Contact

Phone and Fax

360-941-1423

360-293-4332

Email

Hours of Operation

Open to the public by appointment only

Mon - Fri: 9am - 3pm

Saturday: 10am-12pm

​​Sunday: Closed

Area of Service

Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish and King County

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Training

This option is great for pups new to training or even new to a home. If you just brought your dog home either from adoption or a breeder and can't stand to part with them for the full program length you can break it into two parts.

This is our full-length program that encompasses full on leash and off leash training. By the time you pick your dog up from camp they will be able to come, sit, down, down stay and more both on and off leash

2 Week Curriculum

 

Week 1:

In your pup's first week at camp, we begin to lay the foundation for all the training to come. We begin with building confidence in the heel position and learning to trust and connect with the handler.  To build connections and teach willing compliance to commands we give boundaries and expectations followed by loving touch and eye contact when compliance is met.  By the end of the first week your pup will know how to heel properly on a loose leash, and to comply to a stationary down, walking down and a down on a recall. They will also know how to come to their name on leash and "heel around".

 

During this time we also immediately stop any jumping, biting, barking or dominance in playtime, allowing your dog to build confidence and let go of dominance driven behaviors.

Week 2:

In the second week, we continue to work on solidifying all commands and work towards quick responses and deliberate movements. We also begin to add as many distractions as we can to ensure that your pup will be solid on a leash with any and all distractions.  Your dog will also have held at least one thirty minute down with distractions and a down stay on leash with us out of sight by the end of this week.  

4 Week Curriculum

 

Week 1:

In your pup's first week at camp, we begin to lay the foundation for all the training to come. We begin with building confidence in the heel position and learning to trust and connect with the handler.  To build connections and teach willing compliance to commands we give boundaries and expectations followed by loving touch and eye contact when compliance is met.  By the end of the first week your pup will know how to heel properly on a loose leash, and to comply to a stationary down, walking down and a down on a recall. They will also know how to come to their name on leash and "heel around".

 

During this time we also immediately stop any jumping, biting, barking or dominance in playtime, allowing your dog to build confidence and let go of dominance driven behaviors.

Week 2:

In the second week, we continue to work on solidifying all commands and work towards quick responses and deliberate movements. We also begin to add as many distractions as we can to ensure that your pup will be solid on a leash with any and all distractions.  Your dog will also have held at least one thirty minute down with distractions and a down stay on a leash with us out of sight by the end of this week.  

Week 3:

   In the third week, we begin by accomplishing close quarter off leash. This means we take everything the dog has learned off leash and work on it without the leash at no longer than a six-foot distance. After your dog becomes confident at this distance we gradually add distance so that by the end of the week we have accomplished at least a twenty-foot recall.  We also work on solidifying down stay at a distance without a leash as well as quick recalls.

Week 4:

By the fourth week, we practice all your pup has learned off leash at a distance of 50 feet. This includes immediate walking downs, running downs and down on a recall,  all using hand commands.  Near the end of the last week, we work off leash at a distance with distractions.  We also ensure that any new unwanted behaviors that may have surfaced are worked on and that your pup respects and wants to please it's handlers.  We do this by showing your dog how much we appreciate and love them for working hard to accomplish what we are asking.

A word on our training philosophy...

Our training philosophy at TMS K-9 Connections is centered around connections.  First, we set the dog up for success both in training and during socialization time. When the dog is compliant we lavish them with love.  Here at TMS, we do not reward dogs with food. We want our dogs to be excited about working with their trainers; not getting fed. We have found that what makes dogs happy is lots of love, a tummy rub or playing ball. Knowing this, we use these moments of connection as a reward instead of food. Training is designed for each individual dog depending on their strengths and weaknesses as well as the age and needs of the handler.  If the owner has young children we will work around bouncing balls, bikes, strollers, high pitched noises, etc.  If the handler is of retirement age or has a handicap we will work with walkers, canes, and learning to walk up and down stairs nicely. It is our intent to make each new dog a member of our camp family and it is important that each pup feels that camp is their "second home". 

Our training technique is award-winning.