Reasons to enroll
your dog in K9-1’s full service training:
1. K9-1 is one of the most trusted in the industry – if you like our training you will love our customer
service. We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau.
2. The most innovative training in the industry. The ever evolving
Foundation Dog Training System (make link) developed by founder Mike D’Abruzzo ensures that your dog will always receive
the most up to date training available.
3. Life time service – K9-1 provides open door hours for supervised practice and support sessions at no
additional cost to our clients.
4. No dog refused – Doesn’t matter what breed, age, or temperament.
Euthanasia is not an option here – all dogs and clients will receive the respect, patience, and guidance they
5. Realistic expectations – we are honest with what we can accomplish.
We do not perform brain surgery on your dog, but we will do the best with what God has given him…which is a lot.
6. A Healthy dog can live well over 20 years – expert training and guidance is the key factor that will
determine the quality of those years.
Details about the program:
Husbandry – Your dog will be
housed in a 24 hour inhabited award winning animal hospital. Fully equipped for
any small ailment or emergency, you do not have to worry about the horror stories associated with sending your dog away. Your dog will leave the program healthier than he arrived to set the pace for a longer
Clean Green! – Your dog’s
kennel and training environment is only cleaned with non-toxic bio degradable products.
Diet and Health – In order to
complete such a demanding program your dog will only be fed the best diet to our current knowledge. You would be surprised to know how many behavioral problems, poor performance, and aggression issues are
directly related to poor commercial diets fed in the US. Did you know the average
dog has the potential to live over 25 years? It is essential that your dog has
a healthy body and mind to be the best he can be.
Your dog will be fed exclusively Life's
Abundance dog food and supplements. These products are all designed to work synergistically
with each other. Therefore, there are no worries of accidentally doubling up
and causing imbalances with different types of food and vitamin supplements:
Life’s Abundance Dog Food for
all Life Stages – formulated by the highly respected and trusted Dr. Jane Bick’s.
One of the few foods never associated with a Pet Food Recall – this food is manufactured with no corn, wheat,
or by-products. The inclusion of probiotics, antioxidants, high quality chicken
protein and fat sources make it our first choice as the bulk of our students’ diet.
Agility joint and ligament health supplement
- Our first choice for total joint health.
Tasty Rewards Training Treats –
Made from chicken and venison. They’re loaded with proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids. These treats will actually support healthy brain function which theoretically can make it easier to learn!
Standard Training included in all programs
– It’s not just about obedience…
Obedience Training – Minimum
2 long sessions per training day
Restless Spirit Training – Minimum
1 Session of teaching proper play and energy release per training day
Social Training – Minimum 1 Session
of supervised interaction with other dogs per training day.
Anxiety Balance Training – Structure
and long lasting chews and treats are provided during all rest periods in the kennel.
Structure Training – Minimum
3 times per day outside walks/short obedience sessions included during walk.
Environmental Training – Obedience
Reliability must be mastered on standard field trips to:
Wooded area hikes, parks, suburban
neighborhood walks, urban downtown walks, and crowded veterinary office lobby.
Manners Training – Reduction
of jumping, mouthing, bossy behavior, etc.
Pack Training – Your dog will
learn his role in the human pack in a way he can understand through subtle passive actions taught through all interactions
during his stay.
Training Style –
All training is done using the Foundation
Dog Training System TM – developed by Mike D’Abruzzo. This is a complex system that is designed to troubleshoot
the most difficult problems and maintain the most reliable obedience and mental balance utilizing the concepts of knowledge,
respect, and patience.
Handler lessons –
A well trained dog will only be as
good as his handler. That is why handling lessons are an important and required
part of the training program. These lessons are done during weekly visits and
last about 90 minutes.
Balance, Attention, and Active Leadership.
Will cover basic leash manners, reflexive
attention to name, handler balance, and effectively enforcing manners toward the handler in a way the dog will understand
Communicating Right, Wrong, and Direction
Will cover correct timing and meaning
of praise, the correct timing and meaning of correction, the correct timing and meaning of a verbal warning, correct way to
communicate attention to pointed direction, making the leash meaningless.
The basics of a formal heel, non-verbal
communication to maintain the heel
Maintaining a heel without the use of
Sending away and coming
How to get the closest to a 100% recall
possible around distractions, sending the dog away to predetermined spots.
Sit and down
Sit and down with no bribery, the 1 hour
or more down stay, staying around difficult distractions
Leave it and Have it
Disallowing and allowing engagement with
people, food, dogs, toys, etc..
Aggression Control - controlling the instinct *Only in aggression rehab and protection program*
Communicating and enforcing in a known
difficult situation that aggression is not allowed and everything will be ok.
Standard Commands taught to dog in program
– must perform off-leash around distractions
1. Attention to name
2. No (stop what you are doing)
3. Good girl/boy
4. Free (free from command)
5. Climb (jump and stay on object)
6. off (jump off of object)
9. Heel (walk and stay on left side of
11. Place (go and lay down on mat/dog
12. Leave it (can't engage)
13. Ok (can engage)
14. out (release)
15. Easy (no aggression) - *only in the
aggressive rehab program and personal protection program*
16. Aggression command (secret word to
be chosen by client) – *only in personal protection program*
1. Direction - use with place, climb,
and future commands (into cars, kennels, rooms, etc.)
2. Slow down (within heel)
3. Speed up (within heel)
4. Fade right (within heel)
5. Fade left (within heel)
6. Come closer (on recall)