K-9 SOL (Socialization, Obedience & Leadership) was founded in 2007 as K-9 SOS (Socialization Obedience School), but in 2012 the business was literally SOL for a name when I discovered the name had been federally trademarked. But I believe our new name actually reflects my goals better as I strive to provide socialization, obedience and leadership to both dogs and owners.
Dogs who understand their training are happy dogs.
My goal at K-9 SOL is for dogs and owners to enjoy co-existing for years to come. To best accomplish this, I like to start dogs in Puppy PreSchool during the 8-16 week period to take advantage of the first and strongest socialization period. Then I strongly encourage Basic Obedience to focus on building not only a vocabulary of basic commands but the beginning of that necessary foundation of trust and respect between owner and dog.
I also have older dogs needing behavior modification, accomplished with a combination of obedience and socialization. Usually, with behavior problems, we, the owners, need to take responsibility for problems we have either created or encouraged. Yet no matter the age or the issue, the puppy/dog should enjoy the training and want to return to school. The same is true of nightly homework; we, the owners must keep it fun and challenging.
Finally, if an owner is interested in advanced training, I begin with Off-Leash Obedience. What an owner and dog can accomplish once the dog is reliable off the leash is limitless but strictly up to the owner’s willingness to work and preference: everything from the simple fun of running on the beach with your dog off-leash next to you to serious work in scent detection and tracking, protection, search and rescue, etc.
For only 10 cents a day, spread over the lifetime of your dog (with 12.7 years as the average lifespan of a dog according to www.vet.com), K-9 SOL can train your dog from puppy socialization through obedience.
My best friend is worth it - isn’t yours?