we are professional "dog people". we own, train and breed our own line of golden retrievers, who live with us in our home. we show our dogs in the conformation breed ring, and we compete in obedience and agility trials.
we space appointments out so your pet needn't spend a long time waiting, only to have to stay here for the whole day. instead, you will meet your groomer when you arrive, and you will get the chance to describe to her exactly how you want the cut to look. our complete grooms are normally finished within three to four hours.
we will now have regular tests for the akc's canine good citizen award here at barkingham! the cgc (often required to qualify as a therapy dog) is a measure of the sociability of your pet. our obedience courses cover what you and your dog need to pass this test. please call or inquire at our front desk, if you are interested.
from the akc website: "in an agility trial, dog and handler work together as a team combining athletic ability and training to negotiate a course of obstacles within a prescribed time period. as the dogs negotiate the course they must constantly be alert to the verbal cues and body language of their handlers."
barkingham palace's owners and staff have years of experience caring for and loving cats. our cattery was designed from the start to be a comfortable, sunny and friendly place for your cat while you are away. we've even included an aquarium in the cattery for them to dream about!
We have had a great many graduates of our Puppy, Basic Obedience and Agility courses, and a good number of regulars at our advanced classes, working towards AKC awards and Certificates. We will be starting a new series of evening Obedience classes (on average, one every other week) in September and October that will be completing in October and November. We will have a Saturday morning Obedience class starting this Fall (November) at 9:00 AM, and you can reserve for this class by calling the front desk. In addition, we have space in our monthly-enrollment, Intermediate Level Obedience Program.