2013: An Incredible Training Year

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German Shepherd pup, Tundra, practicing his leash walking skills. Look at those ears!

2013 was an incredible year of training here at Kabler School For Dogs. At the end of a year, and the beginning of a new one, I always enjoy reflecting on all the fabulous dogs and guardians who have graduated through the Kabler training program. I had the distinct pleasure of working with such a wide variety of canine breeds and personalities and had some wonderful success stories with some difficult rescue cases. There is nothing I enjoy more than helping dogs and their guardians forge meaningful and dynamic relationships.

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Weezie practicing her training during a West Asheville private session.

My courses are designed to give you and your dog only the best one-on-one attention. The Kabler method is based on years of experience training hundreds of dogs. My approach is intuitive and designed to take all of my dogs and guardians on a successful training journey.

I had such an awesome year working with all my clients and their canine best friends. Working with dogs brings me immense satisfaction. It is always rewarding to watch the relationship between human guardian and canine grow while in Kabler training.

The most popular way to train at Kabler School For Dogs is through my private sessions. Private sessions are one hour in length and are run at public parks, in the clients home, and in urban settings. My programs can be purchased in blocks of sessions or you may qualify for one of my unique open ended guaranteed training courses. During your dogs training session you can expect to learn a variety of training requests and problem behavior solving techniques. I always wrap up my classes with written homework so my clients know exactly what to work on in-between our sessions together. Whether you are an experienced or a beginner canine guardian my courses will provide you with excellent information and my unique training perspective.

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Quite the pair. Bjorn and Hanne practice a perfect down and stay request while looking handsome and gorgeous.

At Kabler School For Dogs I offer one of the best residency training programs in the business. During your dogs residency they live in my home with me and are spared the harsh reality of a kennel environment. Each of my residency house guests are trained, walked, and played with daily. My beautiful fenced in yard provides a safe outdoor exercise area. Excursions to the park and downtown West Asheville provide new distractions, socialization, and training experiences.

Ruby practicing holding her down stay request while a strange dog approaches and says hello during a private session at the park.

I am so excited from such an excellent year of training and am looking forward to all the new dogs and guardians that I will have the privilege of training in 2014. If you are looking for an exceptional training experience for you and your canine best friend please say hi. I absolutely cannot wait to find out about your dog. Happy training and happy New Year!

– David

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Cattle Dog Bindi looking alert while waiting for a reward.

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Nobility, Companionship, and Love– Training from the Heart

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The new Kabler School For Dogs crest.

The new Kabler School For Dogs crest exemplifies the Kabler philosophy of teaching and training canines. The imagery within the design communicates the ideals that have always been at the foundation of the Kabler canine training method. The crest radiates a sense of nobility, respect for our dogs, companionship, listening to the heart, obeying the intuitive side of our nature, the attainment of lofty training goals, and the love that each canine companion gives freely to us every day.

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German Shepherd Maggie Kabler retrieving car keys as apart of her Assistance Dog training– Officially the best baby sitter in the world.

When I look at this crest, I am reminded of all the challenges that I have overcome to learn this knowledge and wisdom of training dogs. I am thankful for all of my teachers and their different styles– ultimately training is a tradition passed from one trainer to another. I remember all the hard work, the hundreds of dogs that have taught me so much over the years, and the dedication that it took to find success. In my minds eye I can see the beautiful inner spark of each individual canine that I have trained. I am thankful for all the Guardians I have taught whose families will be forever enhanced by sharing their lives with a well trained dog.

I believe the connection that we share with our dogs is a link with our collective human past. By feeding and nourishing the canine/human relationship we are rewarded with a strong sense of healing love as well as a direct connection to the natural world. It is my goal to foster these gifts by teaching all my clients, human and canine alike, with  a patient and intuitive training approach. In sharing the Kabler training method with my clients I strive to create positive alignments and meaningful relationships between canines and their Guardians. – David

Barry

Belgian Malinois Barry Kabler, PH1,CGC clears a 5 foot fence. A well trained canine companion add so much to our experience.

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Channeling and Harnessing Your Dog’s Natural Drive

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Lobo expressing his natural drive during a motivational recall request.

Natural Drive is your dogs inclination to exhibit inherent canine behaviors– which we can harness in training. Some of these behaviors include eating food, chasing their Guardian, pulling (sleds, carts, bicycles, etc.), retrieving, and tugging. Natural Drive in canine companion dogs is present in all puppies, in varying amounts, and is either enhanced or diminished by environmental factors during maturation. Puppies who are raised to exhibit some of these natural behaviors into adulthood are happier and have better relationships with their human Guardians.

