Dog Training - Board and Train
We get it. Life is busy. You just got a new puppy and have no idea where to start but want the best possible life with them. Maybe you have a dog that's driving you insane and you've repeatedly thought about rehoming but they're just the best dog when they have those good days - and you want more of those good days. Or you just don't have the time or physical capacity to put in the initial training, but you're ready to do some training and enrichment once your dog has got the basics down.
We've been through the gamut with our own personal dogs and with the thousands of dogs we've worked with. Each story has touched us. We've fought for our clients, shared in their joy and cried with them when tragedies happen. From these experiences, we started taking a day train here, a board and train there, for clients we knew and loved. Now it's time to open that to a wider group.
We took great thought in how to do board and trains in a LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) manner. It was a challenge because board and train programs are notorious for their failure rates once the dogs return home and many dogs are stressed during their stay at a new location. Many trainers offering board and trains aren't able to work with the dogs for the first 3-7 days because they have to wait for the dog to relax enough to work with them, instead opting to have the dog spend a lot of time in a crate and making the board and train longer and more expensive for the client. Many board and trains are longer than they should be without breaks for the dog to see their family and spend time bonding with them. Regular communication and lessons would also be a necessity for success - both for the dog and the human.
Our program is somewhat different than many others you'll see:
~ We won't take dogs longer than 2 weeks at a time.
- We require at least 1 day train or daycare session (preferably more) to determine whether or not a board and train program is a good fit for your dog. And we will be fairly picky because we have your dogs' welfare in mind. We don't want to set up anyone for failure. In the case a board in train with us isn't a good fit for your dog, we'll give you a list of options. We do have personal dogs they will need to integrate with, so we cannot accept dog aggression cases at this time.
- We will send you daily communication in the form of texts, pictures and/or videos showing your dogs' progress.
- We'll offer professional recommendations as we get to know your dog better and ask for feedback before incorporating anything into their training plan.
- We create customized training plans for each dog.
- Your dog stays with us at our home and is treated better than our personal dogs.
- We typically only take 1-2 board and trains at a time so your dog will get a lot of 1 on 1 attention, training and play.
- We'll provide a range of enrichment for your dog including (but not limited to) daily exercise, scent walks, brain exercise, puzzle toys, foraging, interactive play, texture stimulation, social play, relaxation training and much more!
- We take dogs on field trips multiple times each week (with your permission) to work on a variety of distractions. We know all the local places that offer Pup Cups!
- We supplement our program with video instructions, email support, handouts, Marco Polo videos, text support and ongoing troubleshooting help.
- We use LIMA training protocols and science-based methods 100% of the time in all of our training. Check out our resources page for some of our favorite places to get our continuing education. We really are dog nerds, I'm telling you. :)
Here at Agency Pet Training, your dog isn't just a number and we aren't in it for the money. I mean yeah, we gotta eat and we've got expenses, but this truly is a labor of love.
$150 per day - Any board and train lasting less than 7 days will require an in-home lesson. This is a half-price lesson at $60.
$1,040 for our 1 week program (includes 1 in-home lesson)
$1,940 for our 2 week program (includes 2 in-home lessons)
$5,400 for our 6 week program - This program is structured to allow your dog breaks to decompress and bond with you while you catch up on what they've been learning. We'll take your dog for 2 weeks, then you'll bring them home for 1 week. We'll do that twice more. During each week break at home and when your puppy goes home the final time you'll receive 2 in-home lessons (total of 6 in-home lessons included).
*currently only offered at our Utah County location