Boarding School

Boarding School Programme

 

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What is CK9s 3 Week Stay & Train Programme?

It's basically a “crash course” in training for your dog. Your dog stays with us for 21 days. Carl meets your dog before he/she begin the programme in order to establish a connection.
 

Upon arrival you will be briefed and we will further discuss any medications etc. Carl assesses your dog during the acclimatization period, approximately 1-4 days. After getting to know your dog he starts prioritising needs and goals during training sessions.
 

Your dog receives rewarding training sessions, free time and naps, thus creating mental enrichment. Each day your dog will receive an average of 3 training sessions, home play & group play (if applicable).
You will receive pictures, videos, texts and a privately shared evaluation of your dog throughout each week.

 

All household members must help train and maintain your dog's progress upon his/her return. A handover lesson is included along with a follow up lesson after 1 week and again 3 weeks later.

 

Why Stay & Train?

Stay and train is the perfect solution for families who are struggling to balance dog training time with the everyday struggles of a working parent life.

This "all in one" programme accelerates your dogs learning beyond belief and is the fastest way to change unruly behaviour. 
 

1. Our programme is suited for adult dogs and puppies, the dogs will learn a tremendous amount in such a short space of time because they will be living and training with a professional dog trainer.

2. They will undergo all of the commands necessary to pass a Kennel Club - Good Citizen Dog Scheme (we work towards a Gold Certificated Level) and can be practicing and exercising up to seven commands in just one day.

3. We increase the difficulty throughout their time with us and work on cementing these newly found talents into your dogs day to day mannerisms. “Stay and Train” really is a huge jump-start in your dog's education and for those of you who have been struggling for a while, its a real kick start to an easier way of living.

Having an obedient, well mannered dog is such a weight off your shoulders, you wont realise just how much unnecessary weight you've been baring until they return.

 

When is the best time for my dog to start this experience?


Fancy a holiday? Well, what better time than when you've got a dog sitter included in the price of improving your dog's behaviour! It is essential for your animals training that she/he stays with us through the duration of the programme, therefore it makes perfect sense for you to time this with a well needed vacation.

 

What will my dog learn?

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Gold Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Silver Award

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Bronze Award
 

NO - No means no. It is as simple as that.

SIT - Your dog should sit on command.

DOWN - Your dog should lie down on the floor when you use the command word "DOWN".

STAND - From a sit or down position your dog should be be able to "STAND" when instructed to do so.

STAY - Whilst your dog is in the sit or down position make a generic stop shape with your hand and face it towards your dogs face. Now say "STAY" in an assertive tone of voice. It is good to time this skill and try to beat your score each time you practice this command. However, be sure to release the dog from the stay position before the dog loses patience and "breaks". You can use "come" or "OK" commands in order to release your dog.

OK - "OK" is a release command. You can tilt your head to the side and just say "OK" in order for your dog to switch out of any "stay" command. This is also used regularly with food & door control.

COME - Your dog should have a strongly cemented recall command. This is essential for your dogs safety as well as the safety of others.

LEAVE - A "leave" command is such an important tool. Imagine if your dog was about to eat something terrible in a park or field. This could save your dog from being poisoned.

STOP - Again, one of the most important commands your dog will ever learn, what if your dog was running towards oncoming traffic. The "stop" command could save it's life!

WAIT - This command is usually used in the standing position. Facing almost side on to the dog, open your hand with your thumb tucked in to the side of palm, swipe your hand across your dogs path into your hip whilst telling the dog to "WAIT". This command is necessary for exiting buildings, back gardens, vehicles etc. it can also be used for food control.

DOOR CONTROL - Your dog should never leave the house door or garden gate without your say so ("OK"). When going out for a walk your dog should never walk through a door before you. The leader walks first. If your dog does not leave the household boundary without your say so then this means that you have full control of your dog if people, dogs or even cats are in sight when you are about to take a walk, or whatever you might be doing.

MOVE - If your dog is laid down in your way then you should never walk around him/her. This can be a boundary push towards a dominance issue. Your dog should know s/he is blocking your path when you say "move". This is also a good technique to avoid danger when the command is cemented into the dogs obedience. For example, if you are moving hot pans from the stove to the sink. A dog responding to this command could save a serious injury.

LOOSE LEAD WALKING - Your dog should never pull when on the lead, and you should never pull back/choke them on the lead. A little "oi" or lead flick should correct your dog with ease.

 

The Daily Routine:

We offer a three week "crash course" training programme for your dog. 
Your dog will come to stay at our family home with our dogs for three weeks in order to undergo an intense training programme with our Dog Psychologist. 

 

On the first day of arrival your dog will instantly start to undergo, and respond to basic training techniques during your briefing with Carl. During this briefing Carl will assess your dogs behaviour whilst running you through the "sleep away and train" process. We will be sure to make note of any dietary instructions your pet might need, along with anything else which might apply to your beloved friend whilst they are in our care. Once we are happy that we have all of the information necessary, including contact details and paperwork required then it will be time for you to say goodbye to your family pet.

