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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 »


Tecla K-9 Academy getting ready to open Dorsey Run facility

We are extremely excited about opening our second training, daycare and boarding center in a 13,000 square-foot facility located at 7111 Dorsey Run Rd. in Elkridge, MD on June 1, 2014.  Our new home will give us the much needed additional space, and the state-of-the-art design will make it one of the most well-appointed dog training and daycare centers in the nation. The location is close to several commuter routes, making it highly convenient for busy professionals who only give their dog the best care possible.

Close to BWI Airport – so you can drop your dog off while you catch that plane.

Check out a sneak-peak preview of our new facility. Watch the video created by Virgil Thomas.

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What Dog Training Taught Me About Business

By Virgil Thomas

I started training at Tecla’s K-9 Academy a little over a year ago. In that time I have learned all kinds of cool things; leash handling, training techniques, proper dog etiquette. It started as a way to gain some basic control over my dog, turned into an active hobby, and has since matured into a passion. Every day, it seems, as I mature as a trainer I tie more experiences back to my dog.


Probably more than any other trait, consistency is crucial to dog training. Most dogs would like to please us, if only for the juicy reward at the end, but that is impossible if they can never figure out what our criteria is. Somedays we want them to sit on command, and some days we let them get away with anything. How can they please us if we can’t even do them the courtesy of being clear? … Read More »