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 Why are Board and Trains more effective than one-on-one classes?

Will I get to visit my dog while they are boarding?

Will my dog miss me at Board and Train?

Will my dog be on a schedule? What will the day look like for him?

Does my dog have to be neutered/spayed in order to enter any Board and Train programs?

What happens in a medical emergency situation?

What vaccinations are needed for my dog to start the Board and Train program?

What does balanced training mean?

Why do you use E-Collars?

Do you use E-Collars on every dog for training?

Why do you use Prong Collars?

Will my dog be around aggressive dogs?

How can I successfully maintain my dog’s training after returning home from boarding?

Do you offer discounts or sales for multiple dogs?

I have tried multiple trainers, and no one has been able to successfully change my dog’s behavior. What makes your program different?

I really need help with my dog, but I can’t afford your programs- are there any other options?

 

Why are Board and Trains more effective than one-on-one classes?

When your dog stays with us, it allows us to see their true behavior once they become more comfortable, and has been staying with us for a few days. Your dog will be learning 24/7, as we also use their down time to teach them how to be calm in their kennels or inside the house without barking or running around. We love going on training field trips, which means even if it’s a trip to the coffee shop, we choose to take our boarding dogs with us. This gives them a new environment each time to explore and to learn their manners outdoors. Once their training is over, we get to teach you the magic of communicating with your dog and show you the best way to maintain the training they learned. One-on-one classes are great if you are willing to put in the extra time to learn and practice our techniques with your dog. It is a longer process as you have to do homework and teach your dog every day after our class is over in order to see effective results!

 

 

Will I get to visit my dog while they are boarding?

We do not encourage you to visit your dog while they are learning with us, as we have found the training to be counterproductive. Your dog has learned to have a certain association to you and your family, therefore making them want to act out when you are present. After a visit, the dog is usually left confused which is why we do not recommend this, but we will not stop you from visiting once, if you are truly missing your pup. We are constantly in and out training or doing consultations, which is why we would set up an appointment for you to come see your dog.

 

 

Will my dog miss me at Board and Train?

Your dog will be fine! They will be kept busy with training and socializing, and will be having fun while boarding. It is only natural to miss your dog, but we promise you your dog will not miss you, or stop loving you, or think they have been left behind. We will be happy to update you weekly and send you pictures to give you a piece of mind that your dog is safe and happy to be at our academy!

 

 

Will my dog be on a schedule? What will the day look like for him?

We start our day by letting the dogs out to potty and socialize for 20 minutes. Once they are led back in their kennels, they have breakfast, then we take them out individually on a structured walk where we focus on heeling, and work on any issues your dog might be having. We have a rotating system, which means we work with one dog, while the others rest in their kennels or in place, then we switch. After our walk, we begin obedience training complexes indoors. The duration of one training complex is usually 30-45 minutes, depending on your dog’s energy level and state of mind.

After the first training portion, all our dogs go on a potty break where they socialize again and then rest until we begin our second training complex with each dog individually. Depending on the level of training your dog is receiving, we will focus the complex on training field trips to the park, malls, stores, etc. If we are not out training, we are inside a home environment, focusing on house rules and boundaries. Once all the training has been completed for the day, they go back out for their potty/socialization break, and are led back inside their kennels for dinner and sleep for the night. We work with your dog for a total of three training complexes throughout the day, and provide them with much rest and playtime as well!

 

 

Does my dog have to be neutered/spayed in order to enter any Board and Train programs?

Dogs that are intact are welcomed and will not be turned away from our program. We only ask that you avoid bringing your female dog in heat, as this will distract your dog and other male dogs from training.

 

 

What happens in a medical emergency situation?

If such a case were to happen, we have 3 local vets that we like to deal with who will take your dog in. We will treat your dog as if they are our own, and will not hesitate to take action, given a serious medical situation would arise.

 

 

What vaccinations are needed for my dog to start the Board and Train program?

We take medical issues seriously, as we have all of our client’s dog at our facility, as well as our own personal dogs. We will ask for a copy of current vaccinations against Rabies, Bordatella and Distemperment. We will also ask for a fecal float to find out if there are any parasites in your dog’s feces. Safety and prevention always comes first at our Academy!

 

 

What does balanced training mean?

There are only two true methods of training, and these are all-positive, and balanced. The most commonly known is all-positive training, but this is quickly changing! Being balanced means we apply a correction for misbehavior, and positive reinforcement for good choices. A correction is simply a humane leash and collar correction, or by applying quick stimulation through an E-Collar. Positive reinforcement can be anything from toys, to food, to praise. Every dog responds differently to reinforcements, so we use whatever reward will be the highest value to them. Why do we correct? Because we want to teach the dog right from wrong! Once they understand the difference, it enables them to look to you for the guidance they yearn. This can potentially save their lives if a dog is aggressive, or is simply bad-mannered and likes to run away from you.

We have studied the way a dog reacts using an all-positive based training as opposed to balanced, and we found that dogs would only please us momentarily to get a reward when there was no balance. Commands would have to constantly be repeated (sit, stay ,stay, stay, sit), way too many treats were given, the dog wouldn’t respect any kind of structure for more than a minute, but most importantly, they were only achieving rehearsed commands, instead of learning to make right choices and changing their bad behavior. Any dog can sit and stay for a treat, but will they stay when they spot a cat across a busy street? Our YES/NO balanced approach is so effective, we mostly tell dogs YES 90% of the time, and NO only 10% of the time, allowing them to enjoy the training, while rehabilitating simultaneously!

