Dogs wagged their tails in approval, and visitors and members alike spoke positively of the Scott County Kennel Club's new location on Davenport's West River Drive.
The 80-member club hosted an open house Saturday to show off its location at 2002 W. River Drive that it moved into late last year. The new building boasts a larger training space and air conditioning. The group holds obedience, rally, conformation and agility classes.
A big plus for the new location is air conditioning, said club president Ray Carter of Blue Grass. The club's former facility wasn't air conditioned, so the club used it little in the summer. A sign will be installed in the spring.
"We just moved about a mile down the road, but now we've got air conditioning," he said. "Now we can train in the summertime. We'll expand our membership with more time to train."
Saturday's open house drew pugs and pointers, spaniels and collies.
Members demonstrated various disciplines, and visitors gave them a try. Dogs could run through tunnels and over ramps. They retrieved toys and laid next to their masters.
Some dogs were excited and others nervous. Paisley, a springer spaniel owned by Kristin Myers of Davenport, was at the excited end of the spectrum. She showed off a skill the 7-month-old pup learned that day, running through a curved tunnel used in agility competition. Paisley is training to be a service dog.
A visitor, Myers plans to join the club.
"I wanted to see the new facility," she said. "It is going to be open year round, so I can work with her any time of year."
Myers reported that Paisley is doing well in her service dog training, having flown on a plane and visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Nearby, Beth Johnson of Milan put 6-month-old Australian shepherd Mora through her paces on a rally course, where dogs and their handlers perform a series of obedience tasks.
Mora is one of three dogs Johnson owns. She has gone to work with Johnson, who teaches second grade at Lourdes Catholic School in Bettendorf, since being rescued at 10 weeks old. Johnson has been a member of the kennel club for six years.
"I love the new building. It is awesome," she said during a break with Mora. "The old building was ..."
Cramped, is what members say, and in need of some work. Carter said a few members grumbled about the move, but most in the club have been positive.