Anyone out there that has baked bread has heard of proofing your dough. It is the final step of allowing the shaped dough to rise before baking. Proofing is also a term that is used in dog training and much like in baking, proofing is one of the final steps before completing the training process. Proofing your dog’s behavior is simply a fancy way of saying that you are teaching… Read More
For any true dog lover, spending a day surrounded by dogs can leave them with a feeling of immense fulfillment. As a company, Suburban K9 has dedicated a large amount of time to working with dogs that are up for adoption as well as dogs that have already been rescued. We have seen amazing progress working with dogs that have severe issues and wouldn’t normally be able to be adopted… Read More
On a scale of 1-10, how excited does your dog get when it comes to feeding time? 11? That sounds about right. You pull the lid off of the food container to the wafting smell of Salmon and brown rice…or some other delicious ingredients. Your pup looks up at you with eyes that say It’s about time, I can’t even remember my last meal! As the kibble dings the stainless… Read More
Lets face it, most people have busy, hectic lives filled with work, cooking, cleaning and a thousand other tasks. The average dog on the other hand does not have a “job” to keep them busy and is often bored. Some dogs handle this boredom well, but others develop anxiety or other behavioral issues. For millennia, we’ve bred dogs for utility; herding livestock, pulling sleds, hunting, and many other useful activities…. Read More
When I was an up and coming dog trainer, the psychology of training animals absolutely fascinated me. We are two different species yet we need to communicate on a daily basis! How do we get there if we don’t speak the same language? By touch? By food? There were so many questions and an overwhelming amount of information to be found. I’d spend hours researching and reading theory. In this… Read More
Training dogs how to behave around food. A well trained dog should not only listen to commands, but should be well behaved even if a command has not been issued. In this video, we show how a dog should act while an owner is cooking dinner. You can see the dog is able to leave the meat alone even when the trainer drops it on the floor and leaves the… Read More
Once you have taught your dog the basic commands it is important to continue and challenge your dog’s mind. This will help ensure that your dog is well behaved in a vast array of situations. The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours and hours trying to think of situations to set up. You can simply train as you are performing tasks in your everyday life…. Read More
Clients often ask for our assistance in teaching their dogs various games in order to provide mental stimulation. This is especially needed in the cold Midwest winters! Many dogs need an outlet above and beyond play time or train time, and nose work is a great option. After a long session using their nose, your dog will be much more tired than after walking or practicing their obedience for a… Read More
Here is a video of our trainer MJ working with Molly the Labradoodle on advanced, recreational scent work. Shortly into Molly’s 2 week Board and Train, MJ discovered Molly had an insatiable amount of drive and that her basic obedience was learned very quickly. As the video shows, MJ hides a lavender scented tennis ball under one of three cones. From the Down – Stay command, MJ releases Molly… Read More
Obedience training in Chicagoland area. Molly is a young lab that is staying with Suburban K9 for our Board and Train program. All of our “guests” live in our trainers’ homes while they are trained. This allows us to ensure the dogs listen during normal household events such as the doorbell ringing or a delicious dinner being served.
Dog training in Elgin with Suburban K9. Watson the Portuguese Water Dog is staying with Suburban K9 for our board and train program. This video shows him training on a quiet country road. We train dogs everywhere from the country to the city. It is important that a dog listens to its handler no matter where they are, and they only get there through practice! Suburban K9 is Chicagoland’s premier… Read More
Puppy training in Madison with Suburban K9’s senior trainer Alex Chadesh. Lola is staying with Suburban K9 in Madison for our Board and Train program. In this video, the trainer is working with Lola at a local park. She is now far enough in her training that she is able to hold a stay command while the trainer walks away and even come when called with distractions present. This video… Read More
Puppy training with Alexis, our Territory Manager for Pittsburgh. Vedder is a 13 week old Vizsla that is staying with Suburban K9 for our Board and Train program. He is an absolute delight! In this video he is practicing his obedience outside in a fenced in yard. Great work Vedder!
Dog training isn’t the only fun we have around here! Charlie is staying with Suburban K9 for our Board and Train program. She is very smart and very energetic which means she needs a job to focus on! In this video Alexis is putting Charlie through her paces and working on fetch with an added twist. Breaking up the simple run and retrieve action, Charlie has to think about what… Read More
Jazzy has just started training with Suburban K9 but has already made a lot of progress. In this video Nelson is training her on a sidewalk in Highland Park. She is listening well and understands all of her commands. She has a long way to go before her training is complete, but she makes a ton of progress each day. In another week she will have mastered all of her… Read More
Dog training, puppy training, and socializing a yellow lab off leash in Clarendon Hills! Both of these dogs stayed with Suburban K9 for our Board and Train program. The lab is practicing his off leash obedience while the black dog is chasing him around and providing a distraction. Suburban K9 is Chicagoland’s premier dog training company and can help you train your dogs to be great family dogs, therapy… Read More
You’ve just gotten your new puppy and you notice that he isn’t responding to his name. You started off joking that your dog can’t hear and that’s why he isn’t listening. As time moves on you begin to believe that he really can’t hear you! The first thing to do would be to determine if there actually is a hearing issue. Unfortunately we can’t simply ask the dog if they can hear us…. Read More
With 9 acres of property, Stella’s owners want to make sure to have a good recall of their dog. Our Trainer Maggie is currently using a GPS Collar that beeps when Stella is called. She’s doing great and we’re sure her owners will be very happy!
Nelson is a Suburban K9 trainer who excels at training dogs to listen off leash. He not only trains dogs to come when called, but also teaches dogs to heel without a leash. There is nothing more fun than taking your dog to the park and being able to trust them off leash. Dogs love to run and play and a well trained dog can have much more freedom. Notice… Read More
Few breeds are instantly recognized as Doberman Pinschers. Chief is a young Doberman that has been in training with Suburban K9 for about a week at the time of this video. He is staying with us for our Board and Train program. He lives in the home of one of our trainers and is learning to listen both inside and outside. An important part of the training process is… Read More