Dave's Doggie Den offers training, grooming

Dave Schnidt brings 20 years of experience to new dog grooming and obedience business on Rockford’s St. Louis Avenue

By Holly Myers

Staff Writer

Problem dogs are the specialty at Dave’s Doggie Den.

Within two days of opening (July 12, 2005), they already had more than eight customers bring in their dogs and 18 dog owners stop in with inquiries on their services.

Dave’s Doggie Den offers grooming, do-it-yourself dog wash and doggie day care.

They also offer private or group training in puppy, basic, intermediate, advance, agility and personal protection upon request. Dog massage is also available by appointment only.

Dave Schnidt, owner of Dave’s Doggie Den, has wanted to train dogs since he was a little kid. He had a problem dog as a child, and it drove him crazy.

Schnidt has been training dogs for almost 20 years.

“I started training in 1986, and in 1987 I met a master trainer for the state police,” Schnidt said. “I trained under him for a few years, and then I went to CTA police and trained with them for one full year.”

Schnidt has been training dogs ever since.

Before opening Dave’s Doggie Den, he had been the owner of the K-9 Obedience Training Center in Belvidere since 1991.

He has also attended many dog shows and owns four well-behaved dogs of his own.

Schnidt demonstrates with one of his own dogs to teach basic obedience with manners.

“We show each person individually how to work their dog,” Schnidt said.

Starting out, they can easily handle about 20 dogs a day—10 dogs for grooming and 10 dogs for doggie day care.

Dave’s Doggie Den carries Nature’s Variety Prairie Brand Dog Food, which is an all-meat diet for dogs.

The complete line includes dry, raw frozen and freeze dry forms for nutritional diets. The treats are bone-based, 100 percent real meat, and the supplements are from all-natural whole foods.

They carry a full line of supplies, including collars, leashes, bones, toys, kennels and more. Special orders are also welcome.

The cost is $100 for grooming and obedience training.

Walk-ins are welcome for the time being, but appointments may have to be made in the future. Each dog will receive a free pig ear upon entering.

Dave’s Doggie Den, 107 St. Louis Ave., is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. More info or to arrange an appointment: 397-2940.

From the July 27-Aug. 2, 2005, issue

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