By Theresa Shea, editor
Bryan Hendrix ©AKC
Some breeders have found peace of mind and that
they can save work and, most importantly, save puppies
by installing security cameras in their kennels.
When a dam#8217;s due date approaches, the cameras
allow breeders to keep a close eye on the bitch,
watching her on televisions or monitors in the comfort
of their homes. The monitors save going back and
forth to check on the dogs and allow breeders to
get a more accurate idea of how close the dam may
be to whelping.
#8220;My system is connected to the cable, so I
can watch a bitch on certain UHF channels from any
television in my home,#8221; said Janet Lange,
a miniature Poodle and German Shepherd Dog breeder.
#8220;I can see whether she#8217;s having restless
nights or starting to dig, and I don#8217;t have
to sleep in the kennel to keep an eye on her.#8221;
Lange, who has a state-of-the-art kennel in Wentzville,
Mo, contracted a local company to install cameras
in her kennel#8217;s three whelping stalls and
in the grooming room.
#8220;It gives me peace of mind to know I can
check on one without walking to the kennel and disturbing
all the dogs,#8221; Lange added.
#8220;You can turn on the TV at all hours of the
night and watch them,#8221; Lange said. #8220;Besides
being helpful, it#8217;s fun just to watch. You
think the dogs are asleep, but you#8217;ll turn
on the TV and see them playing with their toys.#8221;
After puppies are born, the cameras help Lange
feel comfortable moving the puppies from the house
to the kennel as soon as is adequate.
#8220;I can watch them and make sure they#8217;re
alright while getting the puppies in the kennel
early on and getting their socialization started.#8221;
While Lange#8217;s set-up is cutting-edge in kennel
design, breeders can find camera-and-receiver sets
(excluding the monitor) that can be connected to
a television for sale starting in the $100-range.
It#8217;s a good idea to research and comparison