HARMONY FARM KENNEL & LAMB
4319 Paxton Valley Rd, Monte Lake, BC V0E 2N0

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Harmony Dog - Owner Training


BenjiNow, Harmony Farm Kennel, located near Kamloops BC, is offering supportive training for owners of all types of dogs. Operating a 'custom care' dog kennel I have the opportunity to observe, interact and experience all breeds, all kinds of dogs with all types of doganalities and, all sorts of dog-owner confusions and challenges as well. With a customized dog boarding service that offers daily individual exercise I, like all dog walkers, have a heartfelt appreciation for dogs that are polite, have good leash manners, and of course, an excellent recall. These dogs are few and far between!

I believe that all dog lovers set out with the best of intentions, to own, love and be committed to, a well behaved dog that they foresee sharing an awesome, enjoyable, canine relationship with. People often seem to think however, that when they take a dog into their life, that dog should just understand how life goes and that a good relationship sort of just automatically happens. When it doesn’t, dogs become unbalanced emotionally, mentally and physically while owners ...get frustrated. Worse, sometimes that lack of enjoyment turns into feeling desperate and helpless leading to a downward spiral that no one, including your dog, ever wants or enjoys... So what goes wrong?

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In my view, dogs are born dogs and know very well how to function as dogs. They question and 'test' their leadership (sometimes on a moment to moment basis) and function as a dog (not a human) with the answers they perceive, whatever those answers indicate. People, I observe, can have an auto response to the concept of “the pleasure, of having a well-behaved dog, just isn't worth the hassle, inconvenience, and time staking patience” to invest to create that dog. And so, dogs test as dogs do and often owners take the route of what at the time seems like the path of least resistance. Those constant ‘easier’ decisions result in dogs becoming all the more disrespectful and/or physical (and all the more testy) and owners finding ways to cope. I see people resorting to reacting to their dog's unbalanced behaviors by doing things like holding their dog to prevent them from pulling, wrapping the leash around their hand to get a better ‘grip’, using treats to attempt to distract their dog from problems or avoiding direct interaction with their dogs all together. Often, when knowledge runs out, people get physical, which causes emotions to rise, which creates all the more choas for both the dog and the owner! Sometimes, not knowing what to do, people create situations to take care of a dog's basic needs by creating a backyard space, taking their dogs to run loose at dog parks (not always a stress-free answer),or find walking solutions through restraining tools, devices or other people to help.

Sound familiar? I am here to tell you that dogs don't have to be that hard! Dogs really are very simple - it's people that are experts at making simple things difficult and complicated! Believe it or not, every single time you interact, make eye contact or are even in the precense of your dog, YOU are training, whether you are aware of what you are training or not. And, your dogs, being dogs, know what you know and absolutely, they know what you don't know! If you find yourself frustrated with the havoc you find when you interact with your dog, whether that be bad house manners, disrespectful behavior or constantly longing, jumping or pulling you around when they take you for a walk (or worse)...I am happy to help simplify life for both you and your dog!


My Dog Owner Training Approach


Monty short leadHaving 45 professional years training horses and their owner/riders both tradtiionally and in the art of natural horsemanship, with many of those years specializing in stallions, I personally find dogs are very easy! I promote positive common sense dog training methods, however, that does not generally include using treats or avoiding problem triggers in any way. I do not bribe dogs, I don’t ‘negotiate’ with dogs, I don't distract with misplaced praise, avoid confrontation, nor will I use shock collars or intimidation. In my view, a person will always run out of treats (or have the wrong kind!)...you will never run out of a pocket of love and effective leadership choices.


In my opinion (which, I understand, is often out of the ‘normal’ box of dog training approaches),first comes love, then language...the ‘language’ that your dog understands, using psychology, understanding, and consistent body language. I believe in creating guidelines for your dog, being assertive without being agressive and being the consistent alpha leader that your dog can rely on, (that your dog’s birth parents would have taught originally and without hesitation).

