The Boarding School program, like all of Shelly’s programs, is individually tailored to your dog. The difference is that this is a very intensive curriculum in which the dog lives at Shelly’s home training facility (to see the plans for our brand new, 56.5 acre facility click here). The dog is worked intensively throughout the day, and continued behavioral modification occurs during the entire 24 hour period. Dogs have a limited attention span, so regular, short bursts of training are ideal. Our Boarding Program provides the training staff with the time necessary to address even the most complex of behavioral issues. The Boarding Program generally lasts about four to six weeks, though graduation only happens once all of the obedience training is done and behavioral issues are completely resolved.
When a dog is enrolled in the Boarding Program, they receive highly personalized care 24/7. As all dog’s needs are unique, everything from food, to walks, to play time and training, is carefully scheduled and monitored. Frequent reviews during the process help tailor the program even further. To keep the training process both productive and fun, dogs are trained on a work-rest cycle: each 15 minute training interval is followed by a break. Because a large part of positive reinforcement comes from the bond between trainer and dog, affectionate interaction and play are absolutely necessary. In fact, they're the key to effective training. Once the dog has graduated the Boarding Program, the family is brought in, on a private lesson basis, to learn how to work and communicate with their dog and how to maintain positive behaviors in the home. The lessons continue until everyone in the family is comfortable handling the dog.
Because no two dogs are alike, every training program is individually tailored to your dog’s unique personality and your unique goals. Different breeds have been bred for different purposes for thousands of years. This has produced dogs with reliable physical and behavioral traits, but some of those personality “quirks” can develop into problems. In today’s society it is critical that all dogs are well-behaved canine citizens, and this is one of the primary goals of the training program. Shelly’s knowledgeable staff has the experience to know the behavioral differences between a Retriever and a Terrier, and teach both of them in a manner that the dog can understand. Rescue dogs and mixed breeds are evaluated with the same experienced eye – taking into consideration their history and unique temperament characteristics. Boarding School is a highly customized, personal training program, allowing our team to carefully identify and address behavioral issues.