How it all began...
Hackett Hounds Doggy Daycare was founded in 2013 by sisters Adrienne and Danielle Hackett.
Growing up in their family home, which was attached to their fathers veterinary practice "Avalon Veterinary Hospital" it was written in the stars that they too would work in the arena of caring for animals.
Their late father Dr Kevin Hackett, was one of the first Veterinarians in South Africa to offer puppy socialization classes from his practice.
Dr Kevin Hackett was such an advocate for early socialization and training of dogs, he hosted many of the top international animal behaviorists. To name a few Dr Roger Mugford and Dr Peter Neville.
Dr Roger Mugford is a prolific author, educator and animal welfare advocate. As Britain’s leading animal psychologist and a pioneer in behavioral therapy, his career has led to him to speak on behalf of animal welfare across the world through too the training of the Queen's corgis.
Dr Peter Neville has been in practice for the treatment of behavior problems in pets for over 25 years. He is a founding partner of COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) which offers a range of residential and distance learning courses in companion animal behavior and behavior therapy and Adjunct Full Professor, Dept of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA. He is a lecturer and speaker in high demand at veterinary, behavior and training meetings around the world.
The girls were fortunate enough to meet these remarkable men, who influenced their career paths.
Post school, Adrienne and Danielle studied in the field of business Marketing and Public Relations.
In 2003 they founded "Avalon Puppy School" which they are still involved in today.
They both went on to complete the Animal Behavior Course through the University of Onderstepoort Puppy 101, 201 and 301 under the guidance of Dr Quixie Sontag.
Their first introduction to the concept of a daycare for dogs was when their eldest sister Jacqui was living in Los Angeles in 2003. Jacqui had rescued a stray dog in Mexico, on her return to the USA her landlord insisted that she enrolled "Mexie" in a doggy daycare.
Adrienne and Danielle, back in South Africa were quite amused by the concept and thought only in America would people send their dogs to a daycare!
Flash forward 10 years where Adrienne and Danielle were the proud owners of their very own Doggy Daycare, it grew organically from the start, they could not believe the great response they received.
Hackett Hounds has grown from strength to strength. It is so rewarding to see how doggy daycare has improved the lives of dogs and their owners.