Kennels and Kenneling: A Guide for Hobbyists and Professionals / Edition 2

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Everything you need to know to build a palace for your dogs—From drawing up the plans to buying the lumber to sinking the fence posts to nailing the utility hooks to the wall, everything is covered in this comprehensive look at building a home for your best friend. Tips on kennel operations, and how they should shape your plans, help readers choos the design that's right for them and keep their kennels running smoothly once they have been built. There are separate sections on hobby kennels and boarding kennels, with ideas for each type that can be put to good use in both.

Dog World called this book, "A first-rate practical guide for anyone who loves dogs.... It is also a splendid essay on what it means to keep a dog—your own or someone else's."

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Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Kennels & Kenneling: A Guide For Professionals And Hobbyists continues to be an indispensable instructional reference for anyone keeping multiple dogs either as a business or as a pastime. The reader is provided with strategies for planning, designing, constructing, and operating a successful kennel; instruction on how to make running any kennel easier and more enjoyable; solutions for problems common to both hobby and professional kennels; tips on keeping visitors happy and healthy; answers to most common kenneling and client questions; easy ways to maintain the information and records necessary to running a kennel smoothly; as well as effective and practical policies to ensure repeat visits and placements of canine guests. If you intend to create your own kennel, whether for personal satisfaction or for profit, begin with a careful and thorough reading of Joel McMains' Kennels & Kenneling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582451510
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,116,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

JOEL M. MCMains, an award-winning author for Howell Book House, has trained dogs professionally for over 30 years. Along with offering professional obedience and protection-training services, Joel operates his own boarding kennels and holds public obedience classes and training seminars. For 12 years, Joel was the coordinator of Wyoming's Sheridan County 4-H Dog Program.
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Table of Contents



Section I: Home, Breeding and Training Kennels.

Chapter 1: Designing and Building a Home Kennel.

Chapter 2: The Different Needs of Breeders and Trainers.

Section II: Boarding Kennels.

Chapter 3: Designing and Building a Boarding Kennel.

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Business.

Chapter 5: Equipment and Supplies.

Chapter 6: Daily Operations.

Chapter 7: Policies and Practices.

Chapter 8: Record Keeping.

Chapter 9: Problems and Solutions.

Chapter 10: Lessons from the Best Teacher.


Canine First Aid.


About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004


    This book was great for opening up my own kennel facility for boarding dogs.

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