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Gypsy retrieving her tennis ball for a job well done.

Many dogs have their Natural Drives diminished at an early stage in their life. Their Guardians reduce their dogs ability to play by mistakenly punishing their canine for exhibiting these natural behaviors. It is much healthier for the young dogs mind if we successfully harness this Natural Drive by channelling the energy into enjoyable games that we can play with our best friends.

Dogs that have very strong Natural Drives are able to resist efforts by their Guardians to reduce what humans often perceive as nuisance behaviors. In many cases, these dogs are left anxious and conflicted as they have no acceptable outlet for their Natural Drives. Often, these highly driven canines who lack direction and leadership will begin to demonstrate problem behaviors like lunging, constantly pulling on their lead, jumping, and possible aggression.

When building a relationship with high drive dogs it is helpful to reward the dog by engaging their Natural Drive instincts. This can be accomplished by using treats, tugs, and ball rewards in training. Channeling and harnessing your dogs Natural Drive is an important aspect of training canines and will help deepen the relationship you have with your four legged companion.

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Merlin being rewarded for a successful Stay with an ultra fun game of tug.

While training dogs who have had their Natural Drive inhibited it is important to provide ample opportunities for these dogs to reconnect with their instinctive drives. Almost all dogs can be persuaded to accept treats in training and increase their ability to work for food. Sometimes it is also possible to reignite the inhibited canines natural instincts to retrieve and tug. In both cases it is imperative to remain patient and give the inhibited dog plenty of time to begin to accept treats and play as rewards during training sessions.

Keeping your dogs drive and natural spark alive and engaged is the job of every responsible canine Guardian. Strong instinctive pullers can be taught to ride a bicycle using a Springer device with a pulling harness. Dogs with natural retrieve and tug drive can be rewarded for successful obedience requests with play. All dogs benefit from using treats to enhance their instinctual food drive. Teach your best friend to follow you as you move and perform requests like Sit, Down and Stay for treat rewards. Keep all these training sessions short and fun and over time you will see your dogs abilities improve and your relationship grow.

If you have any questions about your dogs Natural Drive or the Kabler School For Dogs training program please call me at (828) 337-5792. I would enjoy saying hi and hearing more about your best friend. Happy training!

-David

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Frank

Frank’s Guardian engages him with an action packed game of tug– working with your dogs Natural Drive deepens the canine/human bond.

Working Dogs Get A Job… And Love It.

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Toby, Blaze and their Guardian Fred learning to work together.

When I went out for an in home consultation I met Fred and his two handsome dogs Toby and Blaze. Both dogs were incredibly high energy. Fred was suffering from back trouble and could not walk his boys without them pulling and lunging uncontrollably. The dogs leapt all over me, scratching me with their strong paws and it was clear that Fred needed more control over them than he had. We started with basic training and advanced until Fred was able to walk both of them politely down his street. Both dogs learned to listen to Fred for direction, walk slowly with him on loose leashes, and to sit or down stay upon request. Now, after going through my Basic training course, Fred has a stronger relationship with his two dogs, and has a higher level of control at home and when taking them places. Toby and Blaze, both working breeds, have their need for a job satisfied— It is incredibly rewarding for me when I see a new bond of trust, respect and communication grow between dogs and their humans. Following is a letter from Fred describing his experience training at Kabler School For Dogs. Happy training!      -David

I was referred to David Kabler at Kabler School For Dogs by Aaron Bales (Owner/Manager) of Happy Tails Country Club in Fairview. I was looking for training sources for my 2 dogs, Toby, a 9 month old Labrador mix adopted from Brother Wolf, and Blaze, a 5 year old Shepherd mix from Asheville Humane. Blaze had been to obedience classes for 18 sessions during the 5 years before meeting David.

I called David and he came out to our house to meet Blaze and Toby. I had called David primarily to work with Toby (the puppy). We made arrangements for David to work with Toby for 5 sessions at our house beginning the following week. As it turned out David told me to include Blaze as well, which I thought was great for them to get some training together. We began the following week with basic beginnings.

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Toby and Blaze are handsome boys– practicing Down and Stay upon request.

What I have truly learned the most, is how to change my actions with dogs and how to positively guide them in situations, versus scolding them for unwanted behavior. I have seen vast improvement in both dogs and I have learned how to actively work with each dog on their strong points and their weaknesses.

