Loudoun K9 Dog Training

Loudoun K9 Dog Training Loudoun K9 offers unique and customized in-home and board and train solutions for your dog in Loudoun County, Virginia. Our services include everything from basic obedience to extreme behavior such as aggression, fear, and anxiety.
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I've been enamored with dogs since I was a young boy. The pictures on this page show many of the dogs I've rescued or raised since the age of 7. There is nothing more rewarding to me than taking a dog that has either been surrendered or abandoned, training it, and finding a forever home! I currently live in western Loudoun County, and have 2 children ages 10 and 9. People often ask how I got started training dogs and developed a full-time business out of what started as a hobby. The answer is rather simple - I adopted the belief that if you want to be "something" you find people who are that "something" and spend every ounce of energy and time shadowing them and learning everything you can! So that's what I did and here I am! I've been training dogs for about over 10 years and I can honestly say I don't feel like I "work" a day in my life. I enjoy using my skills to help build a healthy bond between owners and their beloved K9's. I have personally experienced the power of a four-legged companion (Ruger) who helped me survive depression, PTS, and severe anxiety attacks. I have devoted my life and company vision to helping others and their beloved pets. Daniel Mclaughlin (Owner and Lead Trainer)

I've been enamored with dogs since I was a young boy. The pictures on this page show many of the dogs I've rescued or raised since the age of 7. There is nothing more rewarding to me than taking a dog that has either been surrendered or abandoned, training it, and finding a forever home! I currently live in western Loudoun County, and have 2 children ages 10 and 9. People often ask how I got started training dogs and developed a full-time business out of what started as a hobby. The answer is rather simple - I adopted the belief that if you want to be "something" you find people who are that "something" and spend every ounce of energy and time shadowing them and learning everything you can! So that's what I did and here I am! I've been training dogs for about over 10 years and I can honestly say I don't feel like I "work" a day in my life. I enjoy using my skills to help build a healthy bond between owners and their beloved K9's. I have personally experienced the power of a four-legged companion (Ruger) who helped me survive depression, PTS, and severe anxiety attacks. I have devoted my life and company vision to helping others and their beloved pets. Daniel Mclaughlin (Owner and Lead Trainer)

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Champ is one regal pup! 👑At 6 months old, he's already completed some in-home training and is now moving on to our Board...
03/02/2021

Champ is one regal pup! 👑

At 6 months old, he's already completed some in-home training and is now moving on to our Board & Train program.

During his time with us, we'll be working on off-leash control and proofing to get him ready for life with his proud owner.

(We're proud of you, too, Champ! 👏)

It's back to basics for Nori the lab mix!Nori is currently in our Board & Train program to work on simple manners and ob...
03/01/2021

It's back to basics for Nori the lab mix!

Nori is currently in our Board & Train program to work on simple manners and obedience — two things that will help him have an easy, fun life with his owner.

(Although it looks like he's already living his best dog life if we do say so ourselves! 😊)

02/26/2021
Environmental Proofing

Now that's the face of a proud pup! 😄

Emma nailed her first environmental proofing session at Home Depot and we couldn't be happier about how far she's come.

Working with older dogs can sometimes be a bit more challenging, but Emma has taken it all in stride, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Good girl, Emma!

To all the new folks following our page, welcome! I’m Daniel McLaughlin, owner and lead trainer at Loudoun K9. I have tr...
02/25/2021

To all the new folks following our page, welcome!

I’m Daniel McLaughlin, owner and lead trainer at Loudoun K9. I have trained over 2,000 dogs to date and have 10 years of experience as a professional trainer.

My passion is dogs, but also people. My mission is to use my skills to help build a healthy bond between owners and their beloved K9s.

Personally, I know the power of a well-trained dog and the huge impact it can make in a person’s life. I’ve experienced the power of a four-legged companion who helped me survive depression, PTS, and severe anxiety attacks.

