Prelude Farms and Kennel is the home to a wide variety of animals loved and cared for by David Swartwood and Thomas Nesbitt. We also offer boarding and grooming services and Best Friends Dog School offers individual and group lessons in training your dog to be the best pet possible or various other aspects such as Agility, Rally and Obedience. Check out our various pages and feel free to contact us through the "contact us" feature or by the information below. Please forgive us if the site is not continually updated. If your wondering what we are up to or if we have a puppy available for you or a class starting soon, simply drop me a line at [email protected]
David Swartwood - Thomas Nesbitt
255 Cunningham Rd. Gananoque Ontario K7G2V4
613-382-1123 [email protected]
Bryden English Springer Spaniels
Bryden English Springer Spaniels. For over 35 years we have strived to create a dog who is a healthy, sane, adaptable, fun and energetic who lives to please it's family. Every generation gets us closer to that goal. We have had great success in conformation, obedience, agility, rally, tracking and therapy but more importantly producing family members who enhance your lives.
We breed on a small scale and generally have a waiting period to find the right puppy or adult to add to your home so be patient if this is where you want to go for the right springer, I assure you, it's worth the wait.
Prelude Miniature Dachshunds
We have been very fortunate in our breeding program to incorporate well established pedigrees from the US and Europe. Always keeping in mind that the majority live long healthy lives as the family pet we strive to produce outstanding temperaments. Friendly, outgoing and a wee bit mischeivious. A Prelude puppy will steal your heart. We have exported puppies around the world including Australia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, and across North America.
Dog Show Judging
Thom is a licensed All Breed judge through the Canadian Kennel Club and the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA). David currently is approved to judge all dogs in the Sporting, Hound, Toy, Terrier and Non-Sporting Groups through the Canadian Kennel Club
Prelude Farms started in 2002 with a flock of Border Leicester sheep. Once they came along you needed donkeys or llamas as guardians, so why not have both! Since then a menagerie has ensued and our "Peaceable Kingdom" has flourished. We provide breeding stock to other farms and hobbyists and organically grown chicken, lamb, turkey, guinea hen, quail, duck, goose and goat as well. Free range eggs are almost always available when the girls can keep up to the demand.
Best Friends Dog School
Best Friends Dog School has been in existence for 25 years, starting in Pennsylvania while David was the Training Director for one of the oldest and longest running obedience clubs in the United States- Admiral Perry Obedience Training School. As classes developed and expanded, private lessons and seminars were added with students from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York attending classes. Once David moved to Canada, classes were held in Kars Ontario outside of Ottawa and David also taught classes for the Nepean School District. Now settled in Gananoque, students from Kingston through Brockville and upstate New York come for various levels of obedience, puppy through competitive classes, agility, rally and show handling classes.
A positive curriculum based on the owner understanding the dog and why he does what he does and reinforcing good behaviour while eliminating the bad and unwanted behaviours.
Prelude Boarding and Grooming Kennel
A relaxed and calm atmosphere for safe keeping of your dog while you are away. A small kennel with select clients so please call ahead and book a visit ahead of time to assure we have space available when you need it. Our rates are $25 per day for medium and large dogs and $22 for smaller dogs under 30lbs. Rates are per calendar day your dog is here (not 24 hour periods). Pre-arranged visits, so we can meet your dog and assess them ahead of time, are strongly recommended to see if your dog will fit in.