Ladd K9 offers training, boarding and more

The Ladd K9 staff: Goofy, Tater and Luna with owner/trainer, Carla Ladd.
Photo by Charlene Corson Selbee

LADD K9, a dog training center in southeastern Minnesota, couldn’t have a better sales team than Goofy, Luna, and four-legged Tater. Seeing firsthand how these three furry friends listen to their owner/trainer, Carla Ladd’s voice and sign commands, it’s clear that Ladd knows what she’s doing.

Ben Jacobsen left a five-star review on Google, saying, “Carla is full of dog knowledge.”

Sharing his early days as a dog trainer, Ladd shared, “My very first taste of dog training was in 4-H. I was a 4-H kid from Cloverbud until I got older. I started doing the dog project. My older sister, younger brother and I all took turns showing our farm dog. I started breeding Rottweilers as part of an FFA project when I was 15 years old. It propelled me further into dogs. This is a breed I knew when I started raising them; when I was researching them, I needed to do a lot of training, and I needed to do a lot of work with them. I wanted them to be good ambassadors for the breed. It was very important to me that they were social and friendly, and well behaved so that I could take them everywhere with me. I showed horses when I was a kid too. So I took my Rottweiler with me to horse shows. I wanted them to be well-rounded dogs. I also showed them in 4-H. I wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age. I attended a veterinary clinic and quickly realized which parts of that career I wasn’t going to enjoy as much as I thought I would. I need to know everything exactly about what you’re doing. What does your day look like. And that wasn’t as much what I wanted to do as I thought. So I became a dog trainer.

In order to become a trainer, Ladd recalled, “I attended three dog training schools and was certified at all three schools, one in 1998, 2006, and 2015.” In addition, she regularly attends continuing education seminars.

Ladd started my business in 2002, noting, “We had been in Spring Valley for 16 years and moved to the farm five years ago in April. The farm is seven miles from Preston and 12 to 14 miles from Spring Valley at 24280 County Rd. 14. We completed the new air-conditioned building last October.

Don’t the portraits of Tater and Goofy look like them?
Photo by Charlene Corson Selbee

Ladd has regular and rotating clients. “When I was grooming, I had the same clients. I had clients whose dogs I cared for from day one until we moved. They kept bringing their dogs back. Training is a bit different in nature. They come to me asking for help in changing a specific behavior or creating a new behavior, like getting the dog to go towards them instead of running away. Once we accomplish that and they know how to communicate with their dog, I don’t see them as much. With many courses, I offer lifetime support. We also have group lessons. The purpose of group lessons is to continue to accompany them on the journey with their dog. They can attend classes for the rest of their dog’s life,” Ladd explained.

Ladd offers online puppy training (12 instructional videos you watch at your convenience!) and a four-week puppy course. For dogs older than six months, she offers Super Dog, Day Camp, K9 Camp, in-house training, and free consultation. There are also advanced courses and traveling adventure courses, as well as private online training groups on Facebook.

Adventures allow dogs to be handled by different people. Watch for Ladd and his customers and their dogs at local parades.

Whan asked about his training on board, Ladd explained: “The owners send the dogs to me and they stay with me for two weeks at a time. I teach them the obedience commands we want to use so we can communicate with dogs to shape new behaviors, start phasing out behaviors we don’t want. After a training time with the dogs, my teaching time with the owners begins in person. I send them home with lots of information ahead of time so they can start learning how we should communicate with our dogs. What it’s like to be consistent. What is it like to ask them to do something and follow through… Training is all about communicating effectively with your dog and being very consistent in what we ask him to do.

“My biggest goal is to give my clients and their dogs as much freedom as possible and that they want. The more control they have, the more freedom they have with their dog,” Ladd explained. my dog’s leash and he’s running around, and I’m calling him, and he’s coming back every time because we’re super consistent, and we practice that If there’s an open space that you You can safely exercise your dog, you have more freedom.When you have more control and they know how to walk politely beside you on a leash, you want to take them for more walks.Your dog gets more exercise They are calmer and easier to live with because you have more control.

Ladd’s passion and appreciation for 4-H motivated her to start the 4-H Dog Project in Fillmore County. Due to the pandemic, this is the second full year of the project. Last year, the five children who signed up for the Canine Project did well. The children demonstrated obedience and agility, and all five earned a trip to the Minnesota State Fair. Children who went to state placed. Ladd proudly shared, “They did amazing.”

On May 2, Ladd will host a meeting to introduce interested children and their parents to the 4-H dog project to get more children involved. Contact Ladd or the Fillmore County Extension Office if you have a child interested in attending.

Ladd can be reached at (507) 951-7398 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. Lessons can be booked online at Follow Ladd on Facebook and Instagram to view photos and watch training videos. Subscribe to Ladd’s email for workout tips, information on his favorite products, and updates on classes and program availability.

Ladd ends with the following mantra: “You have the power to calm chaos!”

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