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
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
We rescued a 10 month old Lab/corgi mix and although good natured was completely untrained. Contacted Suburban K -9 and set up an... read moreJulia Davies
After having several different trainers, Nelson’s techniques finally stuck! We have two, four-year-old English (stubborn) bulldogs and they instantly took to Nelson. We heard... read moreDolly Chiariello-Walsh
We have worked with Nelson at Suburban K9 for about a year and a half & are so grateful in his help and guidance... read moreRebecca Marinellie
Our experience with Suburban K9, more specifically our trainer Nelson, has been more than we could have asked! We had previously taken Payton (our... read moreJenn Perkins
Our family got the privilege to work with the trainer Nelson. And when I say privilege, I mean it! He is knowledgeable, thorough,... read moreBrittany Pearson
We have been using Suburban K9 dog training for several months now. Our sheepadoodle was a real handful. Nelson is very knowledgeable and has... read moreSteve K.
Nelson Medrano is awesome! I love his training style for both our dog and us! My favorite is when he pretends he’s our dog... read moreKathleen Xenakis
Nelson Medrano has done wonders with my golden retriever puppy! He helped me with leash training, place command, greeting visitors at the door... read moreMary Beth Xenakis
Our trainer Nelson Medrano was so knowledgeable, dedicated , and friendly throughout our entire training experience . He worked with us and our one... read moreDominique Villalobos
Nelson Medrano was very highly recommended by some of his previous clients so my expectations were very high when I scheduled with him. And... read moreSarah Daniels
Julia is the the best with my dog Tank and getting him trained! She is very patient and helps me to understand best approach... read moreEvette Zeller
Our trainer, Julia Rose, was very helpful in fixing our dogs’ bad habits. Including jumping, bad door manners, and overall anxiety. She had... read moreBrooke Kehoe
Zach is the absolute best and I don’t know what I would do without him! He is very professional, personable, easy to learn from,... read moreAmanda Saylor Rizo
I sent my 11 month old Zoey off to the 2 week board and train program with Molly. I am thrilled with the results!... read moreKevin Lasier
Oh my god...life changing training !! I have an Airedale - 9 mo old at the time I reached out for help.....He is over... read moreMary Clyde Pierce
We had our 8 month old golden doodle trained through Suburban K9. Lilliana did an amazing job with our dog, Stan. She keep in... read moreMolly Doheny Hamilton
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.