Kabler School For Dogs Featured in Outside Magazine!

Outside Magazine contributor and author Brad Stulberg has been raising his German Shepherd puppy Ananda the Kabler way and has noticed the similarities between coaching humans and training dogs. He was so taken by these similarities that he delved into them in his latest article for Outside Magazine titled, “These 7 Dog-Training Principles Work for Humans, Too”. The article features training insights from Master Trainer David Kabler and makes some amazing points!

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Dock Diving & Swim Center is Open!

Kabler School For Dogs is proud to announce the opening of our new K9 Dock Diving and Swim Center! Are you interested in teaching your puppy to swim from a young age? Are you wanting to teach your dog to water retrieve? How about swim lessons for adult dogs? Have you seen the exciting sport of dog dock diving? Are you excited about giving your dog this amazing outlet for all that energy? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Kabler School For Dogs swim and dock diving courses may be just the K9 activity you’ve been looking for.

Golden Retriever Pearl taking the leap!

We live in an an area with so much swift moving water and lakes that it is imperative for every dog to learn to swim proficiently. This will keep your dog safe as you go on hiking trips, SUP journeys, and swimming adventures with your four legged best friend. The optimal time to teach your dog to swim is as a puppy but older dogs can learn to swim and build water confidence too. Swimming and retrieve combined together make for an amazingly fun activity for you and your dog.

Fury warming up on the ramp.

Our Dock Diving and Swim training courses are an excellent path forward to advancing your dog to that next level of water confidence. Please go to scheduling to book your dogs Swim or Dock Diving training course! For experienced dogs and handlers we also offer Independent hourly dock rental so you can practice with your dog.

Frankie is a natural water retriever!

The Kabler School For Dogs Swim and Dock Diving Center includes a 29’x17′ foot pool with a 20′ practice dock and ramp. Our facility is classified as a ‘short dock’ for competition– excellent for teaching dogs this exciting activity and for experienced jumpers up to the 25′ range.

Please call the school today for more info!

(828) 337-5792

Barley building some water confidence.

Holiday Safety Tips

Residency guests Cody and Trek practice go place in the Kabler School For Dogs Pro-Shop!

Christmas Season is upon us! We want to share a few helpful tips to get you and your dog safely through this holiday season! The holidays may be a scary time for some pups. Christmas revelry can cause anxiety and fearfulness for dogs who haven’t experienced it. The following tips may help you avoid an emergency visit to the vet office over the holiday season.

If you have a dog that is fearful of people or small children and you plan on having a big gathering it may be best not to force your puppy or dog into a situation that makes them uncomfortable. Instead, before your guests arrive exercise your dog and make them comfy in their crate with a yummy Kong or marrow bone to keep them occupied. Turn on some sounds like music or a TV to drown out all the noise. If you have a dog that loves being around groups of people and small children, still be mindful to keep your eye on them to assure they do not get into something harmful. Maybe consider having them come out and visit with everyone then go have some crate time with their Kong.

Some holiday plants are Actually poisonous and can cause a medical issue here are some of the most common:

• Christmas tree pine needles can produce oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and posterior weakness.

Holly, commonly found during the Christmas season, can cause intense vomiting, diarrhea.

Mistletoe, another Christmas plant, can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death when ingested.

Poinsettia contrary to popular belief, is not deadly; however, it can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and sometimes vomiting.

With the holiday season come all kinds of yummy treats and food. Be sure to avoid giving your dog food scraps from the table or your plate. If you must share your holiday dinner consider just a small amount given in the dogs bowl to avoid any unwanted behavior or upset tummies.

Here are a few foods and treats to avoid:

Fat trimmings and bones are dangerous for pets. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, may cause pancreatitis. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, cooked bone are dangerous, these can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system.

Chocolate can be dangerous and contains various levels of fat, caffeine, the darker and richer the chocolate (baker’s chocolate), the higher the risk of toxicity. Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested, dogs might experience vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity

• Many cookies and candies have certain nuts and should not be given to pets. Almonds, non-moldy walnuts and pistachios can cause an upset stomach or an obstruction of your dog’s throat and/or intestinal tract. Macadamia nuts and moldy walnuts can be toxic, causing seizures or neurological signs. Lethargy, vomiting and loss of muscle control are among the effects of nut ingestion.

Holiday tinsel and ornaments can also be hazardous:

Tinsel, while not toxic, is very attractive to pets, particularly cats but dogs love it too. The shiny, dangling decoration reflects light and can move in the slightest draft — appearing to come alive to watchful critters. The problem with tinsel is that once it’s consumed, it can cause serious injury to your pet. If not caught in time, this foreign body ingestion could actually be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your pet’s intestines. Immediate veterinary care is required.