You really need to take all of this in because when you return three weeks later you will not believe the difference we can make. Once you have left our home your dog will be fed (please do not feed your dog beforehand, we will be dishing out plenty of treats during the briefing), and spend some time with us during the evening before going to bed.

After a good night's rest your dog will be released from his run whilst we clean up any mess he might have made during the night, this will be an opportunity for playtime if your dog is already well socialised, if your dog is not yet socialised then your pet will be walked and exercised instead. Morning playtime will begin in roughly four days time. During these four days will will focus on reactivity training and make socialising him/her with other dogs a priority. This will create a much greater experience during their time with us, and a whole new life for you both when greeting strange new dogs in the park.

Your dog will then be put back into his freshly cleaned kennel/run ready to eat breakfast and take any medication (if applicable). Animals can sometimes take three to four days in order to adapt to new surroundings and training regimes. We will not insist your dog trains during this period, they will receive plenty of extra playtime, family time and walks in place of their training time slot.

Well, they will still be receiving vital skills in way of, loose lead walking and distraction training. Carl and your dog will be taking walks to "Pets at Home" and various other highly distracting areas in order to build a good companionship with one and other. We will of course slip a few basics in there, and reinforce any existing commands. 

Now the fun begins, it's training time! Carl will take your dog into our large training area and start to work with your pet, he will instantly begin to receive the appropriate reaction to the most common commands. These commands will become first nature to your family pet in no time. It's all about repetitiveness, and persistence.

Our Dog Trainer will constantly step these commands up by starting to introduce harder and more advanced techniques over the next few days. As above, some dogs might be a less responsive for the first three or four days until they get their bearings after being separated from you (their owners), but not to worry! They will still get exercise, playtime and in home chill sessions until they are ready to begin learning in ample time. We will know when a dog is distressed and we will never push them.

During training sessions dogs can become tired and/or fed up. If your dog starts to lose interest in the training and shows signs of confusion then it's time to throw in the towel, if you try to push a dogs training too much too fast then this can "backfire" tremendously. So it's time for a walk, each dog gets a walk after each training session, some dogs might require a walk before training class starts, but this all depends on the type of dog, the breed of dog, and if they are too excitable to respond to learning new techniques. Walking on and off the lead is also a valuable part of training. It helps to build a strong bond with your dog whilst cementing any “on leash commands” such as heel. 

Your dog can receive up to three or four training sessions with our Dog Behaviourist per day, this is why our home stay and training programmes offer such high levels of obedience in such a short space of time. It really is the most efficient route, especially if you time it with a nice family holiday! 
 

A long and eventful time of training and exercise is now complete, so it's time to go back to their designated kennel/run until all of the other dogs have finished their training sessions. A well needed relax time now! 
After they've all had time to relax, we do another group playtime! Our skilled trainer and alpha of the pack will then start socialising experiments on any new dogs which are not yet socialised. From this point on your dog is on the path to something they may not have even experienced before.  These socialising group times are really important for your dog, even when you're both walking past another dog in the street, or visiting friends pets in the not so distant future. 

 

Once playtime is over and we have cleaned any mess in the runs then it's feeding time, and time to relax before bed. Later on in the evening we check on all the dogs and clean the kennel runs up if needed. Any new dogs will be in the living room with us until bedtime. During this time we will be updating all customers on their dogs progress. We set up a shared google drive file for each dog in order for you to track exactly what is going on. We also upload any photos and videos to a private Facebook group and you can of course follow any of our Social Media platforms.

 
This is where we say good night and get some well needed rest ready for the next day. The training techniques will escalate and become more complex every day. The three weeks your dog spends with us will be better value for money than anyone can give you in group classes Carl swears by our new way of practice, and the results speak for itself.

Three weeks have passed and we are bringing your dog back to your home. Carl will provide you with a booklet and a demonstration of how talented and just how clever your pet truly is. This handover session is where we review everything that your dog has learned, it usually takes around one hour to cover all of the topics.

We trust that you will not be disappointed in the results. Once your dog is back home and settled in then we will say our goodbyes. The hardest thing for us is leaving animals every three weeks. We've built up such a strong rapport within that time and have really grown together as both work buddies, and play buddies. However, our time together is not completely over! Carl will return one week later to check you are happy with everything and to iron out any creases that might have appeared. He will then return again three weeks after the date of the handover. This is all included in the price. 
 

Now its time to say our goodbyes. We wish you all the best and hope that you can now live an easier life with your rehabilitated family member. 
 

We do offer an after care package for our existing stay and train customers if you require at a later date. We haven't had to do this yet, but it's available if you ever want to touch up on anything, anything at all.

 

This 3 week course costs just £1500! On special offer down to £1200!

 

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