At Checkerboard K9, we believe that the canine is a unique creature and owning one is a privilege.  In most cases, they are loving and compassionate towards their owner with an undying loyalty.  As with people, each dog learns differently regarding training techniques along with the time involved.  They require love, understanding, compassion, boundaries, and consistency.  Communication is a key ingredient in any training program and it is our responsibility as dog owners to find the best way to communicate with our canine in such a way that he understands. 

There are numerous training aids (e-collar, clicker, luring, etc.) to assist in training and it is up to each owner to find out what works best for your canine.  An obedient dog is a happy, stable dog.  A dog that is interactive and responsive with their owner is a satisfied and respectful dog. A dog that is fed a nutritiously balanced diet, well cared for, and exercised daily is a healthy and mannerly dog.  Dogs want to engage and be successful at tasks.  They strive to please their owner.

We believe in positive reinforcement for good and expected behavior.  Punishment is only resorted to in dire situations.  Praise, treats, and play time are an important part of our program.  Training never ends.  The Golden Rule at Checkerboard K9 is: “everything that you do with your dog is teaching them something…either positive or negative”.  What you put into your dog is what you will get out.

We believe that knowledge is power.  Dog training is evolving and changing every day.  No one can ever know enough.  

We believe that knowledge is power. Since dog training evolves and changes every day due to new methods being explored and introduced, the trainer is always learning. Continuing education is key to a successfully trained dog.

We believe it is important for potential buyers to know what you want to do with your dog and to set attainable short and long term goals to accomplish those wants.  Are you just looking for a house pet?  Or maybe you want to compete in sporting or agility events.  You may be in the market for a dog specifically for home protection.  Knowing what you want to do with your dog will determine the breed you should be looking for.  Be mindful that behavioral problems in a dog not only result from lack of proper and ongoing training and/or lack of a consistent routine of exercise, but can also arise when a buyer purchases the wrong breed of dog for their intended purpose.

We believe that all dogs should be properly socialized, beginning as a puppy.  This step in training not only decreases the possibility of fear and aggression, it also boosts their confidence immensely.

We believe that mental stimulation is as important as physical stimulation in any training program.  Of course, investing the time to properly train a dog to do what the owner desires is of top priority, but mental stimulation is an essential piece to the training equation.  This will provide the owner with a well-balanced, dependable canine that the owner can be proud of.  Trust in a relationship between dog and owner goes both ways.

We believe that if someone invests in purchasing a dog, they should also be prepared financially to invest in training that dog, whether it is themselves or a professional trainer.  If obtaining outside assistance do your due diligence and research the trainers available to you.  Talk to others who have had their dog trained by professional trainers in your area.  Look for positive results not only in the dog but satisfaction by the owner.  When talking to a trainer, listen to their level of dedication and compassion.  How much time will the trainer spend with your dog and what is their level of devotion to the success of your dog’s training?  Are they passionate about what they do?  All of these factors will play into a successful training program for you and your dog.

Lastly, we believe that purchasing a canine is an ongoing expense and responsibility. Many factors should be taken into consideration before you make a purchase.  To name a few:

Will your dog be an indoor or outdoor dog?

If indoor, do you have the space for the size of dog you are interested in purchasing? Do you have an indoor crate to accommodate your dog’s size?

If outdoor, do you currently have a kennel or fenced in area, or will you be utilizing a tie-out?

Do you have a dependable veterinarian available to you?

Will you be vaccinating your dog?  Worming? Heartworm coverage? Flea protection? Microchip?

Are you financially prepared for accidents or illnesses that may arise and are you able to stay with your canine if needed or have someone that can help?

As you can see, the list can become cumulative.  Puppies are cute as they can be, but they do grow up and become an adult dog.  As a responsible owner, we must do our very best to provide the absolute, unparalleled care for the new addition to our household.