Our Story

Hi There,

We are Clinton and Rachel Hawthorn and we are the owner-managers of A‘Waggin’ Good Time’, a family-owned pet resort. We are located on a 50-acre resort-like property at Zeerust, 10 minutes from Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria.

Meet our dog family, Bob the Cocker Spaniel, Betty and Armani our bulldogs.

We have always had dogs in our lives and have lots of experience dealing with different breeds, but it was Bob that inspired us to start our journey in providing specialised services for dogs and their owners.

Bob was a rescue dog when he joined us in 2019 and it was after welcoming Bob into our family that everything changed. He made us realise that all dogs deserve to be loved in return for their loyalty and given the quality of life. It was obvious when Bob arrived that he hadn’t been given any formal training and had a nervous and also a fear complex, having trained our other dogs from a young age, it was evident that Bob’s training needs were a little different.

Clinton began to research dog training to help with Bob and the issues that we had inherited. We found Alpha Dog Training, which focused on ‘Lifestyle Obedience’ and its training philosophy is based on genuine motivation to produce realistic and lasting obedience training results, centred around socialisation, confidence and behavioural problem-solving. Clinton enjoyed training with Bob so much that it seemed a logical step to become an accredited Alpha Trainer to help others in the same situation.

The previous owner of this property/ resort was a French bulldog breeder. After seeing this property for sale, we saw an opportunity for a dog boarding and daycare facility in the Goulburn Valley. There was considerable infrastructure in place, so we decided the time was right to start our Dog Boarding, Daycare and Training business.

We took over the property and spent considerable time, energy and money into upgrading the facility to meet current standards and regulations. Based on Alpha Training we have built and designed our facility to include socialisation features and agility equipment. However, what was most important to us was making sure all pets would be comfortable, safe and secure.

Our pet resort is positioned in a natural environment within our property and there is plenty of room for your pet to play and exercise. We have upgraded the existing security system for additional peace of mind and we now look forward to welcoming our guests to our pet resort.

Our dogs love it here and we are sure that your pet will have “A Waggin’ Good Time”.

See you soon,
Clinton, Rachel, Bob, Betty & Armani

Please call for an appointment at (03) 5829 8253

Our friendly kennel, or cattery staff, can welcome you at 8am on any day.