Pet care provider Petpals Darlington & Yarm has joined forces with Darlington College to create new dog training equipment, offering both enhanced resources for local dogs and practical experience for students.

David Gray, owner of Petpals Darlington & Yarm, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership. “We’re thrilled to partner with Darlington College on this fantastic project. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to apply their skills in a real-world setting while giving back to our pet-loving community.”

Student Involvement and Project Planning

Carpentry and joinery students from Darlington College have been actively involved in the project, developing proposals for new equipment to be placed in one of Petpals’ secure fields. Their designs are aimed at enhancing the play and training experience for the dogs under Petpals’ care.

David Gray highlighted the significance of the students’ contributions, saying, “Our clients have always enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with using our private and secure fields. Now, with the addition of the new equipment built with the help of Darlington College, the experience will be even better. The students have shown incredible creativity and dedication. Their contributions will make a significant difference in the lives of the dogs we care for, and we are proud to support their education and professional growth.”

Comprehensive Pet-Care Services

Petpals Darlington & Yarm offers a wide range of services, including dog walking, pet sitting, cat and small animal visits, and specialised care for puppies and elderly pets. The team is fully trained, insured, and security checked, ensuring high-quality and professional care tailored to each client’s needs. Their mission is to provide pets with the same love and affection they receive from their owners.

David Gray has been committed to supporting the Darlington community since launching the business in 2006. This project with Darlington College is a continuation of his efforts to give back to the area.

“At Petpals Darlington, we’ve always believed in giving back to the community that has supported us for so many years. Partnering with Darlington College is just the latest in a long line of initiatives we’ve spearheaded to support our local area over the last 18 years. This partnership not only helps young people gain valuable experience but also strengthens the bond between our business and the local community,” David added.

Community Impact and Educational Benefits

Olivia Anderson, Engagement Coach at Darlington College, praised the collaboration, stating, “Offering our students valuable and relevant work experience with Petpals has been so beneficial to the development of the students and has allowed them to practise their hand skills. We are always keen to expose our students across all curriculum areas to real-life projects and workplace opportunities as we see how much they gain in confidence, and they are more prepared to enter the workforce on successful completion of their course.”

This initiative not only benefits the dogs of Darlington by providing enhanced training and play equipment but also offers the students a chance to apply their skills in a meaningful way. The partnership exemplifies how local businesses and educational institutions can collaborate for mutual benefit and community enrichment.

Continued Commitment to Community Support

Petpals Darlington & Yarm’s ongoing commitment to the local community is evident in this latest initiative. By working closely with Darlington College, the company is helping to foster a sense of community spirit while providing valuable resources for pet owners and enriching the educational experience for local students.

The new dog training equipment is expected to be a valuable addition to Petpals’ services, enhancing the overall experience for the pets they care for. This collaboration is a testament to Petpals’ dedication to not only the welfare of pets but also the betterment of the Darlington community.