I’ve devoted my life and company vision to helping others solve relationship and training problems with their beloved pets — and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

At Loudoun K9, we believe all dogs can benefit from proper training. 🐕‍🦺Even if you're not dealing with any major behavi...
02/24/2021

At Loudoun K9, we believe all dogs can benefit from proper training. 🐕‍🦺

Even if you're not dealing with any major behavior issues, training helps to reinforce good habits — and tweak the not-so-good ones.

Sophie is super sweet, but does occasionally blow off commands. To help her stay consistent, we'll be working on recognizing and following those commands no matter the situation.

We're proud of our customized training services and the results they bring our clients!Thanks for the recommendation, Me...
02/22/2021

We're proud of our customized training services and the results they bring our clients!

Thanks for the recommendation, Mercedes. We loved working with you and Dixie and always appreciate the kind words!

Every dog is different — and their training program should reflect their individual needs!Take Koda and Izzy, for exampl...
02/19/2021

Every dog is different — and their training program should reflect their individual needs!

Take Koda and Izzy, for example. These are two dogs with very different issues to tackle.

Koda is a young pup that needs to work on confidence and how to relax. Izzy, on the other hand, is older and working on consistency when responding to commands.

At Loudoun K9, our customized approach empowers the owner and takes into account each dog's strengths and weaknesses, so everyone gets what they need from the experience!

Looking for quality training equipment? We order our long lines and slip leads from Mid-Atlantic K9 Services.  Right now...
02/18/2021

Looking for quality training equipment? We order our long lines and slip leads from Mid-Atlantic K9 Services. Right now they are giving all of our followers a deal - save 15% with our code "LOUDOUNK9".

Say hello to Louie! 👋Louie is a one-year-old French Bulldog enrolled in our in-home training program. So far, he's doing...
02/17/2021

Say hello to Louie! 👋

Louie is a one-year-old French Bulldog enrolled in our in-home training program. So far, he's doing a great job with potty training and working on following commands, but we're working with his owners on consistency.

Consistency is key to successful behavior modification, so we have to focus on our habits as well as our dog's. This can be challenging, but it's entirely possible — and it will make a world of difference when it comes to your pup's long-term habits and obedience!

Like many of our pups, Emma struggles with anxiety and fear — and has been known to use her teeth to communicate when sh...
02/16/2021

Like many of our pups, Emma struggles with anxiety and fear — and has been known to use her teeth to communicate when she's in an uncomfortable situation or feeling territorial.

To help her break her old habits (and learn better ones), we're working with her in our Board and Train program. Stay tuned for updates on her progress!

Keep calm and train on! 👊When working with young dogs, sometimes it's as simple as that. Take Biscuit, for example. He's...
02/15/2021

Keep calm and train on! 👊

When working with young dogs, sometimes it's as simple as that.

Take Biscuit, for example. He's an 8-month-old lab who has figured out how to use his mouth to control the relationship with his owner.

To help break this habit, Biscuit is in our Board and Train program where we're teaching him the benefits of calming down and paying attention — two important lessons that will make a huge difference in his behavior!

Love seeing our clients living their best life!
02/14/2021

Love seeing our clients living their best life!

Meet Emily, training pro at Loudoun K9! 🌟  Emily came to us last year as a training apprentice and kennel tech. She had ...
02/13/2021

Meet Emily, training pro at Loudoun K9! 🌟

Emily came to us last year as a training apprentice and kennel tech. She had worked 5 years in the pet industry. Part of her driving force in wanting to be a trainer was medical and behavioral issues with her own dogs.

What makes Emily so special is that she has walked the same path as many of our clients. She knows what it’s like and what it takes to successfully train!

After just a year of hard work and a lot of on-the-job training to learn the Loudoun K9 philosophies and approach, she finished out 2020 as a Loudoun K9 trainer.

Our clients have absolutely fallen in love with Emily, giving us rave reviews and feedback about all the success she's had training their pups.

And we have to say, we couldn't agree more! Emily is a shining star on the Loudoun K9 team and we're so happy to have her on board!

Smokey's ready to get to work!Because he's only 4 months old, our trainer Emily has been working with him through in-hom...
02/11/2021

Smokey's ready to get to work!

