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thecalmk9.com Our training is different then your traditional training. We use a real world training system which means that we don't train the dog for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. We train them all day. We teach them to behave all of the time. They get lots of structured exercise, lots of play with other dogs and most importantly, long duration calming exercises. They learn how to exist in a human home. They learn that just because we are up and walking around; doing laundry, fixing dinner, playing with the kids, having company come over, etc.... that they are just suppose to hang out with us. Hanging out with us doesn't mean jumping, nipping, or running around. Just hang out with us. This is done by showing them strong leadership and structure. thecalmk9.com
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"I Highly recommend Curtis Craig of The Calm K-9 for any dog training needs."
"She also had food/toy/bone aggression which are very hard issues to eliminate."
"The change at dinner time is amazing it is quiet and peaceful!"
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Breakthrough K9 Training
7 months ago
Curtis and Meredith Craig of The Calm K-9 have been an inspiration to us as fellow trainers. They are the East Coast’s own Dog Whisperer! It was a pleasure and honor to “shadow” them in progress back in April of 2015, so much so that we are planning to go back this August! They are passionate about helping both dogs and owners. Through their unique board & train, they rehabilitate the most challenging of dogs, giving them the ability to live a life without fear and anxiety. Owners come away empowered with a wealth of knowledge and the tools to follow through with their overall change in lifestyle enabling both owners and dogs to life confident and happy lives.
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Caroline Neumeyer
8 months ago
We love The Calm K9! We adopted our sweet Elsa from Tennessee Death Row Dogs who was at The Calm K9 when we adopted her. Curtis and Meredith were so helpful throughout the adoption process and they could of not done a better job in working with and training Elsa. She is a wonderful dog and The Calm K9 helped her become the dog she is today. She had been abused and shot 5 times, only to be neglected at the front door of a vet office. The Calm K9 helped her restore her trust in humanity and live happily ever after in her forever home! When we are in need of boarding or training for our dogs, we will not think twice about sending them anywhere but The Calm K9! Thank you Curtis and Meredith for all you do!
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Cathy Hayes
a year ago
We took in a stray back in March of 2014. She is a sweet dog and got on well with our other two dogs. She only had one flaw she couldn't be left alone in the house she suffered from severe separation anxiety. We have friends in Tennessee that run Tennessee Death Row Dogs a non profit that takes dog about to be euthanized and gets them adopted. They send dogs to Curtis and Meredith all the time. So I started following their Facebook page to see what they were all about. I was impressed by the reviews I found and what my friends told me about the dogs that they sent there. So I started planning how I was going to get Sacha there as I live in Texas. Curtis then donated two 3 week training sessions to TDRD for them to auction off to help the vet bill for one of the rescued dogs. I bid and won one of the sessions. I planned my vacation to visit my friends in Tennessee and to drop Sacha off at The Calm K9. It was the best decision I ever made. Someone asked me why I would spend the time and money to send the dog to a trainer. My reply was I send my horses to trainers why wouldn't I send my dog! I am not a horse or dog trainer! Drop off day arrived, I was nervous as I hadn't had her that long and would she think I was abandoning her. I didn't have to worry I had my first two videos 20 minutes after I left showing her on the treadmill and in place. I was amazed! Pick up day arrived three long weeks later. One would think after only having her a little while that I wouldn't have missed her as much as I did! But I was glad the day was here. I was anxious and excited about picking her up. My friend Judy realized that it would probably be that way so she called to remind me to be calm when I got there so I would retain what Curtis showed me. He showed us everything. He was great when she came out she was a happy calm contented dog. She did great with everything I was extremely pleased but even better was him giving us the tools to continue with her training at home. Everyone should realize that just because you send your animal to a trainer that they still need to have that training reinforced every day. As I am writing this Sacha is doing her place time in my office with me. She is doing awesome. But even better is we have used the tools and techniques on our Australian Shepard Dusty. Dinner time used to be high anxiety time with all of us shooing him away from the table while we were trying to eat. If that didn't work we put him in his room which then resulted in him barking the whole time we were eating. I started him with place a week after I got home with Sacha. The change at dinner time is amazing it is quiet and peaceful! I put the two of the in place just before starting dinner and it is quiet the whole time. I would highly recommend Curtis and Meredith they do a great job with the dogs and their humans. But remember they get you started you still have to do your part when you get them home. Trust me when I tell you it is so worth it. They will always get my dogs and if I lived closer that would be where I board my dogs. Thank you so much for bring peace into our home it isn't perfect but it is getting there!
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Carol Bordes
2 years ago
Curtis Craig is a wonderful trainer. I have had issues for years with my German Shepherd on a leash. I took her to see Curtis Craig and it was amazing the instant transformation in her behavior. He showed me a few simple commands to use with her (she was being a complete angel with him) that I could use in my home to further enhance my training. Since then, I have adopted 2 other dogs and have utilitzed those tips from Curtis in my training of all 3. I am proud to say that I can walk all 3 large breed dogs by myself with no issues. If the dog whisperer has a brother...it is Curtis Craig. He was meant to train dogs. Thanks so much for all you do Curtis!!!
