Training - Nashville K9

Nashville Humane Association Partners with Nashville K9 to give dogs their best chance at a forever home! 

Better Trainers. Better Results.

The Nashville Humane Association has teamed with the dog training specialists at Nashville K-9 for a range of ventures. As the largest dog training company in Middle Tennessee, Nashville K-9 provides a variety of dog training for pets, service disability dogs, law enforcement/SAR dogs, and personal protection dogs. The staff at Nashville K-9 has developed extensive knowledge and expertise in the realms of animal behaviorism and training by working with hundreds of dogs each year. At Nashville K-9, an atmosphere of uniquely creative and progressive training promotes behavior modification success for even the most challenging of dogs. Their voluntary leadership has allowed our organization to pioneer several programs benefiting not only rescued dogs, but also our staff and the citizens of Davidson County.

Nashville K-9 provides at no charge to the Nashville Humane Association:

  • Ongoing staff training including courses in animal behavior theory, modification, and techniques and solution-oriented training
  • Ongoing training of our volunteers including courses in basic to advanced dog obedience
  • The acceptance of one to two of our most challenging, hard to train dogs into their "board and train" monthly program for rehabilitation
  • Ongoing training of our adoptable animals
  • Demonstrations at adoption drives
  • Critter Camp children's demonstrations
  • Security for Unleashed events
  • Police and personal protection dog demonstrations at our Dog Day/Mutt Strutt annual events (since 2005)
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid Training and Certification.


Nashville K-9's charitable contributions have helped our most troubled dogs to flourish, increasing their marketability for adoption, and has continued to teach our staff innovative approaches in animal behavior modification.

If you'd like to know more about the high level training at
Nashville K-9, please visit www.NashvilleK9.com.

 


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Clicker

  • Using a clicker or verbal marker to mark the behavior you're looking for is ciritical in your dog's training development. Use a high level treat to reward after the marker.

    For Example: Fido, sit. Yes or Good (verbal marker) or click (clicker), then follow immediately with food payment.  If Fido does not sit, verbal marker of "no" and no food. Fido eventually learns when he sits, he receives a reward and when he doesn't, no reward follows.
  • Reinforce the behavior you're looking for immediately. Don't keep repeating the command. For example: "Sit sit sit sit sit" will illicit five "sits" before the dog actually sits.  You'll be creating a bigger issue. Try only using one "sit" to get the reaction you'd like. If your dog doesn't "sit," then say "no." Redirect your dog and try again.

Try using your inside voice when communicating with your dog, even if you're outside. Using an elevated volume or stern voice repeatedly will not make you successful in training. If you're constantly stern or loud, Fido will become conditioned and ignore it. Save your yelling for the day that Fido chases a cat.  

Practice all commands in a lower, happier tone. Make training fun and playful and you'll be amazed at how responsive Fido is. It's not always about being the alpha.

Agility

Start off low and build up! Not all dogs are great with heights. You want to start off small and build
up to the big obstacles. Most high energy and high drive dogs love agility, but we don't start them on the high obstacles first. Use treats to build your base on the different equipment and build up from there!

Voice Tone

Try using your inside voice when communicating with your dog, even if you're outside. Using an elevated volume or stern voice repeatedly will not make you successful in training. If you're constantly stern or loud, Fido will become conditioned and ignore it. Save your yelling for the day that Fido chases a cat.  

Practice all commands in a lower, happier tone. Make training fun and playful and you'll be amazed at how responsive Fido is. It's not always about being the alpha.

Focus

Request the dog's attention by teaching focus. Once you land focus, you'll land commanding the behavior. Focus can be taught using food. For example, Fido "Watch." Fido then makes eye contact and we mark
the behavior with a verbal "yes" followed by food. We can use a clicker instead of the verbal reward as well.

Brushing Teeth

Cleaning the dogs teeth should be an every day ritual.  Start puppies out with rubbing your fingers around their gums and teeth. The more interaction with their mouth, the easier it'll be to clean their teeth. Keep this up daily for fresh breath and less tartar! After all, you brush your own teeth every day, don't you?

Basic Rule

Use the dog's natural instincts to train them. Help them develop those natural skills with imprinting. Imprinting means slowly getting them used to environmental stimuli. Doing these things will definitely benefit both of you in the future. Get them use to slick floors, loud noises, stairs, etc. when they're young and everything will be easier when they're older. Start training early on. They'll learn faster.

Ticks

Check your dog after long hikes and playing through fields. Despite the cold or warm weather, tick season is here and you want to make sure that your pal hasn't gotten hurt or isn't bringing home something extra!