Vet offices see a increase in emergency visits during the holiday due to dogs getting into trouble from ingesting items that are harmful or toxic causing it be a not so festive time. Be sure not to risk your dogs health by waiting. If your dog needs emergency care take them quickly to your local emergency clinic.

MedVet: 667 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806 • Phone • 828-665-4399

Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday season to you and yours from all of us here at Kabler School For Dogs!

– Candy Breisacher

Canine Scent Work Seminar

Canine Scent Work Seminar

Join us in learning about Canine Scent Work with instructor Buddy Lawson!

Join Kabler School For Dogs and Master Trainer Buddy Lawson for an amazing weekend of K9 scent and nose work. Instructor Buddy Lawson has successfully trained hundreds of dogs for police K9, search and rescue, competition, and support dog work. Spend a weekend exploring the world of training scent detection K9’s for a wide variety of purposes. Beginners and experts alike are welcome- all will gain valuable insight from Buddy Lawson’s years of experience. Please go to scheduling to book you and your dogs spot in this 2 day training seminar at the Kabler School For Dogs training facility on January 18-19th, 2020.

Canine Good Citizen Test

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Kabler School For Dogs will be hosting a Canine Good Citizen test in January 2020!

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test is a great way to show off all of your hard work with your canine companion. At Kabler School For Dogs we are excited to be testing for the AKC’s CGC test on January 25th, 2020! The test will be held from 3-5pm on Saturday afternoon at the Kabler School For Dogs training facility.

The test consists of 10 different categories.
1. Accept a friendly stranger.
2. Sit politely for petting. 
3. Appearance and grooming.
4. Walking on a loose lead.
5. Walking through a crowd.
6. Sit, down, and stay in place.
7. Come when called.
8. Reaction to another dog.
9. Reaction to a distraction.
10. Supervised separation.

If you think your dog has what it takes to pass this test please schedule your dogs CGC!
Those who come out and pass the test will be granted the title of Canine Good Citizen, and earn a ribbon and certificate. The cost of the test is $45 plus the AKC’s registration fee. Please go to scheduling to reserve your dogs spot!

Teaching the Come Command- New Ways of Learning

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Lobo expressing his natural drive during a motivational come request exercise.

When new clients call me to train their best friend, the COME request is usually a top priority on their training list. As dog owners, one of our biggest desires is that our dog will come when called every time. Our best friends live in a world of distractions that are constantly competing with us for our dogs attention. Many dogs feel frustrated that they cannot chase the squirrels, or the kitties, or the other dogs that they see on their daily walks. These ‘competing motivations’ are constantly vying for our dogs attention and when we call our dogs back to us it is easy for our canines to ignore our pleading for them to drop the fun and return to our side. In this post I would like to explore techniques that we can use to help our canine friends learn this most vital request.

Many dog owners will use the come request only when it is needed. Then when their dog returns to them it is back on the leash, or back in the house, or back in the crate. It is vital that the come request be used often and that most of the time your dog is allowed to return to that exciting scent or whatever fun it was that they were having before being called.

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Lilly practicing a motivational recall request– look at that guardian focus!

In other words call your dog to you frequently and then immediately encourage them to return to the activity they were doing before being called. You should only put your dog back on their leash and end their fun in one out of ten recalls.

ALWAYS give your dog plenty of praise and a treat reward for coming when called. This is the one command that I will always give a treat for. Plenty of praise should also be showered on your best friend for returning to your side. This will let them know that there is a reward in it for them when they heed your call.

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Practicing motivational recalls with puppies makes a lasting impact!

Dogs feel plenty of frustration in their daily lives… they want to chase that rabbit scent or follow that deer trail. Dogs often will learn to be outwardly focused on the world around them and will hone in on that rather than on us. Luckily, it is easy to create a strong desire in your dog to also want to run towards you. Follow this simple exercise to help build a strong foundation for a successful COME request.

1. Go to a safe place like a fenced in park or field and attach your best friend to a long line (a 30-35 foot long leash).

2. Have a friend or other household member hold your dog close to them.

3. Show your dog that you have a handful of treats by placing them on your furry friends nose.

4. Immediately run away a short distance and turn, and excitedly but loudly and clearly say your dogs name, and the COME request. “Daisy, COME!”

