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BOARD & TRAIN

The best service we can offer you and your dogs for thorough training.

Currently booking for December and beyond.

PUPPY (UNDER 6 MONTHS): $2,300/2 WEEKS

This program is for puppies under the age of 6 months old. It's a great kickstart to a life of fun. During your puppy's stay we'll work on building a foundation of learning that will set them up for success in the years to come. All programs are fully customized to the things you find most important but here are some ideas of things dogs in this age group can benefit from learning:

  • House training

  • Crate training (In quiet places and around distractions)

  • Introduction to walking politely on a leash

  • Handler engagement and focus in public

  • Safe and proper exposure to new dogs, people, and new situations

  • Settling in the house

  • Coming when called

  • Introduction to basic obedience and understanding of simple cues (sit, down, stay, etc)

  • Have another idea? Shoot us an email and let's chat about what you need help with. 

ADULT DOG PROGRAM (6 MO. + UP): $3,300/3 WEEKS 

The largest benefit we've found over years of providing this service is the fact that this program works like a hard reset for you and your dog. If you have been struggling to get on top of your dog's training, this program takes the weight off your shoulders for a while. Let us do the heavy lifting! Take a break and catch your breath. When you're reunited with your dog, you'll have a fresh perspective. Your dog will have had time to decompress on the farm and will be instilled with new skills that make picking up where we left off easier for you! All programs are fully customized to the things you find most important but here are some ideas of things dogs in this age group can benefit from learning:

  • Tackling reactivity towards dogs and/or strangers

  • Building stronger responses to simple obedience behaviors (sit, down, stay, come, 'Go To Your Bed', etc)

  • Introduction to Ecollars for off leash obedience

  • Loose Leash Walking

  • Handler Engagement and Focus in Public

  • Advanced Heeling

  • Have another idea? Shoot us an email and let's chat about what you need help with. 

MINI BOARD & TRAIN: $750/1 WEEK

Mini Board & Trains are for the dogs that really only need a tune up in a very specific area. These programs are short and sweet and focus on one training goal. All programs come with a follow up lesson at the end where I teach you how to continue making good progress at home.

 

Choose from the following programs:

  • Loose Leash Walking: An intervention for big time pullers!

  • Recall (Coming When Called): Put off leash adventures on your to do list!

  • Introduction to Ecollars: Get your dog comfortable with this versatile training tool.

  • Jumping: No more overly excited greetings. 

  • Have another idea? Shoot me an email and we'll see if your goal can fit into a mini training program. 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

During a Board & Train program, your dog will be with us for two to three weeks. During this time our main goal is providing an environment conducive to training and promoting a healthy state of mind. This means a lot of structure to make sure things run smoothly but we also give plenty of opportunities to decompress in the best ways your dog can. We have over 300 acres of private land for dogs to run, jump, explore, and play. Included in each program is a thorough Go Home Lesson that provides you with all the information you need to be successful back at home. See below for more details about the Go Home Lesson.  

BEFORE WE START TRAINING

Each program is unique to the individual dog in our care. We take a few days after your dog's arrival to get to know them and let them settle into our routine. During this time, we are evaluating your dog's behavior and how they react to being in a new environment. How well they take guidance, what types of things they get excited about, what makes them nervous, how quickly they warm up to us, etc. We set our plan and expectations from this information. When your dog shows they have grown comfortable, we begin to train. Depending on the dog, this can be one to three days.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOARD & TRAIN DOG

Every day looks a little different. Some days, we have multiple training sessions throughout the day. Other days we take time to let dogs to just be dogs on The Farm. Dogs that have similar social behavior to other client dogs or our dogs may run and play with other dogs. Others will get solo outings.

Every outing whether specifically for training or just for exercise and decompression,

is done with your overall goals in mind. There is never a moment where your dog's training progress isn't the first priority. Training sessions happen in our facility, out in neighborhoods, or on special trips out in public based on your dog's specific needs. 

In between training sessions and outings, it is important that your dog have opportunities to relax and be unable to practice behaviors that are counterproductive to their training. We utilize kennels more often than what you're probably doing at home. Your dog will be kenneled overnight, when we're working other dogs, and when we are gone (which isn't often). These breaks are very important in ensuring the information we "download" into your dog has an opportunity to stick. It's important to trust the process! 

Updates are sent the morning after your dog's first night with us then periodically throughout your dog's stay. These messages may include updates on their training or just a cute photo of them having a good time. We save the bulk of our information for your follow up lesson where we can really deep dive into the concepts. Feel free to reach out in between our updates but please be patient with a response time. We aren't always by our phones when we're working with dogs.

We know it's hard to say goodbye to your dog for four weeks but as mentioned above, we are working hard to reset your dog's mindset and instill new behaviors. For this reason you cannot visit your dog during their program. A visit from family is going to create a lot of excitement and doing so before your dog is ready for that level of distraction, is counterproductive. We promise they will not forget you and will be very happy to see you at the end of their program! In the meantime we will love them as they are our own and make sure they are having the best time possible. 

DROP OFF & PICK UP INFORMATION

We are located in Harris, MN. Drop off and pick up take place in Harris. Go Home Lessons also take place in Harris.

Go Home Lessons take anywhere from two to three hours. We don't want to rush this important step in the training process so please block off your day for Go Home Day. This is your opportunity to soak in the information that will help your dog be successful at home. This is where it is determined if you're going to make the most of your investment or lose it.