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Exciting news on the camp front! Our long gravel driveway is finally paved and open for traffic. Thanks for all your patience navigating the property last week when it was closed. 🙏
We’re enjoying the nice, smooth surface and just in time to practice dog distractions on the walk with training campers London and Bella, Snoop and Rooney, and our amazing trainer Kathy showing our new trainer Amanda how to practice with two dogs at once with Shurri and Jax. 🐶🐕🦺🐕🐾💜
3 week camper Etta having a blast at our local park!! #gooddog #playgrounddog #blackdog #cutedogs
Bentley and Finn had a blast to the local Lowes today!! Bentley is a 3 week puppy camp and loved seeing all the people! Finn is a 3 week camp and did really awesome with all the distractions!!!
#gooddog #falldogs #puppylove #dogtraining #dogsoflowe
Tuck is looking so cute in DC today!! #lablove #4you #gooddog #dcdogs
Off leash fun in the snow here at Indigo!!
Hoping some of our camp dogs will get to spy Champ and Major playing on the South Lawn when we take our training dogs out on field trips to the National Mall! 🐾🐶
Thank you WSJ Real Estate for interviewing us for this great article in today’s print edition of The Wall Street Journal. 🙏 Read the full article here: https://emailshare.cmail19.com/t/n/d-l-f32f4ca95b4c11eb8c3f99cd71d2b96f-l-d-r-l/
We are just ecstatic that First Dogs have made a comeback to the White House and Duchess is looking forward to the debut of the First Cat soon! 🐱🇺🇸
From our family to yours including all our special holiday guests, we are wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We are beyond grateful for everyone’s support this tough year in so many different ways! 🐾❤️💚🙏🎄🎅🎁❤️💚🐾
Gilmore is enjoying the holiday decorations 🎄 on his field trip!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Howl-o-ween from our current campers as well as our resident non-canine training helpers, Kat & Duchess! 🎃🕸🦇🕷👻🐾🧡🖤
Cooper is back for his 3 week camp!! Left picture is when Cooper was a 10 week old puppy now he is much bigger but still just as cute!
Theo(right) is a 3 week camp dog training with one of our graduates Honey(left). Always great to have our past graduates in to show the new guys how its done.
Chief came to us at 10 weeks for some puppy training and is back in at 4 months for his training camp! He is gotten a lot bigger since last time but still just as cute!
Alta is in week three of her training camp, she is working on downs outside with distractions.
Alta is in her second week of training and is doing awesome!!
Meet Alta a 4 month old black lab in for our 3 week training camp.
Lulu is working on place outside with distance as a distraction. She isn't the quickest but she gets there every time.
Gauge is enjoying this beautiful weather but wishes he had more of his boarding dog friends to play with. We are still open and offering daily taxis to all his furry friends!
Lily Lu is a 2 year old Bassett hound in for our 3 week training camp.
Mags is a ten week old Golden retriever puppy in for our puppy headstart program!
Chief is a 10 week old lab puppy in for our puppy headstart program, he has learned his name and how to sit this week!
Picture perfect pups!! Gus and Ruthy hanging in Old Town today showing off their new training skills.
Powder is a Golden Retriever in her first week of training camp! She is a super smart and super playful!
Gus a golden retriever (left) and Ruthy a Samoyed (right) are almost done there second week of training and are practicing there off leash recall out of play. These two love to play with each other but have learned come means come no matter what!
This is Gus. He is a Golden in for our three week training camp!! Today we are working on his leash walking skills.
Big or small we train them all. Chloe is a toy poodle who is ready to graduate tomorrow and Levi is a Leonberger who is a past graduate.
Bleu is a Frenchie puppy getting ready to graduate from one of our puppy programs!! He has started learning the place command and how to walk properly on a leash as well as many other things while here at Indigo.
Indigo Dog Training clients!!! If any of you use a Furbo, Petcube Bites, or any other similar Wifi enabled treat dispensing machine, can you send us a FB message or a text to 301-996-4060? We have a special opportunity for you! 💜💙 Thank you! 🙏
Benji is a 5 month old Bernedoodle, he is full of energy and eager to learn he is starting his e-collar training this week!
Archie is in his 2nd week at camp with us, he is having fun playing in the snow today and practicing his re-call command.
