BOARD & TRAIN PLUS
DOG BOOT CAMP
Your Dog will Live with one of our Expert Trainers!
*It takes less than 30 seconds
WHY CHOOSE THE BOARD AND TRAIN PLUS DOG BOOT CAMP?
Our Board and Train Plus Dog Boot Camp is extremely popular and is the top recommendation from our trainers when someone is looking for the best boarding and training option. The program takes the great results of our board and train which takes place in the trainer’s home under their watchful eyes and then combines it with a years worth of our private lessons which take place inside the your home. The program utilizes a system of internal checklists and schedules to ensure that your dog is getting optimal training results as they progress through the program.
Who is the Board and Train Plus Package good for?
Our Board and Train Plus Program works well with any age of dog, but it was especially created for puppies. All dogs can change over time, but you're likely to see the biggest changes in the first year of a puppies life. With the Board and Train Plus Package we can be there to help clients guide their dog through puppy-hood and adolescence.
Although your little puppy may be a bundle of joy right now, we want to make sure he doesn’t turn into an adult dog with bad manners, fear, anxiety or aggression. Puppies come to us as wonderful little creatures that are ready to learn about the world. Our goal is to help them live up to their potential as happy well balanced companions that can go anywhere with their owners!
When adult dogs are enrolled in our Board and Train Plus Program we use a modified training program depending on their current knowledge and issues. We are able to modify our program for your specific dog and family. We still follow everything included on our checklists. but we modify the training based on your particular dog.
THE SUBURBAN K9 BOARD & TRAIN PLUS BOOT CAMP DIFFERENCE
An initial 2 week Board and Train and a 1 week refresher Board and Train six months later
14 Private In-Home Follow-up Appointments
What is covered during a Board and Train Plus Package?
Some of the things we work on with dogs include:
- Nail Trimming
- Socialization with Humans and Dogs
- Bite Inhibition
- Mock Vet Exams
- Resource Guarding Prevention
- Item Discernment
TRAINING INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED FOR YOUR DOG
Teach your Dog:
- Front Door Manners
- Potty Training
- And more...
Stop Unwanted Behaviors:
- Leash pulling
- Counter surfing
- And more...
Do I need to drop my dog off?
We will pick them up and return them to your home, so no drop offs needed! In addition there are follow-up sessions that will also take place in the convenience of your home.
Where does my dog stay?
Your dog will stay in the home of one of our expert trainers. While staying with the trainer they will be treated like a member of the trainer’s family. They will sleep inside of a crate usually set up in a spare bedroom. The trainer will also have their personal dogs at home to help with socialization and other aspects of training.
SEE OUR BOARD AND TRAIN PLUS TRAINING IN ACTION
How to teach a dog how to act around food
Matt Covey uses and explains our technique called "Claiming" food to help teach this puppy not to steal food dropped on the floor!
Dog Boot Camp Pros and Cons
Learn if the Board and Train Boot Camp is right for your dog!
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What does the program include?
The Board and Train Plus Program includes the following:
- 2 Week Board and Train - Your trainer will come and meet with you, then take your dog to their home for daily training and additional training excursions then bring your dog back home and go over everything they learned
- 1 Week Refresher Board and Train - Around six months after the initial Board and Train where your trainer will sharpen any skills that may have dulled and progress training from there
- 14 Private Lessons - Lessons scheduled at your home or a location of your choosing in the area to specifically address what you feel you need help with
- Company Founder Review - Three times over the course of the program Matt Covey will have a phone meeting and go over the notes and progression checklist with your trainer and provide tailored advice for your specific dog
- Customized Lifestyle Adjustment Plan (LAP) - Customized and detailed plan to help you achieve all your goals and help you and your dog live your best lives
- Premium Leather Leash - Our thick leather leash with brass fittings is preferred by every one of our trainers, it's simply the most comfortable and sturdy leash you could ask for
- Short Training Tab - A very small leash Suburban K9 has pioneered the use of during our training program to help transition your dog to off leash obedience and good behavior
The Dog Board and Train Boot Camp
Instead of generic one hour group classes that are often ineffective, our Dog Boot Camp/Board and Train Programs are customized to your dog. They are tailored both to your training goals and your dog’s personality. This training method ensures your dog's training is much more effective since the plan is created based upon you and your dog!
What's a board and train?
With a board and train our expert trainers bring your dog inside their home. They teach them a variety of commands depending on the package you select. They will also work on ensuring your dog behaves well around the home. Your pup is then returned to you and you are taught everything they have learned and how to maintain the training and behaviors moving forward.
Ideal age for boarding and training
We offer our Dog Boot Camp Program for dogs of all ages. We see a lot of young puppies and we also frequently train older dogs as well. The idea that you cannot teach old dogs new tricks is definitely not true! If your puppy is very young we generally recommend waiting until 16 weeks before sending them to us for training. We can cover so much more with a 16 week old dog than we can with a 12 week old dog!
Professional trainers to board your dog
When looking for a dog trainer, experience matters! Every dog is different and it takes a trainer that is truly an expert to understand your dog’s unique personality. Our experienced trainers help thousands of dogs every year—each exhibiting different personalities and traits. They can handle anything from shy submissive dogs all the way to excitable dogs who are always pressing your buttons and trying to run the household! If your dog has aggression or extreme fear issues we generally recommend In-Home Training in your house as a better fit.
