Our mission, and our passion, is to provide the absolute best care and services for pets:
Professional and natural training
Gentle, quality workmanship in grooming
Caring, personal boarding experiences for boarding and day-care dogs
Last but not least, breeding fantastic border collies.
Our training methods are a combination of using Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, Victoria Stillwell, It's Me or the Dog, as well as our own 25 year experiences to gently, but firmly teach your pets proper manners, and whatever you would like for them to learn.
A 25 year experience
We have over 25 years of working with dogs and have learned many different handling techniques so if one technique does not work, then we try another. All techniques are kept on a positive note, and we will never hit, smack or abuse the dog in any way.
We specialize especially in puppy training, teaching the pups all their basic commands, sit, down, stay, come, housebreaking, and a few tricks as well. We can also teach the dogs protection, to keep you safe.
Our fees are dependent on the situation and vary accordingly, so call for a quote. We get results, in as timely of a manner as the pet will allow, and that will determine the cost of your training. We have many references of satisfied clients if you would like to discuss our abilities with any of them we will gladly give you their contact info.
At your home or at our place
Depending on the situation, we would come to your home to work with your pet, or we would ask to have the pet brought to us for either a daytime program, five days a week, then work with the owner on the weekend, or have the dog stay for an undetermined amount of time for us to work through whatever issue the pet may be having.
We also offer consultations. If you and your family are looking for a special pet, but just don't know what breed you should choose, we offer the service of consulting to help you make the right decision!
We will happily welcome, and pamper, you dog in our boarding facility in Clinton, Ohio, conveniently located at the Stark, Summit, Wayne, and Medina County lines. We serve Clinton, New Franklin, Doylestown, Norton, Barberton, Canal Fulton, Green, and southern Akron primarily, but also have clients that come from as far as Pittsburgh! Whipple's Ark boarding facilities offer all comfort kennels, indoor and outdoor, and are also boarding cats, ferrets, bunnies, birds, and any other pet. Except fish.
We clean our runs daily, and thoroughly bleach and disinfect each run after the occupying pet goes home, so as to keep everything as sanitary as possible. Each pet/s stay in the same run for their entire stay. All boarding pets get daycare time as well, with NO extra charge!
We require proof of rabies vaccine and highly recommend the bordetella vaccine as well. We follow the vaccination protocol issued by Ohio State for all other vaccines, which is after the initial round of puppy shots, only rabies is required every three years for the rest of the dogs life. Studies have found that the vaccination of the pets every year was actually.
Steadily Improved Facility
As we kept getting requests about boarding, we built a small boarding kennel in 2003. As the demand began to grow, and the economy was flashing its ugly face, we decided to 'amp up' our boarding facility. We tore out all the old kennels, applied the better ideas from all the different places we had worked in the past, added on to the indoor area, and have expanded to be able to accommodate up to 12 different owners dogs.
Outdoor runs are all under roof, and weather temperatures permitting, we will let the dogs stay in the outdoor runs all day, and put them inside at night. During the day, we will bring in one or two dogs at a time to allow them to come into the daycare facility to make them feel more comfortable and at home. We have found that doing this has tremendously reduced the stress levels of the dogs, and made our personal time with the dogs priceless. All other boarding facilities in the area charge extra for this service, we don't!
The Best Food
We feed only the best food, which has no corn, wheat, soy, or by-products, gluten products, or anything artificial! You are also welcome to bring your own food if you desire, no extra charges to feed your own food or ours.
Our outdoor facility has a brand new roof over the outdoor runs that are also very spacious and designed to keep your pet comfortable, safe and as clean as they will keep themselves . The outdoor runs also have two rubber comfort mats, and a cot as well so your pet may get off of the concrete as much as they desire.
We have just recently finished our new addition to our facility, adding a comfortable, safe, and clean boarding kennel that boasts spacious runs with rubber comfort mats, and cots with a bed inside.
We do ask that you bring something for comfort from home, whether that is a bed, pillow, blanket, towel, or just something with your scent on it from home for the comfort of your pet.
We Pet our Price too
We also are extremely competitively priced, with $14 per night for smaller dogs, and $18 per night for medium to larger dogs. We offer multiple dog discounts as long as they can share a run! And as stated above, we don't charge any fees for our outdoor run care.
Conformation & Disposition
Our border collies have also been carefully selected to produce farm working or athletic competitors, as well as wonderful family companions. Conformation and disposition is of utmost importance in our breeding program, and the offspring so far has proven itself to be very well conforming to our goal.
Our dogs help us out here on the farm as well as serve as guardians to us and the farm. We breed only one or two litters per year. Contact us to check our puppy availabilities, and to reserve your next best companion.
