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Dog training business relocates and expands footprint

October 31, 2018
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A Pleasant Dog interior
Courtesy Colliers/Amy Carroll Photography

A business that trains dogs living in urban environments has moved to a facility five times larger than its previous location.

Grand Rapids-based A Pleasant Dog has moved from 406 Barth Ave. SE in the Wealthy Street neighborhood to 1430 Knapp St. NE in the former Hope Network facility, according to Colliers International West Michigan last week.

A Pleasant Dog signed a lease for the 4,700-square-foot building in early August.

The building sits on 1.79 acres.

“We have already received a warm welcome from the neighborhood and are delighted to have a larger space for our dog training programs,” said Jenn Gavin, owner and head trainer, A Pleasant Dog.

“I am proud of our programs, because we help people who live in the city teach their dogs to adapt to urban settings using positive reinforcement. Our new location remains in the city but offers enough space to meet the growing demand for dog training.”

A Pleasant Dog has 10 employees, including eight trainers.

Firms on the project

Grand Rapids-based Colliers International West Michigan listed the property and facilitated the lease.

Grand Rapids-based CopperRock Construction purchased the building at 1430 Knapp St. NE from Hope Network in mid-August, after it sat vacant for six years.

The firm completed “extensive” building improvements, including new roofing, flooring, plumbing, HVAC, wall coverings and cabinets, as well as transforming former bathrooms into additional kennel space and fencing in the yard.

Exist Design Studio of Grand Rapids painted a mural in the gymnasium.

A Pleasant Dog

A Pleasant Dog offers “gentle, modern dog training and service dog training following best practices established by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.”

The business teaches dogs positive behavior using marker training, positive reinforcement, operant conditioning and counter-conditioning.

Programs are designed for dogs living in urban environments and are intended to help owners learn to better communicate with their pets.

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