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  Welcome to AreaK9

AreaK9 is a licensed dog boarding facility unlike any other around the Ottawa area. The entire acre is fenced in and includes huge pine trees, an apple orchard, some small trails and absolutely no cages.

Your animal is treated like part of our family and has free run of the property without restraints or leashes. And, when the heat or cold gets too much for outside play, the dogs can relax in the climate controlled interior of the house.

"More than anything else dogs enjoy having fun ... Running is fun, jumping onto beds is fun, jumping off beds is fun, and playing with other dogs is the best fun of all." Excerpted from A Modern Dog's Life. Paul McGreevy PhD MRCVS.  ISBN 978-1-61519-018-8; 2010.

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AreaK9 staff subscribe to, and use Dr. Ian Dunbar's communication and training methods to achieve a safe well balanced environment for our guests while allowing them the maximum freedom possible.

Please visit Dog Star Daily. This is a wonderful site created and maintained by Dunbars to find a lot of useful materials about socialization, house training and solving "behavior problems".


Incidentally, dogs get benefits from their stay at AreaK9 that may not be initially obvious. As this is a cage-free environment with no separation of the dogs, all of them have to learn to be social, patient, and respectful of the other guests.  This environment allows some dogs to greatly improve their communication skills with other dogs.

Spending lots of supervised time outside in the fenced acre of ground allows our guests plenty of opportunity to drain their energy.  Generally, after play the dogs like to rest in the house wherever the AreaK9 staff happens to be.

AreaK9 staff are strong pack leaders who provide rules, limitations and direction for all the guests. This environment is very beneficial to our guests as there is no uncertainty about their position in the pack allowing them to become better members of the pack, balanced and happy.

AreaK9 staff love loving your dog. Love and affection enhances a calm and peaceful environment for our guests.

FREE DOWNLOADS Listen to Dr Ian Dunbar introduce his two free books, that are available for download below, on the AreaK9 YouTube channel.  Click here.

Before you buy your puppyAfter you buy your puppyEverything you need to know BEFORE you buy your puppy in this 95 page free book written by Dr. Ian Dunbar. Download this book as a PDF file.

Everything you need to know AFTER you've bought your puppy.  This 149 page free book from Dr. Ian Dunbar addresses your puppy's first three  developmental  deadlines:  your  doggy  education;  the search for and selection of a suitable puppy and how to assess its  developmental  status;  and  teaching  household  manners during  your  puppy's  first  week  at  home.  Download this book as a PDF file.