Residents in search of methods to deal with or practice their canines have a brand new possibility in Sled and Breakfast, a doggy daycare and coaching facility that just lately opened at 1051 Previous Gravois Highway in unincorporated Fenton.
Richie Camden and Melissa Chestnut have taken their love of canines and data of all issues canine to create a enterprise that gives long-term or short-term boarding, grooming and obedience coaching.
Sled and Breakfast opened on Oct. 17, and the pair stated thus far enterprise goes nicely.
“It is completely improbable,” stated Chestnut, who handles the enterprise facet of issues. “I really like coming to work daily. I’ve to seek out causes to go residence. I got here in with a love of canines and the enterprise background, and Richie has all of the canine data, and it simply looks as if a terrific partnership.”
“Our purpose all through the ability is that every thing finished be in the most effective curiosity of the canine,” Camden added. “We’ve actually pushed this mission among the many workers. All the things is to be in service of the canines and making their lives simpler.”
Chestnut stated she and Camden have recognized every for almost a decade, coming collectively when Chestnut started looking for somebody with data of elevating huskies. She discovered Camden, the proprietor of a staff of working sled canines referred to as the Siberian Breakaway Group. He and his spouse, Leah, race the huskies as a passion.
As their musher, Camden typically leads a 10- or 12-dog staff on distance runs of as much as 50 miles. He stated he enjoys introducing the pups at expos and different particular occasions in the neighborhood and is a licensed obedience coach.
“Professionally, I spent six months working at a canine kennel earlier than leaving to assist open a doggy daycare at a distinct location,” Camden stated on the corporate web site, sledandbreakfaststl.com. “For the subsequent 5 years, I managed the daycare and coaching packages. I left to pursue coaching full time, however my buddies had different concepts for me. They wanted a spot for his or her canines to remain whereas they traveled.
“Earlier than I knew it, we had canines boarding at our home. Melissa was a type of buddies, and we quickly discovered ourselves planning our imaginative and prescient of what could possibly be the most effective expertise for canines and house owners alike, a spot the place the canines are free to run and burn off that extra power. Most significantly, it is a spot the place the canines are at all times put first!”
Chestnut, a College of Missouri in Columbia graduate who grew up in south St. Louis County, stated she rescued a husky and shortly realized she wanted assist with the canine,” she stated on her enterprise profile on the web site.
“I shortly realized that I used to be manner out of my league,” she stated. “After rescuing my first husky, I went to a bookstore to discover a ‘Huskies for Dummies’ guide and had probably the most serendipitous assembly with a gross sales affiliate who gave me Richie’s quantity. Seven years and plenty of extra rescued canines later, our households have change into quick buddies and now enterprise companions.”
Chestnut stated she cherished canines rising up, notably the Labradors her household raised, noting that she has by no means met a canine she did not like. She additionally has a background in small companies, having beforehand been the co-owner of a household development enterprise.
She stated she has had a lifelong need to work intently with canines, after which someday, Camden approached her with a plan.
“After I left my earlier job 5 years in the past, Melissa and I had mentioned opening up a daycare and boarding facility,” Camden stated, “however it wasn’t the suitable time for us. Then, someday final March, I began taking a look at space properties and occurred to seek out one which appeared good. So, I introduced the concept again to Melissa, and we determined to go for it.”
He stated the property has half an acre of fenced in play yards the place canines can frolic. The primary of three play yards is for high-energy animals. The second is for smaller canines. The third permits house for older canines. The power on the property additionally has loads of indoor house for everybody throughout lazy instances or dangerous climate, with outdoors entry so canines can exit and do their enterprise, or simply run and play, at any time when they like.
The enterprise affords three providers.
First is a mix of housing and boarding for households who wish to drop off pets whereas they’re away for trip or whereas they’re at work. Camden favored it to daycare or a “pet resort for touring households.”
The power by no means closes and has in a single day workers members to take care of the canines whereas they relaxation. Sled and Breakfast is open 12 months a 12 months, seven days per week, with the short-term daycare portion working from 6 am to 9 pm, he stated.
Camden stated the second service is obedience coaching. The primary stage of coaching is probably the most fundamental, designed for puppies and newly owned canines. It’s what one would sometimes consider about canine coaching: potty classes, sit, keep, heel and obeying instructions.
The second tier of coaching is extra superior and geared extra towards adopted canines or these with paralyzing phobias. Camden stated he and his fellow trainers work with them to beat crate nervousness, worry of storms or loud noises, and related points to assist the canines to start residing stress free lives. The third-tier coaching facilities round rehabilitation, particularly for rescue canines or those that have skilled abuse or neglect. The trainers present further care to assist these animals start to belief people once more.
As well as, the enterprise affords fundamental grooming providers, equivalent to bathing, toenail clipping and hair slicing, Camden stated.
He stated Sled and Breakfast has a workers of 17, together with the 2 house owners, two managers, 4 on-site trainers and a bunch of others.
“We attempt to use the identical power and stream all through the constructing,” Camden stated. “The canines are educated in the identical method by everybody to offer consistency by shift adjustments. As I stated, it’s all about doing what’s in the most effective curiosity of the canine.”
He stated the enterprise will settle for any breed of canine and any age, from high-energy puppies to low-energy seniors. The one factor they ask is that puppies are sufficiently old to have had their required pictures and be spayed and neutered.
For extra info, name 636-343-9966 or go to sledandbreakfaststl.com.