What is Puppy Board & Train?

Board & Train is a send-away training program that will teach your puppy a list of new obedience commands or behaviors that your puppy does not already know. Your puppy will return home with confidence, knowing a full repertoire of behaviors and commands that they did not know prior to enrollment! It includes intense training progression and is suited to meet new training goals or accomplish specific owner requests for improving puppy behavior.

What training methods do you us?

We implement POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT training techniques.  Unlike other B&T programs, we absolutely REFUSE to utilize painful e-collars (or shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, etc.) as a method of obedience training. You can expect your puppy to be positively reinforced and playfully encouraged on a consistent basis using their food, toys, bones, or attention as feedback to reward desirable behaviors. 

We advocate for humane training techniques and science-based methodology. We are one of the ONLY companies in the Denver area that uses positive reinforcement techniques in a B&T program. Please do your research as you consider sending your dog away for boarding and training to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for your fur-baby.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes. Happy Hounds Dog Training, LLC is licensed by the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) which requires a facility to undergo annual inspections to ensure a safe and secure environment for your pet. We are insured through Liberty Mutual's Commercial General Liability insurance with additional coverage for animals that are within our care.

Where are you located?
Our Board and Train program is based out of the Senior Trainer's home which is located near the intersection of Iliff and      I-225, about 5 minutes northeast of the Denver Tech Center.

What do I need to bring for my puppy's stay?

Plan to bring along the boarding contract (which you will receive at the time of confirmation) in addition to your puppy's crate, food, food bowl, leash/harness, and KONG or other approved chew item. We have spare crates that your puppy can use upon request if you prefer to leave your crate at home.

Does my puppy need to by 'fully vaccinated'?
Not necessarily. Puppies get vaccinations ever 3-4 weeks, usually at/around 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. They will not be 'fully vaccinated' until they are 16 weeks old, which is when they receive their Rabies vaccine as well. For puppies under 16 weeks of age, we require that your puppy is current on their age-appropriate vaccinations for distemper and parvo. If your puppy is over 16 weeks old, they need to be fully vaccinated. Our home is a controlled environment - all dogs that come here must be healthy and current on the required distemper/parvo vaccines, and we recommend leptospirosis and bordatella. As far as health goes, bringing your puppy here is similar to sending your puppy to stay with a friend or family member.

My puppy is already 7 months or older, can he/she still enroll in your Board and Train program?

Maybe. If you have a puppy that is between 7-12 months of age, we ask that you please call us to discuss your training goals in further details and determine if our Board and Train program is the right fit for you and your pup. We will occasionally enroll older puppies IF the training goals are appropriate for this program. *Any puppy over 7 months must be potty trained, crate conditioned, friendly with unfamiliar dogs, and spayed/neutered prior to enrollment.

When can I drop-off and pick-up my puppy?
We pre-schedule drop-off in accordance with your schedule anytime between 8am-8pm any day of the week.
Board and Train puppies are delivered home to their owners and get a completion session upon drop off. We typically schedule these sessions between 10am-6pm, but will work with you to coordinate the best time for the puppy to return home with a delivery session.

Will you send me pictures and updates while my puppy is with you?

Of course! Puppy owners can expect to receive video updates of their puppy's training progress via YouTube links sent every few days; they will also receive photos and text updates on the reg. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram to see more of your puppy during their stay! @HappyHoundsDogTrainingDenver

How frequently will my puppy get trained?
Puppies in Board and Train receive up to six training sessions daily as they learn new behaviors and develop new obedience skills in different environments. Potty training and crate training will be positively reinforced 24/7!

Who will train my puppy?

Puppies are cared for and trained by our senior trainer and company owner, Jenn Fantasia.

What will my puppy learn?

Puppies will learn commands including sit, down, stay, come, wait, release, targeting, kennel up, leave it, drop it, leash walking, and more. The number of behaviors and specific commands learned will be directly dependent upon the length of enrollment and whether the puppy has received any prior training. Please visit our Board and Train page for more details on specific training expectations. Any puppy under 5 months of age can be expected to progress and improve upon potty training and crate training skills!

