Frequently asked questions
What is a Board & Train?
My programs are board and train based - >
- Meaning your dog gets to stay with us for training, and you get your hands on training on the scheduled pick up day.
- Board and train dogs live on site with us. Staying for training, playing with dogs when they are not training, and sleeping in crates for saftey.
Do you offer lessons?
I only offer lessons to families that have been through a program of mine.
- Due to limited time, dogs in training, and previous clients being a high priority, i do not have the extra time in my day to offer lessons to outside people that have not been through a program.
My clients that are currently in for training are my number one priority, then my clients that have graduated coming next, always having my support when requested.
How does a board & train help me?
A board and train can help you by establishing the foundation training you need set with your dog, that would usually take you weeks or even months to do with a normal schedule, or group classes.
When here for a board and train, new skills are established each day, with you getting updates via pictures and video so you can see your dog excelling.
The trainer being hands-on helping you along the way the results are able to be transferred from me to your family immediately.
Will my dog only listen to you, once training is finished?
Heck to the nope!
Because i show you monday - friday video updates in our training group, you get a preview of how to work your dog, prior to actually receiving your hands on training.
Once your dog is headed home - in a puppy or leadership program- you hangout and train with me for one- two hours and go through all the commands, and learning the prong and ecollar before i send you home.
I want to send you home, happy, confident in your new skills as a team, and excelling - that is MY job.
In a behavioral program i meet with my families weekly, that way they have extra hands on with new skills and new behaviors we are getting undercontrol.
When are you open for drop off - pick up?
My days are monday - friday for hands on training with dogs leaving or arriving.
My hours are 11 am - 7 pm.
The dogs and my kids get my time in the mornings, then i finally come last, so 11am is typically my earliest after ive been able to tackle the morning routine.
Boarding: I am not open on weekends for boarding drop off/pick up.
How is the environment?
I try to keep things pretty easy going and calm, i personally cannot handle major stressors so i dont expect these dogs to!
The dogs are involved in our daily lives, with household chores, kids, other dogs, our ferret, and having friends or family over. I keep things pretty happy go lucky as long as we are training at the same time.
It is not a free for all in my house, when the dogs are inside with us, they need to "place" on the cot or dog bed, and hangout unless asked to get up. I have a young toddler and a infant that are on the go, so dogs are learning to be patient, have better inpluse controls, and handle busy settings without needing to be in your business 24/7.
You have to remember we are training, you are paying for training, not for me to let your dog do whatever it wants, when it wants. The more structure you incorperate into the routine, the healthier the dogs mind.
When can my dog start?
I am typically booked a month or two in advance, so please visit our enrollment form and see when our next opening is. It is usually the beggining of the month, or the middle of the month.
Behavioral programs start the 1-4th of the month depending on when the first monday of the month falls on.
Behavioral dogs start the beggining of the month, and wrap up by the end of the month for the new dogs to be able to enroll and take their spot.
Due to Covid playing a major part in various family lives we are typically able to fulfill last-minute reservations if it is an emergency.
How do I enroll my dog?
Please visit my contact page, fill out an enrollment form, and check dates that would be available next that could suit you. At times we are able to fill last minute reservations just touch base with us.
Then i personally would be in touch via email, or text, to schedule a phone consult to cover any questions and details specific to your dog and family's needs.
After our phone call, I will invoice your retainer fee, and email you our outline and our contract for you to sign and bring with. Then we just wait for your scheduled arrival date.
When are balances due? How Can I Pay?
We are able to except all major credit cards through invoicing by PayPal.
You are also able to pay with venmo, or Zelle.
Retainers/deposits are paid to reserve your spot with our training program for the selected dates within 48 hours of reserving, balances are due at time of arrival for training.
What is BALANCED training?
Balance training is the use of a correction as well as positive reward-based training involved.
There are various positive only trainers that will have you ignore your dog when they are behaving poorly instead of correcting that bad behavior and letting them know that is something we don't want to see often or at all.
We utilize prong collars as well as E collars in our training which helps us get lasting results that are able to be achieved a lot faster in the 12,16 or 25 day programs.
There is no reason to go round and round with these dogs and dragging training sessions out for months when you can get fast, happy results immediately, if you take a peek at a bunch of our videos as well as our Facebook page that is extremely active you were able to see how we utilize these tools so that way our dogs are not having their spirits broken but they are learning to work for their owners and follow direction willingly.
Which Board & Train Should I Look Into?
Our Two-Week (16 day) LEADERSHIP On and Off Leash Board and Train Program is for dogs who are not exhibiting any serious behavioral issues.
Our typical Leadership board and train client is an adolescent dog (or older dogs who don't display any aggression/anxiety/OCD/fear issues) who pulls on the leash, jumps up on people, barks, chews on things, doesn't come when called, plays well with other dogs, counter surfs, is mouthy or pushy, chases the cat, plays rough with the kids, can't settle down easily, barks but doesn't act aggressively when people come over, and has a hard time focusing around distractions.
Our Four-Week Behavioral Modification Program is designed for dogs of all ages who are displaying behaviors that are more serious such as aggression (growling at often or biting other people or animals), leash reactivity (severe barking and lunging at other dogs, people, cars, bicycles, etc when on a walk), intense fear, severe separation anxiety (constant crying, barking, crate escapes, soiling the house or crate, destruction), or Obsessive Compulsive Behavior.
- The reason these behaviors take more time is because a dog exhibiting such things has been practicing a learned behavior for a while and has an underlying level of stress/anxiety/genetics that have to be addressed and considered.
As we progress, build relationship, new habits, and new associations, your dog's state of mind starts to improve and their ability to make better choices becomes clearer. Consistency, routine, and understading.
The bottom line is that behavior modification takes more time because your dog is experiencing a level of stress that hinders their ability to learn and has been affecting their impulse control and poor choices.
Learning new skills and acceptable behaviors is not just about them learning obedience, but actually developing new COPING skills for things that previously caused them stress. This way they can learn how to relax, make better choices, and give better behavior for you at home! This journey requires a lot of repetition, proofing, and exposure during their stay with me, as they continue to learn new ways to practice impulse control and change their associations with things that previous caused them stress. If you have any questions about which program is right for your dog, do not hesitate to contact me! The success of your family and your dog is what is most important!
A huge thing to consider is that homework and upkeep are the biggest key points for success in all programs.