There are many ways to train dogs to do things (and to not do things), but which methods we
choose can have a big effect on a dog’s overall outlook and demeanor. We find that motivating
dogs by rewarding them for behaviors we want and providing consequences for those we don’t
want gives each dog the best chance at success. Consequences and rewards are relevant to the dog, of course, so our process varies with each dog’s specific needs.
We do not limit ourselves to one set of tools and use the full learning paradigm to train dogs. We use food, toys, prong collars, electronic collars, and anything else that a dog may find motivating. The most important aspect of integrating various tools into training is remaining fair and consistent.
The process of teaching a dog new behaviors and eliminating old ones, especially those that have been going on for a while, takes time. We pride ourselves on the process of creating lasting solutions that transfer well to the owner and always being available for follow up questions and lessons.
It's all about the Process.
Interested in signing up for one of our training programs? Fill out our training intake form and you'll be contacted by a trainer to get the ball rolling!
Board and Train
Benefits of Board and Train:
Faster, reliable results. When a dog spends hours a day with a trainer it means excellent repetitions each time. We can take new behaviors from learning stages to fluency much faster than a typical owner.
Immersive training environment. Board and train dogs spend a lot of time working directly on skills and new behaviors. The time they spend outside of these direct one-on-one lessons is just as important, however, as the way their days are structured promotes all the skills we are building. The ability to be around other dogs, new environments and work with new people are all benefits of the program.
Reset! The opportunity to be re-introduced back into their home environment with a new set of skills and game plan for everyone.
Long term relationship with your trainer. We want you to enjoy the benefits of training for the lifetime of your dog.
Board and Train programs run Monday-Friday with send-home lessons on Fridays. Dogs spend the weekends at home with their families and return on Mondays until their program is finished. The weekends at home are optional and we are happy to board our training dogs in our boarding facility over the weekends if they don't go home. `
3 Week Board and Train
What's included: 1 Mini Educator Ecollar ($200 value). 5 private lessons ($500 value).
Our most popular training program! The 3 week board and train program is the product of years spent perfecting the right approach to give dogs and their owners the most valuable training experience. Sending dogs home on the weekends after a lesson each Friday allows owners to learn their dogs new skills as they are learning them and gives the dogs the opportunity for a nice training break to recharge for the next week.
Each board and train is different and built around the needs of the dog and their owner. Any potential board and train dogs will first complete a free trial day of daycare/day train and/or a private lesson to further lay out plans for their stay.
Dogs enrolled in our board and train program spend the majority of the day in our training center but also get social time with other dogs in the daycare. They spend the night at our boarding facility which is staffed 24/7.
Your dog's success after the program relies heavily on how well you are able to follow through and adhere to behavior plans. Dogs are not "fixed" after a board and train and owners should expect to be involved in the process. Graduates of our 3 week program receive 2 free follow-up lessons to be used anytime. Lessons can be at our facility, off-site or in your home (mileage fee applies to anything over 15 mile radius).
Availability: Weekly or bi-weekly depending on schedules and availability.
Private lessons are geared towards owner and dog situations where one of our package options may not fit their needs. Some dogs needs 1-3 private lessons to tackle very specific behavior issues such as prey drive issues, socializing dogs in the same household, troubleshooting basic obedience or any number of specific behavioral problems or goals. Sessions are 1 hour long and packed with customized content for each individual owner and their dog.
Our trainers will be as hands on with the dog as needed but the real goal is for owners to leave each lesson with new skills to practice at home. Behavior change requires a lot of repetition and consistency so owner follow-through between lessons is the key to success!
Individual private lessons are best suited for troubleshooting certain behaviors or learning a specific set of skills where the obedience package may be more than you need. If you are looking to build up your dog's obedience, the 8 week obedience package is the best value.
Rookie Camp - currently not offered as of 06/2023. Will update when program is back open!
Availability: M-F, reservations required.
Calling all puppy parents! Rookie camp is our play and learn daycare program for puppies eight weeks to six months. The Rookie Camp program focuses on developing healthy socialization and play skills at a critical time in a dog’s development. In addition to playtime, puppies receive several mini training sessions during their day to practice basic obedience, impulse control, crate training and housebreaking. Each day is unique and customized for each puppy’s specific needs and abilities. Space is limited to 2 puppies per day. Reservations required.
Benefits of Rookie Camp
- Appropriate and guided play! Every interaction your young puppy has with another dog influences their approach to dogs moving forward. Are dog greetings high energy, based on wrestling and adrenalized play? Are dog greetings scary and risky? Using dogs within our daycare we can match your puppy with the right dogs to help them learn the ropes of dog world. Puppies rarely get to play with each other in Rookie Camp because they are the least qualified to teach themselves about dog play skills. Adult dogs are a major component of promoting appropriate play to our puppies!
- Lots of time spent with a trainer! Puppies spend time practicing coming when called, reinforcing basic obedience, practicing impulse control and getting walks around town during a time when your puppy is most able to be influenced. Socialization is about safe exposure and making adjustments according to each puppy's needs.
- Crate rest and attention to potty training. One of the best learning opportunities at Rookie Camp is when puppies learn sometimes play is over and they just hang out quietly and nap in crates.
Important note about Rookie Camp! Everything we do is supplementary training and owners get the most benefit when also participating in private lessons! Skills your dog learns in Rookie Camp won't transfer home as well without you learning how to solicit them.
Puppy Foundations Package currently not offered as of 06/2023. Will update when program is back open!
What's included: 4 private lessons ($400 value), 6 days of Rookie Camp ($300 value), potty training and crate training support material.
Looking to get your new puppy off on the right foot? Set yourself up for success by having a trainer help you and your dog through those first few critical months
We place a heavy emphasis on foundational learning rather than a finished product at this age. The relationship you establish while your puppy is young sets the stage for all the awesome training you will put on them throughout their young adult years. We love showing owners the right approach and what you can expect out of a dog under 6 months of age vs. what to focus on later.
Training curriculum includes:
Here (recall training)
Play skills like fetch and tug
Puppy leash skills
Obedience foundations (sit/down)
Teaching basic communication system (marker words).
8 Week Obedience Program
Includes: 1 E-Collar Technologies Mini Educator electronic collar. 1 Mendota slip lead
In our comprehensive 8 week private lesson course we focus on creating reliable obedience around four core dog training behaviors.
Recall (coming when called)
Down and stay
Nuisance behaviors such as inappropriate barking, jumping, door manners and general self control will also be addressed.
This program was developed to model the skills we focus on during our 3 week board and train for both owners and dogs. The lessons focus on certain skills but just as importantly, owners will develop and maintain a cooperative relationship with their dogs. Each dog/owner enrolled learns a basic communication system we use to tell our dogs when they are right and wrong and how to adapt it to most any situation you could face in your daily life.
Note: The 8 week obedience program requires owners to practice in between lessons.