Doggie daycare the Victoria way: Tega K9 owner learned from ‘It’s Me of the Dog’ TV star

pollygoss@fortmilltimes.comJune 19, 2012 

— Tega K9 is not just another doggie day care.

It's much more.

Offering everything from puppy training to group classes, this new business is focused on more than just keeping your pets placated for a day. Owner Jennel Cooper and her staff use positive, proven methods to help dogs to correct annoying, or even dangerous, habits they may have.

Jennel Cooper began learning to train dogs in Arizona in 1999, and she learned from the best in the business. Working with Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s hit TV series “It’s Me or the Dog,” Cooper became a certified Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training trainer. VSPDT trainers are hand-picked to work with Stilwell and use her “positive reinforcement” approach to training. This means no force or dangerous techniques, but support and scientifically proven methods to achieve results.

After trying out her business in New Jersey and Ohio, Cooper settled on Tega Cay three years ago. She chose this area because she saw a niche for a dog day care and there were few similar services around. Now she has five employees, two apprentices, and dozens of dogs frequenting the small facility on Katy Lane.

Tega K9 offers more than just “pet sitting” services.

“Some of the other day cares just let them run around, but we actually incorporate training,” said Cooper.

Each dog enrolled in the day care is allotted its own one-on-one time with a trainer. Cooper, or the other licensed trainer on staff, can help dogs with separation anxiety, aggression and other behavioral challenges. Other hours during the day are designated for nap time and free play.

“They have a lot of fun and go home exhausted,” said Cooper.

The drop-off and pick-up schedule is fairly relaxed. The dogs arrive between 7 and 10 a.m. and can be picked up from 4 to 6 p.m. However, space is limited so that the staff can ensure that each dog receives the best possible care. There are also days assigned to different-sized dogs. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are set aside for “big dogs” while Tuesdays and Thursdays are assigned for smaller dogs.

The Tega K9 staff are also involved in the community as the trainers for the York County Humane Society. For more information about Tega K9, visit or call 803-818-0643.

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