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About

We provide dog boarding, daycare, and training services for pets in Elkridge and surrounding areas.

Your dog(s) will love it at TK-9!

Featuring spacious climate-controlled kennels, a staff of carefully selected, highly experienced trainers, and wide-open spaces with play equipment where dogs can enjoy supervised play, TK-9 is the perfect destination for your canine companion.
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Whether it’s boarding, daycare, or training, you want what’s best for your dog, and our team won’t settle for anything less!

We provide expert group training as well as individual training in oversized rooms.

We work with dogs of all ages and behavior styles — even “difficult” dogs who have been turned down at other places.

We provide large boarding kennels with plenty of space to relax and enjoy supervised play.

We offer outstanding daycare and have a special playroom just for puppies.

Meet Our Trainers

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Tecla Walton

Tecla Walton, Pack to Basics Certified, has 24 years of experience as a music educator and 15 years of experience as a dog trainer. Her unique ability to educate dog owners as well as train their dogs is a product of the way she has blended her two worlds. Tecla’s deep love for and commitment to the canine species has led her to continually seek out and implement the best training methods for the dogs she trains. Her emphasis is on balancing the relationship between dog and handler through sound training principles, clear communication, and trust.
Tecla’s dog training experience spans the worlds of pet obedience and competitive dog sports alike. She has studied under Bart Bellon, Chad Mackin, Tom Rose, and Michael Ellis. Tecla holds multiple high-in-obedience, high-in-trial, high-in-tracking awards, and “V” scores with her dogs and has helped many clients to do the same. She has also earned High In Trial honors with three different dogs in three different disciplines in an 18 month period of time.

While her dog sport achievements are impressive, she is equally adept as a pet dog trainer. Whether your goal is raising a happy, well-adjusted puppy or rehabilitating a dog that other trainers have given up on, Tecla is the “go-to” trainer in her area.
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William Hendrix

TRAINING DIRECTOR
William Hendrix has had an affinity for dogs ever since he was young. He thought about working with dogs as a profession and began his internship at Tecla’s K-9 Academy in March 2015. Since then his love for dogs has only grown.
William completed an extensive 18-month internship under Training Director / Owner, Tecla Walton. He was then hired by TK9 following the completion of his internship and has been working in the capacity as a trainer for over 4 years.

William has over 6,000 training hours under his belt at TK9. He grew up in San Antonio Texas, moved to Maryland because his dad was in the military, and holds an Associates's Degree in General Studies at Carroll Community College.
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Cathy Ferguson

AGILITY INSTRUCTOR
Cathy Ferguson is a former professional musician whose day job is with the Howard County School System as a special education teacher.
She started working with Tecla in 2009 due to her adopting a 9-month old, exuberant dog from the Howard County Animal Shelter. Previous owners said that “Roxy,” now named Thais, was aggressive. Tecla’s initial evaluation revealed not an aggressive dog, but a highly energetic dog. Tecla had started teaching Rally and recommended that Cathy and Thais give it a try. At the first lesson, Thais did everything that Cathy asked her to do. Thais needed mental stimulation and Rally was it! They went on to compete in Rally, earning their Arch, Arch X, Arch EX, and their Arch MX. At the Breakaway Action Dogs 10 year Anniversary Rally Competition, Cathy and Thais earned Judges Best Team Award amongst other awards.

Cathy started taking agility lessons with Thais and quickly brought her other dog Ange into agility training. Cathy is now the agility instructor at TK-9.

Dog Boarding, Daycare, and Training in Elkridge

For dog boarding, daycare, and training in Elkridge, Columbia City, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas, trust TK-9. Call now to learn more or schedule services for your canine companion.

Dog Boarding, Daycare, and Training in Elkridge

For dog boarding, daycare, and training in Elkridge, Columbia City, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas, trust TK-9. Call now to learn more or schedule services for your canine companion.
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