Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits to board and train programs?
Time is of the essence – Most dog training classes last a minimum of 6 weeks, and in that time, barely cover leash walking. In addition, private dog training and group dog training classes require the owner to practice (daily) what they’ve learned in class that week. If your schedule gets busy, and you can’t practice the training, your dog will fall behind and you won’t meet your training goals. Dog training is all we do, and we love it! Our programs are designed to meet your training goals in a condensed period of time.
Convenience – Do you need to find care for you dog for an upcoming vacation? Doesn’t it make sense for your dog to utilize that time learning good behaviors, instead of developing bad ones? Most boarding facilities are too full and busy to control barking, jumping, pulling on leash, and other nuisance behaviors. Your dog can train, stay and play while you’re away through our Board and Train Programs. We exercise their mind and body. Out of control play groups create out of control dogs. At Dog Dynamix, your dog won’t pick up bad habits. Our emphasis is better behavior, and happily obedient dogs.
Dog and Owner limitations – Some dogs require special handling or have behaviors that present a danger to the client or the public. Some clients might have mobility issues, or may be elderly and aren’t physically capable of practicing the training techniques. Leave it to the pros. We will take excellent care of your dog and be sure that you get the training you need.
Board and Train is Perfect for New or Expecting Parents – Are you expecting? Or have you recently had the joy of bringing your new baby home? Board and Train is the perfect place for your dog to learn obedience and baby-manners in a short amount of time. Let us give your dog the one-on-one attention it deserves, while allowing you to focus on establishing your routine with the new baby.
How do you make sure the dog responds to me when the program ends?
All of our board and train options include trainer support and follow up private lessons, group classes, and the necessary equipment to ensure success. We want you to feel confident that you can maintain the training for the life of your dog, and that we are here for you.
What tools/methods do you use to train dogs?
All of our obedience programs utilize balanced training, meaning we utilize a combination of rewards and consequences. We do not limit ourselves to one quadrant of learning, as it puts all of the dogs in the same program/box. We layer over the positive reinforcement with the ‘okay, now you have to do this for safety reasons’ component of dog training, as failing to do so leaves the dog understanding that if they don’t want treats, they don’t have to mind the handler. All dogs that are enrolled in a program geared towards off leash obedience are trained to an electronic collar (provided with the program). Most dogs go home on chain collars, but we will use prong collars and starmark collars as well, as needed.
How often do you train the dogs?
Every dog receives two training sessions per day, typically lasting about 20 minutes each. Once the dogs have solid skills inside the training center we take them on regular outings to parks, stores, trails, and patios to expose them to new distractions, and make sure they can perform reliably in a variety of situations. Dogs that are friendly with other dogs may get some social time with other training dog or our personal dogs, while dogs that prefer human company get one-on-one play sessions.
Here’s an outline of the dog’s schedule:
Daily schedules are typically as follows, however it does change slightly during the day to day, as some days trainers have send home lessons, group classes, or issues that necessitate schedule variability.
7:00am – Dogs go outside to potty while cleaning takes place inside (crates vaccuumed and mopped, bedding freshened, water replaced, floors disinfected)
8:00am – Training sessions begin
10:00am – Field Trips begin in summer to beat the heat (for dogs ready to work in new places)
11:30am – Small Play Group Time rotation in yard for social dogs, treadmill or one-on-one play for dogs who prefer human company
12:00pm – Field Trips begin in winter (for dogs ready to work in new places)
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Dogs are crated indoors with a frozen kong while the outdoor areas are disinfected
3:00pm – Dogs are rotated back outside, second training sessions begin
9:30pm – Last potty rotation
This is a rough outline as each dogs individual daily needs will vary — we may take an afternoon neighborhood walk instead of a training or play session, or we may head to the mountains to hike for the day, and sometimes we have to limit the session based on the dog’s motivation levels.
If the weather does not allow for dogs to be outside as often, we will up the length of playtime, training sessions, and treadmill times so the dogs are tired. It does us no good to have dogs that are understimultaed and worked up! While we want to make sure that dogs practice downtime while they are with us and are able to relax, we also want to make sure they are mentally satisfied and physically tired each day.
“I took classes before, and my dog was good in class, but on walks we really struggled.”
We make sure the training is solid in the places you want to take your dog. Field trips away from the facility occur once the dogs reliably heel, sit and stay, on leash around distractions at the training center. This is the primary reason for the length of our programs; to ensure the training works where you need it most. We proof their off-leash training on hiking trails, in parks, and spaces where they can RUN.
What is the process for signing up for a Board and Train?
Familiarize yourself with our program offerings HERE
Fill out our Board & Train Survey
Wait for an email from us to set up an initial phone conversation
After our conversation, if you want to move forward with booking a reservation, we will take a non-refundable $500.00 deposit to hold the stay.
Drop off and pay for the remainder of the program.
What if I need to cancel or move the program dates?
What makes you different from other trainers?
Our training methodology is heavily based on rewarding a dog for a job well done. We use praise, treats, toy and play rewards for teaching the skills we want the dog to know. After all, how many of us work for free? However, after the dog understands what is expected of them, they must also understand that following commands is not up for debate. We provide a complete and balanced approach to training dogs and their owners using proven scientific principles.
What makes a dog trainer an expert? Choosing a dog trainer is a difficult decision. Does the trainer hold titles in any dog sports? Do they belong to any dog training organizations? Do they have a ‘demo-dog’? Any trainer should be able to demonstrate their proficiency. Our trainers are versed in all quadrants of learning, understand dog behavior, and can help you find the right training solutions for your dog and family. Check out more information about our trainers HERE.
Most dogs in training programs do not leave the facility. ALL of the dogs in our care go on regular field trips. Not only does that provide enrichment for the dogs, but it allows them to experience and learn training in the places their owners will be taking them.
Can I visit my dog during a Board and Train stay?
We recommend using discretion and asking your trainer for their opinion. For some dogs, the act of seeing their owner partway through the training can disrupt their program and cause them to regress for a few days, resulting in us not being able to push through as quickly to the next step. If your dog has separation anxiety, or a major lack of impulse control when you are around, visiting may not be recommended. While we will NEVER tell an owner that they cannot visit their dog, it’s important to evaluate if the visit is beneficial for the dog or not. We cannot accommodate visits with other household dogs during the stay.
Are there specific program start dates?
Our facility has scheduled time off throughout there year, so while we do have some flexibility in our start and end dates, our planned time off is as follows:
7/31 – 8/8
9/9 – 9/16
10/19 – 10/27
12/1 – 12/7
1/3 – 1/13
2/15 – 2/23
We recommend checking with us prior to booking vacations if you hope to schedule a Board and Train, Day Train, or Refresher Training program around travel dates.
Do you use crates during their stay?
YES, and dogs must be crate or x-pen trained prior to enrolling in a program. Need advice? Let us know and we can discuss!
Can I see where my dog will be staying?
We take pride in keeping our facility clean, safe, and feeling like home for your dogs. Tours are done by appointment only, due to our small staff and busy days! You can also check out the Virtual Tour here.