Board & Train:
Board and Train is an exclusive working vacation for your dog where they will receive top quality 24h care living cage-free inside Allison’s home, as a part of her family. Your dog will enjoy a focus on daily training sessions using primarily positive reinforcement, long adventurous walks on her 14 acre property that abuts a shallow river and of course plenty of human affection. Allison only accepts one dog at a time for boarding to ensure a certain level of attention and comfort for everyone involved (her husband and two dogs included).
Board and Train is ideal for:
⟶ Owners who are going on vacation but want more bang for their boarding-buck.
⟶ Fed up owners who need help with a behaviour problem before they loose their minds.
⟶ New puppy and/or rescue parents who are struggling to find the time to train basic skills and want to benefit from the efficiency and skill level of a practiced dog trainer.
1 week - $900
2 weeks - $1600 ($800 per week)
4 weeks - $2800 ($700 per week)
A one week minimum is required for board and train but longer and custom time periods can be arranged.
Certain problem types will not be suitable for this format, please get in touch for more information!
- → An initial 1 hour assessment to collect the dogs history and specific owner goals.
- → Cage free boarding, daily mealtime enrichment and walks.
- → 2 formal training sessions daily along with general training throughout each day as needed.
- → Video and Email updates throughout the process.
- → A detailed training report card and concise follow up instructions for what your dog learned and how to maintain it.
- → A 1-2 hour "Transfer" session to train YOU how to maintain your dogs new skills.
- → Unlimited phone and email support afterwards to ensure continued success.
*** Allison is no longer acceping bookings for 2018 as she is full up ***
To learn more about if Board & Train is right for you check out my Blog post about it here!
To see more about how I train check out my philosopy page here.
Crate training! We are working on adding the verbal cue “crate time” as well as increasing the duration between the door being closed and being rewarded. The door closing her inside predicts good things! • • • This exact step is to give the verbal cue, then the hand-signal and wait for the dog to go in the crate (no treats in hand). When they do close the door, count 5 seconds and then feed a few treats through the door, open and let exit at will. • • • The 2nd trial in this video is a great example of giving the cue once and then allowing the dog time to think about it. Angel learned sit recently and so she is guessing that’s probably what I want, it doesn’t take long for her to try something else which happens to be what I wanted! #rewardbaseddogtraining #cratetraining #samoyedpuppy #samoyed #dogtraining #usefood #treatpride
Verbal Discrimination (Cues)
Still working on the verbal cue discrimination for positions. I’m cueing them in a random order so it’s harder for her to just guess what I want. She still needs the hand signals (after) quite a bit but she is making progress. This is normal. English is hard for dogs and they guess or just read our body language more often than you may realize! Try this with your dog, stand like a statue and give your verbal cues in a different order than normal - let me know if they can do it in the comments! #dogtraining #verbaldiscrimination #sitdownstandup #rewardbaseddogtraining #iloveyourdog
Proofing toy distractions and Sammi is mastering this stuff. Without any sound it’s hard to tell but when she breaks to play tug It’s because I’ve cue’d it with an “OK - GET IT!” - when I cue “DROP” and then “STAY” she is a statue (well as statuesque as a lanky puppy can be lol)! Not to mention she’s holding her stay despite the unexpected added distractions... my dogs breaking their stays! #impulsecontrol #A++ #starpupil #smartpuppy #rewardbaseddogtraining #dogtraining #cattledmix #bulldogmix
Go to your Bed
Today I began teaching Lyla to make eye contact on cue (just a hand signal so far). This behaviour is extremely useful in all kinds of situations but especially on and off leash! In this video we are just starting to proof distractions (food in my hand held out to the side). Check out the last trial of the video - she’s getting it! #rewardbaseddogtraining #dogeyecontact #bordercollie #iloveyourdog
Recall (Come when Called)
Good morning! Today we’re adding distractions and distance to Sadee’s whistle recall! A frisbee is no match for meatballs! (Also starting to add collar grabs to every recall now that it’s warming up a bit and I don’t need me giant mittens lol) #willworkforfood #rewardbaseddogtraining #iloveyourdog #BoardandTrain #dogsofhaliburton
Oscar is going home tomorrow! One of his owners requests was to work on his collar. He was cranky about having it put on (and sometimes taken off). We did a collar grab plan leading up to an on and off plan. Here is the final steps. You can see he voluntarily puts his head through the collar without seeing the treat first and he also tolerates/enjoys having it removed. #pavlovsdog #willworkforfood #usefood #treatpride #iloveyourdog
I’m doing some halti conditioning with Angel as a back up plan for her owners just in case she becomes a strong puller (she is bred to be after all, AND she is one of those lucky country dogs who will get to be off leash primarily so she may not get as much training on leash as a city dog). Head-harnesses like this are meant to give the handler more leverage over the dog, they’re NOT meant to be uncomfortable or painful - unlike choke, prong and shock which rely on discomfort to function properly. Alas, regardless of the intention, many dogs do find Head Harnesses aversive as evident by their behaviour when they try to rub them off repeatedly. Fortunately a little time can be spent in advance conditioning your dog to enjoy (and excitedly anticipate) the sensation of the nose strap and this makes a world of difference! We are on Step 2 of my Halti conditioning plan in which I hold the nose loop up, lure her nose through and feed her lunch meats for 5 seconds. #rewardbaseddogtraining #samoyed #iloveyourdog
Work-to-Eat every meal!