Here at PlayPaws each member of our team is passionate about working with dogs and having an experienced, trustworthy and reliable team behind us is the key to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our dogs. Our staff are individually handpicked for their love of dogs, professionalism and dedication to ensuring that every dog enjoys their fun and exciting day in a safe and controlled environment. All of the Team Paws staff are trained in canine behaviour, dog first-aid, and dog pack dynamics.

Vicky Gray

Managing Director

Email: vicky@play-paws.com

After having a long and successful career in corporate medicine sales and marketing I was ready for a change.  After re-locating from East Anglia up to Lancashire 8 years ago we decided to get a dog and along came Henry our cocker spaniel, then a year later we got Holly another cocker spaniel.  Doggy daycare is a new industry here in the UK and I wanted  to work with dogs as they have been a passion of mine for many years, my favourite breeds of dogs are cocker spaniels and poodles.  PlayPaws was born in 2015 and to say I am loving it is an understatement.  I’ve done my canine behaviour qualifications locally at Myerscough college, canine first aid, kennel club bronze, silver and gold and am currently studying canine care and behaviour with the British College of Canine Studies.  My goal is to make PlayPaws into one of the best doggy daycare and training centres within the UK.

Ele Davies

Pack Leader

My name is Ele and I am the pack leader here at PlayPaws. I’ve grown up around dogs and have worked in a kennels previous to coming here. I studied Animal Management at Myerscough College and have always wanted to work with animals. I am loving working here at PlayPaws and seeing just how much fun all the dogs have together.

Kia Shaw

Assistant Pack Leader

I’m Kia, I have been at PlayPaws for 3 years and before then I did 2 years at Myerscough College studying animal care. I have always loved animals and they have had a massive impact on my life. If it wasn’t for my own dog supporting me through life I wouldn’t be who I am today. Maisie has helped me through so many health issues she made all the difference to me. Maisie is a crazy 9 year old King Charles spaniel and I wouldn’t have her any other way.

Courtney Watkins


I started volunteering at PlayPaws in the summer of 2017. This summer I passed my level 3 Animal Management at Myerscough College. Throughout my studies, I was still committed to coming to PlayPaws every week. It has been the best experience and is truly heart warming watching the dogs. Playing, learning and growing throughout their time at daycare. I brought  along my beagle cross Tetley and she loves it! I’ve learned so much about dog behaviour and individual traits of all the dogs we’ve had over the years. I am now at Liverpool university studying BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour however it does not mean PlayPaws will have seen the last of me. The dogs and staff have all become one big happy family now which I am proud to be a part of.

Wez Hollin-Teale


I’m Wez and I’m Vicky’s older sister. We both grew up with dogs and I developed my love of all things doggy from then. As I’m a wheelchair user I wasn’t sure I would manage to look after dogs myself as an adult, but took the plunge and adopted an elderly Bichon. She sadly passed away around 7 years ago, but by then I was hooked and am now the proud mum of my 2 furbabies, Bilbo Baggins and Tilda. Simon and I also have a long term foster dog, Sahara. Through them, plus helping Vicky at PlayPaws over the years I feel I have developed a good understanding of dog behaviour and pack dynamics, and love watching the dogs here interact and play, both with each other and with me!