What can be better than a day in the country side with a group of your friends?
Rachel Jones at K-9 Divine has just that for your dog. K-9 Divine will not only take care of your dog while you are at work, they will also give them a day in the country, running (supervised!) through a fenced-in pasture. We spoke to Borderstan contributor Rachel Jones about her business.
Borderstan: When did K-9 Divine started?
Rachel Jones: I started K-9 Divine 10 years ago as an in-home training business. Six years ago I bought my house in Logan Circle and started boarding dogs. 1½-years ago, I rented the farm and started daycare and boarding at the farm.
Borderstan: Where are you located?
Jones: The farm is located in Harwood, Md., which is near Annapolis. Dogs can also board at my house in Logan Circle and we go to the client’s homes to do training.
Borderstan: What services do you offer?
Jones: We offer daycare at the farm Monday through Friday, boarding at both locations seven days a week and training whenever it is convenient for the client. We also offer boarding with training.
Borderstan: What is the cost of boarding and farm day?
Jones: Boarding is $65 per night or $50 per night for stays over one week. A farm day is $40 or $350 for a package of 10 days or $650 for a package of 20 days.
Borderstan: What makes K-9 Divine different from other dog care services?
Jones: Our daycare is different because it is outdoors on 13 acres. The dogs have lots of room to run and they have enough personal space so they don’t feel stressed out. We also have more people supervising the dogs than most other daycares. Our boarding is in a regular house and the dogs are not caged or kenneled. They are allowed to sleep wherever they want, even in the bed with me! So it is much less stressful than the average kennel or daycare.
Both myself and Amanda Brady, the daycare manager, are professional dog trainers, so we are very aware of dog behavior and body language and can make sure dogs are happy and getting along with each other.
From Rachel Jones. Email her at rjones[AT]borderstan.com. A professional dog trainer, she is the owner of K-9 Divine.
It can be very frustrating to train a dog, especially when an owner is dealing with a serious problem like aggression or fear. Having a proper understanding of learning theory and the way dogs learn can help a person have realistic expectations and a successful plan.
Humans have much higher powers of cognition than dogs. We have critical reasoning, which allows us to process concepts such as right and wrong, and draw conclusions based on observations. Dogs do not have this ability. Dogs learn by repetition. That is the only way they learn both behaviors and emotions.
Therefore, it is important for humans to set aside both the idea of morality and our common teaching style of lecturing and explaining when working with dogs.
Successful Repetition: 200 Times
In order for a dog to learn anything, he must engage in the same behavior successfully at least 200 times. For example, a dog must hear the word “sit” in conjunction with putting her rear on the ground 200 times before she links the command with the behavior. Similarly, if she jumps on your visitors 200 times and gets attention she will have learned to jump on people.
Therefore, in order to have a well-behaved dog, you must set them up to engage in many repetitions of good behavior, and few repetitions of bad behavior. If you don’t want your dog to do things like knock over the garbage can or jump on the furniture, you need to organize his time so that he can’t possibly engage in those behaviors. Allowing him to do it and then trying to punish him for it is not very successful, since he does not grasp the concept of right vs. wrong.
Once a dog has engaged in hundreds of repetitions of a certain emotion, such as fear, it takes a lot of work to change how she feels. For example, if a dog has been barking and growling at strangers for three years, it will take at least a few months to change the behavior. Beware of television shows where the trainer works with the dog for one hour and “cures” it of fear or aggression. In reality, training programs for emotional issues take months of tedious repetitions on the part of the dog and the owner.
Whether you are teaching your dog to sit or working on an aggression problem, you will have a much greater chance of success if you understand the way your dog’s mind works and commit to a realistic amount of time to train.
Sunday, April 25: Clean Up, Training Session
Shaw Dogs is holding a Shaw Dog Park clean up and training session on Sunday, April 25. At 12:30 pm Rachel of K9-Divine will hold a free training session for dog owners, which will be followed by a park clean up–volunteers are needed. The park is on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW, between Rhode Island and R NW.
Wednesday, April 28: Monthly Meeting
Shaw Dogs holds its monthly meeting at Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW; meetings are open to the public. This is the group that takes care of the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW. This meeting was rescheduled from the 21st.
Saturday, May 1: Vaccination, Registration Clinic
Next Saturday, May 1, from 1 to 4pm at the Shaw Dog Park, the District’s Department of Health will hold a vaccination and registration clinic for dogs and cats. Dogs must be on leash, and cats must secured in a carrier box. The vaccinations are free, but there are registration fees. Here’s more information from DC DOH.
You may notice that by putting these two events in one posting that I am playing to a stereotype of Borderstan: a place where outsiders believe dogs are more important than kids. Well, tough. It’s been a long week and I don’t feel like doing two separate postings. So, here is an event for families with kids and an event for families with dogs. (more…)