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Town Okay's New Doggie Daycare Facility
The town of Westmoreland says "yes" to a new doggie daycare facility on route 12 just over the Keene/Westmoreland town lines on the property that used to house the driving range and ice cream restaurant.
Ms. Welch has been providing dog walking, pet sitting, and private training for client's in the Monadnock region since May of 2010. She plans to keep the number of dogs enrolled in daycare to around 15 per day. That way, the dogs will get individualized attention. She also wants to keep the playgroups small, between 4 and 5 dogs, to make sure they're fun and stress free for each dog involved. The daycare will run much like a children's daycare, wherein playtime, nap time, etc will be scheduled to ensure that each dog gets some downtime during the day to prevent becoming overstimulated. "What we've discovered recently, is that dogs that are in huge playgroups (up to 15 dogs) all day are becoming less and less tolerant of other dogs. They need to have some down time in a quiet place to relax and regroup after extended play." State's Ms. Welch. "I want to keep my playgroups small so that the dogs can wrestle with each other or we can participate in a group activity, like fetch. Once playtime is over, each dog will have a crate or a quiet spot where they can enjoy a stuffed braintoy or nap until it's time to play again. Dogs spend a good part of the day napping and by nature are most active during twilight hours. When my client's pick up their dogs to go home at the end of the day, I want them to take home a dog that is tired from an active day, but not so wound up that they need an hour long walk once they get home to calm down for the evening!"
Each dog will need to go through a screening and application process to ensure that they are suitable for daycare. "Some dogs just arent' good canidates for doggie daycare. Either they are too shy, too fearful, or too hyper-active to spend the day with a lot of other dogs. My screening process will help to determine if each dog will be a good fit." The dogs will also need to be current on all vacinations and their owners will need to present me with documentation of such from their vetrinarian. "The safety and comfort of all my dogs and staff is of the utmost importance!" Says Ms. Welch.
Besides doggie daycare, Kim-K9 Kompanion will be provding training classes and playgroups in the evenings during the week and possibly Saturday mornings. The classes will consist of Puppy Kindergarten for puppies between 8 and 16 weeks of age. And Good Manners training classes for puppies over 16 weeks of age and adult dogs. And "Play groups" for dogs that just need to play with other dogs. "Just like we humans enjoy spending time with our friends, most dogs enjoy the company of other dogs from time to time as well." The dogs attending play groups will need to be screened much like the daycare dogs to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Ms. Welch plans to have the doggie daycare up and running by mid-January 2012. If you would like more information or to enroll please visit http://www.kimk9kompanion.com or you may call her at (603) 903-7861.
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About Kim K9 Kompanion, LLC: Kim K9 Kompanion, LLC is located at 843 route 12 in Westmoreland NH. Providing small, personalized doggie daycare service and dog training classes to busy dog owners in the Monadnock region.