Board and Train Dog Training

Board and Train Dog Training at That’s My Dog!

That’s My Dog! Board and Train dog training programs are convenient and beneficial for both you and your dog. During your dog’s time with us, our team of professionals work with them daily to improve behavior and teach a variety of skills. They also go on “field trips” as part of their stay so that the new behavior is generalized around a variety of distractions before returning home to you.

At the end of your dog’s stay with us, you will begin a series of follow up lessons with one of our professional trainers to teach you how to implement and maintain these newly acquired behavioral skills. 

Our programs also include admission to Polishing Classes. Polishing Classes provide an opportunity to practice in a small group setting. Under the guidance of a professional dog trainer, polishing classes help hone your skill and ability to handle your dog in more demanding situations.

All of our Board and Train programs incorporate the use of a remote training collar. If you are interested in non e-collar based training, please visit our Group Basic Obedience Training page.

Board and Train Programs vary in length and cost depending on the skill set taught and the individual goals you may have for your dog. We have three programs to choose from: Manners, Obedience or Rehabilitation

Manners Program

The That’s My Dog! Manners program is best suited for dogs that are social, reasonably well behaved but need a bit of work on a few manners such as greeting people without jumping and walking nicely on leash.  

In the Manners program we teach your dog to behave more politely plus the following obedience skills:

  • Heel = Walk nicely on leash.
  • Place = Remain on a dog bed or mat when directed.
  • Come = Return to you when called.
  • Off or Leave it = Don’t grab things you are instructed to leave alone.
  • Wait = Don’t move forward or bolt out an open door.

Duration:  6-7 days stay with us and 3 follow up coaching sessions.

Includes a Dogtra brand remote training collar appropriate for your dog’s sensitivity level and option to attend 3 Group Polishing Classes

Contact Us to schedule your dog’s Better Manner’s Program!

Obedience Program

The That’s My Dog! Obedience program is for the pet owner that wants a higher level of obedience from their dog. This program is suited for dogs that are social but overly excitable or those dogs that have minor behavioral issues such as anxiety, insecurity or frustration or impulse control.

In the Obedience program we teach your dog to behave more politely, plus the following skills:

  • Heel = Walk nicely on leash.
  • Place = Remain on a dog bed or mat when directed.
  • Come = Return to you when called.
  • Off or Leave it = Don’t grab things you are instructed to leave alone.
  • Wait = Don’t move forward or bolt out an open door.
  • Sit and Stay.
  • Down and Stay.
  • Drop it = (if needed) Let go of items in your mouth.
  • Kennel Up = (if needed) Enter and remain inside calmly.
  • Quiet = (if needed) Alert barking is acceptable but your dog will cease when told to.

Duration: 12 – 14 day stay with us and 3 follow up coaching sessions. 

Includes: Dogtra brand remote training collar appropriate for your dog’s sensitivity level, 4Legs4Pets Place board and 6 Group Polishing Classes.

Contact Us to schedule your dog’s Obedience Program!

Rehabilitation Program

The That’s My Dog! Rehabilitation program is designed to work with dogs that have more significant behavioral issues. There is never a guarantee that a dog with a bite history can be fully trusted. It is important to understand any dog has a potential to bite under the right circumstances. Dogs that have learned and practiced effective defense tactics by using intimidation and/or biting to defend territory or drive off perceived intruders may need significant lifetime management. Dogs that have had a history of antisocial behavior cannot be forced to trust or “like” every person or dog they meet. 

However, that does not mean that these dogs are without hope. At That’s My Dog! we employ a knowledgeable team led by Robin MacFarlane, who has successfully worked with many difficult cases and assisted owners in giving their dogs a chance to live out their life with new and improved behavior. 

In working with these special cases we focus not only on the obedience and manners aspect of training but take into account the whole dog. We work with you and other canine professionals to discuss potential diet, health, or structural issues that may need to be addressed. We also help guide your dog through various confidence-building exercises and incorporate them into our stable pack of other dogs on the That’s My Dog! property to help improve social skills and communication. 

If you are interested in pursuing a rehabilitation program with your dog, understand that you and your entire household will be a key part of the ultimate success of the training. Managing a difficult dog takes significant owner commitment and understanding that the relationship structures and techniques we teach you will need to be maintained for the lifetime of the dog. 

Duration: Minimum 21 days stay with us (many dogs may need to stay for 4 – 6 weeks) and follow up coaching sessions. Follow up coaching for clients that are out of our service area is a 3 day stay in Dubuque, IA, followed by virtual assistance as needed.

Includes: Dogtra brand remote training collar appropriate for your dog’s sensitivity level, 4Legs4Pets Place board and other tools that may be recommended such as head halter, muzzle, slip lead, etc.

Contact us to discuss your dog’s rehabilitation!