Northern Bound K9

Northern Bound K9 Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist using balanced training, clear communication, and lifestyle changes to keep your dogs safe, while keeping them wild.

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09/16/2021
Research.the.breed!If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE my herding breeds. I love them for all of the things t...
08/25/2021

Research.the.breed!

If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE my herding breeds. I love them for all of the things that make them good, but I acknowledge the potential for the bad (and totally see why they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.)

I feel pretty confident when I say that Hattie, Dory, and Tango are all exemplary example of their respective breeds. If you’ve met them, you’d probably agree.
I’ve had strangers and clients alike tell me “oh my gosh I want an Aussie/border collie/malinois” after meeting one of my three.

And to that I typically say, “no you don’t. You want Hattie/dory/tango.”

They’re all balanced, social, drivey and fun, but they were also a ton of work.
That balance and off switch didn’t come easily, that drive has the potential to turn into fixation and obsession, and keeping them happy and social had it’s obstacles at times.

All of this to say: if you meet a particular dog of a specific breed, PLEASE research the breed as whole. Figure out if that dog possesses the characteristics common to the breed, or if you’ve met an outlier.

It’s equally important that you’re a good fit for the dog, and that the dog is a good fit for you 🐾

Photos from Team Dog with Yasmin, LLC's post
07/20/2021

Photos from Team Dog with Yasmin, LLC's post

07/07/2021

When your dog comes home from a board and train, the training is just beginning with you. Just by sending the dog to the trainer to teach them does not mean you get to kick your feet up and do nothing and still have a perfect dog. It's actually the complete opposite, this is time for you to do a lot of work. Board and trains are by no means an easy fix. Yes, the advantage is that they learn new behaviors from a professional instead of both owner and dog trying to navigate at the same time with lots of confusion. But now the dog comes home to their house where they used to do whatever they wanted and had bad behaviors. The dog is thinking "great, I'm home. Rules are gone!" Now it is the owners job to show the dog that all that training the dog knows how to do, is here to stay and that you're going to make them do it too. This is why it's very important that owners listen to us at the go home, follow every single rule, and be very strict with boundaries when the dog first comes home. If you immediately let things slide thinking little things aren't important, then the dog will go right backwards. Especially if you didn't make them follow every rule in the first place. We don't tell you to do these things for the fun of it. Leverage is very important in their transition home. So little moments like letting the dog run out the door without waiting and looking, or letting them dive into their food bowl without the release- all matter in giving you leverage over them. The dog has to go "oh yeah I must listen to them before I do something". But if you let the little moments slide because they seem to not be a big deal, they add up.
When dogs arrive here, we immediately set all these rules and boundaries that become very clear to the dog because they are reinforced every single day. So if the dog goes home and sometimes you let things slide, the dog will always try to push the boundaries because sometimes you let them! This goes for everyone handling the dog. If there's a member of the family or even a dog sitter not enforcing their boundaries, they will be lacking and will think there's a way around the rules because some people let them get away with it. That is very confusing to the dog. For us, we do have multiple people handling the dogs but every one of us enforces the same rules. So there is no confusion to them based on who is handling them.
Don't forget, their picture of you was totally different when they left. When they arrived with us, they had no picture. We are a blank slate. So yes the dog has learned tons of stuff with us, but now they are going back to you and their previous picture they had. Owners have to change that picture and convince the dog that they are to be listened to and respected just as much as the trainer. You do not get there by letting them get away with not listening! Maybe down the line, you can let things slide more. But that is absolutely not in the first several weeks home. Dogs actually like predictability and boundaries. When they are left to make their own choices, they'll fail. So tell them what to do!

06/14/2021

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Photo credit 📸 @madeforgeeks

Photos from Chicagoland Dog Rescue's post
06/05/2021

Photos from Chicagoland Dog Rescue's post

Are you sending your dog mixed signals?Are you expecting maximum results while putting in minimal effort?Give this a rea...
05/06/2021

Are you sending your dog mixed signals?
Are you expecting maximum results while putting in minimal effort?

Give this a read!

