The Medina Kennel Club has moved to 6840 Lake Road in Lafayette Township, the site of the former DL farm. The club formerly was at 6162 Wooster Pike (state Route 3).
Housed in what originally was a horse barn, the club building is 60 feet by 120 feet and attached to an arena that is 36 feet by 60 feet.
In January, after a few months of renovations, the club was up and running.
“We don’t just service Medina,” trail chair Dolores McCormick, of Liverpool Township, said.
Medina County sheriff’s deputies have keys to the facility and carry out training exercises with their K-9 partners on their own time. Rescue dogs receive discounts for classes and Medina County 4-H students train for free.
There is a north wing where barn hunt events are held. The hunt is for people with pet rats and the activity consists of hiding the rats in and around bales of hay for dogs to find.
It is not necessary for members and volunteers to have dogs in order to join the club, which has 75 members and 20 volunteers. The club is run by a volunteer staff who works with most breeds of dogs.
“The more aggressive breeds need a little more one-on-one,” McCormick said. The volunteer staff will recommend trainers for those situations, she said.
Fundraisers and class fees help the club operate. Membership dues are $20 a year.
The club is hosting a raffle event open to the public July 23 and 24. An obedience trial will be scheduled on those dates, too.
Tickets are $5 or $20 for five tickets. First place prize is an iPad Pro, second is an iPad Mini and third is $100 in cash. The drawings will be at the July 24 session.
The judged obedience trial will include multiple levels of competition.