Board and Train or Dog Training Camp Tips
Colorado Top Dog does not offer a board and train program. Instead, we offer board and train tips concerning good companies and why you would hire a trainer. 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. 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? 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 your dog’s best interest. Not everyone is a dog trainer. Please find the best environment and trainer for a board and train if 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? 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 trainer or trainers? 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.
Small Batch Versus High Volume Facilities
Trainers who work with one or two dogs (small batch) make the most sense and typically provide exceptional results. Especially if they train in an environment similar to which the dog will live. If teaching a pet for the city or suburbs, someone living and training in those areas is the logical choice as they acquire experience to 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 levels of stress. 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. Therefore, choose 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 are training your dog? Does this interrupt your dog’s ability to enjoy their 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 the next business.
Colorado Top Dog prefers to develop your skillset through private lessons. However, your skillset is far more critical in the long run. Our trainers’ abilities can handle any dog comfortably in any environment. Follow our trainer’s advice and quickly become knowledgeable and competent in handling your dog. Remember, your skills will be the only resource available once your pet or working 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.