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    Ok I am asking what type of Dog Centre do you think a small rural town could substain? I have ideas of using a paddock with a shed on it(on outskirts of town) for a training & dog sports centre. I would idealy like to have a small store for training aids, grooming products & tools & general doggy wares. I would also like to have 1 hydro bath that people can use themselves for a small fee.
    Can country NSW substain it???? Any ideas more than welcome!!!!!
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    How country is country? Bathurst could definitely use something. I asked at the local tourist info where the off lead dog parks were and they refered me to a completely over grown park covered in grass seeds and thistles, bounded on all sides by busy roads with no fences. My dog HATES busy roads.

    It was no place to let a dog off lead, no matter how well behaved.

    I ended up going around to the park next to the river, bounded by the river, a quiet road, and the hockey fields and sheltered from the busy road. The park behind the tourist info centre was on lead (I think) had busy road on two sides, two tractor mowers on it (Frosty sometimes chases these) and a snake (well we saw one snake there might have been more) so not suitable either.

    What I'd like is a park with toilets (and no redbacks), a fence between the park and any busy roads, a mowed grass area without grass seeds. And reasonablely large ie at least a hockey field in size but ideally a cricket oval sized space or bigger.

    There is the dodgiest "dog park" at Coonalpyn SA - it's about 10sqm has about five trees in it and the rest of it is grass seeds. No dog could actually run in there and people can't walk in there either because of the grass and trees. I don't understand why they bothered. The picnic tables at the main layover are completely covered in ants (obviously they get fed there) so you can't use them - so I wouldn't recommend any permanent seating unless you want to add permanent ant control. The picnic area at Bathurst wasn't too bad as far as ants and things go.

    And some trees that make shade somewhere. Maybe the car park and spectator area?

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    Yes, it depends on the population.

    Country Tasmania would be a lot different than Country Queensland

    Sounds like a good idea though. I live in a city of 100,000 people and we have about 10 dog parks, all used quite regularly. The most popular one is the one I go to which has basic agility equipment set up for people to use.

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    I'm thinking Tamwoth as it has the Country Music Festive, has the big reproductive equine vet centre & is home to the Aus Quarter Horse Ass & it's grounds. I live in a smaller rural town about 60km from Tamworth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Ok I am asking what type of Dog Centre do you think a small rural town could substain? I have ideas of using a paddock with a shed on it(on outskirts of town) for a training & dog sports centre. I would idealy like to have a small store for training aids, grooming products & tools & general doggy wares. I would also like to have 1 hydro bath that people can use themselves for a small fee.
    Can country NSW substain it???? Any ideas more than welcome!!!!!
    OK so you read my plan in life
    Pets are forever

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    Newfie,
    I have had this idea running around my head for years & a recent change in my personal life means it may become possible in the near future. I have to make it work though as a buissness though & was thinking I should add some horse type stuff too due to the amount of horse people in the area. Any ideas?????
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    A lot of the NSW councils have dedicated "dog parks" now, but mostly they are a little bit of fenced off council land. The one at Blaney is nice, it's next to the playgrounds - so kids and dogs can have fun. There are two chairs in it at opposite ends. I think there might have been bags and bins for dog dos in there but it was clear nobody was using them, and there was zero shade. Not much of an issue in April but not that much fun in the middle of summer.

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    We already do the Horse stuff, because hubby does a lot of training with people and owners.........I just want to do more with dogs, more social type training, not so much obedience and agility. because so much of that is already done. And i don't mean the lets throw them all together playing either. I want to teach people and dogs how to behave socially on lead. One to one, meet new dog greet people/dogs and such.
    And maybe some social play after that. Anyway that is waht i like to do. I do a little at our Kennel Club now, but the other Trainers are not so much into it and are more into Obedience agility and such. Nothing wrong with that but we need socail manners. Why have a UDX dog that is lead aggressive. I rather have a CCD, that is well mannered and happy.

    PS and I have a great barn, that could be used on wet days..........I also would like to ride bikes and scate board around the dogs and have equipment that makes a lot of noise, just to teach behaviour and management, before it becomes a problem. So now you know most of my plan, share yours please
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    Mine is a work in progress really as I learn more I want to add more, lol.
    I want somewhere to teach home grooming & have a hydro bath available to fit all breeds.
    I want to invite certain trainers to do semeniars & training. I would also like to do talks given by qualified people on genetics & health issues.
    On a day to day basis I want to have space that is safe for offleash & some agility course set up also.
    I think I want both sides the outdoor space for training & safe exercise & a indoor vacility also that can be used for talks etc.
    It is all a little vague as yet as I did not exspect to get the chance to do it so soon.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Crazy: envious much!

    I'm just sitting down to start my 'business plan' as I have had a compelling offer of land for my doggy centre. The trend is starting to take off!!!

    In your case... You might need some data about the dog population in your area, and maybe some canvassing to determine how many might use your facility. Maybe a canvass or survey of the local populations wants/needs??

    I'm off to have a look at Kepala Dog Resort... Think it'll help me with ideas gor mine, not quite as convenient for you guys.....

    This is exciting!
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 02-22-2011 at 11:04 AM.

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