I’ve been training and rehabilitating problem dogs, for over 15 years. I went overseas, the USA to be exact, because, compared to us I believe they are miles, decades ahead of us in their methods and empathy towards dog’s. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great people in this industry in Australia, that are in it for the right reasons. That reason is for the dog.
I’m looking for opinions, honest opinions (please excuse my spelling and grammar, not my strongest point, everything else is open for scrutiny) of an idea I have had for a while. I’ve owned run, operated and single handedly trained and rehabilitated many hundreds, maybe more out of control dogs. Successfully I might add. My last visit to Canberra, I fell in love with it again.
I want to open a puppy/doggy daycare centre, with a twist. Not only will it be a daycare centre, it’ll be a one stop dog shop. I’ll still do what I love and thats training and rehabilitating dogs, we’ll also have a boarding facility, a small retail centre that will only stock quality toys that will stimulate your dogs mind as well as having fun. We won’t stock toys that are either non stimulating or could be torn apart in a day. We’ll stock only the best food, to help maintain your dogs health and quality tools for the owner to help with the control of your dog. We’ll also have a grooming facility,with the best groomer I can find, Our staff will be helpful and know their job, They will be totally professional and be able to answer ant query you may have. I’ll make sure of that. I was also thinking of opening a cattery, securely separated, from the dogs, so if you go on holidays you’ll know your cat is being taken good care of, by cat lovers. We’ll open training classes that will run from anywhere to an hour or two, up to a weekend initially. The weekend course would be a good K9 citizen course where some of the course will be theory and mostly practical, where you take you dog to some of the busiest places in canberra and you’ll have full control of your dog in an intimidating scenario. owner confidence is one of our top three goals for you. Most importantly, when you pick up your dog, you’ll know he/she has had the day of a lifetime, we’ll treat your dog as if it’s our own.
You’ll notice that every time you bring them back they will get excited even before they arrive for a days play. We’ll place your dog with other dogs of similar personality so it’s an enjoyable experience for every dog. I’m a firm believer dogs are social animals so if your dog boards with us, we won’t charge you for letting your dog socialise with the other dogs during their stay. If your dog isn’t good with other dogs we’ll walk them, no charge, just a part of the service. Our loyalty will always be with your dog.
So the feedback I’m looking for is:
Do you think a facility of this type is needed in the ACT?
Where would be a good central place to open up? A friend mentioned opening near the airport, I’m not sure if that would be central enough?
How far would you travel to a quality, yet affordable daycare for your dog or pup?
Would a hands common sense approach to training courses interest you? where all dogs are welcome, whether its a pure breed or mixed breed, in my eyes if they’re important to you, they’re important to me.
It’s important to us that owners have easy access for pick up and drop off.
Would you use the facility I have described above?
If you have any input good, bad or indifferent, please feel free to comment.