Happy Tails

Photos and text by Kim Roderiques

Chatham Dog Club owner Anne Corrigan, a dog trainer for more than 30 years, opened a new and larger facility recently because of a strong demand from residents in need of stimulating daycare for their dogs.

At the club, there are many enrichment activities that build self-confidence for these adorable canines. A typical day includes individualized training, nose games that test dogs’ strength of smell, and agility practice on the 3,600-square-foot AstroTurf playground. Each dog is evaluated and then matched with a suitable program. The dogs are even placed in mock vet visits to help eliminate any fears.

In the early afternoon, the dogs enjoy a lunch or light snack. They take a relaxing nap in the oversized, air-conditioned room equipped with a half-inch rubber floor. Lavender, which has a natural calming effect on dogs and people, is diffused in the air. In addition, there is a lounge area for those who prefer the comfort of leather couches.

Corrigan, a Vizsla breeder and president of the Vizsla Club of New England, strives to fulfill any need a dog or owner might have. Bathing and grooming are available upon request, as is chauffeur service.

The Chatham Pet Pantry, an organization that helps needy families feed their dogs, is also located on the premises of the Chatham Dog Club. – Kim Roderiques