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I remember years ago when I first started training dogs I was amazed at how fast a dog was willing to change his behavior.  As I started learning certain principles it was astounding that one day the dog was acting up and the next day he could be entirely different.

 

Being polite.  Walking properly on leash.  Overcoming aggression problems. Things like that.  This all happened very quickly because I was learning exactly how dogs think, exactly what motivates them.  What guides their behavior and dictates whether it goes to the ‘dark side’ or whether it is happy, great behavior.

All very quickly. All because I was learning exactly how dogs think, exactly what motivates them. What guides their behavior and dictates whether it goes to the ‘dark side’ or whether it is happy, great behavior.

 

As I was running my group dog training lessons, I would increasingly hear my clients asking me things like, “Hey, this is great stuff, Glenn. But this is my busy season at work. I think I bit off more than I could chew with this dog. Do you think you could just take him and get him trained?”

 

Or things like, “My dog is definitely making progress. But I realize it’s going to take more than I can do to get him there. Could you just take him and train him?”

 

I’ll be honest.

 

At first I didn’t like the idea.

 

My ‘dog training education’ up until that point had always dictated that the owner should be the one training the dog.

 

I didn’t want owners to be lazy. I didn’t want owners to not take ownership over their dog’s training. You know what I mean?

 

But as I thought about it I realized some things.

 

When I want my car fixed, I take it in.

 

As a lifelong teacher and educator parents had been sending me their kids to learn for decades.

 

Sometimes when I want that meal cooked just right I order it.

 

And the list goes on.

 

Just because I want something done well it doesn’t mean that I have to be the one doing it. That’s what experts in their fields are for.

 

So I started taking on a few clients here or there. Bringing their dog to live in my home, around my family, with my dogs. And I would train them.

 

But I had some rules. If I was going to do something like this I wanted to make sure I was doing it right.

For example:

 

1. I was up front with these clients. I let them know that this wasn’t some sort of quick fix and their part was over. What I told them was that I would get the dog trained. But then it would be up to them to MAINTAIN that training.

 

I helped them realize that the maintenance didn’t have to be a ton of work. But the dog would still need to be walked, supervised, run through the paces, things like that. It’s not good enough to train the dog, that training needs continued practice.

 

2. I was going to expect things from these clients. I told them that there was no way I was going to let them be lazy with their dog.

If we did this, then I was going to expect them to do follow up. I had heard of other dog trainers doing this type of training and they would simply train the dog and send it home.

 

I said “No way were we going to do that”. I would train the dog but I was going to require the owners to do some private training with me after, and even come to some of my group classes.

 

Their part in training their dog was going to be drastically reduced but I didn’t want them thinking that they were getting a free pass to never doing training with their dog.

3. They needed to follow the rules when the dog came home.

 

Have you ever sent your kids off to grandma’s house? And grandma spoils them? (Or maybe you remember this as a kid?)

 

Well, those same kids that are pretty darn good at minding manners suddenly turn into little monsters when they are spoiled and have no boundaries.

 

I told these first clients that if their dogs came to my house that they would absolutely get trained to a great level. We’d overcome anxiety problems, aggression problems, destruction problems, bad manners, poor obedience, and the rest.

 

But if the dog went home and it was like going back into the same environment as before that it didn’t matter how well they were trained. They would revert to become little monsters if certain rules weren’t followed.

 

I came up with a comprehensive maintenance package that I told them they’d need to follow.

4. I told them that it would be our biggest investment offering. I would be putting in hours every day of work, it wasn’t going to be some cheap group class.

 

In explaining all this these clients agreed. They LOVED the idea.

 

These were committed folks. They saw the value in sending their dogs off to a professional who could drastically reduce the time investment that they had to put in, reduce their workload, get them to the finish line so much quicker.

But they were the type that was committed to the point where they were fine, even thrilled, that there would be homework. They just

needed that leg up. They needed that help to get to the point where they could maintain. They didn’t have the time or ability to bite off the big chunk of training. But they could DEFINITELY maintain the work that I did for them.

These days we have designed a great deal of our business around this idea of ‘board and train’.

 

We call it our Dogcation for adult dogs and Pupcation for our puppies.

 

Because it’s different.

 

Other trainers will send your dog or puppy off to some dirty kennel where they’ll be put on some assembly line. They can’t work on counter surfing or getting in the trash because your dog is at some dirty kennel. They can’t work on manners around dogs and kids because it’s just some kennel. They can’t work on real life training because it’s not real life.

 

In our Dogcation and Pupcation, though, your dog or puppy becomes part of our family. They spend time with my wife and kid, with my dogs on our secluded property.

 

We go on field trips. We work in real kitchens, real door bells being rung, real family rooms. The training is real.

 

It gets done at a higher level and it gets done with a level of training that can’t be duplicated at some dirty boarding kennel.

 

For the dogs, not only are they learning and overcoming minor and major training problems but they’re also having a great time running beside my Gator on our private road, playing off leash on our 30 acres, and enjoying the great trails and shady areas along our giant creek. It’s truly a vacation for these guys.

A Dogcation or Pupcation where they come home with a skill set and a great attitude towards life in a matter of weeks that the average dog owner couldn’t duplicate with months of training.

 

Does this sound like something that could work for your dog or young puppy?

 

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