The Benefits of A Dog Board and Train Programs

The Benefits of Dog Board and Train Programs

If you have a new puppy, the amount of training that needs to be done to raise a well-adjusted dog may seem daunting.

Fortunately for busy owners, a Dog board and train programs were created!

In this article, we are going to look at the main benefits of a board and train program so you can determine if it’s right for you and your dog.

1. Saving Time While Training Your Dog

While it’s certainly possible for the majority of owners to learn how to train their own dogs, dog training is a skill that takes time to master.

Dogs often learn in spite of our poor training skills as humans, because they are wonderful at picking up on what we want them to learn in many cases.

However, it’s no secret that if a skill is mastered, it takes far less time than when you are first learning.

This applies to dog training, too! In the hands of an experienced and educated professional dog trainer, your dog will be able to learn cues more quickly due to the clarity and consistency that the trainer can easily provide.

Dog Board and Train

2. Train Your Dog With Consistency

One of the hardest aspects to follow through with when training your dog throughout your life is the consistency that a dog needs in order to learn effectively.

During a board and train program, your dog will become immersed in the new expectations for their behavior, which also helps your dog learn even faster.

Dogs are opportunists, and if given room to wiggle, they often choose the option they prefer.

The timing, clarity, and consistency of the trainer performing your dog’s board and train will ensure your dog’s training remains consistent and becomes a new habit by the time they come home to you.

3. Lay a Foundation Of Solid Dog Obedience

In very few other aspects of life do we expect the average person to learn an entirely new profession? However, it’s far too often that you are expected to fully train your own dog to the level that a professional dog trainer can train.

Instead, a plumber or another service provider will often solve the bulk of the problem, ensuring the pipes were put together with a solid foundation.

They may give a few tips on maintenance, or how to solve minor problems, but you aren’t expected to become a plumber in order to have water in your home!

During a board and train, your dog will gain a solid foundation of the behaviors you are wanting them to know, and those behaviors can then be transferred to you with some tips for maintaining them at the end.

There will be fewer problems to fix in the future if you start your dog off right in the beginning!

What to Ask About a Board and Train Program

Finally, there are several things to consider when choosing the correct board and train program for you and your dog.

If you have a particular training method you would like to be used, it’s best to find a trainer that aligns with your training philosophy and ensure they will uphold that the entire time your dog is staying with them.

Asking for reviews and references from previous clients is a great way to ensure you will get the result you are looking for with your board and train program as well.

It’s also important to make sure you understand what is needed of you. Dogs aren’t robots, so they will still always need some maintenance of their behavior after a board and train program is completed.

Will the trainer provide support for a certain period of time after the board and train program? How often will they be meeting with you throughout the program? Do you feel confident in their ability to give you the skills you and your dog need to be successful?

Asking some of these questions upfront can ensure you and your dog find a successful board and train program to give you the foundation you need for the rest of their lives!

For more information about our board and train program please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping

How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping

Dogs Jumping on people can be an incredibly frustrating behavior problem since it can lead to torn clothes or even injury to a person.

It’s also an unfortunately common behavior problem. In this article, we will be covering why dogs jump on people, as well as a few ways to teach your dog to keep their feet on the floor.

Why do dogs jump?

Dogs like to greet people face to face, and for many dogs, our faces can only be reached when they jump! They also often jump because they can’t contain their excitement as their owner’s arrive home or new guests arrive.

The fact that jumping is considered to be a bad behavior is very much a human construct, as jumping is a very natural behavior for dogs.

Knowing that dogs jump because they are excited and it’s natural can help put training into perspective, as well as make it slightly less frustrating as you work on teaching your dog not to jump.

How to teach your dog not to jump

The best way to teach the dog to not jump is to teach them an incompatible behavior. There are a variety of incompatible behaviors that you can teach, but the important part is that your dog cannot jump while performing the incompatible behavior.

Some of the more popular incompatible behaviors include: sit, go to a bed, or even a simple “four feet on the floor” behavior.

The first step to teaching your dog how to stop jumping is to pick which incompatible behavior you’d like to use and teach it. For this article, we’ll be using the example of teaching a sit.

To get your dog to sit, start by holding a treat over their head, so as their head goes up their butt comes down into a sit position. Mark this with a “good dog!” and reward your dog!

Practice until your dog is sitting reliably on a hand signal or a verbal cue. Once your dog can sit reliably when asked, you’re ready to start using it when someone comes to the door.

It’s ideal to start with your dog on a leash or behind a barrier, such as an exercise pen or baby gate, to prevent them from jumping in the first place.

As you or your guest enters your home, ask your dog to sit. If your dog sits, you or the guest can approach your dog and reward them with attention.

If at any point your dog starts to jump and leaves their sit, the person approaching should take away all attention by turning their back immediately.

