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Why Board Your Dog at Tecla’s K-9 Academy

Boarding your beloved pet can bring on feelings of anxiety for both owner and dog. It is a time when you need to be confident that the people you are entrusting with caring for your beloved dog know him and treat him like their own.

When seeking a place for boarding, look no further than Tecla’s K-9 Academy where your furry baby will recieve the special treatment he needs and deserves. Our new, spacious Elkridge facility can accommodate up to 80 boarding dogs. With 3 dedicated play areas where your dog will romp for hours with his friends in a climate controlled, a climate controlled safety monitored kennel complete with sound system that provides your best friend with the comforting sounds of soothing music and an outdoor potty area Tecla’s K-9 Academy provides your dog with the best in safety, comfort, care, and fun! We strive to meet the special … Read More »

Postponed: Sport Dog Expo hosted by Tecla’s K-9 Academy

Sport Dog Expo hosted by Tecla’s K-9 Academy will be postponed until a future date in 2015, TBD. The Expo was originally slated to take place at the Howard County Fairgrounds on October 25, 2014. The reasons for moving the date to 2015 are that TK9 staff and trainers have contributed long hours to the new facility which recently opened, and they are currently focused on the success of the new headquarters and ensuring that they deliver the best in training, daycare and boarding, the cornerstones of Tecla’s K-9 Academy.… Read More »

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Exciting Announcements Leading Up to Dorsey Run Grand Opening

We have been so overwhelmed by the positive response to our new Dorsey Run Road facility.  We thank our loyal customers, both old and new, for the enthusiastic welcome.   We have some really exciting announcements as we count down to the Grand Opening event August 2nd at the new Dorsey Run Road location.  For those who may have missed it, there was a great article on our new facility in The Examiner.  You can read the full article here.

First bit of awesome news: TK-9 is proud to welcome instructor Amanda Garman back to our family. She will be teaching Agility, Puppy Agility, and Purely Positive Puppy classes at our Dorsey Run location. Agility classes will be starting in September.

More awesome news: TK-9 is proud to welcome the addition of trainer Dave Cochran to our family. I have been looking for a while for a trainer who … Read More »

Consequences in Training…..Part 1

By Tecla Walton

A crucial part of the training process is setting up and being consistent with consequences. In order to truly understand this, I would like to look at the word “consequence.” This word has a very negative connotation in today’s society. Even the examples of use given in the dictionary slant towards the negative:

  • “The slightest error can have serious consequences”
  • “The decrease in sales was a consequence of some bad publicity about the company”

However the definition of the word itself is much more neutral:

  • “Something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions”

So, one could use it in an example that follows:

  • “The consequence for working diligently for 40 hours last week is the paycheck that I received on Friday”.

Therefore, I would suggest that we come to see that consequences can be either negative or positive. I would also … Read More »

To Leash Greet or Not to Leash Greet, That is the Question….

Anyone who has spent even a little time training at Tecla’s K-9 Academy knows “The Rule: No Leash Greetings.”

Let me explain for those who may not understand what I am talking about.  Letting two dogs meet for the first time while hooked up on leashes can potentially set them up for failure.  This can happen in the following ways:

Scenario A

One dog strains forward to meet another dog tightening the leash, which builds his frustration and raises his adrenaline.  He already is excited to make a new friend and the tight leash only makes him more hyper.  In this situation of heightened frustration and adrenaline, the dog is not in the proper state of mind to make good social decisions.  And, we can assume this is happening with the other dog as well.  Now both dogs are trapped in a delicate situation with a high chance that the heightened state of adrenaline involved … Read More »