Happy Howl-o-ween from some of our recent campers!!! Wishing everyone a safe and happy night, especially for all those easily spooked doggies. It’s a good time for some dogs to stay comfy cozy in the bedrooms tonight. 😂🥰😊🖤🧡🕸👻🕷🎃🐾
This guy is a father to 3 kids, 4 dogs, a cat, a bunny, and a parakeet. Happy Father’s Day to our general manager Mike and to all the fathers out there of creatures big and small! 💙
Here at Indigo Dog Training, we are strong advocates of the humane use of training tools that help to make good dog training even better by providing our dogs with clear instructions that make the training consistent, reliable, fair, and fun. All of our trainers have studied Tyler Muto’s dog training system extensively and believe passionately in his mission.
This is a great post about the ever growing debate about e-collars and why picking and choosing your dog training company should always come with a lot of research.
When we moved to a three week board and train versus a two week program, we got several prospective clients who chose to go with other companies’ two week programs because they were really concerned about leaving their dog somewhere for that extra week. We totally get it! The thought of leaving your dog somewhere for an extended period of time should ALWAYS come with careful considerations.
What we also noticed though was by taking that extra week and making sure we teach the dogs through positive motivation FIRST well before using any sort of advanced training tool led to dogs that were happier, less stressed, and much more self-motivated. We will start to advocate much more about the proper use of tools in future posts to come, but in the mean time, check out this post by Tyler and know that Indigo Dog Training is strongly committed to safe, humane, fun, and reliable dog training to help make sure you get the dog of your dreams!
**Electronic Collar Training Exposed**
This is a behind the scenes, un-edited clip of a trainer using an electronic collar on a dog!
Seriously - There have been several videos making the rounds showing extremely un-skilled, and un-educated trainers using electronic collars in ways that are reckeless and potentially abusive. There have also been numerous news stories about animal abuse and death at several different Off Leash K9 franchise locations (A franchise that bases all their training on the electronic collar).
I have spent the bulk of my career educating people about these tools, why they are so valuable for dogs and their owners, how to use them properly and humanely, and defending their use against organizations and individuals who are trying to have them outlawed. I did this initially as a private individual, and then on an institutional level in the capacities of Director, Legisaltive Commitee Member, Vice President, and President of the International Association of Canine Professionals over the course of 6+ years. In other words, I have dedicated a decade to defending the use of electronic collars, and advocating for better education into their proper use. Heck - I litterally produced one of the most thorough educational courses on the electronic collar that is available.
With all that said - It is difficult to defend access to these tools when there are "professionals" out there using them in such crude ways. Make no mistake, the behavior of the trainers in some of these videos is deplorable and morally reprehensable.
I will continue to advocate for the proper use of the electronic collar and all the benefits that it brings to dogs. We see everyday, at our training center, how dogs flourish with the clarity, precision, and freedom that the electronic collar provides. But if we as a professional community don't start holding ourselves to higher standards, our ability to use our own professional judgment to determine what tools, techniques and training plans are right for each dog and owner will be taken away from us.
Even writing that last paragraph was a challenge - when so many trainers are demonstrating that they lack the required knowlege and skill to have their judgment trusted.
Where do we go from here?
I am not sure.
It appears we are stuck between the slippery slope of regulation, which exposes the industry to the danger of animal rights activists swooping in eliminating access to the training tools that so many families need to keep dogs in their homes, and prevent surrender and behavioral euthanasia; and no-regulation, which exposes dogs and owners to the risks of incompetent professionals.
I am feeling saddened, jaded, and worried about the future of our industry, and ultimately the future of dog ownership.
But it won't stop me from helping the dogs that I can.
Here is an unplanned, uncut, video of me working Murphy, a young Berna-doodle on an electronic collar. it's not my best training, I am not doing everything technically correct, but we are learning and having fun. I hope you enjoy seeing what it is supposed to look like. No stress, no talking negatively about the dog, no heavy corrections to a dog that doesn't know his expectations. Just a fun training session, with a really cool dog that made me feel a little better.
Everyone say hi to 7 month old Chance who is officially kicking off our Summer Training Camp season this weekend! Chance will be here for three weeks to learn all about what it takes to become a polite, well-mannered companion while still embracing his happy and fun adventurous side. With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, be sure to book your summer camp now since spaces are limited.
From our Indigo Dog Training family to yours, we hope everyone is having a very Happy Holiday! All of our furry holiday visitors are settling in for the night after a fun filled day with their fellow campers. For everyone celebrating the holiday with their dog at home, please post a pic for us to see! ❤️💚
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