Generally, dogs are good followers and they need, crave, and depend on a good leader. The leader controls the motion and thereby, the emotion  – a leader worthy of following, is where most owners fall short. When a dog has solid and consistent leadership they know where the ‘lines’ are. They have structure that is unwavering that doesn't need to be constantly tested or questioned. The desireable actions are easy and comfortable while the undesireable behaviours become difficult and uncomfortable. Once their structure is established and reliable, then dogs can relax, trust and build their emotional balance. When dogs are emotionally balanced and calm, then they can think and respond physically to what they know will be comfortable, safe and ...upheld by their alpha leader. To become your dog's alpha, your word must be your law, no matter how cute your dog is or how well they try to negotiate! Your dog is your dog, your dog is not your god, and your dog, can not be the one making the decisions! Sound simple? It is simple!

I am dedicated to helping you and your dog find that effective, peaceful and enjoyable life together! It is always inspiring and so fulfilling to help people and their dog's start understanding one another and ...actually enjoy time with each other!  Rest assured, what I teach will make sense to you, and will even be fun!  Soon, you will find yourself wanting to spend more fun time with your dog!  Your dog will embrace your alpha position and appreciate being able to relax, comfortably and safely, in your new found leadership. Sound like a plan? Your dog can't wait for you to get started! 

Want to send your dog to get trained?


We're Home HaveyIf you are looking for me to ‘fix’ your dog, I consider that like sending your wife or husband to get counselling to fix the relationship. If that is the case, then no, I am not you or your dog's answer! Love, nor respect, is transferable... Translated, that means, you, the owner and number one person in your dog's life, needs to become aware of and improve the leadership you are providing (whatever that leadership is or is not) so that your dog can become the friend and companion that you've always wanted. To be honest, your dog is the easy part! I am not here to be the source of your dog's love (no one loves your dog like you do) nor am I here to do the committed work for you. I am here, to teach, guide and support you and your dog along the way.When you are ready, I am here for you and your dog, whatever each unique situation requires, to improve each individual dog owner relationship, to the best it can be.


Where & When?


ShenI prefer to have folks come to Harmony Farm and enjoy the country environment that offers a huge variety of spaces and training opportunities for your dog owner training sessions. If it is in the best interest for a board and train situation to support your private sessions and to help get your dog off to a stronger start, we can talk about that.

Once your training is well underway, if you and your dog would benefit from working together in other locations or in your own home, then certainly, I am supportive and will be happy to accommodate what is best for the most successful outcome, longterm.

Yes, you will have homework and absolutely, you will be expected to practice!




How Do You Get Started?

Walking BoeIf you are ready to commit yourself to learn, I am here to help! Just use the contact form at the bottom of this page to make your request. I will reply and together we will arrange your schedule. Let's get started building the dog relationship of your desires! Both you and your dog will truly love to find the relief of a new exciting level of understanding, safety, fun and appreciation for one another – soon you'll wonder why you ever chose to struggle and stress over the blessing of sharing your life with a dog!

All Dogs Welcome
All Dogs Welcome!

Individual On/Off Leash Exercise Daily

'Custom Care', Low Stress/Low Risk Dog Boarding
XL Private Heated Kennels, Huge View Windows
Safe, Private Play Yards
Raw, Special Diets Or Meds AOK
Peaceful Country Setting With "Good Dog Zen"
Flexible Drop Off & Pick Up Times

BC Premium Lamb

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Superior Taste - Gourmet Quality
Lean With 23% Less Fat/Bone
Custom Cut/Wrapped 'In The Box'
Butcher Ready Carcass
Available Fresh ALL Year Round
Door To Door Delivery

  • "Sooooo grateful to Patricia & Gerry for their phenomenal, knowledgeable, dedicated dog care e.v.e.r.y. s.i.n.g.l.e. time. Always hard to be separated from Grizz but she returns from each stay happy, light-footed and balanced to the max! ... And Harmony Farm Lamb must be tasted to be believed. These beautiful sheep are raised with attention to detail and care for the individual and the flock, and by hard-working farmers who care from the heart about what they are doing and why and how they are doing it. Huge respect and cheers for Harmony Farm! Pat Curry April 19, 2016
    Pat Curry
    Huge Respect & Cheers!

