Furever K9

Furever K9 Furever K9 comes to you! We will work with you and your dog within the dog's environment. Training sessions are by appointment only.

Let's play a game. It's called is it real or a stuffed animal?
07/04/2019

Let's play a game. It's called is it real or a stuffed animal?

Tonight our Furever K9 family lost a furry friend.  I'm thankful that we recently had 2 weeks together but sad the world...
06/16/2019

Tonight our Furever K9 family lost a furry friend. I'm thankful that we recently had 2 weeks together but sad the world lost a good one. Esther was full of personality. She'd chew me out for leaving if even just for a quick bathroom break and after she was finished, she would ask for some affection. She had just the right mix of sass and charm. She used to go to work with her mom at the hair salon. I know it won't be the same without her there but she left us with tons of wonderful memories. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You certainly left your mark in this world and could never be forgotten.

Me! That's me!
06/13/2019

Me! That's me!

It's doodle time!
06/11/2019

It's doodle time!

Lionheart K9, Dog Training in Maryland
06/09/2019

Lionheart K9, Dog Training in Maryland

It's that time of year, folks!

We are a culture of comfort- we live in climate controlled houses, drive climate controlled cars, work in climate controlled offices.

Your dogs are acclimated the exact same way, so when we do venture outdoors, we need to exercise caution and ensure safety for ourselves and our dogs.

Heat kills. If you don't need to bring your dog with you, leave them home.

If you have to bring your dog with you, make sure you bring enough water to hydrate them on your trip, and create a contingency plan to ensure your dogs health and safety!

Me: Hey Charlie! What do chemists’ dogs do with their bones?Charlie: what?  Me: They barium!
06/09/2019

Me: Hey Charlie! What do chemists’ dogs do with their bones?

Charlie: what?

Me: They barium!

We have the Spice Girls here: Ginger and Cinnamon
06/08/2019

We have the Spice Girls here: Ginger and Cinnamon

Today Ginger learned the only time you eat a chicken is when it's in your bowl.
06/05/2019

Today Ginger learned the only time you eat a chicken is when it's in your bowl.

Good morning from Bo and Ryder!
06/05/2019

Good morning from Bo and Ryder!

05/14/2019

Scarlett is a smart girl. She is great at staying in place. She hangs there for about an hour while we eat our meals. Our house is a busy one, so there's a lot of distraction. Tonight's distraction was a new one for her and she did great!

The boys are tired after our pack walk!
04/25/2019

The boys are tired after our pack walk!

04/23/2019
Lead the Way K9 Training, LLC

Lead the Way K9 Training, LLC

PSA: if your dog is barking, lunging and dragging you towards a pair of dogs walking by trying to put as much space between them and you .... do NOT allow your dog to move towards the other dogs!! I assure you, my dogs DO NOT want to meet your out of control, rude and clueless dog (and owner)!

04/21/2019
Lionheart K9, Dog Training in Maryland

Lionheart K9, Dog Training in Maryland

Controlling arousal with delayed gratification.

Here are the three stages of controlling arousal that we employ when working with young dogs. This lass is about 3 months old-ish, and is full of herself.

Being enthusiastic is a wonderful quality, but that misdirected puppy lack of self control can become a huge issue for owners.

Total elapsed time for this video is under 6 minutes. We cover a crate, and two doors.

The whole point of delayed gratification is to teach the pup that she has absolute control of her comfort and her access to reward. Slowing down gets her there faster, as she realizes the thing she wants most is available the faster she responds to the visual cue of being in front of a door.

As I have said before, having the expectation of behavior doesn't really require a command. We may occasionally pair sit with the door, but it's handler error to continue to do so. We want the door itself to represent the visual cue.

Passage through the door is denied until anticipatory behavior abates. Calm, relaxed puppy; loose leash in a *direct line of transmission* from collar to handler.

We train for a release through another command, and stationary behavior until that cue is given.

If owners would simply practice this behavior at every door, every day, you would be surprised at how quickly your puppy would learn that access is granted through acceptance and cooperation.

