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1644 River Road
Ashland City, Tennessee 37015


Cedar Valley Canine is a multi-purpose kennel providing canines and training for a variety of purposes in the civilian, protection, sport, and police & military arenas.

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Why We Love Crate Training

Dave Taylor

There are so many good reasons to crate train your dog and there is  really no downside to it, so it is something we strongly urge our clients to do.

A crate should be a shelter and a safe haven for your dog. He/she should feel comfortable sleeping, resting or just "hanging out" in his crate. This also helps reduce "separation anxiety" - once a puppy/dog becomes comfortable in his crate, he feels secure knowing that you will come back to get him because you always have and it can keep him from constant whining or barking. 

Safety is a huge issue as well. Traveling in a car, it is far safer for your dog to be confined in his crate. If you were to be in an accident, a loose dog can run into oncoming traffic in fear and confusion or dart off and be lost. In your home the crate not only protects your dog from small children who might be tempted to pull a tail or ear, but also keeps your dog from bothering others who might not be the dog lovers we are!

For a puppy, the crate also gives you both a much needed time out. To prevent a puppy from living a life of "no!" and constant reprimands, a little down time in his crate will give you both time to regain your patience in times of extreme puppy madness! Even dogs need their personal space and the crate is the best way to provide that. Anyone who has ever left a mischievous puppy or dog loose in their home or yard has been made aware of how incredibly destructive they can be!

A dog (like most children) needs boundaries to coexist peacefully with his pack (see earlier post on pack behavior) and this is a very effective way to reinforce desired behavior. 

Click here to see the style of crate we recommend.

Lifestyle Training Center

Dave Taylor

We are happy to announce the opening of our state of the art Lifestyle Training Facility which is a fully remodeled two story house. This will allow us to train our clients' dogs in a "real world" environment. 

The lower level of the home will be primarily used for obedience and protection work while the upstairs has a furnished living area. In this way we can replicate the type of environment your pet lives in, making the transition back into the home even easier. 

We have long been wanting a place where we can refine the training of specific in-home behavior per our clients particular instructions. This is an exciting addition for us.

We will also have a small bathing and grooming area reserved for our boarding and training clients.

As always, Cedar Valley Canine will be providing you with the best in training facilities and services - we go way beyond sit and stay!


Application of Pack Behavior to Pet Training and Social Interaction

Dave Taylor

Research shows that our modern day canine are all descendents of the ancient wolves or other wild dogs. The behavior and actions of today's pet dogs  in their families bear many similarities to their ancestral packs.

There is a clear pack order in the wild which is established by the leadership actions and presence of the "Alpha Dog(s)" and that order is strictly maintained. Discipline and correction are meted out when necessary and in the canine world, discipline is both verbal and physical and can appear harsh, but a harmonious pack is necessary for survival in the wild.  Therefore dominance is an important quality in the pack leader and is respected by other pack members.

We at Cedar Valley Canine believe that mimicking the same type of pack behavior is an important step in training your dog.

A perfect example of pack behavior. The older dog here is NOT the mother of these pups. She is actually an older cousin playing and socializing with the younger members of her pack.

A perfect example of pack behavior. The older dog here is NOT the mother of these pups. She is actually an older cousin playing and socializing with the younger members of her pack.

At the time of weaning, mother dogs commonly growl and nip at their offspring in order to stop the nursing process. Puppies then come into their new families (human pack) with a basic understanding of correction from a dominant pack member. This understanding can easily be transferred to the human pack if done correctly. In the wild after pups are weaned, older pack members regurgitate partially digested food that the cubs can eat. In addition, they play with the young pack members and begin teaching them the work/play relationship within the group. They receive a balance of positive reinforcement - playing, licking and certain verbal cues - with the negative/correction - growling and biting and nipping.

We feel that replicating this in the home is in the best interest of the dog and the family in order to establish clear boundaries from the beginning. Being in charge of the food intake - feeding your puppy it's actual meals (not treats) from your hand coupled with play (retrieving and tug-of-war) correlates with the positive while verbal correction with the right degree of physical reinforcement correctly administered balances at the other end. Dogs are genetically predisposed to pack behavior and this is a way of training that is effective and easy for them to understand.

A puppy that recognizes and lives within the rules of it's pack is a happier puppy!