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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 

David Swartwood - Thomas Nesbitt

255 Cunningham Rd. Gananoque Ontario K7G2V4


Due to our busy schedule I do not get a chance to update our website on a regular basis. Please feel free to drop me a line at to check on our current status for puppies, classes, boarding or livestock. Thanks!

Bryden English Springer Spaniels

Bryden English Springer Spaniels. For over 40 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, Chile, Switzerland, Italy, and across North America.

Dog Show Judging

Thom and David are both licensed All Breed judges through the Canadian Kennel Club.

Prelude Farm

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 35 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.

Both Group classes and Private in home lessons are available.

Contact me for availability and schedules.

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. If your looking for routine boarding please call ahead and book a visit ahead of time to assure we have space available when you need it. We meet all new dogs prior to scheduling them in to make sure they will fit into the atmosphere and routine we try to achieve for all dogs comfort. Please do not be upset if we are unable to take your dog. Our rates are $30 per day for medium and large dogs and $25 for smaller dogs under 30 lbs. Rates are per calendar day your dog is here (not 24 hour periods). 

We have very specific pick up and drop off times by appointment only. They are 8 am. Noon. 5 pm and 8 pm daily but by appointment. These are also the times we will schedule any potential new client to come for a visit.

If your just passing through or looking to leave your dog for a couple hours while taking a boat cruise or gambling at the casino, sorry, we are unable to take your dog.  

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