Because he's only 4 months old, our trainer Emily has been working with him through in-home sessions to lay a solid foundation for obedience and leash walking.

Great job, Smokey!

We loved working with Bentley and her family — and we'll continue to offer them support in the future!At Loudoun K9, we ...
02/10/2021

We loved working with Bentley and her family — and we'll continue to offer them support in the future!

At Loudoun K9, we work with our clients long-term, so you can achieve your goals and build a bond with your dog that's stronger than you could have ever imagined!

Sometimes pups need to work on their manners, too! 😊Stevie tends to jump and mouth when she gets overstimulated and over...
02/09/2021

Sometimes pups need to work on their manners, too! 😊

Stevie tends to jump and mouth when she gets overstimulated and overexcited. To manage this behavior, she's working with Emily to master threshold manners, leash manners, recall, and place — all through our in-home training program!

You've never met a lab quite as friendly as Fenway!We're working with him on his focus and manners, so he can be just as...
02/08/2021

You've never met a lab quite as friendly as Fenway!

We're working with him on his focus and manners, so he can be just as polite as he is sweet! 😊

Most of us have experienced a "door bolter" at some point in our lives!You know, the kind of dog that dashes out the doo...
02/05/2021

Most of us have experienced a "door bolter" at some point in our lives!

You know, the kind of dog that dashes out the door at the first chance — and then runs around the neighborhood while playing keep-away with his owners. 🤦🏻‍♂️

This isn't an uncommon habit for dogs, but it can be a frustrating one. To help with Bogey's door bolting, Emily is working with him on place, threshold manners, and recall.

Now stay, Bogey! 😂

My hero got the “all clear” from his surgeon to make the trip back home to Virginia!!! Loving his shirt btw! ☺️
02/04/2021

My hero got the “all clear” from his surgeon to make the trip back home to Virginia!!! Loving his shirt btw! ☺️

The power of proofing! ✨By taking Dixie to the park, we exposed her to new sights, sounds, people, and pets — all distra...
02/03/2021

The power of proofing! ✨

By taking Dixie to the park, we exposed her to new sights, sounds, people, and pets — all distractions that could impact a pup's behavior.

But not Dixie! She nailed the proofing exercises and was having a great time doing it!

Like most of the dogs that come to us at Loudoun K9, Adie has a lot of different layers to her behaviors.Adie has joined...
02/02/2021

Like most of the dogs that come to us at Loudoun K9, Adie has a lot of different layers to her behaviors.

Adie has joined our board and train program and we will be working on her insecurity issues - building the confidence she needs to master more complicated skills and commands down the road.

Now this is what we call a powerhouse pup!💥At just 5 months old, Champ — a purebred German Shepherd — is already a force...
02/01/2021

Now this is what we call a powerhouse pup!💥

At just 5 months old, Champ — a purebred German Shepherd — is already a force to be reckoned with.

Champ will join our Board and Train program in a couple months, but for now we're getting a jump start with some in-home training — a smart solution for young dogs who are still bonding with their owners.

Maggie, the 6-month-old Great Pyrenees/Rottweiler/Labrador mix, is starting the weekend off right! 🐶We're beginning to w...
01/29/2021

Maggie, the 6-month-old Great Pyrenees/Rottweiler/Labrador mix, is starting the weekend off right! 🐶

We're beginning to work on engagement, structure, boundaries, and obedience training — and she's doing a great job so far!

Good girl, Maggie!

Happy clients make the best clients! Thanks for the kind words, Marianne. It was a pleasure working with you! 😊
01/28/2021

Happy clients make the best clients! Thanks for the kind words, Marianne. It was a pleasure working with you! 😊

Thank you all so much for your prayers, kind words, messages, and phone calls! Happy to report that my dad was released ...
01/27/2021

Thank you all so much for your prayers, kind words, messages, and phone calls! Happy to report that my dad was released from the hospital this evening. He will hopefully be able to travel back home to Virginia in a couple of weeks. He will still have months of therapy back home.