Once your dog resumes sitting, you can start approaching again.

Final Thoughts

Management is an important aspect to controlling jumping behavior. The best approach to stopping jumping is to use a combination of management techniques, such as a leash or a physical barrier to prevent jumping, in addition to training an incompatible behavior like a sit.

In addition, using a mild form a punishment by having a person take away their attention usually is effective in teaching the dog that jumping doesn’t work to get attention, but that keeping their feet on the ground will keep the person approaching.

Practicing consistently is also extremely important to teaching your dog a new habit of keeping all four feet on the ground.

With time, consistency, and practice you’ll be able to teach your dog how to keep all four feet on the ground when a new person approaches and stop their bad habit of jumping on you or guests!

Current State of Dog Food

The Current State of Dog Food

ConsumersAdvocate.org released a new thorough guide to understanding the current state of the dog food industry. In the guide, they explain how everything you read in the ingredients and nutrition facts sections on dog food packaging is regulated by the FDA. To better explain, they even included this helpful infographic on how to read dog food packaging.

The dog food industry is a mess. Frequent recalls over the last decade and a half have eroded public trust in a business long plagued by accusations of unsavory fillers and mystery meats. In a desperate search for safer formulas, consumers have turned to alternative diets, some of which could inadvertently put dogs at risk for significant health issues. Read the full article here:

From large companies to small, independent providers, the FDA study touches an enormous amount of dog food formulas.

Dog Food Reviews

Board & Train: What To Know

I am excited to start the board and train program with your dog. Below is a list of what to bring with you when you drop off your dog for the week.

*Please have the dog washed and nails clipped prior to dropping your dog off for training because everyone loves a clean dog. 

Board & Train: Drop Off and Pick Up
Drop off times are from 10:00 am and no later than 3:00 pm.

Pick up times on Saturday are from 12:00 pm and no later than 2:30 pm. Please allow for one hour to go over commands and training exercises.

  • Crate: Please bring a properly sized crate for your dog. The crate should be big enough for your dog to be able to stand up, lie down, and turn around. Puppies should have this much room and no more.  
  • Dog bed if your dog uses one. 
  • Dog food for only one week or two weeks; please do not bring a 40-pound bag of dog food. 
  • 1 Large bag of soft dog treats that your dog likes or Vital Essentials raw kibble
  • One favorite dog toy.
  • Any medications

For more information about our board and train program please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Five Secrets For Dog Training Success

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Ten secrets for Dog training success!

How to get attentive, enthusiastic responses from your pup in training exercises and everyday life:

  1. Build your relationship with your puppy through fun, structured play, and training sessions. If you and your pup enjoy learning and exploring new things together every day, you will see amazing results in your training.
  2. Exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization are keys to raising a happy, well-behaved puppy. Regular play and new experiences should be a part of every pup’s routine.  Under-stimulated dogs get into a lot more trouble and can’t seem to relax.
  3. Practice training once or twice a day for 5-15 minutes each session. Make this your average.  If you prefer more, go for it!  Integrating training exercises into your everyday activities will make a big difference (see #5 below for examples of this).
  4. Practice in different environments.Start with success in a non-distracting place (e.g., a quiet bedroom) and gradually work your way up to more challenging situations (e.g., the park).
  5. Vary your rewards.  Dogs get bored just like we do.  Use a variety of toys, touch, praise, food and real-life rewards.  For example, request that your pup Sit before you: play a game with a toy, open a door for her, invite her into your lap for petting, deliver a meal, give her attention when you come home, or let her out of the crate/pen.

How to Teach A Dog To Fetch

How to teach your do to fetch

Here is a basic way to teach your dog to play fetch.

Retrieve (Fetch):

  • Retrieve often works best after you have established the first 2 games of stalk/chase and tug.
  • Choose a toy that your puppy likes, but it shouldn’t be so exciting that she just wants to keep it to herself. She should think that the toy is more fun when you play with it, too!
  • Start your Retrieve from a place where your pup normally loves to bring her toys (e.g., her bed).
  • Get her really excited about the toy, then toss it a few feet away. When she grabs it, praise and entice her to come back to you by making fun sounds such as kisses or a drum roll on the floor.  Hint: Gently pulling on a leash often helps to get a puppy coming in your direction.
  • If your pup comes to you without the toy, praise lavishly anyway. Then, grab the toy yourself and repeat step 4, more enthusiastically.
  • When your pup brings toys to you, don’t grab for the toy right away; instead, praise and touch her in a way she loves. This will make her want to keep “sharing” toys with you and bring them to you as a “safe” place to enjoy them, rather than run away from you with them.
  • Once your pup is comfortable bringing toys back to you, reward her not only with praise, but by immediately engaging in more play!