    ~ Pat Curry

  • Thanks again for all your time and thoughtful kindness towards our dogs, always appreciated. Thank you so much for all the above and beyond - for everything you two do. You are amazing, kind, hard working individuals and our dogs always come home with a smile on their faces! Lovely to never have to worry about anything which is truly such a blessing. Take care of your selves and see you in the future. - Hugs & Cheers Kari,Morgan, Alamo, Zoe
    Kari Kendrick
    Us & Our Dogs Think You're Amazing

    ~ Kari Kendrick

  • Maluk is back home with us and we think that he misses you guys! Happy to be home but kind of sad also:(( We can't thank you enough for the care and love you gave Maluk for the three weeks plus that he spent with with you and his blood sugar level has never been so low than this morning. So worried when we left but so glad to see the pics where he looked so relaxed with Gerry!!! Harmony Farm is now his home away from home. Again thank you and we will stay in touch!!' MJ & JP Chave
    JP & Marie Jo Chave
    Very Thankful & Relieved!

    ~ JP & Marie Jo Chave

  • I wanted to thank Patricia and Gerry for ALL of the times they have looked after my brood, my dogs love it with them and I know they are safe and well cared for. I have recommended this kennel to all of my doggie clients and will continue to do so..the ABSOLUTE best in Kamloops!
    Chris McKay
    Thankful...

    ~ Chris McKay

  • Patricia & Gerry do you have any idea how rare a kennel and dog boarding service you are providing? Believe me I have been to them all and there is nothing that compares! My dogs love you guys because from the first moment you met, it was obvious that you really love and care about dogs! The kennel smells great, it's bright and clean and the dogs are all really happy! Wow I've never seen anything like it! Your property really does have peaceful energy about it - gosh I couldn't even hear any barking! Best of all, my dogs are healthy and sane when they settle back home...just can't applaud you enough! Thank You for sharing YOU with my dog family!
    Cici Lowden
    You ARE the BEST Kennel Anywhere!

    ~ Cici Lowden

  • Thank you so much Patricia & Gerry for taking such good care of Duke for so long while I got my life together and moved and got settled... I wanted the very best possible care for my pitty puppy Duke and you have an awesome place but it took a lot longer than I expected and Duke isn't the easiest to handle. Your photos, regular emails and your endless patience and understanding made it all possible. Duke is so happy and healthy and well behaved, I know you did way more than just a great job. I can't tell you how much we appreciate your loving care of our baby. Quotes
    Jessica Lynn Pilon
    No words for appreciation...

    ~ Jessica Lynn Pilon

  • Wow - I can not tell you how impressed I am with your incomparable kennel service! My Rotti Chelsey had become very depressed and destructive in response to much family sadness recently - so much that I was feeling very guilty to have to take her to a kennel. When I picked her up, I couldn't have been more relieved and happy to see her back to her bouncing, tail waggin content and joyful self after only a few days with you at your beautiful, PEACEFUL farm - I am so happy to have found you - we look forward to bringing our Chelsey back soon! Meantime, we shall tell the world and next time, I wonder if I can come too?!
    The Spark Family
    Relieved Harmony Farm Kennel Fan!

    ~ The Spark Family

  • Wow, what a beautiful space and what an amazing service you and Gerry provide. I can see that my dog just loves you guys and why she cried when we left your place (first time ever leaving anywhere fyi) and I understand - she'll be back soon!
    Sharon Midge & Family
    So very happy to know your kennel!

    ~ Sharon Midge & Family

  • Thank you so much for your email...wow, what a treat to read all that goodness. My mind is totally at rest after reading your email, so much I forgot to reply until now! I even read it aloud at our Christmas dinner!!! I can tell that you are giving her a lot of love and our whole family really appreciates that. Our love to all the pooches out there and you both as well! The Petches
    Christa Petch
    So relaxed with your care!

    ~ Christa Petch

  • Thank you so much for taking such good care of Titus ... he's working off his 'all-inclusive holiday' along with Bruce now in the deep snow... Titus will be back! :) It is such a piece of mind to know he is with someone who understands the breed over and above great care. Hugs, Stacey
    Bruce & Stacey Phinnemore
    Very happy 'return' customer

    ~ Bruce & Stacey Phinnemore

  • Harmony farm is an amazing place for every living thing. People, Sheep, Dogs, horses, everybody is enjoying and contributing to a very peaceful and positive atmosphere. By their understanding and sensitivity of others, Gerry and Patricia offer a very nice place to stay to every creature on earth.
    Anne & Mael
    Such a great place to stay!

