Meet "Dexter". Dexter came into the kennels for a 10-day Board/Training stay. Dexter's a bumptious dog (my word of the month), meaning he's pushy, didn't have much in the notion of "respect personal space", quick to see if he can push your buttons. Underneath all of that, however, he is a delightful and friendly dog. Dexter and I worked with each other and between the two of us began to develop a respect and understanding that we shared throughout the board/training stay. I really came to love this fella (I usually do attach to the dogs I train and often find that tinge of 'sad'? when it's time for them to go home). Strong drive, which I loved - in the first day, just about pulling me over at my first attempt with him to "relinquish" the tug, lol and totally typical different kind of goofiness that I think is a bit unique to Dobes. We had a tonne of fun together during our training sessions and his vibrancy, enthusiasm and energy gave me a work out even more, I think, than I gave him .... but as the days and lessons progressed, Dexter began to learn that SHARING the joy of training with me meant I shared this joy with him. This is Dexter on his way home with his owner, giving me that last minute "see ya". Thank you, Kathryn, for the privilege and opportunity to work with your boy, it was a genuine pleasure.?
The Board/Training Service Pro-K9 provides is one of my absolute favourites. This is the one where I get to spend lesson after glorious lesson, getting to know your dog, your dog getting to know me; learning to work with each other and building a repoir of understanding, a relationship. And throughout, your dog is learning new skills, improving on skills already learnt, expanding on them. This is the time I really get to spend just 'talking' with dogs. I love it. But Board/Training is not for every dog. For example, some people believe that if their dog has 'issues' with other dogs, this would be the best place for their dog to be, to learn to not have issues with other dogs. That's often not the case and these dogs may find themselves in an environment a little bit more overwhelming than what would serve best for helping their cause. There are also behaviours that occur at home, for example toileting issues. A kennel environment is not the place to teach your dog the toileting skills that you desire. There are even some behaviour issues that are what they are because owners are inadvertantly encouraging or contributing towards them. All these things are best addressed in the home environment or by way of one-on-one consult off territory.
However, there are times where Board/Training is just "what the Doctor ordered" (as the saying goes). Helping owners get a head-start in the training of obedience for their dogs. Some owners just love that their dogs receive that extra attention and mental stimulation on top of what they would normally receive from the general kennel-care activities, whilst they are away on holidays.
So, Board/Training might be right for your dog. Or it might not. Pro-K9 prefers to discuss with you what your expectations are, what it is that you are experiencing with your dog that leads you to contemplating Board/Training for your dog. We will clearly inform you if we don't believe the Board/Training service is the most desirable for your and your dog's needs. Regardless that it is one of our most favourite services, we want what is best for you and of course not least, for your dog.
Judi (Managing Director)