OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Our training methods, which we’ve been developing for more than a decade, focus on ensuring your dog remains both calm and respectful. We tailor our training to the individual dog and the goals that the owner has for the dog, we do not utilize a one size fits all training approach.
After college Matt Covey uses his childhood passion and experience from breeding Golden Retrievers in order to start training dogs full time. Much of his time is spent rehabilitating dogs that are living in animal shelters and humane societies. As Matt’s reputation grows so does his clientele. Before long, Matt is traveling all around the Chicago area in order to help people with their dogs.
Growing to Meet Demand
Matt Covey is unable to keep up with the demand from clients and rescue groups so he decides to bring on additional trainers. One of these trainers, Matt Wlos, would eventually become a partner in the business and become instrumental to the future growth of the company.
Expansion is needed!
We have a lot of clients that travel from Wisconsin to Illinois in order to work with our trainers and we realized it is time to expand into new markets! During this timeframe we opened new locations in Milwaukee and Madison. Our trainers are busy developing our proprietary training methods and creating our in home training protocols. Our main focus is starting to shift from simply solving behavioral problems to preventing them from occurring at all. Our puppy programs are created to help people raise the perfect dog from day one. Also during this time Matt Covey starred in a pilot for Animal Planet.
Suburban K9 Academy
In order to train our team, the Suburban K9 Academy is founded. It utilizes the principles and processes that were learned from the Milwaukee and Madison expansion. The Academy is a private facility with multiple buildings on 4 acres. Trainers live on site and are immersed in training every day. This allows us to continue to grow into future locations.
Present & Future
Giving our Employees the Best
As the company continues to grow and add new locations, so does our commitment to our team. We are now able to offer our entire team healthcare, a 401k plan, paid time off as well as other benefits. In order to provide the best training services possible we are creating a team of happy and committed employees. We know that when people are taken care of their true passion will shine through on a daily basis.
ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE HELPED
Our business started by working with and training dogs that were considered unadoptable at various animal shelters and humane societies. Here are a few of the many organizations we've helped.
With Suburban K9, you gain access to highly experienced professional trainers who use proven methods to deliver the best possible results. All of our trainers are full-time employees who are dedicating to tailoring our programs to both you and your dog’s individual personalities.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Sabrina has been a god send! Buzz and Phoebe are 3 and 1yr old English Bulldogs. They had a lot of challenges adjusting... read moreJill Orner Lovelace
Right from the very beginning everyone was extremely helpful and informative. I inquired about putting my five month old German Shepherd into training and... read moreMelissa Godinez
We sent our almost 1 year lab, Ash, to board and train with Julia. He has had some anxiety issues (covid puppy, barking, doesnt... read moreCathy Blaesing
Our trainer, Erin Hansen, was a tremendous help to all members of our family! My boyfriend and I have a year and half old... read moreCarey Amelia Roan
Shelby (Suburban K9 Dog Training) is a remarkable dog trainer that radiates positivity and confidence. We had a smart, sassy puppy that was... read moreAnne Corcoran
Utilizing the expertise of Suburban K9 Dog Training was the second best decision I made...the best decision being adopting a 5-year-old German Shepherd, Jaeger.... read moreKathy McGrath
We worked with Allyson in Dallas and she has transformed our Golden pupper! Before Obi started the board and train with her, he was... read moreHoney Yabid
We were given an 4 year old English Bulldog named Duke from a friend who couldn't handle his behavior of going after people in... read moreMike Cristofori
Shelby was an absolute pleasure to work with. I did the two week board and train and my lab/pit mix Harley truly enjoyed her... read moreJessica Toro
We did the 10 sessions package. Our dog was extra hard: adult, no prior living in a house, not potty trained. Training was longer... read moreDina Palmer
Sabrina has been terrific in helping us welcome our new puppy to the family. She is energetic, caring and gives great advice. Always on... read moreSusan Faber
Our Pomsky/Mini Husky Miller was a handful (that’s putting it lightly) He not only has the intelligence of the Husky gene, but also the... read moreBecky Olson
Sabrina has transformed our spirited and slightly obstinate Aussie doodle into an extremely well behaved pup! She quickly and accurately identified personality traits... read moreHeather Hayes
Nelson is the best! He has been with us since our Bernese Mountain Dog was a brand new puppy. From the initial two week... read moreSteve Borg
A little late because I’m a procrastinator... but last fall (September 2020) we had Nelson as a trainer for our sweet little monster puppy,... read moreLacey Dinsmore
In September 2018 after the sudden & tragic loss of our Leonberger at 4 years old, we ventured out to get a new puppy... read moreKristi Garner Thomasson
Nelson is amazing! He has work with our Golden retriever Sunny for several months and everything he has taught her (and us) is pure... read moreLisa Rambert-Kersting
Our Customized Training Programs
All of our programs are custom tailored based on your
dog and your family's goals.
Board and train boot camp
Your dog will live with one of our expert trainers
We pick-up, drop-off and provide follow up training in your home. Results Guaranteed! We offer standard 2-3 week options as well as custom length stays.