It really is that easy.

Possibly tomorrow, we will review an older, much larger dog with some serious superstitions about doors.

Thanks!

Canine - Human Relationship Institute
04/21/2019

Canine - Human Relationship Institute

Jacqui Zakar sent this to me, this morning, all the way from Western Australia. I am honored that she would take the time and effort to put this together and bother to send it to me, to someone she’s never met. Thank you Jacqui.

Spring has sprung! Apparently this year I will be growing mini Aussies! What will you be growing in your garden?
04/18/2019

Spring has sprung! Apparently this year I will be growing mini Aussies! What will you be growing in your garden?

04/07/2019

Roxy gets a bit over excited when people come over. We have been working on going to place when she hears the doorbell.

The weather is yucky and I'm home with a sick kiddo.  So we're doing some mental exercises as well as physical.  Everyon...
04/05/2019

The weather is yucky and I'm home with a sick kiddo. So we're doing some mental exercises as well as physical. Everyone gets a turn on the treadmill while the others wait on a place cot. The mini Aussie and Jack Russell are the least impatient (shocking 🤣) but they're finally settling down.

Ryder and Roxy learning leash manners. Took a nice long walk around Ida Lee and then watched people come and go while si...
03/30/2019

Ryder and Roxy learning leash manners. Took a nice long walk around Ida Lee and then watched people come and go while sitting calmly. Ryder is super nervous but his tail came up for the first time since arriving yesterday!

Ryder and Roxy learning leash manners. Took a nice long walk around Ida Lee and then watched people come and go while si...
03/30/2019

Ryder and Roxy learning leash manners. Took a nice long walk around Ida Lee and then watched people come and go while sitting calmly. Ryder is super nervous but his tail came up for the first time since arriving yesterday!

Roxy understands the woes of going to the gym and having to wait her turn for the treadmill.
03/27/2019

Roxy understands the woes of going to the gym and having to wait her turn for the treadmill.

03/26/2019

This sweet girl just arrived for 2 weeks of training. It took her leaving home to realize she's is an unsure, fearful girl. At home you'd never guess it, but away from her territory, she's not as big and bad as you'd think. We're working on draining her nervous energy while building confidence.

It's meal prep time!  Getting all the dogs' dinner ready while Willow hangs on the place board.  I added Penny and Rain ...
03/13/2019

It's meal prep time! Getting all the dogs' dinner ready while Willow hangs on the place board. I added Penny and Rain for extra distraction, however the kicker was when Willow heard me scoop the kibble, she laid down on her own!!!! Usually she gets excited, whines, barks, and has a dance party BUT SHE CHOSE TO LIE DOWN😱Good girl Willow!!!

Sweet bouncy Willow is learning how to be calm and hang in place around food.  She's doing really well. It's a great way...
03/12/2019

Sweet bouncy Willow is learning how to be calm and hang in place around food. She's doing really well. It's a great way to drain her brain by practicing calm behavior.

Soul Dog Rescue & Humane Society Thrift Store
03/10/2019

Soul Dog Rescue & Humane Society Thrift Store

The Dog's Side
03/08/2019

The Dog's Side

When we consciously change in our minds “I Love My Dog” to “I Respect My Dog” we give dogs confirmation we respect their natural identity, not the one we selfishly construct for them that WE need.
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After over a decade of experience I find PEOPLE who suffer with behavior problems with their dogs think those two statements mean the same thing.
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So my question to you...Do you love your dog for what he does for you, or respect her for who she actually is? 🤔
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Today we took a 4 mile walk.  This group has a lot of energy and we needed to expend it!  The chocolate puppy has more e...
03/08/2019

Today we took a 4 mile walk. This group has a lot of energy and we needed to expend it! The chocolate puppy has more energy than he knows how to handle and finally he's too tired to barely lift his head. I took advantage of his relaxed state of mind and practiced conditioning him to touch. Having a dog conditioned to being touched helps at the vet as well as for grooming. Ryder usually pulls his feet away, but today he barely put up a fight because he was so relaxed.