For our active clients who had to be put on hold, we appreciate your patience and are working hard to get you back on the schedule ASAP. The support and encouragement you have given me and my family during this time is overwhelmingly beautiful. Thank you!

Have you ever had the following experience with your pup? You've trained her to sit on cue and — as long as you're at ho...
01/26/2021

Have you ever had the following experience with your pup?

You've trained her to sit on cue and — as long as you're at home — she does it perfectly every time.

But when you're out in public? Not so much. 😕

The problem lies in the lack of proofing. "Proofing" is when you practice a behavior in different environments and situations until your dog learns to perform the behavior anytime, anywhere — even with distractions.

Here, we're working on proofing obedience with Bentley. By taking her to the park, we can expose her to an entirely new area and work with her until she masters the skills.

Wide open spaces! ❄️While at our Board and Train facility, every dog is walked 4 times a day with off-leash play time bu...
01/25/2021

Wide open spaces! ❄️

While at our Board and Train facility, every dog is walked 4 times a day with off-leash play time built into the schedule — all in our securely fenced outdoor area.

Happy Friday from this furry face! 🎉Katy is struggling with potty training and understanding commands — two common chall...
01/22/2021

Happy Friday from this furry face! 🎉

Katy is struggling with potty training and understanding commands — two common challenges for puppies.

Thankfully, our trainer Emily is very skilled in teaching young dogs and imprinting the right behaviors for long-term obedience.

She’s working with Katy and her owners on in-home training and they're already making great progress!

A daily walk is likely one of the highlights of your dog's day. 🦮But walking an overstimulated dog can be frustrating fo...
01/20/2021

A daily walk is likely one of the highlights of your dog's day. 🦮

But walking an overstimulated dog can be frustrating for both you and your pup.

Take Roscoe, for example. Roscoe is a reactive leash biter, so our trainer Emily is working with his owner to instill structure, boundaries, and clear leadership so that Roscoe can learn to relax and walks can become an enjoyable experience.

Say hello to Bodhi, one of the newest pups in our Board & Train program. 👋Bodhi struggles with fear and anxiety but, lit...
01/19/2021

Say hello to Bodhi, one of the newest pups in our Board & Train program. 👋

Bodhi struggles with fear and anxiety but, little by little, he's beginning to open up to us.

One key to his success so far: Working on elevated and narrow surfaces.

How does this technique help?

Because Bodhi has to pay careful attention to the position of his feet and rear end, he's building awareness and focusing less and less on his fear.

In time, this will allow him to have much better control of his nerves and lead a happier life!

Pictured is one my favorite memories with my dad. The day we finished the kennel build. I’m HAPPY to report he is out of...
01/18/2021

Pictured is one my favorite memories with my dad. The day we finished the kennel build. I’m HAPPY to report he is out of surgery and able to shake his head up and down when I said, “I love you dad.” Thank you for your continued prayers. We are still getting lots of messages! The doctor said tomorrow he we will be far more conscious. I’m looking forward to seeing the hard working head strong, and patient man I have the privilege to call my daddy.

Remember these words, today and every day.✨Thank you, Dr. King, for your wisdom. Today we honor you.
01/18/2021

Remember these words, today and every day.✨

Thank you, Dr. King, for your wisdom. Today we honor you.

Surgery for my dad has been scheduled for 8am tomorrow morning. He’s not been resting well but has fortunately fallen as...
01/17/2021

Surgery for my dad has been scheduled for 8am tomorrow morning. He’s not been resting well but has fortunately fallen asleep for a bit this afternoon. Your personal messages and comments have been so encouraging to me, my sisters, and my mom. Loudoun K9’s amazing staff is running things flawlessly in my absence. I’m amazed and grateful despite a very difficult situation. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

Saturday field trip!🎉Sweet Sadie is ready to go home — but not without one more outdoor adventure!🐕☀️After just a few we...
01/16/2021

Saturday field trip!🎉

Sweet Sadie is ready to go home — but not without one more outdoor adventure!🐕☀️

After just a few weeks in our Board & Train program, Sadie gained the clarity and confidence she needs to be a happy and obedient pup for life.

