Beware! Of Dog Trainers Who Want to Board and Train Your Dog!

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I have been involved in the dog training industry for almost 20 years.  I have seen a lot in my time and I have done things that other people would probably kill to do (like work with Cheetahs).

This is one of those “Tips” I have learned over the years.

Be very careful of someone who says they can “fix” all your dog’s problems if the dog lives with them or in their kennel for a specific period of time!

Please understand that there are a lot of GREAT dog trainers out there!

But my experience with this kind of dog training (even from a dog trainer’s perspective) is not good.

Why This is Not Good…

Usually this is very expensive and usually it is “guaranteed”.

I could charge you $1000 for a couple weeks of  “guaranteed” training and promise to fix any problem.  But one of the problems is that the dog will work for ME.

I CAN get a dog to do just about anything.

I am gooood!  The sky is the limit with dog training for me.  I can control aggression (I believe most aggression cannot be cured) and I can fix a behavior problem in a very short period of time!

If I came to your house and you gave me your dog for a few minutes you would be amazed to watch the transformation before your eyes.

I know what I am looking for, I can recognize the signs of aggression BEFORE your dog shows it, and I can train specific behaviors or fix simple behavior problems very quickly.

I have never met a dog that I couldn’t work.



That doesn’t mean YOU will have all these attributes when your dog comes home.

YOU will not recognize the signs of aggression before your dog shows them, you will not have the years of experience to know how to get your dog to perform a set of skills like I can; and ultimately your dog is going to live with YOU not me!

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This is Never the Way!


How often do you think your dog will come out of his crate or kennel?

Most often, it is only once (maybe twice) per day for 15 minutes to an hour, if he is lucky.

The rest of the time he will be rotting in a kennel.

Unfortunately I have seen a lot of this in my career.

Remember how I said I only need a few minutes to work miracles with your dog?  Even if he was living with me that is all I would need.  Many dog trainers are busy trying to make a living and so those that choose this type of training usually have a kennel full of dogs to train.

The odds of interaction are not in your dog’s favor!!!

Even if your trainer swears the dog will live with him, be leery!

Compulsion is Faster

Beware!  Compulsion; prong collars, choke chains, and shock collars are faster and the dog trainer doesn’t have to deal with the repercussions later in the training process.

I Have Been There and I Have Done This Kind of Trainingpuppy training

Not everyone who does this kind of training is bad, or has bad intentions.  Some people have integrity no matter what and these are the ones you would need to find.

But I only did it for people who were at the end of their “leash” as it were and were considering taking their dog to a shelter.

And, in those cases the dogs did live with me in my home.  I didn’t have a kennel nor did I take more than one dog at a time, but I always wondered if this kind of training (since the dog was learning to work for me) even worked.

I usually figured within a short amount of time the dog would regress to his former behavior.

But, usually people are too ashamed to admit they haven’t kept up on the training so I rarely heard from any of the owners of the dogs I took in.

I could assume “I am AWESOME” but chances are higher that they were just afraid to contact me.

In Order For Your Dog to Change

YOU need to be involved.

Chet Writes: That’s one of the reasons its so important to use a course like my Hands Off Dog Training course to learn how to control your dog, instead of relying on someone else.

It doesn’t matter whether you need help potty training, leash training or working on aggression; YOU are the one that needs to learn how to work your dog and what your dog looks like if he is showing signs of aggression.

Beware of anything that seems too good to be true!!  It probably is!!




There are 83 Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    I have a question. I go to a yearly event that is down the block from a dog breeder that has been long established (40+yrs) and respected. I have seen them there that long so I know it is true. Last year we were in need of a puppy and couldn’t find the right one. (ComplicAted story ) We stopped there and found the happiest social mellow golden 6 month old puppy who came home with us and is our Sunshine. He seemed to come pre socialized, no problems with dogs of any size, people of any size. Some commands he seemed to know already, thank God, cause he started running when gate was open and he sat when we yelled stop. Yes he learned jackpot then.
    So the event is coming up again. Do we kennel him there (most convenient and most $) or at another boarding kennel hr was at and came home happy?
    Don’t want him to feel he was being “returned” but he could see mom and dad and they have more play space. Opinions?


    Minette Reply:

    I don’t think dogs have that “deep” of a thinking process.