Dog Day Care
Most dogs spend their days bored and lonely. By the time you get home from your busy day, your dog is a ball of energy! They've spent all day just waiting for you to come home. Meanwhile, you need to make dinner, help the kids with homework, and maybe even get some deserved relaxation time in after a long day. Our daycare service is the answer! Drop your dog off at Whipple Farms Day Care facility and let him spend the day socializing with other dogs, interacting with our well-trained staff, running around and burning off plenty of pent-up energy. At the end of the day, you'll pick-up a happy (and tired) pooch.
Daycare room is our grooming room so we can watch them all day, but we do also have a 'daycare' room and play-yard outside so they can get a chance to potty too. Word it as you see fit to be enticing
We provide lots and lots of toys for stimulation and we interact with them throughout their day. Day-care is a great way to get your pet out of the house to have fun while you are at work all day.
Social Dog's Life
During your pets day-care stay, he will get to play with other compatible dogs under our constant supervision.
Schedule & Rates
Your pet is welcome to stay just one hour or the whole work day which is usually 7-5, but are able to be a little flexible for pick up as late as 6pm if necessary. We charge $2 per hour, or $10 for the whole day.
Here at Whipple's Ark, in our Michelle's Grooming Emporium, we offer show quality grooming as well as pet/owner specific styles. Our professional stylist, Michelle Whipple, has been in the grooming industry for 25 years. With all this experience, she is able to offer the absolute best in grooming quality, both in the safe, gentle handling of your pet as well as a professional style.
We also offer a great alternative to anesthesia for your pet when it comes time to clean their teeth. For 25 years we have been cleaning dogs teeth by scaling the tarter off to keep a healthy mouth, and an overall healthier dog, at a fraction of the price that you would have to pay at the vet, and without any drugs of any kind. We can assess your dogs mouth health and let you know if we are an option for taking care of their mouth. If there is a severe case of gingivitis, or loose teeth, or abscesses, we would refer you to your vet, then offer a maintenance service after the vet takes care of the severe cases.
Up to date techniques
Every year we update our education by attending a grooming trade show with seminars and learn all the lates thandling techniques, safety equipment, and learn about the best products available to our industry.
Value for Money Pricing
Our prices are probably a bit higher than your average shop, but you will be getting the absolute best care for your pet here for the money. We have found that we are closely priced to the big corporation stores like Petco, PetSmart and such... We base our pricing primarily on time, and how long it takes to groom your pet. If your pet has severe matting, you can expect a de-matting fee, but we try to keep that as minimal as possible, as we have learned over the years excellent speedy dematting techniques. If your pet is very severely matted, we would probably recommend just shaving it down and starting over, as it would be a much easier experience for your pet than trying to demat it.
A wide range of expertise
We are proficient in most all breeds, large and small, short hair or long hair, curly or straight. We can do breed specific trims or owner requested styles. We are experts in de-shedding the shorter coated breeds, as well as experts in thoroughly brushing out the toughest, thickest double coated breeds. Give us a call when your pet starts to blow his under coat, and you will be amazed at the new dog that walks out of our shop!
State of the art equipment
We have furnished our facility with the latest, state of the art equipment, designed to keep your pet safe, comfortable, and easy for the bigger dogs to use. Our hydraulic tables go nearly all the way to the floor, so the older big guys just have to take one step up to be on the table, and our tub is designed so that there are only three steps and your big guy is in the tub!
Full Line of Products
We also offer a full line of all natural dog foods and treats. Shampoos, grooming tools, flea control products, toys, collars and leashes, are also available for purchase. We carry only the absolute best proven products and supplies, all at the best prices around.
A full groom includes
We also offer anal gland expressing for an additional fee.
Trimming toe nails
Cleaning/plucking hair out of ears
Shaving the hair out of the pads of feet
Shaving the hair out of the sanitary areas
Shampoo and rinse twice in whatever shampoo your pets skin/coat would need
Thorough blow dry
Trim to owner's desire
Our Friesian horses are carefully selected for their beauty, conformation, and most of all for their delightful temperaments. Furthermore, our gentle, consistant training techniques as well as conditioning methods have proven successful. We have several star mares to our credit, and as many references of happy clients!
Here at Whipple Farms we are very proud of our Friesian horses.
We have some very nice mares that we use for both riding and driving. We also show our girls, with great successes. Our friesian horses were carefully selected for their beauty, conformation, and most of all for their delightful temperaments.
Currently we have just three mares, Wilma, Loura, who is a star mare, Antoinette D, also a star mare from a cross of the two least common blood lines in the breed.