 

 

Why do you use E-Collars?

We use E-Collars because it can be used at very low working levels to achieve better communication, and create a stronger bond with your dog. We have found this approach to be the most effective and most humane way to work together through any problem your dog might be experiencing. E-Collars are often misinterpreted as being shock collars of the past which would electrocute the dog’s whole body, when it in fact only sends out stimulation through the contact points as a TENS unit would. This unit is very common and is used for physical therapy on humans all over the world.

The E-Collar is a great tool when used properly, as we have saved so many dogs from being re-homed or even euthanized. The benign sensation transmitted through the contact points does not harm the dog physically or mentally, as we have been able to successfully help even the most anxious and fearful dogs through this method. We love to see the results we get when training with the E-Collar, and hope you are just as excited as we are to help get your dog on the right track, and out of harm’s way!

 

 

Do you use E-Collars on every dog for training?

It depends! The great thing about the E-Collars we use, is that is allows for a very wide range of levels from 0-100. Other E-Collars only have 6-15 levels, which means the intensity of the stimulation increases in large increments between each level, as opposed to gradually increasing the pressure. This means that we are able to use the E-Collar on any dog, big or small, any breed, without affecting their state of mind. There are exceptions to when we use this training tool, and that is if we get a puppy who is under 16 weeks old. We also offer the option of only using a prong collar if you are just looking to get your family dog to listen to basic commands on leash, and does not demonstrate bigger issues like lunging at other dogs or people.

We still encourage the use of the E-Collar for on-leash obedience, but allow the option to opt out! If you want full reliability of your dog being safely off-leash, and have the peace of mind they will come back to you no matter what, then using an E-collar will be the BEST way to achieve it with any dog!

 

 

Why do you use Prong Collars?

Although they may seem dangerous and barbaric, a prong collar, when used properly, is one of the safest tools used to gently correct a bad habit. We use it to communicate with the dog, and guide them to rethink bad choices, and make right choices instead! Have you ever seen a dog choking itself out with a choke chain or a slip lead, or tugging so hard on a harness, your arm might fall off? These training tools might seem like a better approach at first glance, but they actually underwhelm the dog, causing them to react in a negative way. Don’t let the appearance of a prong collar mislead you, as it has been proven time and time again to be one of the most subtle ways to change the way a dog behaves.

 

 

Will my dog be around aggressive dogs?

Absolutely not. We have worked with many dogs dealing with aggression issues, and place them around our own personal dogs only. The safety of all dogs is our first priority, and we take every precaution necessary to ensure they are not harmed, and remain in a controlled environment.

 

 

How can I successfully maintain my dog’s training after returning home from boarding?

The moment you decide to have your dog trained by us, you become a part of our team. We will work together for a total of 4 to 6 hours, typically split into three classes, where we will cover how to properly use our training tools and techniques with your newly trained dog! While your dog is with us, we encourage you to become a more educated dog owner by following our posts through social media, looking through informative videos available online, and asking us questions, which we will be happy to answer. No question is a dumb question, so please feel free to contact us with any small problem or concern before it becomes a bigger problem! We also offer additional training at a special price if you feel you need more than the included hours of training. 

 

 

Do you offer discounts or sales for multiple dogs?

It is very common to see discounts offered in retail and client service businesses, but we do not offer discounts or sales for our services. The reason why is because it is actually much harder to train multiple dogs from the same household than it is to work on a single dog. Each dog gets trained individually, and will then be worked together to make sure they are on the same track and ready to be in sync back home. This is a very challenging task that we love to be a part of, but due to the amount of time that goes into training, we cannot offer discounts, and it would not be fair to offer them to our single dog clients as well.

 

 

I have tried multiple trainers, and no one has been able to successfully change my dog’s behavior. What makes your program different?

Our approach to training has proven to have a high success rate due to how we present our training tools and techniques to the dogs we work with. We open a passage of communication between human and dog, whereas other trainers might be focused solely on teaching the dog rehearsed commands. What makes us stand out is that we mold our training to fit each individual dog’s personality. A Labrador might have a different need in order respond to training, than a German Shepherd would, and we have no problem taking the extra time to analyze each one in order to achieve a better response from them. We dedicate ourselves to changing a dog’s state of mind so they can make the right choices on their own, instead of being fearful, or aggressive, or always running off to get into trouble. You also become a part of our team, and we work very hard together, as we educate you on how to successfully make your dog respond to you the way you thought would never be possible!

 

 

I really need help with my dog, but I can’t afford your programs- are there any other options?

A great option is to apply for a loan with any creditor. Most clients qualify for Pay Pal’s Credit program which offers zero interest if paid within 6 months. We are currently working on making informative videos to help you work through some issues you might be experiencing with your dog. We want to be able to help you, by posting as much free content as we possibly can, and promise to keep you posted on when these videos will be released on social media. In the meantime, you can follow us on our Facebook page and  Instagram for tips and advice!