Always advocate for your dog, even if you can't be with him!  Today I had to drop off my dog at the vet for the day.  He...
02/27/2019

Always advocate for your dog, even if you can't be with him! Today I had to drop off my dog at the vet for the day. He's nervous about trusting new people especially when they give him direct eye contact or talk to him before he decides they're trustworthy. I called ahead to explain when I arrive to please just take him back without talking to him or looking at him. I then made this note for his kennel so that anyone who had to work with him would know. When one of the vet techs saw my note she called me to ask the best way to communicate with Rain which I appreciated so much. Also, this morning I woke up at 5 a.m. so that I could exercise Rain so that all excess energy was drained before arriving at the vet. I wanted him to arrive in a calm state of mind rather than full of excited, pent up energy. The ride to the vet was calm; I didn't talk to him, etc. When we arrived, I didn't talk to, touch or look at him. Doing so would've led him to think I'd be with him or that I was unsure of the situation. When I handed the leash over, he went willingly without looking back which was a huge step for him. Babying him through this process only would've created anxiety for him and would have been selfish on my part. Many times we give affection (and at the wrong time) because it makes us feel good, not necessarily because the dog needs it. What the dog needs is for us to be confident in a situation so that they can feel the same. Giving affection to a nervous state of mind only encourages the nervousness. I'm thankful the staff at Catoctin vet clinic is willing to take the time to work with Rain.

Ontario Dog Trainer
02/26/2019

Ontario Dog Trainer

Honour the dog from your past by giving the dog in front of you your FULL heart.
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Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith
02/08/2019

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith

HOmE safe!! ❤️

🚨🚨 found dog in Leesburg . she is safe for now but we would like to help reunite her with owner please share 🚨🚨

Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue
02/06/2019

Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue

Ever wonder how Siberians came to be known in the United States? Yesterday, (2 February), marked the 94th anniversary of the 1925 Serum Run when teams of sled dogs relayed anti-toxin to Nome, Alaska where diphtheria had broken out. Many have heard of Balto, the lead dog of the team that ran the last leg of the 674 mile relay, but Togo and his famous driver Leonhard Seppala, actually covered some 261 miles of the run (no other team exceeded 100 miles), through the worst weather, and over the most dangerous parts of the trail, and all 20 teams deserve credit for the incredible accomplishment! Following the headline-making run, Seppala, Togo, Kassan and Balto toured the lower 48 states and the population fell in love

"Come on! It's Super Bowl sunday!  Can't I have some nachos?" Thank you Raya for having good manners and not counter sur...
02/03/2019

"Come on! It's Super Bowl sunday! Can't I have some nachos?" Thank you Raya for having good manners and not counter surfing!

01/31/2019
Beyond Obedience

Beyond Obedience

Today we are continuing our discussion on PUPPIES! Because who doesn't love puppies???

This is a great tip and one I wish more people knew.
Lots of people get their puppy home, and they immediately work on housebreaking and obedience training ( you know cause nothing cuter than a puppy that can sit and shake a paw, am I right?) . And you might take your puppy to puppy school because that is what you were told to do ( and again I am not saying that is wrong ) However, quite often we missed the one major piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating the perfect dog...

👉SOCIALIZATION💥 . ( 🎤 drop!)

Now lots of talk out there about Socialization but quite often it is misunderstood.

What it isn't:

Socialization isn't about getting your dog use to other dogs.

Socialization is about getting your dog used to ALL the EXPERIENCES you and your dog plan on doing in its life.

Like as in~ ALL. LIFE. EXPERIENCES.

Does that sound overwhelming? It is.

I'm not going to sugar coat this for you. It is a lot of work, AND you have a VERY LIMITED TIME FRAME.

The old saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks isn't true. Dogs of any age can learn OBEDIENCE. That's easy peasy stuff.

What an old dog can't learn: SOCIALIZATION.
Oh sure you can train them to tolerate when they are older but generally, you will always be managing a behaviour. ( and who wants that? ) .

SOOOOOOO.... Puppy owners!!! take this one piece of advice.

