New dog boarding, training facility opens in Detroit Lakes

Open house set for Saturday, Oct. 8

Nicole Foltz, who grew up in Rochert, recently opened Whiskey Creek Boarding and Training at her home in rural Detroit Lakes. The business was named after a road that abuts the property she and her husband Chris own.
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DETROIT LAKES — The whimpers and howls of full boarding facilities and waiting lists for dog training classes were heard by Nicole Foltz. The certified dog trainer answered the call by opening Whiskey Creek Boarding and Training.

Whiskey Creek Boarding and Training is located at 23748 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes, which is about 8 miles from downtown.<br/><br/>
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

The new business is located at 23748 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes, which is about 8 miles from downtown. The double insulated 3,872-square-foot building offers 32 suites for dog boarding, each with in-floor heat, an elevated bed and a private and fully enclosed outdoor yard. The canine campers also get access to three large, enclosed grassy areas for playtime with Foltz.

“If the weather is bad, we can take playtime inside to the (1,620-square-foot) training area,” she said.

There are 32 suites for dogs to be boarded, each with in-floor heat, an elevated bed and a private outdoor yard, which is fully enclosed and accessible through a doggy door. Access to the outdoor area will be made available from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., as long as weather permits.<br/>
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

While Foltz has offered one-on-one training for a few years, she is planning to offer group obedience training classes.

Tours of the new business will be given during an open house on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If the timing isn’t right to stop in for a visit during the open house, Foltz encouraged all who are interested in boarding or training to contact her at (952) 567-1063 or on the business Facebook page, Whiskey Creek Boarding and Training for a personal tour or more information.


Pitbull-chihuahua mix brings Foltz to her second career as a dog trainer

Foltz’s journey to dedicating her life to dogs began when she and her husband, Chris, rescued McGee. The pitbull-chihuahua mix would fearfully nip as his tail tucked between his legs.

“I wasn’t going to give up,” she said, noting she researched training options and found Off Leash K9 Training.

Foltz attended four classes and saw McGee’s life begin to change. In time, the training altered McGee’s perception of people.

Now, his tail wags like a metronome hitting 120 bpm. The fearful nipping disappeared, as did his anxiety issues when strangers came around. After seeing the progress, Foltz realized she had found her second career.

The 2005 Detroit Lakes High School graduate’s first profession was a dental hygienist. She enjoyed the training experience with McGee so much that she went on to earn her certification from Off Leash K9 Training. After becoming a certified dog trainer, Foltz offered one-on-one training that transformed rambunctious dogs into heeling off-leash.

As her clientele grew, she heard there was a growing need for boarding and training classes in the area. Foltz chatted with her husband about the potential business opportunity and found complete support from her husband and their four children: Kael, 15, Braxten, 11, Marcus, 5 and Alice, 3.

Foltz designs her dream kennel

Becoming a business owner began with a blueprint.

“I designed this space to feel like home, not a boarding facility,” she said.


The building layout utilizes the exterior walls for the location of the dog suites. There are three kennel options: standard, medium and large. All suites have access, at all times when weather permits, to their personal, secure and private outdoor area.

The entire facility is also lined with acoustic panels to reduce noise when pups decide to chat about their personal playtime with Foltz in one of the three fenced outdoor play areas.

In the center of it all is a 1,620-square-foot training space with textured floors to ensure pups can be sure-footed as they learn good manners. Foltz will continue offering individual training sessions and is planning group training sessions at the basic and advanced levels.

Groomer needed

A spacious room is available for a groomer looking to rent. In the large room with natural light beaming through the windows is a groomer’s tub with a ramp and door. Foltz said she got the largest option available to ensure even the biggest breeds can get a bath without breaking the groomer’s back.

Foltz invites a groomer with interest in offering their services to contact her.

“I think the services would be beneficial for one another,” she said, noting some who board their dogs request a spa treatment before they return home.

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