Rodney and Barbara Mack began Diamond Brook Kennel in 1982. Rod left teaching high school and completing a Master’s +45 program to “go to the dogs”. His passion for training dogs needed to be supplemented and a complete immersion in the dog business was the answer.
Barb was a buyer in a large department store and began her journey in support of her husband, her artistic eye, as well as her love of pets complemented this endeavor perfectly. When the reponsibility of becoming DBK’s head groomer was thrust upon her, she hired a 20 year veteran of grooming and began her new career. The experience gained over the last 29 years of grooming and education has made her reputation of one of the finest ‘finish’ groomers in the area.
After having been around working dogs professionally for nearly 30 years, we think that we know a little bit about what makes a hunting dog tick. In a nutshell I call it desire, motivation. Without self-motivation a good employee will never be. So it is with dogs. We do not breed for color at Diamond Brook. If it happens, it happens, but we refuse to breed for one characteristic, especially when recessive genes are involved that can carry along other recessive genes. We are concerned with the overall athletic working ability in the healthiest package we can find, not the length of his tail. This does not mean that our hunting dogs are “ugly”. If a breed judge looks at an animal, their first overall impression gathers attention. This is our concern. Your overall impression is that of a pleasing, balanced animal.
Diamond Brook Kennel is a pet boarding, pet grooming facility and Labrador breeder that offers Garmin dog training equipment, Labrador Retrievers, pet supplies, pet food, and dog training near Rutland VT. We have been serving the Vermont area since 1982. We pride ourselves on our customers satisfaction. We produce great hunting dogs.
Diamond Brook Kennel is a pet boarding and pet grooming facility. We board dogs, cats and exotics.
Hunting Dog Training
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Hunting Dogs - Puppies and Started Dogs
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Training Equipment and Supplies
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Hi Rod, Yesterday we started to train M.E. for searching, doing what we call runaways, then blind runaways where she can't see where the person is going, then we release her. Today we repeated all the above and then addedhaving the victim hide-50 yards a way and then releasing her . She did an unbelievable job----flawless. Its all in the breeding, we really didn't teach her anything but what we meant when we told her to "find". You breeding program sure produces great dogs, this being the 3rd dog over 14 years we have started from you, and all have been super search dogs. If she continues like this she will be another super dog. Thanks again, Bob and Patti
Dear Staff, We are a bit late sending this note but wanted to take the time to say Thank You. We lost our dear friend, Paddington, this summer after many years of love and joy. Thank you for the care that you gave him over the last 15 years.. You were a big part in making a happy healthy puppy! Thanks again for everything. Sincerely The Fielder Family
Barbara - I just wanted to say once again, thank you so much for the care of Winston. I especially appreciate today because I feel so bad for Winstonand what he has to go through next week. He loves being freshly groomed. Thank you and enjoy dinner or a night you don't feel like cooking! Nancy Spaulding-Ness
Rod is truly dedicated to his dogs and is a master at bringing dogs to the peak of their ability. Having spent many hours as a bird boy for Rod and observing Rod’s dogs, as well as other trainers’ dogs at trials, without a doubt Rod is a master at producing a very consistent dog that knows its job. Rod does not just train for the next trial. He trains for the long-term and with the best interest of the dog in mind. Rod’s dogs respect him and in return, he respects them. Rod is unique in that he can work with dogs as well as their owners / handlers. If you are willing to put in the time and energy, he is willing to assist you in becoming a better trainer and handler. Rod is a rarity in that he is a trainer of trainers.
To date, our five labs have earned fifteen AKC titles, including two Utility Titles and Two Master Hunter titles. One of our Labs, Tater was ranked sixth nationally in Novice A Labrador group when she earned her CD title and has earned two Front and Finish Awards. Two of our Boys, Tag and Rye, qualified for the Master Nationals, Tag finished the Master Nationals, and all three-field dogs are now running in Field Trials. Not to be left off, one of our British Labs, Bud spent four months on Rod’s truck, earned his Junior Hunter title, was test dog at the local club’s annual hunt test, is working on his OTCH and UDX, and is working on his Senior Hunter Title.
Diamond Brook Kennel
Rod Mack, Head Trainer
4597 Route 30 - Hubbardton
Brandon, Vermont 05733