I want my dog to be social but not THAT social. I want my dog to be protective but ONLY when I need him to be. I want my dog to be my service dog and help me when I need it but also know I’m the BOSS. I want my dog to go potty outside but ONLY in that area. I want my dog to like other dogs but NOT get too excited when he sees them. I want my dog to like people coming in the house BUT know he’s not allowed to jump. I want my dog to let me take things away from him and he is NOT allowed to ever say no to me. I want my dog to be good with my children but not too friendly BUT ALSO don’t growl or get upset if they are too much. I want my dog to listen to me but I DONT want to have to use treats and I dont have a lot of time during the day. I want my dog to be able to be outside alone BUT I dont want to install a fence. I want my dog to be FINE at the vet but I don’t have time to bring him more than once a year.

I want I want I want I want. I need to break this. That behavior unacceptable. I can’t have that. He can’t ever do that.

This is why dogs are failing and this is why dog trainers are struggling. Expectations are skyrocketing, probably due to social media and the fact that we can see these 30 second “before and after” videos or everyone posts their perfect dogs, we never see the bad stuff. But as the expectations skyrocket, the dogs can’t keep up, and neither can we as trainers.

We need to change our language to what we would LIKE, HOPE FOR or PREFER INSTEAD, and also modify our completely unrealistic, controlling, and at times unnatural expectations of dogs today. People think because their dog doesn’t check all the boxes that they’re broken, or that the training isn’t working, or worse that they as humans aren’t doing a good job.

Everyone needs to take a breath. We need to break down what behaviors are not going to work and how we can manage them while we can work on modifying them, and what we have to just let be and laugh about later. We have to realize dog trainers aren't magicians, and as much as we can try, we can’t fix everything, immediately, and by tomorrow. Work, patience, consistency and understanding and looking at dogs as a LIFESTYLE is what is necessary for long term success. THAT’S how there is true change.

I love puppies, yes I do.I love puppies, how ‘bout you?Baby Jack is here to learn the ropes of good boyhood! Can’t wait ...
05/03/2021

I love puppies, yes I do.
I love puppies, how ‘bout you?

Baby Jack is here to learn the ropes of good boyhood!
Can’t wait to watch this sweet pup grow 🐾

I love puppies, yes I do.
I love puppies, how ‘bout you?

Baby Jack is here to learn the ropes of good boyhood!
Can’t wait to watch this sweet pup grow 🐾

05/03/2021
Say hello to this Grizzly bear!Grizzly likes to put on a pretty scary show when people come over: tons of barking, jumpi...
05/02/2021

Say hello to this Grizzly bear!

Grizzly likes to put on a pretty scary show when people come over: tons of barking, jumping, and erratic behavior.
His bark is definitely big and scary, but beneath that facade is an anxious mush that has got so much going on in his mind.

While here, Grizzly is not only going to learn to slow down and chill out, but learn productive ways to put his energy to use 🐾

Say hello to this Grizzly bear!

Grizzly likes to put on a pretty scary show when people come over: tons of barking, jumping, and erratic behavior.
His bark is definitely big and scary, but beneath that facade is an anxious mush that has got so much going on in his mind.

While here, Grizzly is not only going to learn to slow down and chill out, but learn productive ways to put his energy to use 🐾

Welcome Harvey!This distinguished chap is the sweetest guy (if he’s decided you’re part of his inner circle.) Some of hi...
05/01/2021

Welcome Harvey!

This distinguished chap is the sweetest guy (if he’s decided you’re part of his inner circle.)

Some of his favorite activities include barking at delivery drivers, protecting his new baby sister, and claiming all things food as his own.

We’re going to show Harvey that he doesn’t have to (or get to) control all of the things, and that life is much more fun living less high strung ❤️🐾

04/19/2021

I hear many owners and trainers talking about behaviors that are presented as being beyond the dog’s control. But over and over I see dogs making clear decisions about who they should and shouldn’t engage in “uncontrollable” behaviors with.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this. So that begs two questions:
1/ Why do we continue to place decision-based behaviors in the uncontrollable catalogue?
2/ Why would a dog make different choices around different people?

I’ve written about this many, many times, and used many, many different examples. The uncertain substitute teacher versus the tough and seasoned pro, the grandmother with the “look” versus the softie doormat grandpa, the random stranger attempting to pull you over for speeding versus the cop...and many others.