5. Have your friend drop the leash as your dog shows excitement and starts to pull towards you. Make sure that your helper does not get their feet inadvertently tangled in the leash, which can cause an accidental correction.

6. Your dog will run to you and as soon as they get to you shower them with treats and praise. Immediately pick up the leash so they can’t run off again. Repeat this 5 to 7 times in a row once or twice a day.

7. Build up from a short distance to bigger distances over several weeks. It is important not to get too far away too quickly.

Use this tip and you will successfully create a desire in your dog to want to be with you and at your side as much as they want to smell the roses!

David Kabler has been training dogs since he was a boy and has been a Certified Master Trainer since 1996. David is available for lessons in Asheville, NC and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule you and your dogs consultation. David will evaluate your dogs personality and training needs and, it’s absolutely free. (828) 337-5792

Tight Leash To A Loose Leash Mindset

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Loose leash walking practice with pocket Pittie Sadie.

Shifting from a tight leash to a loose leash is one of the hallmarks of a Kabler School For Dogs training course. Owning a professionally trained dog means that you can walk your dog with pleasure on a loose leash, easily passing other dogs, squirrels, cats, you name it! Our program teaches several kinds of walks from a casual ‘Round Me’ command to a very formal ‘With Me’ heel request. These different types of walks each have their place and you can use them interchangeably as the need arises.

Before Kabler training, most owners have a tight leash on their dog. This tight leash feels like you have more control of your best friend, but in truth, you have very little control if all your walks are on a tight lead. The leash is actually a communication tool. There are 3 primary ways of communication with your dog; Voice commands, hand signals, and leash requests. During a Kabler on leash course your dog will learn that when you pull on the leash you are actually sending them an obedience request.

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Loose leash walk with Labrador retrievers Harper and Jackson.

Dogs who are inappropriately reacting to other dogs or people by barking, lunging, or extreme pulling on the leash can be successfully trained to have neutral energy and walk on a loose leash! The Kabler approach to training solves tough issues by addressing the root causes and utilizing several angles and behavioral solutions. Once you change your mindset, and your dog reaches a high state of training, loose leash walking becomes a way of life for both you and your dog.

Click on Scheduling to book you and your dogs FREE Consultation with Master Trainer David Kabler, or call (828) 337-5792 for more information.

Solving Canine Crisis Behaviors

Off Leash Skills

Practicing off leash heeling skills in the neighborhood. Guiding your dog from problem walker to polite companion is our specialty.

Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and our clients wind up with a dog who is out of alignment with their family’s goals. “I want to walk down the sidewalk happily with my dog, but my dog lunges at every dog they see, and eventually we stopped going on walks.” We hear stories like this daily. Fortunately, our training courses provide effective solutions for your best friends issues.

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Neighborhood loose leash walking skills are a primary goal of our On Leash Obedience Course.

A dog who expresses leash reactive energy may be suffering from pack survival stress and is in desperate need of proper guidance from their human. A dog who is in a constant state of crisis is not a happy dog. Bringing your dog’s behavior around in a way that is easy and fun is one of our training specialties. Creating aligned energy between you and your dog is the goal of every Kabler training program.

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Using customized training techniques, all dogs are able to learn how to walk politely at their owners side while out on walks.

The Kabler School For Dogs training team is committed to helping dog owners solve behavioral issues. Every dog is different and it’s important to choose a trainer with a large toolbox of training skills. All training courses are customized to fit the goals we set for you and your dog during a free consultation. Our approach is intuitive and based on years of experience taking dogs from puppy to advanced off leash reliability.

Please call to discuss your dogs training needs and to schedule your dog’s FREE consultation.

(828) 337-5792

Rock Solid Training

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Out on a loose lead neighborhood walk with German Shepherd Gunnar.

Creating rock solid obedience that you can safely rely on is what we do best here at Kabler School For Dogs. Once your dog begins their On and Off Lead training courses there is a path that we take from novice to expertly trained dog. The journey to training a dog to rock solid reliability is about teamwork, fun practice sessions, and carefully following the Kabler School For Dogs training roadmap.

Rock solid training begins by building a bombproof foundation. Foundation work teaches your dog how to respond to obedience requests with motivated energy. In the beginning, we want your dog to understand that following through with obedience brings reward. Short and fun training routines are the name of the game when building your foundation. Ending your dogs practice sessions while your dog is at their peak will make your dog always excited to train. Another strategy during the foundation phase is to switch back and forth between training and play.

Off leash heeling becomes a reality.

Punkin and Ayla out on an off leash training walk. Off leash training successfully finishes your dog’s training.

