Board & Train in Berthoud
One of Dog Days’ most popular programs is our Board and Train service, which combines dog boarding with highly specific and personalized dog training. At Dog Days, we appreciate how time-consuming it can be to devote a sufficient amount of time in training your dog, so we have developed a program in order to jump-start the training process and provide a foundation, which is consistently reinforced, will help to create a happy, well-mannered dog.
All Board and Train dogs begin with a private evaluation by Laurie Buffington. Laurie will observe your dog in a variety of settings — alone, with you, with other dogs, and will interact with your dog herself, all with the goal of gaining some understanding of who your dog is and how they will best learn.
NOT ALL DOGS ARE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR BOARD AND TRAIN. DOGS CAN WORK UP TO BEING ACCEPTED TO BOARD AND TRAIN IN SOME CASES, BUT IT IS UP TO OUR DISCRETION WHETHER YOUR DOG IS A GOOD MATCH. WE WANT OUR BOARD AND TRAIN PROGRAM TO BE A GOOD, POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR DOG. IF THEY ARE OVERWHELMED AND STRESSED, THEY CANNOT LEARN. IN SOME CASES, WE CAN RECOMMEND YOU TO DO SOME ADDITIONAL WORK WITH YOUR DOG IN CONJUNCTION WITH ONE OR MORE DAY STAYS BEFORE WE CAN ACCEPT YOUR DOG.
Please visit our How To Start and Private Evaluations pages for more information regarding your evaluation.
All Board and Train candidates are required to have an initial 10 to 21-day minimum stay, with an average stay of 14 days. This is determined by the current working attitude of the dog and the goals of the client. After the initial stay, your dog can return for periods of as short as a single night and there is no minimum requirement. While 10 to 21 days may seem like a long time, our team at Dog Days have concluded that this length of time is necessary to create an environment for the most successful training outcomes. This period allows your dog plenty of time to become comfortable with our staff, as well as familiar with the many unique experiences that await them at our property, such as swimming in the pond and interacting with a large pack of dogs. Completion of the initial stay allows returning dogs to be fully acclimated to our “system,” thereby allowing us to immediately begin working on more advanced training techniques. Board and train is $90/day for any length of stay or skill level of the dog.
Environmental exposure drives much of the learning process for your dog when they are here for Board and Train. The “exposures” include but are not limited to learning tolerance, lowering reactivity, increasing impulse control, and facilitating the work/play interactions in a social group with multiple dogs. However, life at Dog Days is not all school, all the time and there is plenty of time allotted every day for your dog to just be a dog!
Our pond has an extensive cleaning and filtration system that is maintained on a weekly basis and does such a good job that staff members have been known to swim with the dogs from time to time!
Even during downtime dogs are learning. At some point during the day, every dog takes part in a supervised, non-competitive chew time in which they receive a “high value” treat, like a raw bone, to allow for masseter muscle massage. The masseter muscles are the large, facial cheek muscles used during chewing. Research reveals that the use of the masseter muscles during chewing has a natural relaxation effect for dogs.
At the conclusion of your dog’s initial stay, Dog Days trainers conduct a personalized training session with the owner. The training session allows our trainers to show you what your dog has learned and how to correctly reinforce the training so that it is transferred and applied to your home environment. Training sessions typically include coaching from our trainers, as well as time for the client to practice these skills so they are comfortable reinforcing the training on their own.