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November 11, 2008

The Dream

Filed under: Personal — myminizoo @ 4:17 pm


I’ve always known I wanted to work with animals. Depending on the day I think of it as a blessing or a curse! This is because its difficult to know what to do as there are so many options. I’ve thought of doing training, boarding, grooming, vet tech, and opening a dog business. Recently I’ve developed the dog business idea a bit more.

  So, I’ve put it in the 10 year plan to move to the country and start a dog camp and training center. I’ve thought a lot about what people are looking for in a kennel when they have to leave their dogs, and also what I would look for if I had to leave my two. So here’s the pitch, let me know what you think.

The Concept: A free range boarding facility. A camp for your dog. Somewhere where your dog could run or play all day, instead of spending all day in a cage, as in traditional boarding facilities. This could be marketed as a getaway for city dogs, and it would be a big draw for owners of dogs that live in apartments, as it would offer the chance for their dog to run free in the country


dog-camp-boarding-kennel-picture21I would have a barn or similar type structure with pens all the way around the interior. Each pen would have a raised bed, ( kinda like a cot), with a fleece mat. The pens would not be made of chainlink but propably plexiglass, so they don’t look like jail cells! The dogs would only be caged for eating and sleeping. The rest of the day they would have full access to the outdoor area. The outdoor area would be at least 3 acres, it would include lots of trees for shade and a pond for swimming. As well I would want some ramps and big tunnels for them to play on. I would also have a seperate area with runs for dogs that were having issues and needed a time out from the large playgroup.

Clientel- All dogs would have to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and very social. They would all be prescreened for dog aggression. Only friendly sociable dogs would be accepted.

I would also offer a shuttle service to and from the nearest city. I would have a drop point, meet all the owners, load up all the dogs in individual crates and head back. If there were two runs a day, I could also market it as a daycare, and city dogs could just come in for the day.





dog_bath2I would offer basic grooming services to start ( brush, nails, baths) maybe adding in cuts as the business was more established. Free baths would be offere to dogs staying a week or more in boarding.

Training classes offered while the dog boards, on an individual basis, or group. Also agility classes.

I have lots more ideas…but I’ll spare you all the gory details for now!



  1. Mira – it’s good to have a dream. I believe you can do it.

    Comment by Haidi — November 11, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

  2. This sounds great! I wish we had a place like this that Jack could go to. There are daycare options here, but nothing that is as fun as this sounds. Jack would love it! 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — November 11, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  3. That sounds like a really really great idea. I was recently thinking about this, as I am out of town for a few days or a couple weeks at a time a few times throughout the year. Good to know a good friend is thinking of this. I like leaving my dog with people I know. And you’re an excellent person to start this up :).
    Are you planning this near the Montreal area or elsewhere?

    Comment by Ada — November 11, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  4. Thanks everyone for reading and for your support!

    1) Haidi- Thanks for the encouragement!

    2)Becca- Hey! I know, cities are sadly devoid of anywhere dogs can run, get dirty and just be dogs! Thats why I want to have a shuttle! You’ll have to come visit when I get it started!

    3)Sophie would love it! Can’t you just see her running through the trees? We’d have to have a no toy policy,though lol I’m not sure if It would be in the Montreal area, as I’m not sure I want to live here forever…

    Comment by myminizoo — November 11, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

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