Our Most Popular Board and Train Program
The Perfect Pet program is one of our boarding school programs, and is the most popular for the average dog owner. This program is designed to teach your dog reliable obedience, good manners, and to resolve any nuisance behaviors that the dog may be exhibiting. This program is not for major behavior modification, but we will resolve minor issues in this program (excessive barking, digging, destructive behavior, certain cases of leash reactivity). The length of this program is 3 weeks, and three transition lessons are included in the program. Other perks that are included are a 1 year membership to our advanced group class (great for proofing), all training equipment, unlimited phone and e-mail support, and 3 days of refresher training.
How Many Dogs do You Take at a Time?
We take a limited number of dogs to ensure that each dog gets plenty of time and attention. Our limit on board and trains is 4-6 dogs at a time, depending on the type of program that each dog is enrolled in.
Why Does My Dog Have to Stay for a Full Three Weeks?
When your dog comes for a board and train, we are not just teaching them a few new skills. We are establishing new habits, erasing old behaviors, and creating a new "job" that the dog will be doing for the rest of their life. By week one of the program, the dogs have learned all of their obedience commands. The next two weeks are spent making sure that each one of these commands is solid in all kinds of environment. Your dog should be able to perform a sit stay in your living room, but they should also be able to perform them in your local park, in downtown Lexington, and in Petsmart. Many programs out there are only one or two weeks long, but we put a high value in more reliability and feel that a longer program guarantees more success at home.
What Commands Will my Dog Learn?
Do I Need to Buy Any Training Equipment?
Nope! All of the training equipment that you will need will be included in the price of the program. The only exception to this is that you will need to have a "place" object at home for your dog. We recommend Kuranda beds, but this could be everything from a standard dog bed to an ottoman.
Can I Come Visit my Dog During the Program?
We would never tell you that you could not come to visit your dog. They are a member of your family, and it is certainly difficult to part from them for three weeks. However, we recommend that you refrain from visiting until your first transition lesson. Especially during the first week of training, the dogs are working on learning lots of new skills and behaviors, and we have to add distractions gradually. Your dog will be very excited to see you, and you might be the biggest distraction that he would face at that time. We send regular photo and video updates, and are always willing to chat with you on the phone if you are really missing your dog.
How Many Times a Day Does my Dog get Trained?
Dogs in our program will get trained 2-4 times per day. Sessions vary quite a bit, with some being quick sessions of learning a new behavior, and others being trips into town or long sessions of duration places or stays.
Where Will My Dog Sleep?
We are not a typical kennel facility, and the dogs live in our house. Dogs spend their downtime in a crate, and you can bring their normal bedding from home or we can supply them with a Primo Pad. Dogs have water available in their crates at all times, and are fed 1-2 times per day depending on what their normal feeding schedule is.
Does My Dog Get to Play With Other Dogs?
Yes! We will select your dog's play group based on his or her temperament, and match them accordingly with playmates. Dogs also work around each other during obedience, and it's common for one dog to be working on heeling while his other classmates are all performing place commands.
Do I Need to Bring Anything for My Dog's Stay?
The only thing that you are required to bring is your dog's regular food. We don't want your dog to have the stress of changing diet when he comes for the program, and then again three weeks later when he leaves. You can also bring his favorite treats (required for dogs with food allergies), toys, and bedding. You should also bring any medication that your dog may need, including heartworm prevention and flea prevention if it will be due during their stay.
How do the Transition Lessons Work?
About two and half weeks into the program, you will get your first transition lesson with your dog. The first transition lesson is at our facility. The reason that we structure it this way is that we want the dog to work with you the first time in an environment where he is very used to doing obedience. The lessons are generally one to two hours long, and by the end you will know how to handle your fully trained dog. The remaining two lessons can be performed at the location of your choosing. This could be at our facility, in town, or at your house. The final two lessons are to ensure that you are fully confident in your handling, and to give you more practice while under the guidance of a trainer.
I Live Out of Town (Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati, etc), Can My Dog Still Participate?
Yes! We have worked with several people from outside of the Lexington area, including a client from Boston! For those who are out of our immediate area, we offer phone consultations instead of in-person evaluations. If your dog is accepted into the program, we will organize pick up and drop off times that best fit your schedule, and we can structure your transition lessons so that they are spread out throughout one or two days if you are traveling in from out of the area. Pick up and drop off at your house may be available depending on scheduling
What Results Can I Expect?
Here are some examples of dogs who have graduated.
Have Any Other Questions? Call (440)413-4414 to Discuss the Program or Reserve a Spot.
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.