Iowa Retriever Trainer: Gun Dog Training Packages - Starkeeper Kennels

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Starkeeper kennels is located in Peosta, Iowa 9 miles from Dubuque. The upper kennels were built in 1995 and is made of concrete blocks on top of cement. Each run is an indoor/outdoor run, which is 5 foot by 7 foot on each side. The indoor kennels are a heated facility to keep the dogs warm in the winter and in the summer the indoor kennels are cooled by the concrete blocks and fans. In the winter the outdoor kennels are wrapped in dairy curtains to keep each run warm and free of snow and ice.

We constructed kennels at the top of the property that consist of indoor/outdoor runs, which is five foot by seven foot on both sides and are equipped with heat and water. We attached kennels to the house on the other side of a 3 car garage with indoor/outdoor runs and heat and water. On the days we are snow/ice bound we can open our kitchen door and still be able to train. We recently built a puppy house, which also has heat and water, for the purpose of helping puppies and a large area for force fetching.

The lower kennels were built in 2006 designed by Dwayne and fabricated by Ainley Kennels and fabrication they are attached to a 2 1/2 car garage that has been equipped with heat and water. This area has been converted into a place that we can do obedience and drill training in the winter months.

In 2006 a puppy house was built next to the lower kennels. This is also a heated facility this is where the future hunters are whelped and raised until they are old enough to move to the kennels. In between the upper and lower kennels is a four acre area which is used for airing the dogs, drill work, and T drills. It is a nice open area where young dogs are able to find their confidence to move them forward in more advanced training.