All Things Board and Train!

“Board and Train” programs have become increasingly popular in recent years. Sometimes sending your dog to temporarily live and work with a professional in an immersive program can be incredibly beneficial to achieving your training goals! We offer this program here at Pawsitive Futures, but it is a program that is only open to specific goals and circumstances. Today, we want to tell you all about our board and train program: what it is, what it isn’t, and help you determine if it is a good fit for your individual training needs!

What Our Board and Train Is

We like to refer to our Board and Train service as a “boost” to your current training process. We use this time with your dog to really focus on the problem areas that you’ve been having with your dog, and help your dog work through roadblocks in your training. For example, if you have been doing a lot of work on trying to teach your dog reliable loose leash walking skills, but just can’t seem to progress past working in low-distraction environments, a board and train service would be a great opportunity for your dog to work with a certified trainer in varying environments and distractions throughout their time with us to help you move past this “sticky” spot in your progress. This service can also be beneficial if you are wanting to make sure your training doesn’t unravel or become out of practice while you are going out of town or travelling. Instead of taking your dog to a potentially stressful boarding kennel, our board and train service, which takes place in a Pawsitive Futures' trainer's home, is a great way to make sure your dog is well cared for while you are away and also keeping up with their training progress until you return.

Our service achieves the best results with clients who are committed to continuing training with their dog even after the board and train is finished. Dogs need our help to generalize behaviors they learn, so that means that you will need to be on board to continue what we’ve taught your dog in your own home as well to ensure they will be able to “take home” what they learned with us, to you!

What Our Board and Train is Not

We do not advertise our board and train service as a guaranteed means to get a “fully trained” dog in a specific time frame. Not only is that unethical to claim a training guarantee, but it is unrealistic. Many training processes are complex and require more time than can be given in a board and train time frame, and require you to continue on with the work that we “start” while your dog is here. Dogs are still living beings, and there is no one-size-fits-all formula to achieve your goals in a certain amount of specified time in a board and train program, as convenient as that would be! We are upfront with you about how much progress we will be able to achieve depending on your goals and the prior training you’ve already put in. For many behaviors, we are able to make a large amount of progress in your dog’s time with us, but we like to be straightforward with the fact that you will need to continue what we worked on in your home after sending your dog back with you.

Additionally, we do not tend to recommend board and train services for behaviors that will not benefit from staying with a trainer, such as working on potty training, puppy mouthiness, or other issues that are rooted in puppy development. These behaviors are best worked on in the home setting that we want to see success in as the human caregiver needs to have the skills to deal with these behaviors on a daily basis through development. For that reason, we recommend considering private lessons (virtual or in-person) with one of our trainers to address and discuss these issues instead of utilizing the board and train program.