I offer a unique board and train service, my program uses no shock, prong, or choke collars. I will never put results above the welfare of your dog. I firmly believe learning should never hurt. When an owner entrusts me with their dog I am humbled and honored. My clients adore their dogs, they are their family and the time they spend with me they are treated as my family. My current set up allows for one dog to stay with me and my family at a time. They receive at least one hour of solid training split over the day with playing in a large fenced yard, relaxing in the living room, and learning from three well adjusted adult dogs. There is no chain-link run with a concrete floor, there are couches and orthopedic dog beds. I often refer to my house as Doggy Disneyland.
After we meet for the pick up your dog is taken home with me in a crate or seat-belted. Once we arrive at my home your dog is given free roam of my fenced backyard and training starts. It doesn't start with the skills we talked about, those will come. No, in the beginning I am teaching your dog that I am a source of good things with no social pressure. I sit in the middle of the yard with something tasty in my pockets. Eventually or right away your dog will start to focus in on me, this process takes anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour occasionally longer, but I'm patient. Depending on how comfortable your dog is I can then start to introduce them to my dogs. If your dog needs more decompression time they are taken to my training room for some alone time with a safe chew toy. My main focus at this point is to make your dog as comfortable as possible. After some decompression time it is back out to the yard. Your dog decides what we do, more free engagement, a game of chase, fetch, playing with my dogs, or maybe some training. The days continue on and we start to train the skills laid out in our first meeting. There is no rush here because a comfortable dog learns quickly. You will get videos and pictures daily with weekly written updates so you know what is going well and what might need more work.
I do not offer any guarantee and you should run far and fast from anyone who does. Your dog is a living creature with their own thoughts and feelings. Traditional board and trains use force and with the liberty of no owners around they can be down right cruel. They will make your dog behave by any means necessary. It is scary. It is a real problem. What is the solution?
The responsibility is on you as the pet owner. It is important to know who is taking your dog and what they will be doing. Not just for board and train but for any training! You are the only one who will advocate for your dog. Observe the trainer, ask to speak with past clients, ask about professional affiliations, keep asking questions. Our dogs deserve better treatment.