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Kaitlyn Schroeder
9 months ago
I brought a dog back from the dominican republic. He was very fear aggressive and had me completely frustrated. When I tried to take him to a vet and the vet wasn't able to check him out (he was barking and lunging and baring his teeth) the vet recommended the calm k9 trainers. Since his training my pup has come a long way. He's learned leash manners (he used to drag me down the street), the place command, and to run on the treadmill. He's happier and isnt aggressive as often. And most importantly I have the tools to manage his aggression in a calm way that does't leave us both frustrated! We still have a long way to go, but he's progressing every day. Craig and Meredith are really attentive. They keep you updated on progress. When my dog got sick while he was there they took him to the vet (with no issues!) and kept me updated on his care. I still use them for boarding when I leave town. Overall I would recommend the calm k9 for your training needs!
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Sarah Morrow
a year ago
Curtis and Meredith are the most professional, and knowledgable trainers in the area. They go above and beyond to insure dogs from ALL over the country get the training, and help they so need. They have taken in dogs from shelters from KY and TN for training, and these dogs then go on to get adopted due to the training they receive from them! Curtis has an amazing ability to work with, and help even the most aggressive dogs. I've personally witnessed his training on more than one occasion. Dogs that are nervous become happy, and well balanced, dogs who couldn't even be in a room close to other dogs or people, calmly and happily becoming family members, and pack members. Curtis's dogs are ALWAYS well cared for, fed a well balanced diet, exercised regularly, and their home and facility are always clean, and well maintained. I have and always will HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who TRULY needs help with their dogs.
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Tennessee Death Row Dogs
a year ago
We started using The Calm K9 two years ago when we had a dog in our rescue who was nervous around other dogs, resulting in aggressive behavior. Two weeks later, we picked her up and Curtis did a two hour pickup session with us, highlighting what she had learned and how to continue the techniques he used in his home. We walked around the neighborhood, worked on using the “place” command inside of the home, and the do’s and don’ts of working with not just our dog, but our other dogs too. It was a wonderful learning experience, because even though we work with hundreds of dogs, we didn’t often think of situations from the dog’s perspective. Our rescue dog “Pepper”, immediately went into foster care and they were able to watch his training videos online anytime they needed a refresher course. She is now a happy dog who has neighborhood play dates with other dogs in her neighborhood. The Calm K-9 is the only program we have found that offers an in-home training program. The dogs don’t live in kennels there together, doing their training outside and then returning to kennels. They live in his home, learning their new skills there in a more realistic environment, surrounded by his very well trained dogs. This technique, coupled with Curtis’ skills and abilities have made a tremendous difference in the dogs we have sent there for training. We have sent 7 dogs total through Curtis’ training and we have seen them gain the skills to become beloved family members. One former fighting dog was extremely aggressive towards other dogs to the point that we kept him at least 15 feet from them at all times. He had never been in a home until he went to training there and he now has his very own family, living in perfect harmony with another male dog. This was something we doubted was even possible. It was these positive experiences with our rescue dogs that prompted me to take one of my personal dogs to Curtis a couple of months ago. A once happy-go-lucky puppy, he later developed fear, anxiety and confidence issues when he reached adulthood. It was hard to watch him struggle after these changes, becoming nervous around people, as well as other dogs which sometimes resulted in aggression. When I picked him up, we discussed the causes of his lack of confidence and fear. At one point, my dog trotted into the other room and jumped on a tread mill. Apparently he enjoyed his tread mill time walks there, which helped him to work towards a calmer state of mind. Since returning, my dog and I have been in public many times, around both strangers and other dogs. He has done wonderfully in every situation. He is calm, confident and happy in situations that used to cause him severe stress. The key to success is following through with what is taught in the pickup session. Regardless of how effective his training methods are, the dogs will forget them over time once returning home if the owner’s don’t continue working with them. Dogs thrive on structure and having rules to follow which are set by their leaders. They need to feel confident their owner will make decisions so they do not have to worry. If there is no confidence in their leader, problem behaviors can and often do re-occur. Curtis has been absolutely wonderful at answering our follow up questions. He has a plethora of knowledge and real life experience which he is happy to use when we have questions, even after these dogs become adopted. All of us here at Tennessee Death Row Dogs are so thankful to have someone of his caliber who can help the dogs we take in with severe behavioral issues.
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Emi LeJeune
2 years ago
I highly recommend the Calm K9 and Curtis Craig. We have seen a visible difference in our German Shepherd since returning from his two week training. Curtis has an amazing ability to understand our four legged friends and work with them to achieve a level of balance between the human and canine world. We will likely send our other dogs to him as well. Thank you again!

