It took nine years for dog trainer Ineke Turner to open her first brick-and-mortar business, Turner & Pooch Dog Trainingat a grand opening on Tuesday afternoon.

(Left to right) Tiffany Acari, Media Relations and Peterborough Chamber Members; Turner & Pooch Owner Ineke Turner and House Member Relations Coordinator Nigel Broersma at the groundbreaking ceremony for Turner’s first company.

The company offers dog training lessons in groups of up to four people or private lessons alongside a trainer.

This is the first business Turner has opened in her nine years as a dog trainer.

“I’m scared, but I’m really excited to be here and help people with their dogs,” she said.

Turner had been training dogs at Del Crary and Millenium Park for the past nine years. The rapport and relationships she developed while working in the parks gave her the confidence to open her first store according to Turner.

“I always wanted to have an interior space just so I could provide more services to people,” she explained.

While most businesses have suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has had the opposite effect for Turner. She noticed that several households were taking in more dogs as pets to help with mental health during the height of the pandemic.

“With a lot of covid puppies, I was able to get that opportunity a lot quicker,” Turner said.

Turner & Pooch Dog Training is located at 142 Simcoe Street in downtown Peterborough.