The approach that K9 Boarding School has taken to train a dog or puppy is very much like a small child entering into a nursery school or kindergarten for the very first time. No matter how naughty or disobedient a child may be, when the comfort of a familiar environment has been removed, the child will learn to adapt and listen. By removing this environmental familiarization as a factor during training, the trainer will be able to impart listening skills or commands precisely and accurately. A command for 'SIT' will be simply 'SIT', and not because the dog has observed the owner's behavior like tapping on the floor or the owner squatting down. The trainee dog will also be able to observe other "seniors" performing the commands and learn from them.
Dogs have always survived in the wild by working in a pack. The socialization skills and characteristics for each and every individual dogs and their breeds, will be different. Some will be more domineering , more aggressive, while others may be friendly and timid. By training the dogs individually in the School, the trainer will be able to identify their traits, and work to strengthen them.
This controlled social environment of these classes where the dog or puppy is exposed to new people, other dogs, and places while being asked to respond to commands is very difficult to replicate in a home setting or in sporadic training sessions. Classes are not just for teaching the puppy to respond to commands but to respond to commands while other dogs and people are trying to distract him. The socialization aspect of classes cannot be replaced especially for the 2 to 4 month-old puppy. This socialization and training is worth the effort. Some of the most common reasons for healthy dogs to be put to sleep or being sent to SPCA is poor behavior.
Once the commands are mastered, and on the last day of the training, the owner training session will be conducted. The trainer will impart skills on how to give commands, the correct approaches and the timing to perform corrections.
As in any training, regardless of us Humans or dogs, "practice makes perfect". K9 Boarding School will impart correct skills in a compact time frame to the dogs so that the owners can continuously practice with their dog on these commands at home. As part of our commitment to the high level of training, refresher training is provided free.
On the owner's training day, the owners will also learn from our care consultant on how to manage and care for a dog, and some basic veterinary knowledge.
These classes are for puppies about 2-5 months old. The socialization under controlled situations is the absolute best thing you can do for your puppy. Topics covered include housebreaking, socializing, chewing, biting, digging, and barking. Owners will be taught how to train and correct the puppy, walking on a leash without pulling, sitting, and coming.
Basic Obedience Class:
These classes are for dogs older than about 5 months of age. They reinforce what was started in puppy classes and continue on to include heel, sit, stay, down, and come.
Advanced Obedience Class:
These classes work on response time and finesse. They may be geared to those who wish to send their dogs for obedience competitions.
Therapy dog Class:
Some of our clients have requested for dogs to accompany their aging parents for companionship, but require commands to be in dialects. The training goal is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities where the Therapy dog is needed.
These classes are for those who want to have fun with their dog. Dogs are taught how to go over, under, and through various obstacles. It is like taking your dog to a playground. This class can be for fun or to prepare for competition in agility trials.
Sporting and Field Dog Class:
The training are for those who wish to teach their dogs to perform field work, and are usually focus on one type of field event such as retrieving or pointing.
Search and Rescue (SAR) Class:
This course is for owners who are interested in training their dogs to do search and rescue. The dogs will be trained to search and find missing people who may be dead or alive. The dogs work at various training levels including searching in woods, in the water from a boat, and in buildings damaged from natural disasters such as earthquakes or terrorism.
Security Dog Handler's Course:
This course is for security personnel who needs to handle working dogs in a security environment. The course will provide the handler with the necessary dog handling skills.