Business Showcase: K9 Kampus
After a visit to K9 Kampus, your dog may be unsatisfied with a simple walk around the block. K9 Kampus is the ultimate doggy day care, offering not just a safe, clean home away from home, but a full-service play, stay and learn facility for your dog.
While K9 Kampus continues to offer various levels of obedience, rally and conformation/handling classes, they will be adding something many local dogs will love: dock diving. In the American Kennel Association (AKC) recognized sport of dock diving, dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water. K9 Campus has plans for an indoor 22 x 44-foot pool and 20 x 40-foot dock, making it the only indoor dock diving facility around.
Sherry Aconfera, owner and creator of K9 Kampus, at 240 N. Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne, designed the welcoming and organized facility.
“I wanted to create a place I would bring my own dog,” said Aconfera, who owns a cavapoo, a cross between the cavalier King Charles spaniel and the poodle.
This is not your average doggy day care and Aconfera makes it clear that this is not a kennel. After checking your pooch in, he or she may be led outside to splash in the zero-entry pool, or engage in some private lure chasing in a 200 x 100-foot private yard.
“The benefit of the lure course (which uses a mechanical squirrel),” says Aconfera, “is that dogs get to use big long strides that they need to exercise all their muscles. They love it.”
Doggie clients also have time to mingle with other dogs in one of three large, fenced, indoor areas — all visible from the entrance. Between scheduled meals and more socializing, they might relax in their private jungle-themed suite with TV and video monitor, or perhaps they’ll take a trip to the grooming salon. While this seems like fun for dogs, Aconfera takes the pet care and training business very seriously, as do some of her clients and staff.
“I have very high standards for trainers,” Aconfera said. “Our trainer, Darlene Cherepon, just had her first showing at Westminster (Kennel Club Dog Show) this year.”
Many of the dog training classes assist dog owners who want to show their dogs at competitions.
K9 Kampus is so much fun, your dog may not want to leave. Don’t worry, though, owners are able to watch their dogs via live video feed any time they want.
240 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne 32935
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