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Frequently asked questions


What is the difference between Puppy Boarding and Board & Train?

Board & Train is a 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 knowing more 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.

Puppy Boarding is a positive, structured alternative to a boarding facility or other pet care facility. It is designed to provide puppies with consistent routine, reinforce polite manners, and maintain commands that your puppy already knows. This program allows you to rest easy knowing that everything you have done to train your puppy at home is also being continued while you are away.

Should I enroll in Boarding or Boarding and Train?

You should enroll in Puppy Boarding if you answer yes to any of these statements...

  • You are traveling for less than one week. 
  • Your puppy is enrolled in or has completed any training program with us.
  • Your puppy is fairly well-trained and you want to make sure their knowledge and manners are maintained while you are away.
  • Your puppy could benefit from consistent structure and positive socialization while you are away.

You should enroll in Board and Train if you answer yes to any of these questions...

  • You are willing and able to leave your puppy for at least one full week (8 days), and potentially longer. 
  • You have specific training goals that you want accomplished while your puppy is with us.
  • Your puppy has never enrolled in or completed one of our training programs. *Puppies who have enrolled in our training programs are also welcome to enroll in Board and Train for more advanced training!

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.

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.

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

Of course! Board and Train puppy owners can expect to receive regular video updates of their puppy's training progress via YouTube links; they will also receive photos and text updates upon request. Owners of puppies in Boarding will get photo and text updates on a regular basis and upon request.

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 7 training sessions daily as they learn new behaviors and develop new obedience skills in different environments.
Puppies in basic Boarding will receive up to 2 training sessions per day that maintain/refine behaviors they already know.

Who will train my puppy?

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

What will my puppy learn?

Board and Train puppies will learn commands including sit, down, stay, come, wait, release, targeting, kennel up, leave it, drop it, place, leash walking, trick training, and more. The number of behaviors and specific commands learned will directly correlate with the length of enrollment and the puppy's training history. Please visit our Board and Train page for more details on specific training expectations.

Boarding puppies will have daily practice of the behaviors that they already know, positive socialization, and reinforcement of polite household manners.

*Any puppy under 5 months of age can be expected to progress and improve upon potty training and crate training skills!

My puppy is fearful, anxious, or aggressive - is he/she a good candidate for Board and Train?

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 Puppy Boarding or Board and Train could be an option for them in the future. 

Can you teach my puppy to stay off our furniture?

For consistency, we will 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 a result of you unintentionally rewarding the behavior, therefore 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 puppy owners can expect to receive counseling on this topic 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. 

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 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).

How much does it cost?

Board and Train is $1600 for the first week and $1400 for each additional week. The first week is measured as 8 days. Example: Wednesday-Wednesday. Each additional week would run through the following Wednesday. 

Boarding is $110 per day. Per day = any part of a day no matter what time the puppy arrives/departs.

**There is an additional fee for boarding and B&T programs over major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. Please see main webpages for details.

Is there a minimum length of stay? 

 Board and Train: We require a minimum stay of one week, 8 days.

 Boarding: There is no minimum length of stay for puppy boarding.

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 $200 per additional day. For example, if a puppy arrives on a Friday and returns home on the following Saturday, this program would be nine days long and would cost $1800. We can customize the length of any Board and Train program that is greater than one-week.

Why is your cost for Puppy Boarding 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 2-3 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. 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 come home to 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.

When can I drop-off and pick-up my puppy?

We pre-schedule drop-off and pick-up 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 your schedule to coordinate the best time for the puppy to return home with a delivery session.

Where are you located?

Our Boarding programs are 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.

Have other questions? Please CONTACT US!