Think about your life with your DOG. Not the cute little rag a muffin you have right now but the DOG your puppy will become.

What do you see yourself doing with your DOG?
What sort of life do you imagine with your DOG?
Do you see hiking and camping and group walks with your friends and other dogs? CREATE THAT NOW!
Do you see yourself and your partner having quiet evenings in your house with your dog laying peacefully at your feet? CREATE THAT NOW!

What ever you image you can have, just create it now. Don't wait. Socialize your dog to the experiences you image and you wil end up with an amazing partner! Really. And don't allow your puppy to do things now that you will say no to later on. In other words:

Everytime your puppy does something cute, ask yourself: Would this behaviour be alright if this was 120lb dog? If the answer is no... Stop it now. Don't wait. It is much easier to shape a behaviour you want than to correct a behaviour you don't . ( wise words no?)

Happy Hound
01/24/2019

Happy Hound

I literally laughed out loud 🤣

Duncan enjoying the snow day, but not the snow!
01/13/2019

Duncan enjoying the snow day, but not the snow!

01/13/2019

Snow day!!!

01/13/2019

Snow day!

01/13/2019
Trots Dog Walking and Training

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Fulfillment of needs is essential in every relationship. Biggie came in for board & train to help with his aggression towards other dogs.
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Before we address the symptom of aggression, we have to address the root cause of it. And for Biggie, it’s insecurity and anxiety.
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He’s been here three days and we’ve been fulfilling his needs first. Exercise, discipline and then affection. He can’t be around other dogs when he is in a heightened state of anxiety and knows no clear leader. How can he make good decisions if he’s stressed out and has no guidance?
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It’s imperative that people understand dog psychology in order to create a balanced relationship with them. Especially for dogs who are powerful and can harm others.
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Biggie has come a long way in just a few days and we’ll be introducing him to more dogs as we progress knowing that he is calm and following our guidance. The foundation is being set so he knows the good decisions from the bad ones.
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So, I hope you take to heart that your dog is not just for you to fulfill your needs of affection and companionship but is a living being with needs of his own. Exercise, discipline, affection, in that order.
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Rescue Dogs Responsibly
01/12/2019

Rescue Dogs Responsibly

Person contacted the rescue for help rehoming this Catahoula mix because she is fighting with his other dogs. He sent this picture to show how friendly the dog is, although he also said she is insecure and will attack the other dogs when hearing noises. He also stated he is not interested in any dog training. The thing I find so discouraging, because I am a dog rescuer that deals with these problems daily, is that letting this dog on his lap is causing problems and one of the worst things he could possibly do. I do not say this to belittle the human, but to educate. Formal training may not even be needed if the dog is put in a subordinate role in the pack. Just setting simple rules like not letting the dog on the furniture would help a lot. Elevating dogs on furniture, especially on top of the human, puts the dog into a dominant role in the pack. The leadership role overwhelms insecure, fearful dogs and creates unstable behaviors. Letting this dog on the furniture, especially equal in height and therefore status to his toddler, is sending the wrong signals to this dog. It says "you are in charge of me and my children. I cannot protect you or be a source of confident calm leadership for you because I allow you to sit on top of me. Therefore you must fend for yourself and feel more scared and insecure because you are on your own." Because this dog feels alone and insecure, she will act out in ways true to her temperament which is to react to scary things by displacing her aggression onto the other dogs. So do your dogs a favor and treat them like dogs. Don't elevate them to the most stressful, burdensome position in the pack - the leader. Be their leader and allow them to relax, not be on guard, and to trust you will take care of them

The Dog's Side
01/07/2019

The Dog's Side

Many human student‘s cool off fast when they find out it’s not a bunch of secret dog training tips they need, but ways to work on themselves.
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Dogs know how to be dogs, it’s humans that need a little guidance to help their dogs regain a balanced view of the world.
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Leesburg, VA
20175

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Monday 08:30 - 15:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 15:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 15:00
Thursday 08:30 - 15:00
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Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(703) 728-5319

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