The Benefits of Boarding & Training Your Dog
The Ups & Downs of Dog Training
Training a dog can be stressful and frustrating for pet owners. It’s time-consuming, there’s a huge learning curve, and every dog is different so there’s no catch-all method for teaching them. If you don’t have experience, it can be scary, and even the most well-intentioned pet owner could be inadvertently teaching bad habits to their furry friends.
Still, training your dog has numerous undeniable benefits. You can have confidence they will be well-behaved even in unfamiliar situations and settings. They will be more respectful to people, other animals, and property, whether it be the mailman, the neighbor's dog, or your brand new furniture.
Sure, dogs are clever and pick up a lot on their own. They will quickly learn what behavior helps them to get fed or let outside. But without guidance and proper encouragement and discouragement at the right times, they may learn undesirable behavior. That’s where it helps to consult a professional trainer.
Dog Training Options: Classes vs. Board & Train
Should a dog owner decide not to try and train a dog themselves, they have a few options when it comes to seeking the assistance of a pro. They can take their dog to obedience school, and other weekly training programs, or they can enroll them in a training and boarding program. But how do you decide what is the best method for training your dog?
Attending weekly obedience training and other similar classes may result in undue stress on both the dog and owner. And in between sessions, your dog may forget some of the things it’s learned. It may seem cheaper, but it may not be nearly as effective.
Though a board and train program may require more of an initial investment than weekly classes at a local pet store, in the long run it saves money and heartache due to its effectiveness. Boarding and training your dog has several benefits that help make it an attractive option, whether they just need a little obedience training, or have more severe needs.
Reducing Stress on Dogs & Owners
First and foremost, even without taking into consideration the specialized skills needed to effectively train a dog, it’s much easier on the dog parent to take a pet to a trusted trainer. Owners can have the peace of mind from simply dropping off a pet and knowing it will be in good hands for the next few weeks. And they won’t have to worry about having to attend weekly classes.
It’s also much easier on the dog. Rather than be overwhelmed with potentially jarring weekly lessons full of lots of new dogs, only to leave shortly after, they’ll have much more time to settle into their surroundings. They’ll get a chance to adjust to what they’ll see as a vacation where they’ll go new places and make new friends.
And it’s even a great solution for dog owners going on trips. Not only can they be sure their dog is well taken care of, they’ll be glad to know their pet is learning new skills and discipline. So after the boarding period, they’ll be greeted by a dog eager to show its owner all the new things it’s learned!
More Time with Experienced Trainers
Training a dog isn’t easy. There is no such thing as an inherently bad dog, just a poorly trained one. Owners can accidentally encourage bad habits without realizing it, and it can be difficult to get a dog to unlearn inappropriate behavior. A dog trainer can quickly recognize these habits and take actions to correct them.
Professional trainers have experience training different dogs, and if one method doesn’t work, they typically have a few more strategies to try until they find the one that clicks. And since they get to spend more time with your dog in a board and train program, it is easy for them to learn your dog’s unique quirks.
Full Immersion in a Friendly Environment
Dogs are smart and creatures of habit. They may learn to act a certain way around certain people. Fully immersing them in a new setting offered by a board and train program gives them a clean slate where they will be trying to learn new behaviors anyway. This gives them a chance to pick up on new habits quickly and more easily.
Another of the benefits of boarding and training a dog vs home training, is that they’ll get ample opportunity for socialization they might not get in their usual surroundings. They’ll meet new people and animals, all under the watch of a trainer who will ensure everything goes smoothly.
They’ll also get plenty of exercise, as the trainer will take the trainee on walks, as well as around town when shopping and running errands. This gives your dog even more exposure to the world in common scenarios.
Dog Training with a Personal Touch
While at a weekly dog training session, your dog could be one of a dozen classmates. This makes it difficult for a trainer to concentrate on each dog individually. With a board and train program, dogs can receive more effective one-on-one attention. Since every dog has its own personality, the personal focus helps a trainer to learn your dog’s temperament, pinpointing what works best, leading to more effective training.
They can take the time to assure your dog is learning without getting discouraged and is receiving proper encouragement when they are doing a good job. And since your dog will come to know and trust the trainer, they’ll be especially receptive of this behavioral reinforcement.
What Skills Does a Dog Learn During a Board & Train Experience?
The skills a trainer will teach your dog can truly vary based on the dog’s needs. So if your dog just needs some simple obedience training or has more complex behavioral issues, your trainer will be able to develop a personalized training program.
They can learn new commands like sit, stay, and come. They’ll also learn disciplines like waiting at doors before entering or exiting, or how to walk on a leash without pulling. If you have problems with your dog chewing and damaging items, they can also address these problem behaviors.
And at the end of the session, when you go to pick up your canine companion, your trainer will run you through everything your dog learned. You’ll learn how to get your dog to show its new skills on your own, as well as tips to avoid letting your dog slip back into bad habits.