Board and Train Plus tailored to your dog
Here’s how we go about tailoring our Dog Boot Camp program around your pup’s needs:
Learn your dog's training needs
The first step in our Dog Boot Camp program is when you fill out our custom dog behavior questionnaire. We want to know about all of their good and bad behaviors and habits as well as your training goals. This gives us a lot of insight on your dog and allows the trainer to start creating a training plan before they even meet you!
Observe your dog in their environment
The next step is when your trainer comes to your home to pick up your dog. This way, the trainer has the opportunity to see your dog in its home environment and discuss the specifics of what you are looking for. This works so much better than the trainer first meeting your dog in a kennel environment when you drop them off. The place where your dog is most comfortable is where the trainer can get the best grasp of who your dog is. The more the trainer knows about your dog, the better they’ll be able to help address your needs. We often see things during the pick up that were not on the questionnaire and we then modify our training plan accordingly. Our goal is to have a complete understanding of your dog’s behavior in your home so that we can deliver the best training results possible!
Starting your Board and Train Plus
After the pick up, your trainer takes your dog to their home and truly starts the Dog Boot Camp training process! This is a lot of fun and a lot of work for your dog and the trainer. They start working on each obedience command (heel, sit, stay, down and come) and work at the proper pace for your dog. If your dog doesn’t know any commands then they start at the teaching phase. If your dog already knows certain commands then they will immediately move to working around distractions (also known as proofing an obedience command).
The trainer also works to reinforce new behaviors with your dog. This includes things such as stopping jumping, stopping barking, stopping chewing, and teaching your dog how to live in a human household without anyone being stressed or frustrated. We address potty training/housebreaking and use our in house potty log/schedule to get your puppy or dog on the right track! This is where the dog behavior questionnaire comes in extremely handy. Your trainer will know what your goals are and will make sure to address each of your problem areas and goals. For example, if you mentioned jumping on guests as an issue, your trainer will spend a lot of time working around the front door to ensure your dog learns how to behave!
Using Board and Train Plus obedience with daily life
Your trainer will also tie obedience commands into daily life. They will practice having your dog obey commands even during heavy distractions such as the doorbell ringing, guests coming in, dinnertime and being around other dogs.
Board and Train Plus socialization
Our board and train programs are great for socializing your dog. During the board and train your trainer will make trips that will be fun for your dog. These will include places like dog parks, pet stores, and other public places where you might want your dog to behave. Plan on having a lovely brunch at a dog friendly restaurant? Tell your trainer and they can work on adding this type of trip into your board and train. We can even use one of your private lessons to have your trainer meet you to work in a specific place where you need help.
Personalized go home lesson
After your dog has learned and proofed their obedience commands and learned how to behave properly in the house it is time for them to return home! Your trainer will drive your dog back to your house and stay for 2 hours for your go home session. This session is incredibly important because this is the start of your training! You will see everything your dog has learned and be taught how to maintain their new good behavior!
Training follow ups in your home
Luckily, your dog's training doesn’t stop after the go home session! You get 14 additional training lessons to continue progressing your dog's training.
Additional 1 Week Refresher Board and Train
Around six months from your dog's initial Board and Train we will have another 1 week stay with the trainer to continue their training or troubleshoot any new problems you are struggling with.
Customized Lifestyle Adjustment Plan (LAP)
With the Board and Train Plus Program you will work together with your trainer to create a Lifestyle Adjustment Plan (LAP). Your LAP is a highly customized plan that helps you combine simple lifestyle changes, obedience training, and fun jobs that give your dog purpose. Your trainer will have worked with your dog on the details of the plan during the initial two week board and train. During your go-home lesson the trainer will review the details of the plan with you. The follow up lessons and refresher board and train will help ensure that the plan is working for you properly and you are happy with the results. This plan will help your dog live as a happy and harmonious member of your family.
Live happily with your dog
After your follow up training sessions have been completed, you and your dog will both be well trained and ready to live a happy life together. That being said, if you have any questions or concerns, we are available by phone for the life of your dog at no additional charge!
Board and train money back guarantee
We are extremely proud of our Dog Boot Camp program and know that you will be happy with the results. We stand behind our work, and our 2 week, 3 week and Plus Programs all come with a money back guarantee! We offer this guarantee because we know we have the right mix of dog training skills, experience, and customer service to make you a customer who is satisfied for life!
Should you worry about sending your dog for a board and train?
Many of our customer's feel like their dog is a member of their family. Our trainers feel this way too and will treat your furry best friend like a member of their family. We've found that it helps customers to align board and trains with vacations. This is a time that many people will be boarding their dog anyway. In addition being on vacation gets you out of the house and staying occupied. During your dog's stay our trainers will send you updates and pictures of your dog. Helping assure you that your pup is in the safe hands of a professional. These training updates help even if you are staying home while your dog is away.
Furthermore, unlike many smaller dog trainers our company is insured and has years of happy clients to back up our reputation. Still not convinced? Our In-Home training is a great option where your dog stays at home with you and you can decide how involved in each lesson you'd like to be.