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Circle K9’s Own David Ketterer Featured in PetTalk Magazine

Starting Basic Obedience by David Ketterer, Circle K9

Now that your new puppy is home, you’re probably thinking how to train this bundle of fur and energy. Your first question is “Where do I begin?”. Training starts with a collar and a leash. Sounds simple, but this is the first step. Take your puppy for a short walk and get the little fellow adjusted to this new way of walking. It may take several short walks for this to occur, but be patient and have fun.

You will be surprised at how fast your puppy catches on to this new game. You will also notice how much your puppy learns from this simple activity. The leash communicates a wealth of information that will help you with all of your future training.

Before you start any form of task-oriented training, you first must establish a communication system. I highly recommend the use of a clicker. Clickers are used to mark good behavior, and because of their consistent tone, a puppy will understand their use very quickly.

Next we will need a bag of treats. I use Bil-Jac frozen dog food because puppies like it, can eat it quickly, and it is healthy. I also use a training vest to store my treats, but a pouch will also work. Now you are ready to begin. Remember, your goal is to establish a communication system with your puppy and not tasks like sit, down, recalls, etc. For this phase of training, I use a Kuranda bed, or you can use a mat or any similar object. It will be referred to as a place or post.

Take your post outside, along with your puppy on leash, your training vest or pouch, treats, and a clicker. Gently guide your puppy to the post. As soon as all four paws are on the post, mark the behavior with your clicker and follow with your treat. Gently guide your puppy off the post and say “free” simultaneously. Repeat again, and as you guide your puppy on to the post say the word “post or place” mark with the clicker, reward with the treat once all four paws are on the post. Repeat this exercise until your puppy understands it well.

You have now established the communication method for all future training – say the command, mark the correct behavior (clicker), reward (treat). You are now ready to start with the basic commands. Remember to be fair, firm and most importantly have fun with your new puppy!

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Circle K9 is located in Magnolia, Texas (just outside of Houston). Run by loving dog owners and a certified trainer, Andrea and David Ketterer’s Houston dog kennel facility sits on a five acre estate for the sole purpose of training and boarding dogs. Dog Training is a passion and way of life for David and Andrea that throughout the years became their profession and the basis for
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Circle K9’s dog boarding facility is situated in a country environment with a large pond and plenty of shady trees. The dog kennels are located in a climate controlled indoor facility with outdoor kennels and large runs as well. While staying at Circle K9’s Houston boarding facility your dog will benefit from our huge individual 11’ x 21’ outdoor run areas, and sleep in their personal 4’ x 8’ indoor kennel with elevated Kuranda beds. At Circle K9 we believe the dogs
are happiest with plenty of space, lots of exercise, close personal attention and oodles of love, which is why we live on site.

Quality dog training is the core of our business. Andrea and David feel that when conflicts occur between a dog and owner it is when messages are unclear and not properly understood. The key in our Houston dog training program is to teach individuals to understand that all dogs learn differently. Circle K9 is here to help; not only to educate the dog but also its owner.

Specialty Training is offered by Circle K9 of Texas, training such as Schutzhund, protection, narcotics, tracking, and competition obedience. Our goal is to see our Houston training program dogs educated and available to work with a variety of Police and Military Agencies. Or simply to see them successfully integrated within their adoring family.

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