New Class Offering at Tecla’s K9 Academy

Tecla has developed a one-of-a-kind course that focuses on teaching handlers how to communicate as subtilely as possible with their leash. Think about a system of leash communication that is modeled after a system of pressure and release much the same as that used to communicate with horses. Let’s face it, restraining a horse is next to impossible so horse trainers had to become very adept at using reigns and personal space as a means of communication. Leashwork with our dogs should be the same! Just because we can restrain them, doesn’t make it right. Tecla emphasizes that we all should be much more aware of what we are doing with our leash and strive to utilize the least amount of pressure or tension possible to communicate while walking with our dogs. In this way the leash truly becomes a communication tool rather than a restraint tool! For more information on this new and exciting class please contact Becky at 410-461-3647 or... read more

Everything You Wanted to Know about Daycare and Boarding

Where is Tecla’s K-9 Academy daycare located? Tecla’s K-9 Academy 3243 Bethany Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042 (410) 461-DOGS (3647) Tecla’s K-9 Academy 7111 Dorsey Run Rd #106 Elkridge, MD 21075 (410) 461-DOGS (3647) What are the times/days for daycare?  Daycare Drop-Off Times:  6:30-10:30 a.m. Daycare Pick-Up Times:  4-7 p.m. These are the same at both locations. What will my dog do during daycare? We begin putting dogs into play a 9 a.m. and completely close the playrooms at 5 p.m.  At drop-off each dog is settled in a kennel with a fresh water bucket.  We then completely health check and potty walk each dog prior to putting them into play and upon removing them from play. What if my dog is reactive to other dogs? Tecla Walton is Pack to Basics Certified and through this program has helped many dog reactive dogs to gain confidence through proper off-leash socialization.  If you think your dog is dog-reactive, please contact our office 410-461-DOGS or so that we can set up a special evaluation daycare day for dog with Tecla. What do I need to bring? Your dog’s up-to-date vaccination records The TK-9 contract available on the website. What kind of training do you offer during daycare? We offer Academy Training, which is geared toward your puppy’s or dog’s needs: Puppy Imprinting Basic Obedience Confidence Building Leash Work Nosework Practice Rally Obedience Behavior Modification Sessions How much does it cost? Daycare is $35/day Reactive Dog Daycare is $50/day Academy Daycare (Daycare Plus Training) is $50/day; Behavior Modification Sessions (Daycare Plus Behavior Modification) are $65/day How do I book the daycare? Contact our office at 410-461-DOGS... read more

Book your Doggie Daycare at Tecla’s K-9 Academy: Your Dog Deserves to be Loved

What does your dog do while you are away at work? Are you too concerned that your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs so daycare is not an option or do you feel guilty just leaving your dog alone all day while you are at work. Give your dog a break and check out Tecla’s K-9 Academy’s daycare. It’s more than just a daycare with a full range of services that cater to the special needs of your dog. Dogs can be trained, bathed, nails clipped, learn how to play with other dogs and much more. Tecla’s K-9 Academy has facilities in Ellicott City and on Dorsey Run – both offer tremendous services that cater to every type of dog. The Facilities Ellicott City’s layout is optimally set up for the needs of our puppy and doggy daycare, and to enable us to conduct training classes indoors. The climate-controlled facility is arranged into three main rooms: one for puppy daycare, one for doggy daycare, and a nap room. Puppies need to play with other puppies, thus the need for two separate spaces for younger and older dogs. This ensures that your dog gets the most rewarding daycare experience possible, building self-esteem by socializing with other dogs that see the world from their vantage point. The nap room is set up away from the other rooms to give dogs the perfect place to take a break and chill out when they need it. The epoxy flooring in the playrooms was carefully chosen to provide for the best in sanitation and for optimum play experiences. It allows just enough traction... read more

What You Need to Know About Getting a Diabetic Alert Dog

Making the decision to get a diabetic alert dog is one that requires consideration of several important factors For a diabetic, getting an alert dog can be the key to managing their health thanks to the immediate awareness of high and low blood sugar levels. Tecla’s K-9 Academy is very particular about the standards used for selecting a potential diabetic alert dog. We are also very exacting in the process we use to train diabetic alert dogs, after all, the dog is responsible for doing a very serious job for their owner. Proper thorough training by a seasoned expert is vital for making sure that the dog is right for the job and has received the training and testing needed to take on the responsibilities of being a diabetic alert dog. Tecla Walton is a validated expert in training diabetic alert dogs. In addition she has an inside understanding of the disease and the job the dogs must be able to perform as she has had Type I Diabetes for 30 years. Likewise, TK9 employee and Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer Keith Hupka relies on his dog to alert him whenever necessary, and it has saved him from having a dangerous blood siguar situation several times. Tecla is adamant that anyone wishing to get a diabetic alert dog for themselves should consider a trainer that has both an intimate knowledge the disease and has certified dogs for various types of scent detection work. This is the only way to be sure that the trainer is knowledgable with regards to detection trianing and that the trainer understands the special conditions involved... read more