BOARD & TRAIN
How does it work?
Your dog lives with me as a member of the family and trains daily in a household setting to get a solid foundation in obedience, manners, and socialization. This method gets the fastest results because the dog is receiving intensive, focused training every day from a professional trainer, in a similar context to which they’ll go home.
How Long Does It Take to Train a Dog or Puppy?
The number of weeks recommended depends on your goals for the dog, but 3 - 6 weeks is typical to create a foundation. Longer programs help to cement the results. Follow up handler training sessions are included, to demonstrate what progress has been made and give you tips on how to maintain the training.
Where Will My Dog Be Trained?
You might have noticed that your dog “listens” best when you’re in the kitchen with a cookie in your hand. This is because you’ve probably practiced there most often! But for a dog to behave in all settings, he needs to practice in a variety of environments with a variety of distractions. Your dog’s training will take place in the home, outside the home, in the neighborhood, and around town in busy and distracting places.
I'll Miss My Fur Baby too much - Can I Visit My Dog During Training?
Yes, you can visit your pup during the training program! We can schedule this at your convenience.
Can I Send My Dog For Training While I’m On Vacation?
Yes! Many dog owners decide to schedule their dog’s training to coincide when they would need to board their dog anyway in their absence. It’s a cost-efficient way to combine both needs. Keep in mind – due to taking a limited number of dogs at a time, boarding does get booked up a few months in advance; further during holidays.
“Boarding” Training Sounds Like Military School … Is It?
Not at all! Think of it as “room & board.” It simply means your dog is in a home setting, not a kennel, during training.
Will My Dog Listen to Me After Training With Someone Else?
Many owners worry that their dog will only listen to the trainer and not to them when the dog comes home from training. It's true that the new respect the dog has for the trainer must be transferred to the owner. For this reason, follow up 1-on-1 coaching sessions are included in every boarding style training package.
I cannot believe the transformation my dog (yellow lab) has made since she went to Jenny’s for training. He’s like a whole different dog. He went in for a round of obedience, and he seems to have really loved the training. He’s not a terror at home anymore, and my wife and I are actually enjoying him. - Philip D
Coaching style training means we work together in weekly sessions to train your dog and help you with your technique as a handler. The idea here is that I’m there to guide you in training your dog. You’re putting in the time, effort, and repetitions to get results. It’s very much like exercise - the more reps you do, the better results you will see!
What is a Typical Session Like?
Some topics will be more conversational, while others will be more hands on. For the hands on topics, we’ll discuss the strategy behind the task, I’ll demonstrate with your dog, and then I’ll hand the leash over for you to try. The goal here is for you to learn to raise a well-behaved dog, since you have to live together!
How Long Are the Sessions, and How Often?
The sessions are private, and so we meet at your convenience. We meet for 1 hour sessions as often as possible - ideally, once or twice per week, but we’ll go at your own pace. Evenings and weekends are available.
Where Does the Training Occur?
You might have noticed that your dog “listens” best when you’re in the kitchen with a cookie in your hand. This is because you’ve probably practiced there most often! But for a dog to behave in all settings, he needs to practice in a variety of environments with a variety of distractions. We’ll start in the training yard, but at more advanced levels we’ll meet at locations out and about for the value of the distractions they offer. That's real-life application!
Jenny is an exceptional dog trainer. She is responsible, knowledgeable, and personable. She was able to help my husband and I train our rescue dog and she did a great job training us to support him as well. Now he behaves completely differently and we are a happy family together. She was able to give us some basic commands and routines that are really working well for us. We are a now a great team and we highly recommend her services to all of our friends and family. - Michelle P
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Board & Train programs and Coaching Style Training each have their advantages. The main difference is who is putting in the time to work with the dog. Boarding style training involves me working directly with your dog while he lives with me; for coaching style training, I work with you and your dog together in regular hourly sessions.
Board & Train
If you are…
Very busy and may not have time to put in the reps with your dog
Unsure about your ability to work with your dog
Interested in a turn-key dog training process
… boarding style training may be the best choice. Click here to learn more about Board & Train
Coaching Style Training
If you are…
Able to spend time with your dog daily
Interested in developing an increased bond with your dog
Budget-conscious and wanting to go at your own pace
… coaching style training may be the best choice. Click here to learn more about Coaching Style Training
My baby is a different dog now! We rescued a rambunctious 6 month old sable German Shepherd Dog, and having had small(er) dogs previously, we just did not know what we were getting ourselves into. We were at our wit’s end to get this guy under control, but Jenny took him for a few weeks for boarding and totally turned things around. He’s like a different dog. She gave us lessons afterwards so we can learn to handle him, too. So worth it!! - Sarah G