Neighborhood Kennel Gets Facelift
Vinroc Kennels in Wildwood gets remodeled, including a new name. Pet health benefits were part of the upgrades and vision.
John and Kristen Madlinger took over Vinroc Kennels from his parents in 2007. Making that decision was easy, John said. "I grew up on this 40-acre property, and I love what I do."
The husband and wife team recently upgraded to the new named Frolic Inn.
Part of the pet boarding grounds have been leveled, cleared and wrapped in recycled fencing. Fluorescent lighting was replaced throughout the facility, as it changes dogs' behavior.
Doors were replaced and painted, an indoor day care area was created, as well as an outdoor park for play time. Solid surface flooring also was an important upgrade for the dogs.
Based on science and research, John said they added a cobblestone pattern floor in the outdoor small dog day care area. "This breaks up brain behavior, introduces the seeking brain, replaces with instinct, and reduces aggression." This zen garden area was created for socialized pet play in a tranquil and calm setting.
All dogs are outside three times a day and receive socialized play. Dogs also are taken on individual hand walks on wooded trails throughout the property.
Kristen's specialty is dog behavior modification, based on positive reinforcement and science-based methodologies. "We love getting dogs in here whose owners have given up due to their behavior problems, because we know we are going to change their life for the better. The transformations are amazing," said John.
The Madlingers said they have plans to grow and develop Frolic Inn with other upgrades, including building more trails and clearing open fields. Their additional services include grooming.