Now we'll work with her owners to stay consistent with her training, so they can continue to enjoy her progress!

14 hours later I’m with my daddy! Thanks to my amazing staff for holding down the fort so I can be here. They are second...
01/15/2021

14 hours later I’m with my daddy! Thanks to my amazing staff for holding down the fort so I can be here. They are second to none!

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Loudoun K9 offers unique and customized in-home and board and train solutions for your dog in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Loudoun K9's training philosophy was born from the belief that there is no "one size fits all" approach to learning in terms of human or K9. This core belief is what sets Loudoun K9 apart in both efforts and results.

We build on trust. Through a combination of positive reinforcement and humane correction we start outlining boundaries for your dog. Within days we can see dogs start to willingly focus on their owners instead of distractions, happily obey, and start dropping the bad habits.

We add difficulty. Getting your dog to listen can happen quickly. But getting it to stick in all situations is more difficult. In this phase we start showing your dog that the new manners they are learning apply everywhere.

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Thanks for helpful training session today!Learning the use of a leash in recall training and more!
So we did the 3 week board and train with our Cane Corso, Kratos. He is a very stubborn and powerful dog. The training helped with the basics, however we still have issues with meeting other dogs big time.. I hoped there was additional training for this breed.. Its a whole different ballgame.
The day that Macy came home at 8-weeks-old, she threw up in the car. That developed into a car anxiety that left her terrified of even walking near the car. A few weeks ago, we took her longest trip to date around 1 1/2 hours away. She drooled the whole time and threw up multiple times. So gross, and now the humans had anxiety of taking her with us. With a much longer trip looming, I messaged Daniel at Loudoun K9 Dog Training. He helped me first understand how big of an issue fear can be for dogs. But then, he coached me through a plan to help Macy conquer her fear. During our nearly 5-hour ride on Tuesday, Macy threw up once and drooled mildly. But today! Today, she didn’t drool or throw up. She slept...almost the entire time. It was a remarkable turnaround in just two weeks. We have a much less anxious puppy, and a much less anxious group of humans.
Rudy’s favorite dog trainer! Loudoun K9 is the best! Thanks Daniel McLaughlin!
I can't thank you enough for the help with Roxie. It's amazing the change in her since you were here a few weeks ago. I love that she can just "be" with us without being crazy. We still keep her on the leash most of the time she's in the house and she still gets very excited with visitors, but I know that it's only a matter of time until we can unleash her.
What a difference we see in Roxie! Thank you!
Happy first anniversary to you as you celebrate your dog training and boarding facility! We wish you many, many more!
Words cannot express how amazed we are at Daniels work with our 6 year old coonhound - Gracie. We purchased a 6 lesson pack. I was floored at what he was able to do on the 1st lesson. Our dog is a rescue and was a big puller on walks. She is also aggressive with other dogs. She was a barker when someone knocked at the front door and thought she was the Alpha in the household of 5, 3 of which are kids (8,9,16). Now on walks we have 3 commands (with me, free and sit). While on "with me" she does not leave our side - EVEN WHEN THE 8 year old is walking her!! Now when I stop walking she sits automatically. On the 4th lesson he introduced his dog into the mix. At the end of the lesson my dog was laying on the sidewalk, facing the other direction, completely disinterested in his dog. I still have to be carefully with other dogs - she's not cured. She has learned, though, that she doesn't needs to "worried" or "interested" in other dogs while on walks. When someone comes to the door - we say "place" and she walks to a spot in the livingroom and lays down until I tell her "free". This took a lot of work on our part after his lessons. It is truly un-freaking-believable!!! She's no longer the boss. She's a lot more happy not having to make all the decisions anymore. My take is that Daniel provides the rules and foundation. It was up to us - all 5 of us - to stick to the rules and train her between lessons. It takes work - but it's incredibly worth it. I'm happy to talk more about it to anyone who has questions. Feel free to message me here.
Hi Daniel! Zivah and Cooper say hi! Hope things are good.