23 June 2023

Doggy daycare, school, gym and 'noseworks': Leeton's new Kinetic K9 poised for expansion

| Oliver Jacques
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Josh Boots with a dog

Josh Boots of Kinetic K9 was able to turn his passion into a full-time career. Photo: Supplied.

The small town of Leeton is now home to one of the largest dog daycare and training facilities in Australia – a unique enterprise which is poised to grow bigger by the end of the year.

Kinetic K9, at 200 Fivebough Road, Leeton, has been open for six months and offers everything from basic obedience classes for puppies to high-level private and government services training for experienced working dogs.

“I was able to turn my passion into a full-time career,” owner Josh Boots said. “I had my own sports dogs and COVID really changed the business I had. I had this large facility so decided to give it a go.

“We offer daycare, boarding, training, we also have our own working and sports dogs.

“There hasn’t been anything like this in the area before. Our business model is the only one of its kind in Australia. We cater for up to 20 boarding dogs but have plans for up to 40 by Christmas.”

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Mr Boots, who was born and bred in Leeton, said the main goal of his dog training programs was to provide owners with the knowledge and self-assurance they needed to continue training their dog and develop a strong, dependable relationship with them.

“For anyone who wants to use our services, the first thing to do is bring your dog in for a quick 15-minute assessment. We find out what they can do, what stage they are at and from there channel them into an appropriate class.”

Kinetic K9 offers six levels of obedience classes.

“At the [top] level six obedience, dogs can go into any sort of sport, they are able to operate under high distraction while maintaining control.”

A featured course offered is called the doggy gym, which doesn’t involve any Lycra.

“At our doggy gym we do conditioning with the dogs, we can teach them to understand how to use all four legs independently, while building ligaments, tendons and bone structure post-surgery … we also have treadmills to help build aerobic endurance.”

A dog in front of two buckets

Kinetic K9 offers a course in scent detection called ‘noseworks’. Photo: Kinetic K9/Facebook.

Specialised private classes are also available.

“Leash pulling, lunging, separation anxiety, aggressiveness, jumping, barking, food aggression, and toy aggression are all addressed … all household members may benefit from these lessons, so feel free to include your children, spouse, or roommates in private behaviour sessions with you,” the website states.

The facility also offers services such as scent detection training and preparation to work in aged care centres.

Lotta is one of the pups at Kinetic K9 in Leeton. Photo: Supplied.

Mr Boots said the reception he’d received from the Leeton community had been overwhelming.

“They’ve welcomed us with open arms … at the moment we offer classes four times a week and they are always full.”

More information on Kinetic K9 can be found on their website.

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