Club Canine thriving in new central Carmel location

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Club Canine owner Kera Slowitsky, left, and manager Holly Anderson like to provide plenty of activities for the dogs they supervise during day care hours. (Staff photo by Gary Boskovich.)

Club Canine owner Kera Slowitsky, left, and manager Holly Anderson like to provide plenty of activities for the dogs they supervise during day care hours. (Staff photo by Gary Boskovich.)

By Gary Boskovich

Arf, ruff and woof … that’s the predominant vocabulary used at Club Canine Doggy Day Care.

Owner Kera Slowitsky knows how to speak dogs’ language, and she has an inherent sense for interpreting those barks and whether they signal play time, fear or anger.

Slowitsky has a master’s degree in elementary education, but she decided to leave the teaching profession to pursue a career involving her love of dogs. She developed an extensive background in dog handling and care while working with the Humane Society for Hamilton County, spending time with a veterinarian and volunteering with various rescue groups.

That passion led her to open Club Canine, which is in full swing at the Monon Square shopping center (formerly Mohawk Place) on Range Line Road after relocating from its previous location adjacent to the Monon Trail.

“(My goal is) to provide a safe, fun, group experience for social dogs,” Slowitsky said.

Her passion doesn’t end there.

“Safety is the top concern, which also helps them stay in their homes because (we) provide an outlet for dogs who might not otherwise have a chance to run around top speed all day,” Slowitsky said. “If (the dogs) are tired from daycare, people are not coming home at night to dogs bouncing off the walls.”

That’s a win-win for both owner and dog.

New dogs are always welcome at Club Canine, and the company offers a free evaluation to determine if a new dog is a good fit for day care. Only one new dog at a time is allowed to start in day care on any given day.

“I don’t want two unknowns in there. We know how most of the other dogs are going to react,” she said. “A lot of people don’t think their dog is OK for day care because they’ve seen them act stupid on a leash around another dog. But leash reactivity and leash aggression are so common that a lot of people just assume their dog won’t be OK in day care.”

Club Canine also offers boarding services for dogs. With various pricing options and packages available, they can offer the flexibility many dog owners want and need.

For more information call 569-1191 or visit www.clubcanine.info.

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