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Working with a frightened dog takes attention and great care to be sure. But the training itself doesn’t have to be all that complicated.

When you have a nervous, anxious, or frightened dog they need guidance and leadership.

Think of a dark alley in a neighborhood filled with crime. It's late at night and no light to help infiltrate the black of night. The only thing that you can see are the shadows the dumpsters are creating.

Now think of a kid 7 to 10 years old. Walking down that alley either by theirselves or with a friend the same age. You know that anything and everything is sending them pretty much into panicvile. Almost to the end of the path someone comes out from the shadows. I don't have to tell you the fear going through their minds. The sound of even a wrapper moving from the wind will make them react a lot differently than if they were playing in their front yard.

Now same alley same kid. This time holding a cops hand, or a comp on both sides. Chances are the child is not near having the same level of concern as in the first scenario. Why??? Because there is that faith, trust and security of someone being in charge, taking the weight and worry away.

This is what it's like for the dog. They need that cop to walk with them, to advocate for them.. To be there... To be consistent.

A lot of the dogs we get that are considered aggressive are in fact anxious or fearful. They often react at the smallest things ( much like the wrapper in the wind) only difference is they often use their teeth to communicate.

When we help advocate for the dog, and the humans and explain and educate through communication, you see a whole new world!
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"People know that the gold is there, but they are too lazy to pick up the shovel and start digging" ~Jim Rohn~
Whether you are wanting to improve/change your life, your dog, your career or your future you have to be willing to put in the dedication and work. This is a must to be able to improve your current situation, if not then your life will stay the same.
It is so hard when you see something that you want to change or do and do not follow through with it disappear. There are some very simple things that are required to do this, yet they are often made out to be much harder than what they are. The want, hunger, and willingness to do what it takes to accomplish your goal is all that is required.
You have to want to change. You have to want to get something more or different. Without the want or desire to transform then it will never happen. If you are wanting to change your dog's bad habits on the walk, then it is possible. It is available because the desire to move forward will be with in reach.
A deep hunger is a must. Without the deep yearning to better your current situation you will never succeed. Like many life goals you have to be so famished with such hunger that you are doing everything, absolutely everything possible to get to the top of where you want to go. With this hunger comes sacrifice. If you are wanting the dog that you desire, you have to be willing to sacrifice your time, and accept change.
These things all seem simple and easy, yet there are so many times that we hear the excuses that come with lack of one of these components. To get the dog, the relationship, or the behavior that you want you have to look at yourself and ask if you are willing to put in the work that is required to get there. If not then that lies on you and not anyone else. It is so easy to blame not taking your dog on a walk on your job keeping you late, you like to sleep in and are not a morning person, or that it is date night. However once we start holding ourselves accountable, we can then hold our dog accountable.
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Nashville TN Dog Training at it's best! Welcome to The Calm K9 Dog Trainer. We provide the proper dog training for every breed. Experience a better relationship with your K9 companion through our training program that brings the balance between people and pets. Also serving Clarksville TN and Evansville IN and Bowling Green KY
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Charlie is a street dog from the Dominican Republic. He was treated with no respect. He was tied to a tree for months and people were encouraged to kick and beat him. there was nothing that he could do but fight to survive... literally. His mom was over there on a Peace Corp trip and knew that she could not leave him. However she did have to come back without him to try and make arrangements to secure his safety back to the States. She spent her life savings to go back over to The Dominican Republic to get him. She was surprised to see the drastic change in his aggressive state and how bad it was.  She described him as being Rabid. They made the long journey back and had gained his trust however his aggression remained to everything else. He has been here ( in the US) for 2 weeks and she has already dedicated her whole life and is doing everything humanly possible to help him. After taking him to the vet and they couldn't not deal with this level of aggression they recommended taking him to us. This is his first moments with us and the journey that he is taking.
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We incorporate real life situations, that our clients encounter on a daily basis, into their lesson so we can show how to help their dog with all situations. Often times you can be shown how to deal with such things such as a dog, skateboard, bouncing ball or a kid on a walk, but when you practice and do, and are successful you don't gain the confidence you need to be the leader. We want to set everyone up to succeed so it is important that we recreate "life situations" so that us as humans can lead our dogs to learn not to be scared, or unsure about the scary stuff.

