NEW! Boarding School
CURRENTLY BOOKING 5, 7 and 10 DAY STAYS 12/21-1/2
We'll do the hard work so you don't have to. The way it works: your dog stays with the trainer in her home, so your dog becomes her dog and good manners training takes place 24 hours a day. Since we only accept one board and train dog at a time, your dog will get all of her attention. Just tell us how long you can part with your dog, how much to feed, where to sleep (in a comfy crate or snuggled in bed), and any training or behavioral extras you want us to cover. We practice force-free, science-based positive reinforcement methods, and all training will take place on-leash or in a securely fenced area, and may include field trips.
Our pricing includes an initial consultation at your home (for new clients – not necessary for existing clients), dog pick-up and drop-off within a 30 minute drive (not available for dogs with motion sickness) +$25 for each additional 15 minutes per trip, daily progress reports during your dog’s stay, 1-hr. follow-up private in-home “hand-off” session to review your dog’s cues, an additional 1-hr. session to “brush up” on or troubleshoot trained behaviors, tip sheets with instructions for all trained cues, and unlimited email support for questions related to trained behaviors.
Although we’ll get your dog’s good manners jump-started, it will be up to you to maintain his or her training at home. We’ll show you how and we'll be there to help troubleshoot along the way.
Call us at (301) 660-9203 or email to discuss your training goals.
Now for the not-so-small print:
In-home boarding is not appropriate for dogs who have a bite history or exhibit aggressive behavior dog-directed or human-directed aggression, or other severe behavior issues – contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you and your dog in your home.
Minimum stay is five days.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your reservation, and the remaining 50% balance is due at drop-off.
Proof of current rabies and Distemper/Parvovirus combination vaccinations is required, and your dog must be on an oral or topical flea and tick preventative. If fleas are discovered during your dog’s stay, he or she will be treated for fleas and an additional fee will be applied.
You are responsible for providing your dog’s food during his or her stay.
Your dog must be reliably housetrained.
Included extras: In addition to the above cues, your dog will go on daily walks, enjoy mental stimulation, play impulse control games, and more! You can add additional behaviors (e.g. Go to Place, Heel, crate training, etc.) or address minor behavioral issues (e.g. door manners, jumping, MILD reactivity or fearfulness, etc.) for an additional fee.
What's the difference between the three packages?
To be honest, they pretty much cover the same cues. The real difference is that the longer your dog stays with us, the more solidly trained those cues will be. So it depends on how much you'll be able to continue working with your dog after you're reunited with him or her. Your dog's training is a life-long process, so it'll always be up to you to maintain what he or she learns. The more time we have to work with your dog, the further along he or she will be in the training process, which means less training maintenance for you.
It's important to remember that every dog is an individual with a different aptitude for learning. Your dog’s training progress, including generalization (responsiveness in different locations) and proofing (responsiveness with distractions) will depend on the length of his or her stay with us. More time = more solidly trained behaviors.