While of course there are exceptions—there’s always exceptions—we give dogs far too little credit when it comes to discerning what behavior they’d LIKE to engage in versus what behavior they think would be better left NOT engaged in, and what’s behind these choices.

We don’t get to make dogs these magnificent, sensitive, deeply aware creatures, and simultaneously make them overly-simplistic, socially and consequence unaware, reaction machines who have no control over their decisions.

Perhaps it’s time we have some honest discussions about why dogs choose to push some and choose not to push others. Unless we’re still not ready to be honest. :)

04/06/2021

Can your puppy remain unphased by loud noises?

Hoppy Easter 🐣
04/04/2021

Hoppy Easter 🐣

Hoppy Easter from sweet baby Juneau ❤️🐣
04/04/2021

Hoppy Easter from sweet baby Juneau ❤️🐣

Hoppy Easter from sweet baby Juneau ❤️🐣

Want the ultimate adventure pup? A dog that checks in on the trail, but can also walk nicely by your side on a busy side...
03/24/2021

Want the ultimate adventure pup?
A dog that checks in on the trail, but can also walk nicely by your side on a busy sidewalk?

Get in touch and find out how today! 🐾

Want the ultimate adventure pup?
A dog that checks in on the trail, but can also walk nicely by your side on a busy sidewalk?

Get in touch and find out how today! 🐾

Introducing the newest Disney princess: Placing beauty. Get it? Instead of Sleeping Beauty? BA DA TS 🐾
03/24/2021

Introducing the newest Disney princess: Placing beauty.

Get it? Instead of Sleeping Beauty?
BA DA TS 🐾

Introducing the newest Disney princess: Placing beauty.

Get it? Instead of Sleeping Beauty?
BA DA TS 🐾

Formally introducing RBG, Rosie Bea Gherkin, of the pickle variety. This sweet little pup is sister of one of my favorit...
03/22/2021

Formally introducing RBG, Rosie Bea Gherkin, of the pickle variety.

This sweet little pup is sister of one of my favorite dogs ever, and I’ve already fallen in love with her ❤️

Formally introducing RBG, Rosie Bea Gherkin, of the pickle variety.

This sweet little pup is sister of one of my favorite dogs ever, and I’ve already fallen in love with her ❤️

Big ham making better choices each day (although he still isn’t thrilled about those choices 😂)
03/16/2021

Big ham making better choices each day (although he still isn’t thrilled about those choices 😂)

Big ham making better choices each day (although he still isn’t thrilled about those choices 😂)

I’m currently fostering this handsome guy, and I really really like him thus far. We’re working on his crate training an...
03/15/2021

I’m currently fostering this handsome guy, and I really really like him thus far. We’re working on his crate training and separation anxiety, and he’s doing great!

Welcome miss Brooke!Brooke belongs to two very dear friends of mine, and I’m incredibly excited to really get to know he...
03/01/2021

Welcome miss Brooke!

Brooke belongs to two very dear friends of mine, and I’m incredibly excited to really get to know her over the next few weeks.

If you know me, you know I love herding breeds, and I love figuring out what makes them tick.

Here’s to getting sweet Brooke in a better spot mentally, so she can rock the dock with her parents and siblings again this year 🐾

Welcome miss Brooke!

Brooke belongs to two very dear friends of mine, and I’m incredibly excited to really get to know her over the next few weeks.

If you know me, you know I love herding breeds, and I love figuring out what makes them tick.

Here’s to getting sweet Brooke in a better spot mentally, so she can rock the dock with her parents and siblings again this year 🐾

Photos from Fluent Dog's post
02/22/2021

Photos from Fluent Dog's post

Got to see my sunbathing beauty, Piper yesterday! 🐾
02/18/2021

Got to see my sunbathing beauty, Piper yesterday! 🐾

Got to see my sunbathing beauty, Piper yesterday! 🐾

Welcome baby Sunny!Sunny came to puppy camp to learn exactly what it takes to be the best dog ever (like, not jumping on...
02/18/2021

Welcome baby Sunny!

Sunny came to puppy camp to learn exactly what it takes to be the best dog ever (like, not jumping on all of the people.)

Mom and dad have some really attainable goals for her, and are already excited for her to come home so they can keep working! 🐾

Welcome baby Sunny!

Sunny came to puppy camp to learn exactly what it takes to be the best dog ever (like, not jumping on all of the people.)

