Board and Train Tips
Colorado Top Dog does not offer a board and train program. We offer board and train tips concerning good companies and reasons why you would hire a trainer. The first tip, if there’s equipment added to your program, it would most likely point to a method centered around escape/avoidance. Do your homework when choosing a trainer. Escape/avoidance is a maladaptive coping mechanism characterized by the effort to avoid dealing with a stressor. Does high stress make sense for training your pet? We believe everyone should start using a positive reinforcement method. Your dog is family; shouldn’t they be treated appropriately under the best circumstance? What should you look for? What should you avoid? Finally, look to my blog in the future concerning more winning aspects of the right program.
Board and Train Information
We offer education for the community and training information in the best interest of your dog. Not everyone is a dog trainer. Please find the best environment and trainer should you need one. Your desired training camp’s design should return a well-rounded dog that enjoys going places. Fruitful obedience training should be the result. Nothing less.
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 while under the duress of training. Be thorough in your investigation with each prospective dog training business as there is no education or knowledge minimum required to be in the industry. It would be best if you asked plenty of questions to ensure your pet’s safety during their training. Is there someone on-site with the dogs indefinitely? Do the dogs boarding there seem comfortable? Do they appear stressed? Is it clean? Fresh water and 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.
Dog Trainer Experience
How well does the trainer’s dog perform? If the situation is new, does the trainer’s dog appear confident and happy? 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? If they are training your dog, how much time do they spend breeding and preparing to compete? Does this interrupt your dog’s ability to enjoy their stay? How many years have they been training? 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 the next business.
Colorado Top Dog prefers to develop your skillset through private lessons. Your skillset is far more critical in the long run. With our trainers’ skill sets, they can handle any dog comfortably, in any environment. Follow our trainer’s advice and quickly become knowledgeable and competent in handling. Remember, your skills will be the only resource available once the dog is back in your care. Your trainer doesn’t come with you on hikes, outings, or walks. So jump right in, take some lessons, and be the leader your dog is comfortable following.
*We require all dogs to have current Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.