Nurseries for dogs: a booming sector

At first, it could only accommodate about a dozen animals. Today, we can accommodate up to 55 dogssays the North Bay businessman.

There are 25 dogs on our waiting list and we continue to receive 5 to 6 calls a week from potential customers. It is a constant expansion. »

A quote from Tom Dufresne, owner of North Bay Adventure Camp for Dogs

According to Mr. Dufresne, your company’s business model meets the needs of different dog owners.

We offer several services in one place: childcare, socialization, exercise, nutrition, and we work on training and education.explain.

With several homeowners gradually returning to their jobs, Mr. Dufresne expects demand for its services to continue to grow.

Next to Georgia Bay, daycare Release Pawsitivity by Mélissa MacKinnon is enjoying the same success.

We had to build new facilities twice to meet demand.she says.

Melissa smiles and plays with dogs.

Prior to starting a dog daycare business, Melissa MacKinnon worked as a behavioral veterinary technician.

Photo: Melissa MacKinnon / Release pawsitivity

When we started hosting dogs in 2016, a busy day was a day with 20 dogsshe remembers. We now welcome 55.

The entrepreneur, who is a veterinary technician by training, says she will not be able to take on new clients before the summer.

Those COVID puppies that stand out from the crowd

Darlene Nicholson, from the Sudbury area, has been running a daycare center for eight years.

Since the lifting of health restrictions, their services have grown in popularity. We are inundated with requests.

Most dogs are long-time customers, but there are also several new faces.

Darlene smiles at the camera.

Darlene Nicholson recently moved to a larger space to increase its hosting capacity and diversify its service offering.

Photo: Darlene Nicholson / Friends Fur-Ever / Facebook

The new ones, the “COVID puppies,” as they are called, are differentexplains Mrs. Nicholson. They constantly look at the door, don’t play with other dogs, and have separation anxiety.

According to her, it is normal for puppies who have lacked socialization in their first years of life to be afraid initially.

However, she believes that the the dogs are happy in groups, so they adjust quickly.

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