General Boarding School Info
Boarding School programs typically range from 3 to 6 weeks, but can range depending on the situation.
Each day is highly structured based on the needs of your dog, incorporating a healthy mix of 1) training, 2) play, and 3) rest sessions. Followup Private Lessons are included with all Boarding School programs to help you transition the dog back to your home.
We work with your dog one on one several times per day in and around our facility. Training sessions vary based on which program your dog is enrolled in (see below), but are always customized to your dog’s needs. When your dog is ready, we visit neighbor businesses such as Lofty Dog pet store and Moontower Saloon for practice sessions in public environments.
The Trips & Trails Pack adds visits to public locations such as Pet Smart, Home Depot, or a location of your choice (within a 15 minute drive) provide your dog with even more practice in busier public places, as well visits to to Mary Moore Searight Park, to practice “off-leash” skills and socialization. If able to be done safely, off-leash hikes on designated off-leash trails are some of the most beneficial and rewarding activities that you and your dog can share. The Trips & Trails Pack may be a mandatory add-on for some dogs to enroll in Boarding School.
Play Sessions most often incorporate socialization and play with other carefully selected dogs. We believe in structured play that is highly supervised and managed – playtime shouldn’t be a free-for-all whirlwind of total chaos. We incorporate training and encourage regular breaks, and work hard to ensure they remain responsive to our guidance and signals throughout. Playtime not only provides dogs with a therapeutic release of tension, but also provides an opportunity for your dog to learn things they can’t learn in any other way.
In between training and playtime, dogs rest in our climate controlled building. Just like us, dogs need plenty of rest to function well. To keep the indoors restful for your dog and other dogs, we are very serious about keeping stress levels low for the dogs. Therefore, we require that dogs attend an overnight evaluation, in order to give them a chance to settle into our environment. The cost of the evaluation is included in the package price. The overnight evaluation must be completed before we are able to confirm your Boarding School reservation.
Boarding School Programs
After the Behavior Evaluation, we will send you a range of package options for you to choose from. Package options are completely customized for you, so that we can help you address your problems and meet your goals the best that we can.
A 21 Day Boarding School program starts at around $1950.
Here is the step-by-step process for enrollment:
1) Submit Boarding School dates request form.
If you need to board your dog for specific dates, please let us know what they are so that we can check availability. If you don’t have specific dates in mind, you can skip to step 2.
2) Attend Behavior Evaluation or Private Lesson.The Behavior Evaluation fee ($20) will be credited towards any future Boarding School program. Be aware that although you may have a particular service in mind, it might not be the best one for the problems you are experiencing. During our initial meeting, I will observe your dog’s behavior, learn more about your situation, and discuss how our different services might be expected to help. My goal is always to address the issues as directly and efficiently as we can, while remaining compassionate and fair to your dog and to your family.
3) Pay deposit to lock in Boarding School dates.
A 25% deposit is required to lock in the dates for the program. This deposit is refundable up until 2 weeks from the drop off date, and 4 weeks if your boarding dates coincide with Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. The remaining balance is due before your dog returns home.
3) Schedule and bring your dog in for Overnight Evaluation.
Overnight evaluations consist of two full School Days that include training, play, and rest sessions. You will drop your dog off at 10am and pick up the following afternoon, between 3 and 6pm. The aim is to get your dog comfortable at our facility and determine whether they will be a good fit for an extended stay. If additional Overnight Evaluations are recommended, they can be booked for a discounted $75 rate. If Boarding School is cancelled for any reason, $75 will be deducted from returned deposits for each overnight your dog has spent with us.