Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Milton, Georgia
Opinion on club stuff...
Currently our Schutzhund club meets at our (my husband and my) dog training club and park. Our business does training,daycare, boarding and has a members only off-leash park. On Thursday and Sunday evenings the Schutzhund club meets here and uses the clubhouse and the training field. Part of the clubhouse is the daycare crate room where the daycare dogs go to nap during the day. We let the Schutzhund club people use the crate room for their dogs to stay in while waiting for their turn on the field. The room is heated/air-conditioned and there is a bathroom and kitchen that everyone uses. We have never charged the club for the use of this space (of for anything for that matter) as the sport is our love and hobby.
We have always stated that the crates are available on a first come/first serve basis and of course daycare/boarding dogs are there so sometimes there are 12 empty crates and sometimes there are 2, no telling. Of course, during the busy summer boarding months we are pretty busy and there are fewer empty crates on average. The Schutzhund club members are required to clean up the crate room and any crates they used before they leave, but that is about it.
So we are thinking about re-doing the set up. We have a basement area that we were thinking of moving crates to and charging the Schutzhund club a fee to use. We were thinking of a small fee, like $5 per month per crate. This way the club would have a guaranteed number of crates for their use and we wouldn't have to work around the daycare dogs. (we can fit about 14 crates in this space) This room is not heated/air-conditioned but it is 2/3 underground and stays at a constant temp most of the year. Currently we kennel a few dogs down there that don't do well in the more social clubhouse upstairs. Each person would still be responsible for tidying up their crate at the end of the night. So people that have one dog would pay about $60 per year to have a guaranteed spot and not have to haul a crate around. Also, this area is very easy to get to and from the training field. The Schutzhund people would still have access to the bathroom and kitchen upstairs in the clubhouse. Also, once this is done, we will then be able to put down rubber flooring in the clubhouse and use the entire room for training classes for our business, and the daycare dogs will be moved to a totally different area dedicated for that purpose.
Last edited by bocron; 07-29-2012 at 02:40 PM.