    ~ Anna & Mael

  • I can barely express our gratitude to have found your custom care kennel service - finally we can leave our 'family' dog Sasha knowing she is well cared for, safe, exercised and always happy! Gosh - we know she has a vacation as well and for the first time ever, we don't even worry! Your communication is always timely and keeps us feeling so very grateful - thank you so much.
    Cindy and Bill Straton
    Very Grateful Clients

    ~ Cindy and Bill Straton

  • It is so refreshing to pick up our dog and he is settled, happy, content, healthy and SANE! We used to bring him home from a kennel and he was a basket case neurotic for a week! Usually he had scratches or diarrhea and it was just nuts around our house until we 'got our dog back'. Your kennel is a breathe of fresh air, for us and our dog, both during his stay and once he returns home. Thank you.
    The Cadre Family
    Delighted Customer

    ~ The Cadre Family

  • Great blog posts. Really thank you! Want more.
    Sookea
    I value the your writing.Thanks Again. Will read on...

    ~ Sookea

  • I thank you both again for taking such excellent care of Alamo and and Zoe while we were away, it is such a relief to know that we have a reliable, safe, and friendly environment to leave our dogs when we go away on holidays. We can not thank you both enough, and Alamo and Zoe say thanks too, they transitioned well when they got home. Also thanks for making room for them one more night on last minute notice, very much appreciated. By all means you may use our comments on your website, you've worked hard for what you two have accomplished and we are comforted to know our dogs can call your place a home away from home when we are on holidays. I cannot thank you enough.
    Kari Kendrick
    Can't Thank You Enough

    ~ Kari Kendrick

  • Patricia and Gerry, I have to admit that I was a bit surpised after Lucy and Tess's stay with you... They were happy to see me but really THEY DIDN'T ACT EXCITED TO COME HOME! Thank you for taking such great care of them. Receiving emails about their stay with you while we were away was so reassuring to know that they were in good hands it helped to make our vacation a stress free one. Charles, Marci, Jacob and Emma
    Charles Hurtubise
    So Happy with our Dog's Holiday

    ~ Charles Hurtubise

  • I just wanted to say Thank-you again for the update email and for the exceptional care and time you gave to our dogs Zoe and Alamo, you were great! Their smiles said it all, I wish you, your husband and your farm all the best of blessings in the year ahead. See you again in August if not sooner . Thanks again, 
    Kari Kendrick
    Happy Dogs!

    ~ Kari Kendrick

  • Harmony Farm Kennel is what I believe all kennels should be! Finally, I have found you! What a breathe of fresh air to be able to entrust my great dogs with someone who is willing to go the extra mile without even hesitating. I appreciate you very much!
    Guy Weatherspoon
    5 Stars For Your Kennel!

    ~ Guy Witherspoon

  • Okay Patricia our mastiff Harley obviously loves you and Gerry and loves his time at Harmony Farm! He wags like crazy on the way there, can't wait to get out of the car, he greets you with a smile, drags us into the kennel, and apparently has a great time while he is there... BUT what do I do about this?...he whines and cries and has this horrible sad forelorn look on his face when he has to leave! He stares at you while we leave and looks out the back window crying all the way home. Knowing Harley I don't think there could be a higher compliment! Thanks for the problem - he'll see you again soon!
    Cam & Ally Lewis
    Love this problem!

    ~ Cam & Ally Louis

  • Thanks for posting those beautiful fotos of my Ben, thanks for taking them, and for taking HIM, in the first place! You are both talented in a rare fashion, that of understanding, and of having compassion for the misunderstood. Such a relief to know you have the patience, knowledge and trust, even for troubled dogs.
    Jan Peter
    Very relieved & thankful customer

    ~ Jan Peter

  • Good to here my old girl Sally is doing so good... I think all the attention at your place is probably helping lift her spirits:) She was so depressed, wasn't eating, she gets so lonely at my farm... Thanks so much for providing such a lovely healthy caring home away from home for my baby...I don't worry for her one minute.
    Trena Porter
    Thanks so much

    ~ Trena Porter

  • Hi Patricia. I just dropped off Yukon at Harmony and as you saw, he was very excited to have another vacation with Harmony. At the turn off he wiggled like crazy and was so alert he couldn't wait to get there! We are so pleased that after his visits he is so very relaxed and content when he returns home - no adjustment period at all - a very good sign that he enjoys his time at Harmony and that makes me feel very good! Thanks so much!!!!
    Kathy Mueller
    Happy that I have a Happy Dog!

