5 Star rating in animal welfare from DEFRA

Established in 2014, K9-Club has gone from strength to strength, recently gaining a 5 Star rating in animal welfare from DEFRA. We like to think that this highlights the lengths we go to in caring for our club members. Of course, we could never love your dog as much as you do. 

inside k9 club dog day care centre


All dogs at the club get walked twice a day in line with guidelines set by DEFRA. Park walks, river walks, walks in the woods. We’ve got it all within 5 minutes of the club.

dog walking


When the weather is dry we are lucky to have a fully secure garden attached to the club, allowing the dogs even more space to exercise and play.

dog chill out area

Chill Out

We have two “chill out“ areas that have tv’s and dog beds for your dog to relax if that’s what’s required.

dog agility


We have some just for fun agility equipment at the club. Its amazing how quickly our club members learn when you have a treat in your hand.


At lunch time we feed the dogs with hypo-allergenic dry food. Feeding the dogs together were possible helps conquer the “greedy dog” issue.

Group Walks

Every once in a while we get together as a group and take the dogs for a Sunday walk. Family and friends are all invited to share the experience. This has proved to be a very popular event.

“K9 were so helpful, they fitted our boys in for 4 days at short notice. We have one confident boy, Samson and one timid, fearful boy, Jasper. They would both come back each day exhausted but so happy. Mark was very reassuring about their approach to Jasper abd he really thrived. We are very much looking forward to happily sending our boys there again without worry. Thank you so much for taking such good care of our boys!” – Pauline Craughwell

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Mark McMullan

Born and raised in Preston. Married to Bev, we have a daughter, Laura and two dogs; Tala and Elvin. Usual hobbies for a married man – dog walking (bus mans holiday) football ( life long suffering Preston fan) music and holidays in the sun. Before we opened K9-Club I spent 30 years in a sales and marketing environment and found it surprising how many transferable skills there were moving from the legal sector in to doggy welfare.

Kate Mercer

I’ve always had a passion for all animals big and small. After leaving High School I spent two and a half years working for an animal rescue centre caring for the animals and participating in educational talks across the country. In 2014 I started my adventure into the doggy day care world at the K9-Club. My two Border Collies; Skye and Lily really enjoy coming to work with me, playing and socialising with all the other dogs. Whilst working at the K9-Club I have completed a Level 3 dog grooming course and a canine first aid course. Every day is new and exciting at the K9-Club and I can’t wait to spend it with all of the dogs, young and old, big or small!

Kelly Farrington

I began working at the K9 Club in March2023 after a career in both catering and Care in the community.
I always had a love of animals especially dogs having had many dogs over the years and when this opportunity arose I was over the moon to become involved in the care and welfare of dogs at K9-Club.
During my time at K9-Club I have enjoyed my experience in dealing with the dogs daily and have been able to bring and train
my Lilly (Rottie) every day which she loves, mixing and playing with the other dogs.
The job is quite varied from walking the dogs to organising activities with the personal rewards being outstanding.
I have become quite passionate in carrying out my role at K9-Club.

Amy Wilkinson

After school I went to college to study childcare where I worked in a nursery for a year, then an opportunity came up to look after the four legged fur babies, where
I started part time work at K9, then eventually became a full time team member here at the club.
I love all animals especially dogs, I have 2 at home, Bomber, a staffy cross terrier and George, a british bulldog. I love taking them camping with me and my friends!
I love working at K9 and watching all the dogs grow up and develop their personalities.