Board and Train and Dog Training Camp Tips
Colorado Top Dog does not offer board and train options. Instead, we teach handlers to train their puppy with confidence. It’s a simple process that’s easy to learn and understand. Furthermore, you’ll develop a trusting relationship with your dog. The combination of training yourself and developing the relationship is what makes being a dog owner meaningful. In addition to the recommendation of training the dog yourself, we offer tips concerning companies to hire and why you would hire a quality board and train trainer.
Colorado Top Dog prefers to develop your skillset through private lessons. Your skill set is far more critical in the long run, and establishing a meaningful relationship with your dog is paramount. Learn from our trainers’ ability to handle dogs comfortably in any environment. Follow our advice and quickly become knowledgeable and competent in handling your dog yourself. Remember, your skills will be the only resource available once your pet or working dog is back in your care. Your trainer doesn’t accompany you on hikes, outings, or walks. So jump in, take some lessons, and be the leader your dog is comfortable following. If you’re still looking for a board and train, read the following information to help you make a more educated choice.
Board and Train Tips
If there’s equipment added to your program, the first tip would most likely point to a method centered around escape/avoidance, also known as aversion. Do your homework when choosing a trainer to work with your family member. Escape/avoidance is a maladaptive coping mechanism characterized by avoiding dealing with a stressor. Does high stress make sense for training your pet? Especially in a large kennel environment? Does this equipment indicate a propensity to train a dog quickly, not correctly? Everyone should start using a positive reinforcement method. Your dog is family; shouldn’t they be treated appropriately under the best circumstances? What should you look for? What should you avoid? Finally, look to my blog in the future concerning more winning aspects of the right board and train program in which you’re learning at the same pace as the dog or puppy.
Board and Train Information
We offer education for the community and training information in your dog’s best interest. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good dog trainer. If you need that work style, please find the best environment and trainer for a board and train, dog training camp, or total immersion training. Preferably, learning yourself is the best option. Your desired training camp’s design should return a well-rounded dog that enjoys going places.
Dog Training Environment
Just because the boarding environment is a home or a bonafide facility doesn’t mean it’s set up correctly. Therefore, inspecting your dog’s boarding environment is essential to ensure your family member’s welfare. Inspect the location thoroughly, including cleanliness and the dog’s ability to be comfortable under the duress of training. Be thorough in your investigation of each prospective dog training business, as no minimum education or knowledge is required in the industry. A ratio of 3 dogs to 1 full-time trainer seems the most appropriate. Anything more, and your dog is sitting idle too much. It would be best to ask plenty of questions to ensure your pet’s safety during their training. Is there someone on-site with the dogs indefinitely? How many dogs are there or potentially there? Do the dogs boarding there seem comfortable? Do they appear stressed? Is it clean? Is this a similar environment or location where your dog will live with you (i.e., if you live in the city or suburbs, it would make sense for the training to occur in that environment)? Is it up to your standards? Are you comfortable with the kennel techs, trainer, or trainers? Fresh water and a hygienic environment for feeding, including the bowls? Are they panting heavily and lots of whining and barking? Each dog should have a spacious environment during their stay—also plenty of space to run and enjoy the outdoors. A small kennel makes sense during travel in a vehicle but not for long hours during the daytime. Those long hours should include a dog run and, ideally, access to the outside.
Small Batch Versus High Volume Facilities
Trainers who work with one or two dogs (small batch) make the most sense and typically provide better-than-average results. Especially if they train in an environment similar to which the dog will live. If teaching a pet in the city or suburbs, someone living and training in those areas is the logical choice as they acquire experience with the noises, sights, and smells familiar to them throughout their lives. Large acreages with lots of open space make sense if preparing a hunting dog. Alternatively, high-volume training environments with lots of dogs can be less expensive and seem ideal, but it equates to less direct time with your pet and higher stress levels. These high-volume facilities also tend to have a multi-faceted focus instead of just reeling in on training pet dogs. We want your trainer to focus on your dog, not their breeding business or need to prepare for competition deadlines. Also, is that the type of environment your dog lives in? High-volume facilities, in turn, typically lead to a lower quality return on your dog training investment. Equate a board and train to a daycare. Would you prefer a nanny who gives your kids lots of attention and educates them, or would you like to send them to an environment with a ratio of five or more kids to one person managing and teaching them? Also, the trainer must maintain a life outside work to be happy. Therefore, the nanny with more one-on-one time makes the most sense, right? The same applies to a board and train. The results should be better than average with the right time and attention from a seasoned obedience trainer. Why don’t you skip all the searching and beat the average by learning the simple management and methods of handling and training a dog yourself? It’s undoubtedly the most enjoyable route to fulfilling your needs. In the end, whichever you choose, please pick your training program and trainer wisely.
Dog Trainer Experience
How well does the trainer’s dog perform? Does the trainer’s dog appear confident and happy if the situation is new? Is the dog trainer experienced? Do they require equipment for the dog to perform? Is the person you meet the skilled trainer working with your dog, or do they have apprentices learning to do the training? How much time do they spend breeding and preparing to compete if they train your dog? Does this interrupt your dog’s ability to enjoy its stay? How many years have they been teaching or in business? Did they receive the proper guidance when learning how to train? Have they titled a dog in a dog sport? How many dogs have they owned? Did that dog have a fulfilling existence? Have they owned a dog before their current one? Unfortunately, many trainers appear significant at first glance, but most have years ahead of them to perfect their skills. Therefore, If something seems off or suspicious, follow your gut feeling and move to a reputable business.
*We require all dogs to have current Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.