    ~ Kathy Mueller

  • Thank you so much Patricia!! Even if we ever move back to town our Luna & Diesel will be coming to stay with you guys! I know they are in good loving hands! Thank you!!!
    Maike Mayden
    Thankful Dog Lover

    ~ Maike Mayden

  • Thanks so much for all you do! We are so grateful we found your farm! We also agree that your lamb is the best we've ever tasted and so appreciate that it is chemical free. Happy holidays!!
    Katarina Vuckovic

    ~ Katarina Vuckovic

  • Thank you so much for the email update, just read it now, but we so much appreciate how well you look after our precious girl Ricki!!! We apologize again for picking her up so late and thank you for accommodating our late and delayed flight and arrival into Kelowna. You have such a winning combination at your beautiful property with the sheep, horses and kennels, we feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful home for her when we go away. Thanks again for looking after her so well and we will see you again to drop her off for a couple of weeks in mid January. Thanks! Janet and Terry
    Janet & Terry Maskell

    ~ Janet & Terry Maskell

  • I am so grateful to have found your kennel. My dogs are happy with you, I don't worry at all (especially with your communications) and they take no time to settle back with us at home, which is the first time ever. Your obvious love for animals (sheep included to my amazement!) is more than impressive. I wish you every success!
    B. Grathmore
    Ever Grateful

    ~ B. Grathmore

  • Thank you so much for caring for Princess. She is not easy and I am so glad it went well. I look forward to doing business with you in the future and will be sure to recommend you to everyone I know!! Thank you, Judy
    Judy Bergman
    Very happy and relieved dog 'Mom'

    ~ Judy Bergman

  • I appreciate so much knowing that my dogs will be safe and happy when I am away on my vacation. I am very impressed with the quality of care and love given the dogs and it is obvious they are very pleased as well. This is an awesome place!
    Genevieve Stroulger

    ~ Genevieve Strougler

  • We spent a lot of time looking for a kennel for our two Thai Ridgebacks, Suki and Loabas. They are wonderful dogs but not easily to get introduced to other packs. Gerry and Particia received them with open arms however. The most important for us is that you both love the dogs in a mature and knowledgeable way and that you have the psychological and medical expertise to care for them. We also appreciated the emails and phone calls to report our dogs well being :) Thank you so much again!
    Peter and Kitaya Termote
    The place we trust

    ~ Peter and Kitaya Termote

  • Thank you for the update, I had a good feeling our little Scrappy was doing well. I was relaxed about his stay knowing he won't get into trouble with other dogs and, after we left the ranch we realized your place is awesome! Thanks again,
    Heather Smith
    Very Satisfied

    ~ Heather Smith

  • Thanks for the photos, Patricia. I know you and Gerry are taking good care of our sweet Katie because she looks very happy. Its been so long and we miss her alot, but never worry because we know she's in good hands. It's such a relief. Thank you! You are the best! Thank you.
    Keith & Laurel Harris, Australia
    Thankful Customers

    ~ Keith & Laurel Harris

  • "I am so glad I found you! When I brought my old lab Zues there he could barely walk and wasn't eating well at all. Your reassuring email to me while in Germany was a great relief. To my delight when I picked Zues up I could see the relaxation in his face, he was eating great and he was managing his hips walking so much better I could hardly believe it. Obvious testimony to the wonderful care and dedication you pour into your work - now I can go away in June and know he is in very capable and loving hands. Thank you so much."
    Sue Gray
    Very satifsfied customer!

