Welcome to Gregoires
here in Central
Indiana , near
Visit our Adult Kennel Setting and our
young Puppy Bunkhouse
We do not have a large kennel operation as we are a family hobby kennel
do and have provided a few nice comforts of home with a shady setting for our labees.
We normally house about 5-9 labradors at one time with a few geriatric house dogs and a young puppy or two.
our main covered kennel where we keep our adult labradors in the summer time. Some dogs we are showing and a few we may be growing up in hopes of competing with later. We are completely fenced in so the dogs are secure. We have different play areas and we separate
our girls into smaller groups to play during the morning or evenings. They have overhead fans that blow breezes on them in the summer months and small play pools to play in. We use a different kennel area for the winter time and we will close in our kennel for the winter to prevent wind from blowing across the dogs. Special
insulated dog houses are used during the winter
our summer kennel area.
Lots of fresh air flow and fans provide breezes on timers when needed.
We have a second
covered run area
house the dogs and this setup
is for the winter
When we started
our construction we had to lay a foundation of sand. As seen in the photo you will see we had lots of sand put down first and we set supports in the ground for the new roof.
A new metal roof was added to protect the dogs from bad weather.
Concrete flooring is nice in the summer to spray with water to keep our dogs cooler. We have added over head fans to help spoil our dogs. A nice airy place in the summer.
This is for the boys to hang out in
,in summer when
necessary . Separate from the girls
when they come
Here the run is basically completed and very roomy.
During the winter months we will move things around and convert the boys runs into winter runs and we can double up the girls and use our new white insulated
deer creek dog houses. We setup two insulated
dog houses into each run so that the girls can be close together in cold weather. We enclose the exterior of the kennel shelter so wind can not come in and by doing this it keeps the dogs more comfortable and warm. And we will get the winter coats without the extreme cold or wind.
Big back yard.
Our PUPPY BUNK HOUSE for the kids
We have always whelped our babies in the house so that they are close to us those first
important few weeks.
They stay just off our kitchen in
we put them in our
guest room off the
kitchen or our laundry room where we have a dutch door to monitor them and mommy resting.
We use a video camera to watch the babies at nite in our room
during those important couple weeks.
When our puppies are around 3-4 weeks old we then move them into what we call the BUNK HOUSE. It is set up right out side our back door.
We spent a lot of time designing this sweet little home for the mother and her puppies .
We continue to use a live monitor camera on the puppies so we can watch them nite or day. We have it insulated very well so we can keep them warm in the winter with heat or air conditioned in the summer. The walls are fiberglass covered so its easy to sanitize and clean. Everything is aluminum lined on the edges because puppies chew. We have an overhead ceiling fan that provides a gentle breeze. We have a large area for mom to lounge in outside of her puppy box area so she can have some quiet time if she wants.
Everyone enjoys the comforts of music and daily socializing in their new nursery. Summer litters learn to open a two way puppy door and wander out on to our covered patio deck, dezigned to teach them to potty out side . The sounds of the outdoors also help them adjust to different stimulus. The first summer we used a canvas patio top but later installed a pvc patio roof which was much more durable.
The bunk house has two doggy doors. One at each end. We can select what pups use what side according to the age of the dog.
Not quite all done yet. We are still finishing the opposite side.
Out on the patio
We prepared a second patio on the opposite side of the bunk house now and this is so we can sit out on the deck and talk with the older pups that we keep for ourselves.
The pups learn fast to go in and out and if its warm they have the air conditioning inside.
Mommy can come and go as she pleases to nurse her puppies or come back into our house.
We keep the puppy door close when the babies are young.
Inside the bunkhouse it is perfect temperature.
When the babies are older we litter trained them in the bunk house. We have tried different litter techniques and it seems now we do best with a smaller litter pan with either newspaper or shaving curls. So this is an older photo.
Juvenile play yard
We updated our large outside puppy play enclosure this year and installed chainlink fencing all around instead of the wooden fencing. They have great fun here in the mornings or evenings.
Our puppies have information packets made up with the pedigrees, and clearances of the parents to take home.
Our puppies are wormed at 3, 5, and 7 weeks old.