Kabler Dog Training is not just dog training, but people training as well. I had to learn how to teach and communicate with both dogs even though Blaze was further along than Toby. After about the 3rd class we would go out to wait for David’s arrival and both dogs were very excited to see David even though he was a very firm instructor. They enjoyed their time with Kabler School For Dogs, as did I. I highly recommend his classes.

Thank you David.

Gerry and Fred S.

“Toby & Blaze”

Hatteras Island Class a Success!

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The recent Hatteras Island training class was a great success. Eight dogs participated in the class and David had such a wonderful time teaching everyone, human and canine alike. Out of the eight dogs, six were Labs— the Islanders love their water dogs! David just received the nicest letter from one of the class participants:

“I was pretty skeptical when I heard about David’s dog training. I actually completely disregarded it. Wyatt is an enormous 5-yr-old lab who we rescued from the pound when he was 9 months old. He’s got a few issues (don’t we all?) but he would sit (for a treat), came when he was called (eventually), and is the most gentle, patient and loving animal around

Good boy Wyatt!

my 18-month-old son (if your Boston Terrier steals his ball on the beach you may see another side of him). He was a chronic puller (he just gets so excited! And he has 15 pounds on me), but he would eventually get tired and walking him was no problem. What a great dog. Dog training was a nice idea but probably a waste of money since Wyatt was already trained.

However, when my husband suggested it, I decided to give it a go. If nothing else I would get to prove to myself that I had done such a great job with Wyatt all on my own. The first thing Wyatt did when we arrived on day one was drag me 15 feet across the driveway to sniff another participant. I mean, dogs do that sometimes, right? By the second class I was stunned to see Wyatt taking on a whole new level of obedience. By the third class Wyatt was walking right at my side and staying for up to 15 minutes at a time.  At the end of the two weeks my husband didn’t recognize Wyatt’s behavior. We still have work to do, but I feel like I’m finally equipped to help him get there and I have faith in both of us that we can do it.

David’s training is straightforward, easy to do and unbelievably effective. He is patient and encouraging. From David, I learned that I need to command my dog’s respect and I have the skills now to do that. But even more amazingly, I have a newfound respect for my dog. A pretty unbeleivable gift. I would recommend David’s dog training to anyone. Wyatt was the oldest, largest, most stubborn and most aggressive dog in his class. David helped me turn around 5 years of bad habits in just a few days. I’m beyond impressed – I am sincerely grateful.”

– Grace— the new wolf pack leader.

Mild Winter Means Early Start To Your Dogs Spring Training

The mild Winter we’ve been having has made training outdoors a real pleasure this year. So many clients wait until Spring to start their best friends obedience training and this year many new clients are taking advantage of the gorgeous weather. All of David’s training sessions are run out in the real world. It’s been busy training with clients at local parks, downtown Asheville, outdoor cafes, Bent Creek, and in clients homes. Training your best friend makes for a happier, healthier, more communicative, and less anxious best friend. Not only that, but teaching your dog the skills of obedience is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable experiences that you can share with your canine.

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New Dog Training Column in Critter Magazine!

David is excited to be writing a new monthly column featuring his unique dog training perspectives for Critter Magazine. Published monthly for over 15 years, Critter Magazine is an animal adoption publication that is available for free in Asheville, NC.

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Look for David’s article in the March issue of Critter.

Critter believes in approaching animal welfare by promoting adoption, awareness and education about issues. Find out more information at http://www.crittermagazine.com.

David’s first article will be about separation anxiety in dogs and how a good training program can alleviate their stress and symptoms caused by being separated from their human pack. Look for it in the March issue of Critter.

Upcoming articles will be about training techniques for puppies and adult dogs. The articles will give unique insights into canine behavior. David is anticipating sharing his extensive canine training knowledge and experience with Critter readers all over Western North Carolina.

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Canine Wrangling for New Feature Film ‘Wanderlost’.

David’s Belgian Malinois, Barry, on the set of Wanderlost.

Wanderlost is a new award winning dark fantasy feature film that stars Belgian Malinois Barry Kabler. “Training Barry for this role was so much fun as well as challenging. Ultimately Barry did an awesome job of acting on the set and I really had a blast working with my best friend on this incredible project. Training a dog for a film role is always challenging and it is important to make the experience fun for the canine actor.”, says Master Dog Trainer David Kabler. Wanderlost is currently screening at film festivals and is a finalist in the Famous Monsters Of Filmland film festival. You can check out the films trailer at www.wanderlostfilm.com.

David working with Barry at Blue Ridge Motion Pictures on the set of the feature film Wanderlost.