If your dog has behavioral issues like leash reactivity or fearful anxiety we recommend that counter-conditioning be started alongside the foundation phase of training. By using these powerful techniques consistently you can make noticeable changes in your dogs behavior. Counter-conditioning adjusts your dogs energy allowing the coming training phases to take root faster and with more success. The goal of counter-conditioning is to soften behaviors so that the training program can progress with less stress.

The next step on you and your dog’s  journey to rock solid obedience is the guidance phase of training. There are many ways of communicating with your dog including voice requests, hand signals, and body language. During this phase we emphasize communication using the leash. It’s important that your dog understand that a pull on the leash actually means something. Just like a horseback rider communicates with his steed using the reigns we are going to send our dog obedience requests using the leash. Once your dog understands and responds successfully to leash guidance we are ready to continue our training journey to the reliability stage.

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German Shepherd Maggie being rewarded for a long down stay request during a park training session.

When your dog clearly understands how to respond to the different leash requests it is time to build their ability to reliably listen to your direction. Following through with commands on one request, longer sit and down stays, and consistent loose lead walking are some of the highlights of this training stage. It’s important to train in low to moderate level distraction environments as we strive to achieve the goals of the reliability phase. Once our dog is performing with accuracy it’s time to progress into the finishing phase.

During the finishing phase of training our goals are to make sure the training will work for us anywhere. Some trainers call this the distraction proofing phase. Now that your dog is demonstrating their new training skills with ease it is time to put the training to the test in increasingly higher distraction settings. As your dog learns to respond successfully in higher distraction settings you will notice a settling in your dog that actually deepens the canine/human bond. Seeing that your dog will enthusiastically respond to their training requests regardless of the environment or situation you will know you have achieved rock solid performance with your newly trained best friend.

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Ayla and Punkin practice their long down stay at the park during their Residency training course.

Please call (828) 337-5792 for more information about the unique approach to training at Kabler School For Dogs. Locations in Asheville and Tricities, TN.

2018 Dock Diving Season

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Australian Cattle Dog Banjo building his dock jumping confidence at Beginner Dock Diving Class

May 19th marked the opening of the Western Carolina Diving Dogs 2018 jumping season, and boy are we excited! Dock Diving is America’s fastest growing dog sport, and Western Carolina Diving Dogs is the area’s premier dock diving training and event center. This summer Kabler School for Dogs will be offering Beginner Dock Diving Group Classes on Saturdays, Individual Instructional Lessons, and Private Hourly Dock Rentals. IMG_4826

Elder Yellow Lab Moose having fun at a Private Dock Diving Lesson

We will also be hosting three Ultimate Air Dog Competitions the following weekends:
June 9-10, July 14-15, and August 4-5.

Come out and enjoy the competition, or if you are interested in registering you can find scheduling information at the Ultimate Air Dogs Website

Forging Your Canine Friendship

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Rescue Mix Punkin exhibiting strong guardian focus during her Residency Training Course

Training is about forging a relationship between you and your dog. At Kabler School for Dogs, we offer a comprehensive series of training courses that guide you and your dog through the stages of puppyhood all the way into adulthood. When you raise your dog the Kabler way, you and your best friend will benefit from David’s years of experience in raising puppies, yearlings, all the way through advanced on and off leash obedience training.

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Bernese Mountain pup Aria practicing her down under the leg during her Puppy Course

The Kabler School for Dogs puppy program includes proper puppy care, puppy obedience training, puppy socialization, as well as games and tricks. The goal of puppy training is to set the foundation for a stable, well-socialized young companion, all while avoiding problem behaviors before they become deeply rooted bad habits. The puppy course is designed to guide you and your dog from the ages of 10 weeks – 6 months.

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Great Pyrenees Bear graduated through Puppy and Yearling Training Courses

At Kabler School for Dogs, the Yearling training course is designed specifically for adolescent dogs. It is important to realize that adolescent dogs are not at full maturity and require a unique and interactive approach to training. The Yearling program is designed to guide you and your dog through this adolescent phase from 6-12 months. Goals for this course are to help you successfully navigate your dogs flight instinct period, introduce your adolescent dog to more advanced reward strategies in obedience, and to keep your dog engaged in fun activities. These activities can include safe swimming, biking, hiking, retrieving, and other fun games, that nourish the adolescent dog’s young mind.

