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Your dog will come and live in one of our trainer's homes and receive daily lessons. They will be trained inside, outside, around other dogs, at the park, etc. Between sessions your dog will receive exercise and socialization.
Note: if your dog has had 3 rounds of vaccinations, he will be allowed to participate in more Cultural Socialization Training outside the home environment.
We offer different lengths of programs where we've seen measurable results occur. See our Programs
Dogs are what we refer to as “contextual learners,” they learn best in relation to their own environment. With our Reverse Board & Train program, your dog is learning in the environment where most of their "bad behavior" happens. As a result, the learning curve is shorter, results happen faster and your dog associates the pleasure of learning and growing to their natural environment, their own home.
To make sure you agree with our Terms & Conditions, please review our Cancellation Policy and Refund Policy before you make the decision to board your dog with us!
Our Pricing is competitive and comparative to other Training Companies within our vicinity. Our Traditional Board & Train Program will cost you the same as our Reverse Board & Train Program.
14 DAY PROGRAM - $2,800 14 days @ $200/day
21 DAY PROGRAM - $3,800 21 days @ $180/day
28 DAY PROGRAM - $4,900 28 days @ $175/day
60 DAY PROGRAM - ASK FOR PRICE
90 DAY PROGAM - ASK FOR PRICE
Our #1 goal is to empower and educate you on knowing exactly what it takes to keep your dog's progress going. We need 100% cooperation from pet parents in order for your dog to show progress. Do not be afraid to speak up and ask questions.
Trusting in our expertise is the 1st place we start. If you have doubts about our credentials or background, we suggest you do your research ahead of time, so you can be prepared and have no doubt in your mind that we know what we are doing, or that we are who we say we are.
We are the experts, and that is why people from all over the map come to us for training! We are successful at what we do, only because our customers trust in our abilities and they see measurable results over and over again.
We have repeat customers who trust us entirely, as evidenced by giving us home access to pick up and drop off their dog, or drop in on their cats, when they are not around, and trusting in our expertise to stay at their home to pet sit their dogs and cats when they are away.
If you do not fully believe in us before a Board & Train stay, you may be better off going somewhere else. We understand our services are not for everyone.
Alternatively, if you are up for the commitment, then our "Board and Train" program might be the right fit for you.
Complete our Request for a Consultation online questionnaire to get started!
If you've already completed this step and reached out to a trainer, then the next step is to Book an Online Appointment for a Board & Train Initial Evaluation . This step is required prior to you Booking a Board & Train stay. We cannot stress enough, how important it is for you to trust in our expertise. This appointment is the first step. It's an "interview', where we get to know each other. It's the opportunity for us to ask questions, and for us to decide if we are best suited for your particular needs.
We offer 2 different types of Reverse Board & Train programs: Day Only (Business Hours) or Day with Overnights (Vacation Option). In fact, you can be right there participating the entire time or you could not be there at all. It’s up to you!
A Reverse Board & Train Program can take place when you are able to be home and partially available for training sessions. Your dog will receive at least 2 hours of training per day, 5-7 days per week.
NOTE: Each day will be broken up into short training sessions, to accommodate the needs of your dog. Most dogs cannot pay much attention for more than 30 seconds if they have not been trained properly. Giving your dog regular rest breaks allows it to reset, refresh, relax, and get replenished for the next training session.
You may opt for a weekly training schedule that includes training with you over the weekend. This program will allow your dog to partake in up to 2 hour daily sessions, 7 days per week.
You can also opt for our WEEKENDS OFF program. Your dog can participate in our daily group activities and private 1:1 training 5 times per week, and skip training on the weekends. Your dog will receive a minimum of 2 hours of continuous training per day.
We offer a few Reverse Board & Train Programs
We board dogs off and on, a couple at a time. Most of the dogs we board are current customers that have a training history with us. The Boarding experience is similar to the Board & Train experience. However, your dog will not get one-on-one Private Training during their stay with us. They will get to participate in our daycare activities which is included with their stay. If you'd like more information about Boarding your dog overnight with us, please don't hesitate to call. You can also check out our Pet Sitting Services, to help you understand the difference between "Board & Train" and simply overnight "Boarding".
Both programs are designed so that your dog's receives the best education we can offer with the goal of responding to YOU when the training is completed. Although our B & T programs are usually two, three or four week programs, our customers prefer our Reverse B & T programs that are usually 14 to 21 days, they can be customized to meet your individual scheduling needs so that if you are going on vacation or in the middle of moving we can try our best to accommodate you. If you need more days added to your board & Train, it's easy, we will accommodate that. The cost of extra days, will amount to our daily fee. See Current Pricing above.
We cannot guarantee your dog will get trained if you withdraw your dog from our program early, before the program has expired. We do not offer a 1 Week Board & Train Program, because most dogs will not realistically be fully trained in such a short amount of time. It usually takes up to a week (7 days) for a dog to become accustomed to transitioning in a new environment with different patterns: (rules, boundaries, limitations) before they start really trusting the handlers, and learning new skills.
In addition, both programs are followed by FREE private in home sessions as well as unlimited FREE phone, email, and text support for the lifetime of your pet.
If you are unsure which length of time will be best for your, we also offer a FREE 30-minute FaceTime, Skype, Google Message, or Private Phone call session to see which program is best for you. Feel free to reach us anytime during regular business hours.
