The training and socialistion service offereed by the Van Leeuwen Kennels was the perfect solution for us.
We had already made the decision to get a dog (and it has to be an Irish Terrier) but our main concern was the amount of time we knew would
be invloved in the early stages of caring for a very young puppy. Both my partner and I work (full time and part time) and for three days a week there is no one in the house for a few hours in the morning. We looked into the options of 'doggy daycare' but
felt this just wasn't fair and certainly did not want to palm out little puppy off to someone we didn't know. After much research we came across the Van Leeuwen website which mentioned their special service. The timing was perfect as one of the Van Leeuwen
bitches had just had a litter of puppies, one of which was destined for us!
We started the process by visiting Jean and Debby, initially for an informal chat and then periodically to get to know each other and se how the puppies were progressing. This
meant we had the opportunity to ask all the questions we needed to and of course see the gorgeous puppies! Once Jean had chosen the puppy he felt most suited us a family, we discussed in detail the requirements of her training. In particular, we needed to
feel confident that she would be happy left in her crate for a few hours at a time. We also wanted her to be reasonably house trained and generally socialised.
The result has been absolutely great. Minnie the Minx (as we called her) slept soundly in
her crate without so much as a whimper from the day we brought her home and has very rarely has any 'accidents' in the house. We can also let her off the lead knowing she will come back. She is so full of beans and such a happy bouncy dog and has now started
KC beginners classes to further her training and obedience.
As I write, she is asleep under my desk, no doubt dreaming of chasing squirrels.