Ozzy, Wednesday, and Riddick all staying on "Place" beds in the house
Ozzy & Wednesday learning to heel together on a loose leash
Ozzy performing a "Sit Stay" at the Fountains at Farah
Board & Train
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE BOARD & TRAIN PROGRAM?
Board & Train is most useful for busy families who lack the time to put in to initial training, but understand they will have to practice to maintain. Families with young children, people who work long hours, and those who have a work schedule which doesn’t allow them to consistently attend classes. If you have a dog who lives outdoors who you’d like to make an indoor dog, or you have an adolescent or young adult who needs some skills, your dog may be a good candidate. If your dog is difficult for you to handle due a lack of skills combined with your age or infirmities, the board & train program could give you the boost you need.
HOW DOES BOARD & TRAIN WORK?
Initially, dogs are taught all commands using lots of shaping and luring with food. The focus is on teaching the dogs in fun ways using food, games, and praise. Our goal is to make learning fun and to give the dog a positive association with working. This phase of learning is very reward based and produces a dog who can respond confidently.
Once your dog understands a command, rewards become more intermittent and proofing begins - it’s important to teach & reinforce behaviors in a variety of situations in order for your dog to become reliable at performing in distracting situations & new environments. We will teach your dog that responding to commands is required in any situation (and not optional).
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DOGS TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE BOARD & TRAIN PROGRAM?
Board & Train dogs are accepted on a case by case basis as space becomes available. Intact male (those not already spayed/neutered) animals over 6 months are only accepted on a case by case basis and may require an additional fee. Intact females must not be in season (or close to their season). All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations including bordatella and must have a negative fecal check prior to arrival. Rescued dogs should live in your household for a minimum of 4 weeks before starting training, to rule out exposure to contagious disease. All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations including bordatella and must have a negative fecal check prior to arrival. Your dog must NOT be aggressive with other dogs, people, or cats. An interview is required for all dogs to be accepted, in which I will determine if your dog is a good fit for the program, and we will discuss in detail your goals and expectations. When reserving a slot for your dog in the board & train program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of the interview.
Our Board & Train Program is 6 weeks long and $2100.00, plus you supply your dog’s food. This breaks down to $50 per day. This service includes teaching your dog all commands listed above, feeding, daily exercise & play. Your dog will attend 2-3 group classes per week at a park, have 2-3 individual training sessions per week in the park, as well as daily training sessions in the house. We do not have runs or kennel facilities - the Board & Train program is offered in Dina’s home, and is designed to integrate your dog into a household from the very beginning. Your dog will learn to put their skills into practice in the form of household manners so that you can enjoy living with your dog.
It is just as important that we train you as it is to train your dog! Therefore clients are required to come out for weekly training sessions with us so that we can teach them how to maintain what their dog has learned and how to properly communicate and motivate their dogs. These training sessions are included in the Board & Train program and do not cost extra. We give a lifetime commitment with our Board & Train clients....if you ever need help, Dina is there to help you solve problems!
Our program is highly successful in teaching and proofing obedience commands and household manners. We cannot change your dog’s energy level or temperament. We cannot make your puppy an adult. We also cannot "fix" normal behaviors such as digging, chewing, or barking. We are happy to help you understand these issues and how to manage your dog differently.
Questions? Phone 915-588-2938 or
If you think you would be interested in the Board & Train program, please click below to complete the Application Form. Serious inquiries only, please. :-)
Now interviewing for February & March 2019 slots.