In 1970 I started my career in the field of dog training with United States Military Working Dog Program. I earned certification in Patrol Dog School and Kennel Master School. I served four years as a dog handler with one year serving as a sentry dog handler in Viet Nam. After departing the Air Force I started my own company Dal-worth K9 Service in Fort Worth, Texas were I trained dogs for business and personal protection. I also did in home training and dealt with dog behavioral problems with an emphasis on dog aggression. After selling the company I moved to McAllen, Texas and opened up Four Paws Pet Supply. The business sold pet supplies, did obedience classes, boarded and trained owners and their dogs and established a canine demonstration team that toured the area and put on dog demonstrations. After selling the business I moved to San Diego Calf. and worked with a company that placed sentry dogs at business sites. Eventually I moved to Maryland and started Tri-State K9 Service in 1980. I did in home training with customers that had dog behavioral problems that included housebreaking, aggression, chewing, separation anxiety, jumping, pulling on the leash and not coming when called. I also wrote two books on dog training "The Complete Guide To Dog Problem Solving" and "The Complete Guide To Dog Obedience Training". In 2001, with my wife Lucinda who had decades of experience in running her own grooming business in the Maryland area, we started Dogtownmaryland boarding and training kennels. Our concept was to build a business that was not only unique from all the other boarding and training kennels but provide a home away from home for the family pet when they stayed with us. No cement floors to play on but the open air with grass and dirt and acres to run free in a secured area with other friendly dogs. To the present day we have trained hundreds in private obedience classes and have boarded and trained dogs at our kennels as well as boarding all size dogs and dog daycare. We have also worked with German Shepherd Rescue of Northern Va. in housing rescued German Shepherds until they were placed in their forever home or in Foster care.
With over 60 years combined experience, Cindy and I have a passion for all kinds of animals from birds to cats and dogs. We have built a lifetime bond with all the family pets that have passed through our gates. We also find it rewarding to help people in need when it comes too their dogs' problems.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We have the customer go to our web site: Dogtownmaryland.com. At the web site they would click on the tab "Meet & Greet". They would fill out the form with information on their dog(s) and then use the pull down menu to pick out the month, day and time they would like to meet with us at the kennels with their dog(s) and family. We would evaluate the dog and then if the evaluation is good, we would set up a day for daycare were we can observe the dog with other dogs and also pinpoint any behavioral problems. After daycare we would recommend the best program for the client and dog(s).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Four years Military Working Dog Program United States Air Force. Over 40 years working throughout the United States in solving dog behavioral problems and obedience training with 2 books written on the subject of problem solving and obedience training for all breeds.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
Private Lesson at the Kennels $120 for 90 minutes.
Boarded training from $900-$1300 for an 8 to 13 day program.
Daycare $25 per day.
Boarding from $35 per/day to $55 per/day depending on the size of dog.
How did you get started in this business?
1970 volunteered for the Military Working Dog Program United States Air Force.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Worked with all types of dogs and customers from going to their home or having them come to our business site. Worked all breeds and all sizes of dogs.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I can not pin point one event since each brings its own special needs and results with dogs and people being unique.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Look for someone that will continue to stay with you and help you through any problems that may come up after the training is done. Someone that has dealt with years of problem solving from agression to chewing and housebreaking to name a few.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
What problems they have with their dog. What their expectations are? How much time they have to commit to the program.