My puppy is especially FEARFUL, ANXIOUS, REACTIVE, OR AGGRESSIVE. Is he/she a good candidate for this particular Board and Train Program?

NO. We encourage you to enroll in an in-home training program first so that we can assess your puppy's behavior in the context of your home and get you started on a training plan. If your puppy progresses through in-home training, then Board and Train could be a great option for them in the future. Please call us to discuss further.

Can you teach my puppy to stay off our furniture?

For consistency, we do not allow puppies on our furniture. However, dogs are contextual learners so just because they learn to stay off OUR furniture, this will not necessarily teach them to stay off YOUR furniture. Furniture expectations are best accomplished through private in-home training that takes place in your home.

Can you teach my puppy to stop jumping?

We are adamant about reinforcing 'four paws on the floor' so, during their stay with us, your puppy will NEVER be rewarded for jumping. That said, it will be important for YOU and your family to learn how to give appropriate feedback for jumping up, because if your puppy is prone to jumping, it is likely because you are unintentionally rewarding the behavior and the behavior will continue once the puppy returns home. *Did you know that dog training has a lot to do with human training?!

Board and Train owners can expect to receive counseling on puppy jumping during their delivery session. 

Can you teach my puppy to stop barking?

First, remember that barking is normal dog behavior. Second, we keep the puppies very well exercised, engaged, and occupied here so they will hardly have time to bark during their stay with us! If you have a puppy that is prone to excessive barking in your home, please enroll in private, in-home training so that the behavior can be addressed in the context which it occurs. 

Will I be expected to practice with my puppy after they return home?

DEFINITELY. During your completion session, you will be equipped with the knowledge and ability to maintain your puppy's newfound skills through daily practice in your home. We want YOU to become your puppy's trainer by establishing effective communication and reliable obedience through regular training together. Without daily practice and continued reinforcement of expectations, your puppy's behavior will regress.

How much time will my puppy spend in a crate?
Puppies are only crated during the day if/when they are unsupervised. They are not left in a crate during the day for any more than 2-3 hours at a time and this will not happen more than once per day if the trainer needs to step out for any reason. We believe in positive crate conditioning, so you can expect your puppy to experience calm, structured, and temporary crate time usually once per day in order to boost reliability of positive crate conditioning.

Where will my puppy sleep? 
Your puppy will sleep overnight in the comfort of a personal crate in a common area of the trainer's home. Please bring along the anything you put inside the crate so we can mimic the way you do it at home (blankets, towel, bed, toy, etc).

Is there a minimum length of stay? 
We require a minimum stay of two weeks, or 15 days.

How much does it cost?

$3400 for two-week programs. $4900 for three-week programs.

Two weeks is measured as 15 days wherein the puppy arrives and departs on the same day of the week. Example: the puppy arrives on a Monday and goes home 'two Mondays' later. Each additional week would run through the following Monday. A 25% deposit is required to reserve your spot, the remaining balance is due when the puppy arrives at the trainer's home. *We do work holidays, but a 10% surcharge is added to B&T Programs over major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

Can I 'add days' to a Board and Train Program?

Yes. If you would like to add additional days to any stay, the days will be pro-rated at $215 per additional day beyond two weeks or $200 per additional day beyond three weeks. We can customize the length of any Board and Train program that is greater than two weeks.

Why is your cost for Board and Train more expensive than a boarding facility?

Our enrollment is extremely limited and takes place in a home environment. While a boarding facility might accept 50-60 dogs, we take no more than TWO puppies at a time so that we can provide individualized attention and training to each one. Most importantly, our boarding programs are designed to enhance and improve upon puppy behavior through structure, training, socialization, and enrichment. Puppies who stay with us become more reliably potty trained, crate trained, socialized, and get daily practice of obedience commands through intentional training sessions that are recorded and sent to the owner to track their puppy's progress. 

We are constantly reinforcing only polite behaviors and setting your puppy up to practice only the behaviors that puppy owners desire. This means that you get to bring home a puppy that is more attentive, more confident, and better behaved. It's a lot of work for us, but by investing in training early-on, you set yourself up for a peaceful and happy life with your pup into the future. You have many more years ahead with your dog, so trust us, it's worth the investment early-on!

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