Here are a few reasons why our Board & Train programs might be the right fit for your dog.
Training is about balance and figuring out what method or technique works best for each individual dog. It is also about ensuring your dog feels better about situations it previously struggled in. Balanced dog training ensures to use both Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning. All animals including dogs learn through Operant Conditioning. Time and time again we have taken in dogs who have been to trainers who have only utilized one side of the quadrant and because of this have had limited success and left owners stressed, at a financial loss, and looking for answers. We are that answer.
All of the behaviours that your dog learns at iTK9 are completely generalized and proofed to ensure they translate back home as you continue the training with the knowledge we have given you.
Your dog will take field trips to multiple different environments and work with multiple trainers. This shows the dog that everything expected with the primary handler is always expected regardless of the environment or who is holding the leash.
Unlike many private lessons, classes, and board and train programs we give you an education that will last a lifetime. Without the proper owner education, training, and tools no owner would be successful. No matter what type of training you do if you do not continue to reinforce or correct what your trainer has said your dog will likely regress.
Your dog works with multiple professional trainers multiple times a day for 4-8 weeks. The number of improvements we can make bars none to any other training program. Once your dog has made these improvements we send you home with instructional videos, educational handouts, problem-solving sessions, and 3 months of continued support to ensure you and your dog's success back home. This transition may be the most important aspect of any training program as you are now your dog's trainer for life.
One of the biggest determinants of a successful dog training program whether it is a board and train, private lesson or class is your family and friend's commitment to stick to the plan back home.
You cannot expect to send your dog to a trainer to learn new commands, improve behaviour, learn new rules and boundaries and then have them come home to the exact same environment as they left in-usually the reason for their initial behaviour.
This is why we provide you with the education, tools, and instructions on how to maintain the success we have attained. Dogs who have learned new and improved behaviour from a trainer will not continue to offer that improved behaviour without practice and consistency. Just like learning a new skill or language if you do not practice consistently you lose fluency.
We continue to educate our clients that training is never-ending. No matter the program or skill learned you must continuously maintain what you and your dog have learned and maintain consistency in every aspect of what you and your dog were taught.