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Belgian Malinois Jango and his guardian learn their way around the flirt pole

At one year of age, Kabler School for Dogs offers professional on and off leash obedience courses. Both the on and off leash programs will guide you and your dog through the highest levels of training, communication, and you will achieve reliable real world results. The on and off leash courses use an experiential approach that will take you from the training studio out into the neighborhood, local parks, and challenging group walk situations. As your dog progresses in these programs coursework becomes more dynamic and challenging. In addition, David is trained in many different techniques to tackle tough behavioral cases that may otherwise fall through the cracks.

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Australian Shepherd rescue Willow out free roaming on her long line during her Off Leash Training Course

The Kabler School for Dogs training program represents a true, all-life-stages approach to raising your family’s new canine best friend. Every training course takes on a life of its own, as the Kabler School for Dogs Team gets to know you and your dog. The Kabler School for Dogs training courses will guide you and your dog to a deeply forged relationship, that will continue to grow for years to come.

New Dock Diving Class

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Malinois Fury taking a jump retrieving his water toy at Western Carolina Diving Dogs.

Dock Diving is the fastest growing dog sport in the US- you and your retrieving buddy can get involved by taking the Beginner Dock Diving course!

The class is for strong swimmers who are also motivated at retrieve work. As your dog progresses from ramp jumping and water retrieving confidently we will encourage them to take their first exciting jumps off the dock.

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7 month old Black Lab Della taking her first jumps at Western Carolina Diving Dogs.

During class we will discuss the different competitive games that are offered as part of dock diving competitions. We will also cover strategies for competitive success for you and your dog.

The Beginner Dock Diving class is offered Saturday mornings at Western Carolina Diving Dogs until the pool closes October 1.

Della’s Day at the Dock

Dock Diving with Della from Kabler School For Dogs on Vimeo.

Tri-Cities, TN Kabler School For Dogs trainer Jeremy Bell and his Black Lab Della are having a blast this Summer learning how to dock dive at Western Carolina Diving Dogs. So far she has been out at the dock 3 times and is loving every minute of it. She has so much fun she hates for her dock time to be over. Each time she jumps her confidence grows and her jumps increase in distance.

At Kabler School For Dogs we love seeing dogs express their natural drive through activities like retrieve work. Satisfying your dogs natural drive through fun activities is a part of every Kabler School For Dogs training course.

Please call us to find out more about the Kabler training philosophy and schedule your dog’s free consultation at (828) 337-5792.

David Featured on WLOS News 13!

News reporter Adriana Mendez and Kabler School For Dogs founder David Kabler.

News Channel 13 reporter Adriana Mendez interviewed David concerning North Carolina’s proposed driving while animal on lap law. Safe riding in the car with our dogs is so important! The proposal would outlaw drivers who ride with dogs on their laps. Check out David on News 13 by following this link:

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Teaching Gunner to wait and ride in the cargo area of his guardians vehicle.

Follow Us On Instagram and See Puppies Grow Into Big Dogs!

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8 week old Yellow Lab puppy Lacie- follow her on our Instagram. So Precious!

The Kabler School For Dogs Instagram account is an exciting and fun way to learn more about David’s family companion training program. Here at school we are constantly looking back on our Instagram feed marveling at all the puppies growing into yearlings and adult dogs. It is incredibly exciting to see all the changes in our clients pups as they learn and grow up.

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Follow 14 week old Akita pup Zinnie as she grows up on our Instagram!

At Kabler School for Dogs we specialize in guiding new dog guardians in raising their puppies optimally. New puppy owners only get one chance to raise a new puppy the right way. Our courses are designed to keep you and your dog on a steady training path from 8 weeks all the way to an adult dog who is fully on and off leash trained. Over the years David has noticed that puppies benefit most from bi-weekly and monthly training sessions– that weekly training classes that are over in one month don’t provide clients with enough consistent guidance to properly raise a pup into an adult dog. This is a unique approach that nurtures raising your best friend in the same way that David raises his own pups.

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Blue Heeler yearling Boomer has been in Kabler training since he was a pup. Follow this cutie on our Instagram!

On the Kabler School For Dogs Instagram you will also get to check out all the progress that our fully grown dogs make in their hands on private obedience classes. Follow all of our clients dogs as they progress from highly leash reactive to perfect walkers; see shy fearful dogs in training as they gain confidence through David’s unique training approach. Clients who enroll their dog into a Kabler training program achieve results that are beyond expectation. Results are important but we believe the journey is just as important. Training should be both ultra-fun and full of amazing results!

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Advanced off leash heeling with Leo, Lilly, and Summer. Follow all the training action on our Instagram.