Off Leash K9 Training issued a statement to News Channel 11 Thursday detailing the training required for its staff to train dogs.
The company refused to comment on the incident involving the death of an eight-month-old bull terrier that had allegedly been boarded at the facility.
According to the statement, dog trainers with Off Leash participate in a 17-day training program where they observe more than 125 hours of training. Employees are also provided with a policy manual and more than 20 hours of video instruction, the statement says.
In the statement, the company says it ”prides itself on the safe, ethical training of customers’ pets,” and that all locations are independently owned and operated.
Read the full statement below.
Off Leash K9 Training Corporate Headquarters is aware of the on-going investigation of the incident and does not comment on pending legal actions. The company prides itself on the safe, ethical training of customers’ pets. All locations are independently owned and operated.
All location owners must read and demonstrate their understanding of an extensive policy manual together with 20-plus hours of video instruction which includes the feeding, training, handling and standard of care for dogs. All owners and trainers receive weekly training and standard of care reminders. Trainers must attend a 17-day training program where they observe more than 125+ hours of training, are provided hands-on training and coaching, and work with senior trainers to develop their training skills. Location owners and trainers have 24/7 access to support from corporate headquarters and are subject to review and observation of corporate staff and are given continuous access to additional skills training with some of the top trainers in the country outside of Off Leash K9 Training.
The owner of the Johnson City Off Leash location and a dog trainer has been charged with animal cruelty after a dog boarded there died of starvation.
A local vet told News Channel 11 that a Great Dane who had been boarded there was treated for skin problems and anxiety three years ago.
Reports of abuse at an Off Leash location in Las Vegas location surfaced this week.