Obedience and Rally, Hoopers, Dealing with Challenging dogs, Canine first Aid,  Canine Massage Therapy, Games and Concept training and Dog Agility, to name a few.

I am a published author of Dog Poems for Life available to buy in paperback or on kindle.

I am licensed by Durham County Council and have a 5 Gold Star Rating and I am fully insured.

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I offer a home based Dog Day Care for small and medium sized dogs. Your dog will be welcomed in our home and will spend the day with other Barney's Buddies in a safe, friendly and calm environment.

I also have limited home boarding spaces available. For both Day Care and home boarding your dog will need to be assessed to ensure they will be happy to stay in this environment.

I am fully licensed by Durham County Council to board up to 3 dogs at one time.


Day care until 5.30: £20

Day care after 5.30: £25

Half day morning or afternoon: £15

Boarding: £30 per night 

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day and Good Friday: double standard rate

Bank holidays: one and half standard rate

For stays of 1 week or more a deposit of £25.00 must be paid when booking and 100% of the payment due should be paid when you leave your dog to board. A Dog Boarding Form and Terms and Conditions also needs to be completed which I will provide you with once the deposit is received. Your Dog can be picked up and dropped off if required. 


Half Hour Walks

£10 plus £2.00 for two dogs

3 dogs £20

Hour walks

£12.00 plus £3.00 for two dogs

3 dogs £25

***NEW**** Bootcamp walks with Glenn 

Longer walks to improve your dogs fitness

Contact Glenn for Further Details 

Telephone 07917 028889

Check in

£6.00 (let dog into garden or 5 -10 minute walk to stretch legs and toilet, feeding of any treats)                                                                                  

Home Visits – Dogs or cats price given on consultation once pets needs are understood.

Collections will be in a 4 mile radius of Chester Le Street, collections further away will be subject to an additional £1 per mile to the price of the walk.

Bespoke Walks to suit the needs of your dog are also available on request.


Home Check Service 

Who looks after your home while you are on holiday? We already do home check in's for pets and are now offering a check in service for your home. Our Home Check In Service ensures peace of mind while you're away. We provide professional and reliable home monitoring to keep your property safe and secure. Enjoy your holiday worry free knowing that your home is in good hands with us.

We can do a variety of tasks from General Security, lights on or off, curtains opened and closed, move post out of sight, watering plants, putting out bins, feeding pets, and look after green house plants to name a few.

We can visit your home up to twice daily  for homes within a 4 mile radius of Chester le Street or once a day for houses a little further away.

At Barneys Buddies we understand that every home and situation is unique. That's why we offer bespoke pricing tailored to your needs. Contact us today for a personalised quote and let us take care of your home while you enjoy your holiday.

Barney's Buddies Online Dog Training is an exciting video library providing FREE yes Free dog training and essential advice so you can ensure your dog lives its best life. The videos will show you how to train your dog in real life situations, using simple, step by step instructions, and when things don’t go according to plan, not to give up, there’s always another way. 

Dog Training and Advice  Contact me for bespoke Dog Training and Advice. 

Training Video Library



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