Loura received her star rating at her 2006 keuring as a three year old. Loura and Wilma of Whipple Farms are the daughters of Salina K, a beautiful and wonderful carriage mare that unfortunately pased away. Wilma definitely looks like she will follow in her sisters' footsteps to become star!! Look for more information on possible offspring coming available.
If you would be interested in purchasing a friesian from our farm, please keep an eye on our site, as we will keep it updated as to the availability of any stock for sale.
For Sale By Owner - Beautiful Friesian
Antoinette has had a lovely colt by Poitin, a superb gypsy stallion who is well known for his superior movement! Born April 23, 2012, this gorgeous boy is available for your consideration. He is displaying awesome front-end action already, and is going to be one awesome boy! His price is currently at $6, 000.
Take advantage of the opportunity to be your own breeder while benefiting from the high aesthetical and temperamental quality of our reproducing Friesian horses. Contact us to check our in-utero foal planning. Contact Whipple Farms for the many other questions you probably have about our in-utero foals program. We will be happy to inform you about our birth planning, the characteristics and qualities of our expected offsprings, our financial requirements and to invite you to visit our mares.
A good reason to purchase an in-utero foal
You will be your own breeder ... without the inconvenient of owning and taking care of your horses. How exciting will it be to be directly involved in the breeding and birth of your foal ?
Another good reason to purchase an in-utero foal
More prosaically, it is much less expensive to buy a foal in-utero than after its birth. Or put it in a different way, you can get a better quality foal than you may be able to get for a foal already on the ground.
A very good reason to get your foal at Whipple Farms
Our Friesian horses were carefully selected for their conformation, their beauty, and for their delightful temperaments. The quality of our Friesian mares and the blood line of our selected sires are the guarantee that your foal will carry all those qualities.
And a second excellent reason to get your foal at Whipple Farms
Furthermore, our gentle and proven training methods will guarantee you that your foal will receive the best care and training, from the very first day of its life till its weaning and its moving to your place.
We have 15 years experience training horses. We are experts at gently training young horses to go willingly and freely in harness. We have also been able to condition many friesians to prepare them for their big day at the keuring, with all placing very well!!
A Successful Track-Record in Shows
As we accumulate more years experience with the judges from the Netherlands, we are becoming more and more successful in preparing friesians for their big day at the keuring! We have several star mares to our credit, references of happy clients available! Our own personal horses are proof in their own on our training methods.
Our Training Philosophy & Methods
Our main goal is to teach the friesian to be a reliable mount on the trail. We show the horses the joy of playing in water, teach them not to fear road traffic, and expose them to as much as we can while we have them under our care. We condition primarily in long lines, and in carriage, depending on the clients desires. We first teach the friesian to be respectful, and easy to handle on the ground, then we start to teach them the harness, bridle, and how to easily move forward with impulsion from the rear. We move at the pace the horse allows. If you are looking for a trainer to give you a finished horse in 30-60 days, we are not the trainer for you. If you want a steady, honest, reliable horse, in top condition, then, we are indeed what you are looking for.
Owner welcome to attend
We incorporate the use of a round pen in the beginning stages of our work, and if the owner wants to come and watch, they are more than welcome! We love to teach the owner what we are teaching their horse. When they get their horse back home, there are no surprises, and both horse and human can be happy and enjoy each other to the fullest. As you probably guessed, In the same respect, we do not recommend riding before the age of 42 months of age, although you can get on and begin a slow walk, at about 36 months of age. There is so much that can be taught through ground driving, and then carriage driving before getting on their back, we like to start everyone in harness first.
Loura has proven herself a very successful mare, winning and placing well in Open walk-trot classes under saddle, with Lindsay Cooke riding.
She has also shown in harness, always winning or placing very well. She is also a reliable carriage horse, and has been since the age of three!
With our Salina K going to the World show in 2007 and taking 1st place in the carriage working class, and placing very nicely in all the rest of her classes!
Salina K won high point in Open Pleasure Driving on the COSCA show circuit, UNDEFEATED in 2008!! She competed at 8 shows, winning every one.
Fees for Horse Training or Keuring Preparation
Monthly fees including full boarding at our farm and training.
(payable on first of each month)$675.00
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
WHIPPLE'S ARK is, first of all, the story of two passions: these of Michelle Whipple for the elegant and powerful friesian and gypsy horses, and for the intelligent, athletic and lovely border collies. Inspired by her appreciation for these three beautiful breeds, Michelle has developed a highly recognized expertise in dog and horse care and services. WHIPPLE'S ARK has grown to be a multiple endeavor business, offering services in varied areas: horse breeding, training, and carriage services, border collie breeding, dog training, grooming and boarding at the Michelle's Grooming Emporium. A multifaceted expertise serviced by a unique passion for beautiful animals.