Canine Development Center Update

By Rachelle Kniffen

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2016 »   

Phase 1 Complete, Phase 2 Underway and Phase 3 Starting Soon

The south wing of the building is covered by a tarp and there is a large crane above it

New exterior and interior masonry walls go up in
the south wing.

For people driving past Leader Dog’s campus, it looks like our new Canine Development Center is totally finished; but for those who venture to the back of the building, the fact that we are still mid-construction is very apparent.

Phase 1

With just a few minor items to complete, we are checking this phase as “Complete.”

Phase 2

Photo of one of the partially completed villages with large kennels

The new suites are more than two times larger
than current kennels, so dogs will be able to
cohabitate if desired.

This phase of the project includes the renovation of three villages in the south wing (one is complete and currently serving as material storage). The villages, which will house our dogs in training, will be outfitted with large living suites, multiple open air runs, and in-village grooming and enrichment areas.

A garage addition is included in this phase along with new duct work, a new air exchange system, and new electrical and plumbing.

Phase 3

Starting in Late March

An artist’s rendering of a completed village interior.

The mild Michigan winter has helped keep construction on track, which puts us in a good position to start phase three on schedule. During this final phase, the interiors of the training bays in the east wing of the building will be demolished and rebuilt with more villages for our dogs in training.

Grand Opening

Plans for official Canine Development Center opening events are already in the works. Dates will be announced in the next issue of Update, on our website and through several social media channels.