At the end of 3 weeks of traditional boarding and training or 10 days of reverse boarding and training, most dogs will have the level of education equivalent to dogs who graduate from a 7-week Basic Obedience Level 1 class. Specifically, your dog will be taught what we call the 7 Steps to Success: "watch me", "stay", "come", "down", "loose leash walking", "leave it" and "go to your bed".
After the Board & Train training period has been completed, you too will also learn the 7 Requests for Success and how to integrate them into your dog's routine.
Basic household 'Manners", including potty training, jumping and teaching your dog to chew on appropriate bones and chew toys can also be addressed if agreed to at the free phone consultation. The free consultation is where we determine what's achievable and what's not - given your dog's history, previous training and the length of time we have your dog.
The most important thing to keep in mind when considering a board and train program is knowing in advance that your dog will NOT come home with improved behavior until you, the pet parent, get educated as well. The truth of the matter is that clients who expect to see real improvement with their dogs behavior must be 100% committed to follow through on what we teach them after the board and train program is complete. This is not by accident. It's because dogs are "contextual" learners. Just because our trainer can get a result from your dog, that does NOT guarantee in any way that you too will also be able to elicit the new behaviors from your dog.
Simply put, your participation and involvement after the training is complete is absolutely critical for the short-term as well as long-term success of any board and train program. This includes integrating in ALL of the follow up instructions we give you which is absolutely necessary to keep the positive momentum of training going.
In addition, taking part in all of the free private training sessions, including the unlimited lifetime guarantee of phone, email, and text support that come with each board and train program is absolutely essential. Without your participation, there will be no measurable results for you to enjoy - regardless of how long we have your dog for and regardless of much money you spend.
The dogs that are trained longer are almost always superior in their skills than dogs that are being trained for just 2 weeks. Of course, two weeks with us is better than no time at all.
But, if you are contemplating whether one, two, three or four weeks would be best, in most cases we will ONLY recommend the longer stay if you believe your dog can 100% handle the separation from you.
This is a huge consideration when choosing the right program for you and your dog. You must feel confident that your dog can easily handle the time away from you. *If your dog suffers from any kind of Separation Anxiety while being away from you, the traditional board and train program is NOT the right fit for your dog. With our "Reverse Board and Train" program, this is not an issue as your dog is being trained on their own home turf.
Our "Board and Train" program will help your dog begin a path of learning and to link pleasure to learning. However, if your dog goes home to the same exact environment he or she came from, you will not see any measurable results from the training.
That's why the key to any success with our "Board and Train" programs is the family's willingness to learn to support the new behaviors and become the best pet parents possible. If the family is not 100% on board with being educated themselves, and investing the time necessary to implement the new strategies, guidelines and rituals, then your dog will revert right back to his or her original behaviors. There is no way around this simple fact.
That's precisely the reason why we offer FREE in-home follow up training sessions and FREE unlimited lifetime email, phone, and text support, after the board and train program is completed.
Choosing our "Board and Train" program MUST come with the commitment from the family to practice what we teach you after the training is complete. The most critical time will be the first week after your dog returns home. That is when we schedule the 1st private in home lesson with you.
Not only that, during the program, you will also be required to set up your account online to have access to the SMP Dog Training Resources Center. It's here where you can download many of the SMP Dog course materials that will help support our teachings. This is a VERY important part of the process. It is during this initial time frame that we ask you to commit fully to learning everything you can from us including reviewing all of our course materials.
Our 4-week program is our highest level of training. This program focuses on practical, everyday obedience that is completed with our highest level of precision, inside and outside, on & off-leash, with minimal to high level of distractions. The program provides full training of everything, including Cultural socialization (society, dogs and people), as well as manners (polite greetings, preventing door dashing & jumping, and good car etiquette). Separation Anxiety will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. All off leash obedience behaviors are taught with high-levels of distraction at close range proofing. Our 4 Week Board & Train Program is provided in various locations in Southern California including Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, and Playa Del Rey
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3 Week Board & Train Program
ON & OFF LEASH
Three-week all-inclusive puppy training. Ideal for puppies that have completed their final round of vaccinations but is younger than 5 months of age. Our training consists of obedience and behavior problem prevention and solving. While our training uses many methods, we usually begin with positi
3 Week Board & Train Program
ON & OFF LEASH
Three-week all-inclusive puppy training. Ideal for puppies that have completed their final round of vaccinations but is younger than 5 months of age. Our training consists of obedience and behavior problem prevention and solving. While our training uses many methods, we usually begin with positive motivational, positive reinforcement techniques (a form of "clicker training" or "positive behavior shaping") which sets the dog up to succeed. This makes training simple and fun for your puppy. Our 3 Week Board & Train Program is provided in Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, & Playa Del Rey, and provided throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
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2 Week Board & Train Program
ON & OFF LEASH
This 2-week program is a program which focuses on practical, everyday obedience that is completed with a high level of precision, inside & outside, on and off-leash, with distractions. This program provides a little bit of everything, including playtime, socialization, manners and behavior modifi
2 Week Board & Train Program
ON & OFF LEASH
This 2-week program is a program which focuses on practical, everyday obedience that is completed with a high level of precision, inside & outside, on and off-leash, with distractions. This program provides a little bit of everything, including playtime, socialization, manners and behavior modification. All behaviors are taught with high-level distraction proofing. Our 2 Week Board & Train Program is provided in Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, & Playa Del Rey, and provided throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
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This curriculum is made for puppies age 4 months and up
The 7 Common Commands:
Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Off, Heel and No
All Programs are subject to change and will be customized to suit the needs of your dog
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