Classes and Services

Tecla’s K-9 Academy offers doggy and puppy daycare services, comprehensive obedience classes and personalized one-on-one training. Daycare and most classes are held at our state of the art Ellicott City, MD facility. No matter the stage of training your dog has achieved, we take pride in consistently deepening the dog and owner bond and relationship. Our care and training principles provide your dog with new levels of confidence, socialization and happiness.

Please read more about our specific classes and services to see which ones fit you and your dog. If you have any questions please contact us.

Group Classes

Our group classes are the perfect way to get the training you and your dog need, while your dog also benefits from socialization with other dogs and learning in an environment with the distractions of other dogs and people. We offer four group classes: Purely Positive Puppy, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience and Agility.

Puppy Training

Puppy training done properly provides a head start and training foundation your puppy needs to become a happy, social and obedient dog. Tecla’s K-9 Academy founder Tecla Walton is a puppy imprinting specialist, and she has developed Tecla’s K-9 Academy’s highly sought after Puppy Training offerings to start your puppy off on the right steps at the early stages of life.


Need doggy daycare in a pinch or five days a week? We have doggy and puppy daycare at our state of the art facility five days a week, Monday through Friday. Our climate controlled facilities provide a safe, clean and secure home away from home for your dog when you need daycare.

Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification is the means to resolving behavioral issues in dogs through training programs that address the underlying reasons for the problem behaviors. Tecla’s K-9 Academy provides behavior modification for many unwanted behaviors including jumping, fear aggression, resource guarding, housebreaking, chewing, and separation anxiety.

Competitive Obedience

Dogs benefit when given a job to do, and the increased mental and physical workout provided by our Competitive Obedience classes gives them the benefits of fine tuning their obedience while developing a deeper, more trusting bond with their owner.

Doggie Bootcamp

Doggy Bootcamp is comprised of our unique in-kennel dog training Bootcamp; our Puppy Academy, which is designed for puppies from 9 weeks to 12 months of age; and Day School Training Camp, a daycare/training option for those with busy schedules and limited time.

Private Sessions

Our approach to obedience training encompasses a 3-sided approach covering relationship, obedience,and behavior. Our private training sessions provide a one-on-one experience with one of our trainers, who will customize a program to fit your needs and objectives. Private session house calls are available as well.

Therapy And Service Dogs

Our therapy dog program is currently under development. Tecla’s K-9 Academy founder Tecla Walton is an AKC Canine Good Citizen ® (CGC) Evaluator, so she currently evaluates dogs for consideration for the CGC program. Tecla’s K-9 Academy currently can put you in touch with Pets on Wheels for your therapy dog needs.


In need of a dog training subject matter expert for your seminar, conference or event? Tecla Walton has the knowledge and experience to make a lasting impact and impart unique insight and knowledge to your audience. Tecla  is highly qualified and available to speak or coach handlers and their dogs on several training and obedience topics.