    ~ Sue Gray

  • With 2 day's notice I had to go overseas to attend to my ill mother. Fortunately Patricia and Gerry could accommodate the dates. I cautiously left my 15 year old Lab X with poor hind quarters and a support brace to be walked and also being a very picky eater, at their kennel. On picking him up his condition was better than when I had left him there and appetite spot on! Thanks to the wonderful care he received he is rescheduled for another stay this coming summer! What a tremendous relief that I have found Harmony Farm Kennel!!!
    Sue Gray
    Very satisfied client

    ~ Sue Gray

  • We just got back from a spring vacation and we were so happy to see our beautiful boy relaxed and content at your place. To our relief he was clean and happy! When we got home he was totally himself and had lots of energy after having had his own vacation with you guys. He loves all the goings on at your place, especially the hikes and the sheep!
    Makenzie and Amanda
    beach kids

    ~ Makenzie and Amanda

  • "What you guys offer, this beautiful place, the energy here, your communication - wow, nothing even compares. Our dogs can't wait to come back and my wife is so happy, I personally, won't be stressed on our time off! Thank you!"
    David Sardan
    Dedicated Customer

    ~ David Sardan

  • "Thankyou so much for the update, it truly brightened my day! I am so happy that our rotti girl is doing well and in such great hands, it makes it easier to leave her knowing that she has the greatest care :) Thankyou so much for keeping her safe and happy and all of the extra you give, it means a lot!!"
    The Hayes Family
    Customer

    ~ The Hayes Family

  • "Thank you so much for the updates. It is so nice to know that Tahnee is doing well. We are very lucky to have someone like you looking after her and it makes all the difference to how we enjoy our time away from her without worry."
    Don & Cathy Starr
    Grateful Customer

    ~ Don & Cathy Starr

  • "We want to bring our Cupcake & Candy back - they are always so happy there! They've never been healthy and happy after being in a kennel before - thank you for taking such good care of our girls any time we are away!"
    Kris & Chrissie Benedict
    Happy Customer

    ~ Kris & Chrisse Benedict

  • "Thanks for the updates Patricia, I am so worried about my 'kids' but I felt very comfortable around you and Gerry... so I know they'll be fine. ""Just wanted to thank you again for looking after Kinja and Shakari. They seem their happy selves and just business as usual, no upsets or resentments for being abandoned :) by me".
    Sherre & Mark Lapointe
    Customer

    ~ Sherre & Mark Lapointe

  • "Thanks again for letting Maggie extend her vacation without being able to give you any notice. It's such a peaceful feeling knowing Maggie is being cared for and loved just like she is at home while we are away."
    Patricia Naggy
    Happy Customer

    ~ Patricia Naggy

  • "Patricia and her husband, Gerry (pronounced with a hard G) have considerable sighthound experience and are wonderful with both sighthounds and the many horses they board and train. I've never been to such a calm kennel and lovely, safe boarding facility!"
    Hellen Vincent
    Customer

    ~ Hellen Vincent

  • Our Chai loves it there! She starts wagging her tail as soon as we turn up your drive - the only concern I have is that she won't want to come home! Thank You for making it easy to leave her behind!"
    Janice Jacks
    Customer

    ~ Janice Jacks

  • "I am totally relaxed leaving Monty here - what you offer makes all the difference between worry and actually enjoying our vacation without a worry in the world! Thank You!"
    Michelene Shroeder
    Customer

    ~ Michelene Shroeder

  • Thanks for your quick reply. Sophie loves your wonderful place and we can go on holidays and not need to worry. Worth every penny and more! 

    Charles Petit

    ~ Charles & Terry Petit

  • "Thank you both so much - our little Elmo just loves coming there. We so appreciate who you are and what all you do. The peace of mind in invaluable"
    Carol Martin
    Customer

    ~ Carol Martin

  • "This place - you guys, you just have "good dog zen" so glad to have found you!"
    Michelle Luttmerding
    Customer

    ~ Michelle Luttmerding

  • Thank you for always knowing how to care for Lincoln. He is precious to us and we feel good about leaving him at Harmony Farm- we relax knowing he is safe and happy.

    Colleen & Andrew Baker

    ~ Colleen & Andrew Baker

  • Thanks for the great communication. We love that our pups are comfortable and well taken care of at your place ... kind of like a mini vacation for them . :) They'll be back soon.

    Peter Oyer

    ~ Peter Oyer

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HARMONY FARM KENNEL & LAMB

4319 Paxton Valley Road, PO Box 82,
Monte Lake, BC V0E 2N0

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