How Does The Board And Train Program Work?

Also called K9 Boot Camp, or Stay and Train, the Board and Train package is one of our most requested programs. First, we’ll set up an evaluation to learn how we can help you. Then, once we understand your dog training goals, we’ll customize a dog obedience training regimen or behavioral rehab program just for you and your dog. Unlike many other training courses or programs offered, the Board and Train program is unique because in this program you will be leaving your dog to train and live with one of our trainers at K9 Boot Camp.

Initial Dog Training Evaluation/Consultation

Our evaluation process is essential to us helping you, and therefore, we don’t charge for this service when you purchase a Board and Train program package. It is in your best interest to meet with us prior to having your dog come stay with us to ensure that this program is the right fit for both you and your dog. The evaluation will last anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour as we assess your dog, and together determine what type of training would be most beneficial. If you decide after your evaluation that the board and train program is for you, you will be required to put down a deposit to hold your dogs spot for the month that you have picked based on K9 Boot Camp’s Board and Train availability. No spots are confirmed until the deposit has been made.

The start date for the Board and Train is typically decided upon at the conclusion of the evaluation.

Private Lesson
This lesson is conducted on a case by case basis. If you are in need of immediate assistance, but we are unable to get you into the Board and Train program immediately due to availability this can often be a life-saving short term solution for your dog. Other situations may also warrant the need for private lessons or group classes prior to the Board and Train start date. Together, we’ll decide what will help you the most. Please contact a trainer to schedule private lessons.

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Board and Train
In Boot Camp, your dog will be teamed up to a trainer for his/her entire program duration. This allows your dogs to get one on one attention at all times and provides significant amount of training time. Every dog that comes to the Board and Train program, gets a personalized training program created just for them. Dogs that are registered for the Boot Camp program for aggression, fear, or anxiety may require up to a month’s stay or longer depending on the case.

The Board And Train Program
Once your dog is teamed up with his/her trainer, we start our 4 phase training process with them.

Introduction/ Trust Building Phase (1-2 Days)
Before we begin intensive training with your dog, we always take a moment for your dog to become comfortable with us. It is important that we build a relationship with your dog.

Teaching phase (7 days-2 weeks)
This is the longest of the phases and the most important. We first test your dogs skill level in various areas and then work on anything that requires additional attention.

Dogs that are admitted for aggression or fear issues, will go through a rehabilitation process. This is a program that was created to boost confidence and train the dog to socialize properly around other dogs. K9 Boot camp uses their own dogs that are highly trained and obtain a very well-balanced energy that helps to rehabilitate problem dogs and re-set their old habits.*

Enforcement Phase (2 weeks-4 weeks)
Once your dog has learned the exercises we begin enforcing the commands with different trainers at the facility to ensure reliability for you.

Please understand that the Board and Train Program is tailored to every dog’s individual needs. Dogs staying for obedience training will get quite a different program than a dog coming to stay for any type of aggression issues. Any dog coming to stay for behavioral training and rehab will be required to stay a minimum of 4 weeks and/or up to 6 weeks.

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The Turnover Process: We’ll Teach You to Continue the Training
It’s great to train dogs, but if we simply trained your dog and then sent them home to you, our program wouldn’t be complete. Because of this we have carefully crafted a training program for you too. The written homework, board and train group class, and the two private lessons are all included in board and train package.

Online Video Tutorials (coming soon)
Detailed Literature and Homework
Group Class Lecture (phone call version available)
1-Hour Private Lesson when you pick up your dog
6-Week Group Class Sessions
1-hour private in home follow up session

Written Homework
Within a few days of your dog coming to stay with us, we’ll send you a written homework schedule that will detail the things that you will need to practice with your dog upon returning home. We encourage owners to work with their dogs for about 5 minutes at a time, a couple of times a day. The homework goes into great detail about dog psychology, and how to continue using the techniques that we have implemented while the dogs were training with us.

Board and Train Group Class
The group class is designed for owners of the dogs in our Board and Train program to get an in-depth understanding of dog psychology. This class will forever change the way you view your dog- in a very good way. We want you to be able to see the world as your dog sees it, not as you wish they would.

Take Home Private Lesson
Our training wouldn’t be complete without giving you the chance to practice your new skills before taking your dog home with you. Your private take home lesson gives you the chance to watch us train your dog, so you can see exactly how to work with YOUR dog. It also begins the process required to transfer leadership back to you. The unique way that we do this, makes people smile.

After reading and watching all of the course material the most important thing is for you is to take the leash as we coach you through the entire process. Typically, people walk in a little nervous about messing up their dog’s training. I promise, if you just try your best, you’ll do great! Remember that we’re you’re biggest fans, and we want you to succeed. At the conclusion of the second lesson, you get to take your dog home.

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One 6-week Group Class with Your Dog
Also included in the package is an additional 6 week group class course taught in a class setting where you and your dog will focus on obedience training and socialization training. We know from experience that if we can continue to work with you during the first couple of weeks, you’re going to do much better. Most of the time, owners just need to have a little encouragement, and advice how to handle their dog in multiple situations. By meeting with you we can give you hands on answers, instill confidence in you that you can do this, and make sure that you know the proper technique to use in every situation. *Group classes are only included in the Board and Train package if the trainer recommends this class type. other suggestions may be made based on the dog’s training program type.*

Follow Up
After you take your dog home, we continue to partner with you to ensure that you’re progressing. Our weekly group class or private lessons are a great way for you to continue to work with your dog. Since dogs are always learning,it’s important that you continue to challenge them.

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Continued training ensures that your dog is getting the most from your relationship. We’ll always continue to make ourselves available to you through email or phone calls to ensure your complete satisfaction at no additional charge.