Who says labs aren't 'lap dogs'?
But...here's proof that Brian does get off his 'old chair'.
That's Hazel helping out.
Actually everything here at Cooperslane, Brian has built.
Granddaughter Brianna helping with the dogs.
We have lots of fun here at Cooperslane. We have 50 acres situated 5 miles from the Luther Marsh which is very convenient for training our dogs. Our dogs also love the freedom of running and playing. And of course, swimming in their own 'puppy pond' on our property.
While we do have a kennel set-up, we rotate the dogs into the house with us daily. Every evening three dogs are brought in to spend the next 24 hours with us. This way we can enjoy them, they love the extra attention and they are also taught 'house manners'.
All expectant mothers are brought into the house 10 days before whelping to be catered to. The pups are born in the house and stay in until they are four weeks old. Then we move them to our heated / air conditioned kennel. There they are socialized in the busy atmosphere of the other dogs and visitors to the kennel.
We have done some training here at Cooperslane for the 'National Service Dogs'.
This is 10 week old 'Ruby' donated to the NSD.
Ruby's parents are Colleen and Max.
A very pregnant Molly
helping Brian rest.
Grandson Noah, helping 'feed' the pups...
ADS Dillon Jr. (DJ) is from Dillon and Flora.
Several Cooperslane pups are currently in training or have trained and graduated as service dogs with Autism Dog Services.
October 5, 2009
Cooperslane Kennels Receives
Arthur and District Chamber of Commerce
... for Excellent Customer Service
The award is presented yearly to a business within the community that shows outstanding customer and community service.
Cooperslane was not only recognized for their customer service but was also praised on their work with four different Service Dog Organizations.
"The Chamber of Commerce feels these services are an important contributions in building our area's prosperity, social well-being and reputation. The Chamber wants to recognize outstanding contributions in this regard amongst our own
businesses and services. "
The award was presented to Brian and Valerie Cooper of Cooperslane Kennels
by Pat Palmer, representing the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Granddaughter, Kora-Lee with 'good ol' Echo'
This is "Cooper'
Trained by National Service Dogs
Cooper and 'his best friend' Matthew.
..Noah, still helping with the pups years later
Our extended family members are great helpers with socializing the pups.
Service Dog Organizations We've Worked With
Breeding Labrador Retrievers to be companions first
Lewis was a great helper at the kennel for a few years. Each week, he would come out and brush the dogs. All the dogs, especially Max, LOVED him.
'Samson' and his owner, Jacqueline Gori, being honoured in 2017 at the "Canada 150 Award Celebration" being awarded a medal for one of the Top 150 people in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo for their Service dog work.
Samson is from Bauer and Katja.
Jennifer is our niece and she owns and operates Cooperslane Kennels with us. Jennifer is an avid animal lover and is passionate about breeding Labrador Retrievers to be excellent family companions and service dogs.
Jennifer has a background in psychology and has worked with children and adults with autism in many different settings. Jennifer started working with and training dogs when she volunteered in an animal shelter in Pittsburgh PA. There she also volunteered with a therapy dog program taking dogs for community therapy visits.
Here at Cooperslane Jennifer gets to combine all of her passions working with our puppy families and all our wonderful labs:)
"Wee Wild Wilma" - one of Jennifer's first breeding girls
Jennifer and Dillon out for a walk
ADS Gus' parents are Rusty and Vision.
ADS Helix's parents are Dillon and Vixen.
"Camper" (from Ariel and Palmer) is a working service dog and was trained by Wade Beattie at Canine Support Services.