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Tecla’s K-9 Academy to host Sport Dog Expo at Howard County Fairgrounds

Read about Tecla’s K-9 Academy Founder/Owner Tecla Walton and her dog Skye as they continue their championship ways despite Skye losing a leg to cancer.

Tecla’s K-9 Academy will host their major annual event, Sport Dog Expo, at Howard County Fairgrounds on Oct. 25. The primary focus of this event is to raise funds for local dog rescue organizations. This year, a minimum of $6,000 will be raised for and go directly to the organizations that are taking part in the event.

The Sport Dog Expo is a festival for dogs and their families. It will be a fun filled day of dog games and demonstrations covering Agility, Nose work, Rally, AKC Obedience, Schutzhund, Police K9, Mondio Ring, and Tracking. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn valuable new skills from renowned national trainers, take part in various canine sporting events, and help support the numerous local vendors and … Read More »

Please adopt this beautiful dog – Jax



This is Jax, a healthy one-year-old Lab/Rottie who is a handsome, loyal, fun , and  a smart dog.

He has had all vaccines and is neutered. The owner is looking for a great home for Jax with someone who will have time to be his best friend; he loves to please.  He is house-trained and has never destroyed anything in his current home (does tend to scratch at doors).

He is crate-trained and sleeps there during the night and when his owner is away from home for a good period of time.  Jax gets along with most dogs but has had a situation with his owner’s parent’s  small dog who goes after him. He is fine with those who live with him and visitors who he knows, but he is a little hesitant with new people.

The owner feels he needs to be exposed more to the public.  … 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 »