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We often set out to be a success.. after all this is what has been instilled in us since we were little. Although we all have different levels and ideas of what success is, it is still often our end goal.

Success can be as simple as learning someone's name, or getting your dog to sit. Whatever we set out to do we feel as though we are either successful or non successful.. a winner or loser. What we often miss is that is isn't about that triumph, it should be about what value did we add to the process.

Take teaching a dog how to sit. You can teach them how to sit pretty quickly.. or you can teach them how to, why, and when. It's not just about the act of sitting, it's about the relationship that you build.

You have the opportunity to teach the significance of the act.. to help them truly understand the purpose behind it. It isn't about being a dictator or exerting power, it's about adding value to what you are doing.

Sit is a just an example. When you focus more on adding value rather than checking off that it was a success, you will find that success will start to find you.
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Resistance .. Lurking in the shadows

Do things that you are unfamiliar with, that are new, different, strange, unconventional or just don't understand creating fear or anxiety in you?

This is a totally normal human instinct to be unsure of the abnormal that comes into our lives. Whether it be a new job, new environment, or a new person there is something different. Something that they ( the new person or environment ) do that maybe you haven't seen or experienced.. maybe it's something that you have a preconceived notion or idea as to how it will be... yet you truly don't know how it will turn out.

This will often cause resistance. Resistance in the fact that it is different. We often get comfortable, or complacent in our lives. When this is disrupted it creates change, in turn takes you out of your comfort zone!

How do we adapt and absorb this new abnormality in our life? There are several different approaches.When something is new, we pay attention to it, initially in case it a threat or an opportunity and then in order to become familiar with it. When it is familiar, we pay less attention, taking it for granted.

The same thing happens with life circumstances. When we are in a new situation, we pay attention to the many new things, have a heightened sense of awareness. We start with observation, judgment, and sometimes this leads to making rash decisions. Decisions that could have a substantial effect that could trigger a series of events that may have not been necessary.

To help in these times of change and new things if we change the way that we respond then the outcome will be different. By this I mean if instead of jumping to conclusions, we educate and communicate this will not only cause you less stress, but this could help change your whole life.

This is the same for your dogs! Dog's often react and sometimes with some pretty nasty behavior's that could change their life. However if we take the time to educate and communicate to them to help them better understand what is going on you will often see a different ending to the story. Where as before they might have displayed some poor decision making resulting in a dog fight. Now after you help them to understand dogs, and they truly understand they might end up being best friends and love to play.

Whether it is you or your dog take the time to educate yourself to help set you up for success to a better life!

It is said that a powerful man knows how to build an empire with the same stones thrown at us. The unknown doesn't have to be the enemy, instead can be your friend
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Gabby (white and brown dragging a leash) was brought to us because she thought she was in control of her family (human pack). Putting her in with a large dog pack where everyone respects the humans is a great way to help her learn to trust and respect humans leadership.

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Meet Koa! He has been with us for about 30 minutes now. He came to us because he has been displaying some human aggression.

At the sound of the doorbell or anyone coming in he has shown a lot of uncontrollable excitement and nonsense. Before the actual training begins we use our energy to form a "connection" with the dog. This allows him to be more in tune with us and for us to communicate with him non verbally.

By communicating in a more primal way we remove over excitement, nervousness, anxiety, stress, fear, and even aggression before ever speaking a word or touching the leash. This is why Koa doesn't react to the doorbell, does a sit/stay and follows me just by my body language even though we just met.

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