In Home Board & Train
Our Board & Train dogs get to spend their stay learning and living in one of our amazing trainers homes! We are excited to offer our Board & Train programs to dogs all the way from puppyhood to adulthood, and to work with all kinds of behaviors from basic obedience to reactivity.
Our Board & Train programs are custom built for each dog, so the specifics of your dogs exact stay will vary. Before your dogs stay you will set a training plan with your trainer that includes specific goals for your dog, and their schedule for their Board & Train. Each of our dogs will typically get 2-3 formal training sessions during the day, for five days out of the week. For each week of their stay they will get two days off from formal training (their brains need rest too!) and typically around one field trip per week of their stay (depending on if this is the right service for your dog). Every dog will receive incidental training throughout every day to reinforce good household manners, and daily exercise is a given!
For the most effective Board & Train experience we highly recommend a minimum of two weeks for your pups first stay with us. Follow up stays may be shorter, and we are more than happy to create custom length programs to match with your travel if you will be out of town during your pups stay.
Before scheduling your Board & Train we do require beginning with an Initial Virtual Session. During this first session, you will discuss the issues you are having with your trainer. They will outline the causes for these behaviors, and set goals with you that we would like to reach. Together you set a training plan for your dogs Board & Train that will include what to expect after the stay, and scheduling. After all of that talking, we will make sure to have some time to start training exercises at the end of the lesson. The cost for the Initial Virtual Lesson is $130. This is additional to the cost of your Board & Train. This Initial Virtual Session will not only give us a chance to solidify the training plan, but also ensure that a Board & Train is the right fit for you and your dog. It also gives you a chance to meet your trainer, and see the space where your dog will be staying over Zoom.
After your Initial Session your Board & Train will be scheduled, as well as your follow up lesson. To secure your Board & Train stay, a 50% deposit of your stay will be due after your Initial Virtual Session., along with payment for that session. Depending on which trainer your dog will be staying with, your dog will either be picked up from your home at the beginning of their stay, and dropped back off there at the end or you will meet your trainer at a designated spot in between your home and theirs. This will be set up with your trainer during your initial session. The first lesson after your dogs stay will be in person (outside, socially distanced, and masked) at your dogs drop off. Follow up lessons may be virtual or in person, again this will depend on your dogs needs. One follow up lesson will be included for each week of your dogs stay. This means a two week Board & Train will include two follow up lessons, and so on.
We have different Board & Train options for puppies, adults and for dogs who need special behavioral help. There are details on all of the options below! Board & Train spots are limited, so make sure to try and get set up as soon as possible!
Board & Train
Open to puppies 6 months and under.
This program will focus on teaching good household manners, house training, crate training and your puppy being able to settle around the house. Field trips out into the world will be focused on creating positive interactions with the world and socialization. We will also likely start some basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, leave it and recall.
($2380 for two weeks)
Board & Train
Open to dogs over 6 months.
This program is highly customized. In general we will focus on good household manners, polite greetings, counter surfing and door dashing prevention, general obedience skills, and anything else you need help with! Field trips will be focused on extending your goals out into the real world, and creating real world focus in your dog.
($2100 for two weeks)
Behavior Board & Train
This program is for our dogs dealing with reactivity, or any other serious behavior issues. Training plans will be entirely customized to your dogs needs. Field trips may be utilized to expand your dogs world a little further, and give them the opportunity to work with neutral triggers.
($2520 for two weeks)
It is important to remember that a Board & Train is a jump start. There will still be work to do when your pup comes home to reinforce the training and make sure that everything transfers. Transfer lessons will help with that and we are happy to continue to support you as much as we can after a Board & Train to make sure that everything transfers smoothly. If you are concerned about the transfer process, make sure to let us know and we can help you come up with additional plans to make it as smooth as possible.
Meet our Board & Train Trainers
Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA
Sarah discovered a passion for training and behavior when she took her first dog home from a local shelter while attending Texas A&M University. Throughout college she worked in a veterinary office. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 2007 and began teaching group puppy and obedience classes in 2010. In 2014 she began working with service dogs. For three years she worked with female inmates in the Texas prison system teaching service dog training and handling. Sarah is committed to continuing education and regularly attends seminars and conferences to improve her knowledge and skill. In September of 2017 she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed. She shares her home with her husband, an 8-year-old Catahoula, a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and two 12-year-old cats.
Cali McAffery, CPDT-KA
Cali grew up with a menagerie of pets and began training dogs professionally in 2008. She started with group classes focusing on puppies and basic obedience, progressing to teaching private lessons after a couple of years, and then ultimately working toward the CPDT-KA certification that she now holds. Cali has always enjoyed having a multi-animal household and shares her life with several herding breed dogs, a sighthound, two cats, and a herd of dairy goats- not to mention a very tolerant husband. She is passionate about continued education and attends as many seminars, conferences, and workshops as she is able to, as well as constantly absorbing more information via podcasts, books, and online classes. On the rare occasion that she isn't busy nerding out over dogs, behavior, and training, she can be found hiking with her dogs.
We are happy to offer Private Lessons to Austin and the surrounding areas. Check the map on our Contact Us page for our detailed service area. For services outside of our service area, there is a travel fee of $15 per service.