Fitness & Activities

At SwissRidge, we believe that active dogs are healthy dogs. Physical and mental activities are a large part of the daily routine at the kennel. The dogs are divided into smaller play groups based on their personalities, and go out to play 3-4 times a day for 45-minute intervals. Every dog also enjoys a routine off-leash walk through the SwissRidge trails. Approximately 10-15 dogs are taken at a time and they can run, play, and chase each other through the beautiful wooded trails. The dogs also enjoy the heated in-ground saltwater pool from May to October. Swimming is a great form of exercise for dogs, especially for older dogs as it puts less strain on their joints.

Not only do our dogs get plenty of exercise for their body, we also keep their minds stimulated. A trainer works with the dogs, teaching them basic commands like come, sit, down, stay, and walking on a leash. He also does tracking and scent work with some of the dogs. To keep things fun and interesting for the staff as well, we hold various training competitions throughout the year. Each one of our employees selects a dog that they want to train. They work with their dog for 30-60 minutes per day, exercising them and working on basic commands. Once the dogs have learned all the training basics, employees work on training with them under distraction.

SwissRidge takes the health and fitness of our dogs very seriously. At the end of the day, they get to rest up for the next day’s activities in their beautiful runs with their very own beds.

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