About Us

Julie and a puppy.

Model Farm is a small dog boarding facility with 15 kennels for medium to large dogs and a group dog park in the center of the complex for small dogs. The small dogs play together in their park during the warm days and sleep inside the house at night.

Why drive all the way to Palomino Valley?

Though Model Farm Kennels is a 20 to 30 minute drive from Sparks, dog owners make the trip out here for a number of reasons:

  • Our outdoor runs are very large in size.
  • Our dog guests can wander between their shelter and the runs at any time.
  • The dogs can also play in their wading pools or lay under shade trees during the hot summer days or bark at the other animals who live here or who fly over to visit the pond.
  • There is plenty of interaction between dog guests and human caregivers.
  • Because we are a small operation and the kennels are located next to our primary residence, we can offer personal, constant supervision and interaction with all of our dog guests.

We want the dogs who stay with us to have their own vacation We want them to get excited about coming back as soon as their owner’s car hits the gravel road on their way back to Model Farm Kennels.

Julie ... that's me with the puppy

The pond at Model Farm

Our History

The pond

The history of the Model Farm is intriguing in that it started out in the 1970’s as a small zoo, located in scenic and peaceful Palomino Valley. The property was always known as the Model Farm since its creator wanted to entice city dwellers into returning to a country way of life. He built this facility to lead their way.

During the 1970’s, the zoo was home to zebras, a giraffe, big cats such at tigers, and many other animals. There was a huge barbeque area, and fishing in the pond to entertain family members on frequent Model Farm open house days.

The creator of Model Farm also offered to sell gambrel kit houses which he designed and supplied from his lumber mill in eastern Nevada. (The photo on the right is an example of a gambrel house.)

The Model Farm was purchased by the current owner... Julie... and her family in 2001. They had lived on a nearby property since 1997.

When Julie’s family moved to this property in 2001, there was a year of clean up and plenty of remodeling to do. There were many outbuildings and pens that had been sitting empty for decades but now needed to find new uses.

Because of the family’s love of many sorts of animals, especially dogs, the idea and decision to turn several buildings into dog kennels was made. The old tiger cages became the kennels for the athletic, rambunctious dog guests while the fancy fowl building had very large outdoor areas and a very easy access building to care for the dog guests. And so the Model Farm became the Model Farm Dog Kennels in 2003. The outdoor runs vary in size from one car garage sized areas to two car garage sized areas. We are also willing and able to give prescribed medications, including diabetic medications, to our guests when needed.

Map and Directions

Drive North on Pyramid Highway toward Pyramid Lake... take a right at Whiskey Springs Road... take a right on Amy and look for the arch on your left.

Photo Gallery

Bridge over our pond
Our resident geese and ducks
A good place to relax by the pond.
One of our adorable boarders.
Main house
Close view of our pond

Contact Us

Phone: (775) 475-0567

To email us

Mailing address:

5000 Amy Road
Reno, NV 89510