Doggie Boot Camp

FAQs

What is the difference between two- and three-week dog training?

Two weeks is really the minimum. It takes the dog a few days to completely relax and trust us. Then we take our time through multiple short sessions a day to train the behaviors we want to reinforce and counter-condition the behaviors we would like to eliminate. An example of counter-conditioning would be to teach the dog to sit instead of jumping up. The advantage of the three-week program is it allows us to really reinforce the behaviors we have been training.

Why do you want to meet us at our home first?

We want to see your dog’s environment because this will help us understand any advantages or challenges your home may hold. Often times, we learn a key piece of information that will allow me to propose a solution to a problem you might be having. Lastly, it is important that we determine that a board-and-train program is the right fit for your dog. For example, a dog with severe separation anxiety would probably be a poor candidate. We want you to feel comfortable with us and not feel like you are “being sold” on a training package.

How big is your property?

We are lucky. We have a half-acre, which is fully walled with multiple gates.  

How many dogs do you take at a time?

Not many. When you take too many dogs the quality of the training decreases and it’s just not as much fun. It also stresses the dogs.  

Can I see my dog during the board and train?

It depends. Sometimes it is best that we have your dog uninterrupted for the entire time. We understand though that you might really miss your dog, or if you have kids this may be unpopular. So as long as it will not disrupt the training too much we can accommodate visits.  

Is David the only trainer?

David is the lead trainer and sets the pace and program for every dog we have. We have multiple trainers that reinforce the training using the same method. This has consistently proven to be the best method in order to ensure that your dog’s new behavior “sticks” at your place.

What method of training do you use?

We love positive reinforcement training. It allows us to shape the behavior while the dog enjoys the process. We also do not use any words while training for the first few days of training. All we use is body language and hand commands.

Do you use treats for training?

Absolutely. It works best at the beginning to get some basic skills in. It also helps your dog like the trainer.

How is the training reinforced?

After your dog learns some basic skills, we then move to a variable random reinforcement schedule. What this means is that sometimes your dog gets one treat, sometimes three, other times none. Behavioral studies of all species show this to be very effective in training and behavior modification.

Will my dog only perform for treats?

No. Most dogs will work for praise or a toy. The treats are used as a tool to have your dog want to learn.

Is there any dog you will not work with?

Not really. Occasionally, there will be a dog that we don’t think would benefit from our environment. We would never take a dog that we think couldn’t achieve the outcomes we have set out.

How are you different from other trainers?

We intentionally accept less dogs a month for our training program. Reducing the quantity of dogs trained per month allows us to produce a much better quality trained dog.

Can you make my dog walk well on a leash?

Yes. Many dogs will walk well when trained on a special no-pull harness and this is my preference.

Is there any follow-up at our place?

Yes. We deliver the dog to your home and we will sit down and talk about what your dog has learned and what to expect.  Then we follow up within a week to make sure things are going well.