Immersive Training Experience
Ever wondered how your dog spends his day during a boarding school program?
When dogs come to stay with us, they are never bored. Between training sessions at the kennel, play groups with their friends, and trips out and about with their trainer, they are fully immersed in a training environment. Having the dogs at the house allows us to have a better relationship with them than we would if they were in a separate kennel facility, but it also allows the dog to get more time with their trainer. The whole point of a board and train program is for the dog to get as many repetitions as possible with a professional trainer, and we strive to maximize the benefits of this.
A Typical School Day
6:00 AM: I start letting all the dogs out for their first yard time of the day. They each get about 10 minutes in the yard, and then the next dog gets a turn. At this time, I also clean their kennels and wash and refill all of the water buckets. After the let outs, I clean the remainder of the kennel area and write up the training plan for the day.
7:00 AM: I make a quick breakfast (sometimes with a dog on place to keep me company), and then get started on training for the day. Each dog will get a morning training session, which will typically last 30-45 minutes depending on the goals of the day. In between sessions, dogs will work on their place command rather than going back to their kennels. Breakfast is either fed as a food reward during training, or as a meal back in their kennel once their first obedience session is over. After breakfast, the dogs get another let out.
11:00 AM: From this point on, every day is very different. Sometimes dogs are traveling with me into town, other times we are working on house manners and building new behaviors. I also start teaching private lessons and go-home lessons at this time. No matter what the schedule is for the day, the dogs always stay busy.
4:00 PM: Time for a nap and some dinner! I give the dogs another let out at this time, and then give them some peace and quiet to take a break from training. I will return e-mails and phone calls or teach a few more lessons while the boarding school crew is resting.
7:00 PM: The dogs get their last training session of the day in the evening. Based on what the dog worked on in the evening session and how they performed, I can create a good plan for them the following day.
9:00 PM: Everyone goes outside for their final let out of the day. After a final look over and making sure that everyone is happy and healthy, I shut the lights off so that everyone can get a good night sleep so that they are well rested for training the next day.
Sam is the owner and head trainer at Kentucky Dog Training LLC. She set up this blog to share success stories, training tips, the progression of dogs in our training programs, and other thoughts on dogs and training.