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As the owners of Suburban K9 we would like to sincerely thank you for your business! We love what we do and could not follow our passion without dedicated and loving dog owners such as you. You and your dog’s happiness are our main priority! Please remember that as one of our Board and Train clients you have access to the following discounts and services listed below. We want to do everything possible to ensure that you and your four legged friend have a great life together! If at any time you have a question or concern, please reach out to either your trainer or to one of us directly. If you are not 100% satisfied with our services, we want to know so that we can make it right! Remember that we are always here to help you and your dog. Thank You,
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Service Completion Discount
As a thank you for being a great customer we'd love to off you a discount to continue helping you with your dog.
$10 off a single house call lesson
$50 off a package of 5 lessons
$100 off a package of 10 or more lessons
Expires 14 days from completion of your last lesson
Did you know that we offer shortened Board and Train stays to our existing customers?
If you are going on a vacation or your dog simply needs a little refresher on their training, we would be happy to train your dog new things and improve anything that you would like us to work on.
5% off Refresher Board and Train stays of 5-14 Nights
10% off Refresher Board and Train stays of 14+ Nights
As a reminder, board and trains usually book 1-2 months in advance, especially around the busy holiday seasons. Act now to secure your spot with your trainer!
COMMAND REMINDER LIST
Every dog trained by Suburban K9 will have learned the following commands by the time they return home. It is important that you continue to utilize these commands going forward and work with your dog at least once a day. Your dog knows these commands and performs them well for the trainer, utilize the commands as outlined below and the dog will do the same for you!
Heel is the command utilized when walking with your dog and it’s the foundation of the training performed by Suburban K9. The majority of the time, Suburban K9 trained dogs have been taught to walk on the left side of their owner. While heeling, the dog’s ear should be even with the back of your heel, this helps reinforce that you are in control and takes the mental pressure off of your dog. As you walk focus on keeping a loose leash and use small tugs to keep the dog at your side. The tugs should be in the direction you want the dog to move. If the dog pulls ahead, tug back on the leash and say heel, if he goes to the left tug the leash to the right, etc. When you are walking the dog he should not be pulling regardless of the surrounding distractions. Any greetings with dogs or people should be initiated by you. Remember heel is a command that can be used in a vast array of situations to calm your dog. If more info is needed on this command, feel free to read the full “heel” article on our website or call us anytime!
Your dog has been taught to sit in the heel position at your side. When you are coming to a stop tell your dog to sit. If he sits make sure to praise him in a calm tone. If he doesn’t sit, give a quick tug straight up on the leash as you repeat the sit command. The thought with every obedience command is that a dog only needs to be told once. If they listen they are praised if they don’t, there is a small correction.
Your dog should sit directly at your side, not angled in order to see something else. If the dog sits but is ahead of you or angled a different direction, move him to your side. Do not move yourself to make it appear that your dog sat at your side. Guide the dog with the leash or gently spin them to the appropriate position.
When your dog is in the sit position, tell him to stay. Only say the command once, and expect him to listen. You do not need to utilize a hand signal or repeat the command. If the dog gets up, tell him “no”. Take him back to the exact spot where he was told to stay, and give a correction for each command that he broke. The first correction would be straight up as you say “sit” and the second is up as you say “stay.” It is important that the dog is taken back to the exact spot where he was supposed to stay.
With the dog in a sit position tell him to down while giving a point with your left hand, if he listens give him some calm praise. If he doesn’t, give a quick tug straight down as you repeat the command. Do not pull the dog to the ground! If more than one correction is needed, repeat as necessary. The dog should lay straight at your side, if he doesn’t, the correction is the same as when he doesn’t sit at your side.
The correction for a down stay is the same as for a sit stay with one additional correction. Your dog was told to sit, down and stay, so we correct for all three commands. You will take the dog back to the spot of the stay and give three corrections on the leash. Up as you say “sit,” down as you say “down,” and to the side as you say “stay.” One correction for each command broken.
When calling your dog use the dog’s name followed by the word “Come”. Using the name first is important as it helps catch the dog’s attention. As soon as your dog acknowledges you verbally praise him until he reaches you. As he reaches you, tell him to sit. Once your dog sits you can give him physical praise. Your dog should always finish facing in front of you, not turned back towards distractions in the environment! If at any point you realize that your dog isn’t coming, tell him “No” and move calmly towards him. When you reach the leash, pick it up and start walking backward while facing the dog. With each step you take, give a quick tug (not a pull) towards you and say “Come” with each tug. How many tugs you make depends on how distracted he is. Once your dog is walking towards you nicely, give a final correction and tell him to sit. Make sure that your dog is facing you and sitting calmly after the corrections.
With all the corrections remember that it should be a quick tug on the leash, never pull or hold the leash taut for an extended period. A quick correction gets the point across, a pull invites more resistance. Also keep in mind that these corrections are for a trained dog, this is not how we teach a dog the command; it is how we reinforce.
If you have any questions about a command, please reach out to your trainer as soon as possible. They will be more than happy to clarify.