Mom and dad have some really attainable goals for her, and are already excited for her to come home so they can keep working! 🐾

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02/18/2021

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My Beasty boy is back and he’s ready for that off leash life! 🐾
02/18/2021

My Beasty boy is back and he’s ready for that off leash life! 🐾

My Beasty boy is back and he’s ready for that off leash life! 🐾

Love is in the air ❤️
02/14/2021

Love is in the air ❤️

Did you know: there are four quadrants of operant conditioning. They are R+ (positive reinforcement,) R- (negative reinf...
02/08/2021

Did you know: there are four quadrants of operant conditioning.
They are R+ (positive reinforcement,) R- (negative reinforcement,) P+ (positive punishment,) and P- (negative punishment.)

Did you also know that a large component of balanced training is R+?

🌈 the more you know!

Did you know: there are four quadrants of operant conditioning.
They are R+ (positive reinforcement,) R- (negative reinforcement,) P+ (positive punishment,) and P- (negative punishment.)

Did you also know that a large component of balanced training is R+?

🌈 the more you know!

There’s nothing like a fresh snow fall to put me in a great mood. Everything is so clean and quiet; that is, until my do...
02/08/2021

There’s nothing like a fresh snow fall to put me in a great mood.

Everything is so clean and quiet; that is, until my dogs stomp all over the place and wreak havoc 😂

There’s nothing like a fresh snow fall to put me in a great mood.

Everything is so clean and quiet; that is, until my dogs stomp all over the place and wreak havoc 😂

02/07/2021

hUsKiEs cAnT bE oFf lEaSh

Beating the Sunday scaries with some Super Bowl snow day shenanigans ❄️🐾
02/07/2021

Beating the Sunday scaries with some Super Bowl snow day shenanigans ❄️🐾

I thought it was time to finally and formerly introduce Cooper!Cooper is an extremely difficult dog (don’t let the sweet...
02/03/2021

I thought it was time to finally and formerly introduce Cooper!

Cooper is an extremely difficult dog (don’t let the sweet eyes and lisa frank purple fur fool you) and while he’s been here for almost a month, it’s taken him just under that amount of time to finally be workable.

What do I mean by workable? I mean I trust him to not sneak attack and lunge at me without provocation.

Cooper is an extremely fearful dog, HOWEVER he is also extremely confident in his fear response; this makes him pretty scary.
Under that giant show is a goofy, sweet boy.

You won’t see much of Cooper here, but I will share what I can when I can 🐾

They’re happy, happy dogs. Just some happy happy happy dogs 🐾
02/03/2021

They’re happy, happy dogs.
Just some happy happy happy dogs 🐾

I don’t think you’re ready for this CUTENESS.Welcome to the family miss Goose!Goose is here to work on some anxiety, lea...
01/31/2021

I don’t think you’re ready for this CUTENESS.

Welcome to the family miss Goose!
Goose is here to work on some anxiety, leash pulling, and sharpening up her overall obedience.

She has a kick-ass family who has done so much with her already; I can’t wait to get started! 🐾

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You deserve a big round of applause for all your hard work and unconditional dedication to all the families and their pets whose life you enriched. Congratulations to your 1 year anniversary. So proud of you Jennifer and Northernbound K9 for all of your success!!!!🤗
It took 2 years! 2 years of really hard work. And training. And some frustration. Lots of rewards. Tons of puppy kisses. And enormous support from you! But Oliver “Ollie” Pickles is the dog of my dreams! Thank you Jenn! We have recently had a few social distancing play dates with other dogs, and I’m constantly told that Ollie is amazing! People are amazed that he comes when called. He sits when told. He leaves it when I ask. He’ll stay in place. And he can play with any sized dog. Ollie is a pleasure to walk. We walk on a loose leash not. He still sometimes leans on me, to feel my cues, but he’s paying attention. It’s just amazing that he’ll be 2 this week and I think of how far he’s come from when he first met you! He was all baby shark! Now, he doesn’t mouth people, he seems to only jump on a few that I’d say instigate it 🙄. And he listens! So thank you Jenn!!! It still takes tons of work and we practice all the time and every walk is a lesson! But you showed me it’s all worth is for my puppy!!!! Thank you!!!