    He may be upset to be left in general but he has no concept of being “returned” unless he has been to a shelter a few times (I do think those dogs know).

    I would take him where he will be most happy and cared for best, always!


  2. Kayleen Cucugliello says:

    What type of programs do you have?
    We are looking to sen dour 2 year old Maltese to a week or 2 training session, straight.
    He needs to learn how to listen!


    Minette Reply:


  3. LEE STEVENS says:

    We have an 18 month old purebred 20# male miniature poodle who will not come when called and will not stop barking in our backyard. He loves to be outside all the time whether it is just sitting in the grass or constantly barking at the squirrels who tease him. We live on 1/3 of an acre and cannot catch him at all. We are considering a citronella collar or taking him to boarding/training since we are having no luck; he is too smart and catches on to our tricking him in an instant. With all I have learned about boarding/training from this site, we are now fearful of having his stubbornness cruelly treated. There is no dog treat that entices him enough to come in or his favorite toy; we have tried everything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  4. I rescued a 6 mo. Old black shepherd 4 mos. Ago. Evidentally he had been badly traumatized by a male. He still will not let a man near him. He and I are bonded so that I can’t leave him alone or destroys pillows, shoes, area rugs, etc. Who would be best to work through his issues?


    Minette Reply:

    crate training


  5. Kayla Gonzales says:

    My dog is a 3 yr old German Shepherd husky chow. He’s not friendly with other dogs or people. I was thinking about dog training for boarding but I find it scary because he has never been anywhere else but with me. He know some commands but just aggressive.


  6. shannon meehan says:

    What do you mean that most aggression can not be fixed?If I have a fear aggressive dog does that mean we have no chance of getting him better? Thank you


    Minette Reply:

    Controlled, yes. But you won’t purely fix aggression.


  7. Jessica Oliver says:

    I have a jack russel mix. He’s a rescue dog and he wasn’t socialized. We got him when he was 5 months old. We’ve tried introducing him to other people/dogs and it takes a very long time for him to get any type of comfort ability. He’s a year old now and we decided to send him to a board/train facility for one week. They did use a pinch collar, which I wasn’t to thrilled about. But now that my dog is home, he just doesn’t seem like my dog anymore. He seems to be afraid of just about everything. He has no interest in playing with toys. He spends 85% of his time in his crate. He’s gotten a tinge of kennel cough. I’m just not sure what the heck happened. Any input?


  8. Debbie says:

    My daughter has a Rottweiler that has become aggressive after having surgery to remove a needle from her abdomen. She has even gotten aggressive with her daughter whom this dog loves. Can this aggression be reversed with training, she has been told no, that the dog will probably need to be put down. She is heartbroken she loves this dog so much.


  9. Steven Leak says:

    Are those 2 week board and train of off leash k9 which sometimes work into 5 weeks worth the trouble?


    Minette Reply:

    Why train the dog to listen to someone else? The dog should be learning with you


  10. Savannah Brickner says:

    I have 2 pups under 6mths old and have to be gone for nearly 2wks and thought if i took them somewhere where they would not only be staying but also do some basic lessons and house breaking would be better then just a boarder? Figured the training would keep them from getting board and sitting in their kennels?


    Minette Reply:

    Many trainers who do boarding and training use barbaric methods. If I decided to go that route, which I personally never would, I would find someone that trains live in camera so you can watch their interaction and the dogs in boarding.

    I personally prefer a pet sitter for people who go on vacation it is much less stressful for everyone.


  11. Lindsey says:

    I have done board and train twice already and with a very experienced and renowned trainer. The transition from trainer to handler was very positive and after the first time I maintained the schedule, commands and kept up with the training daily. I believe board and trains are effective but handler has to be trained as well to maintain the effectiveness of training. I chose this route bc both dogs i have are highdrive


  12. Kathleen Schultz says:

    I have had two professional trainers come to the house and consulted an outside trainer to help me to get my dog (5 1/2 month old German Shepherd) to stop chasing my cats. I’m worried she might hurt them plus running in the House isn’t acceptable. I have tried prong collar and shock collar—she still chases. Everyone in the house is getting frustrated. Any suggestions other than to get rid of the cats?


    Minette Reply:

    keep the dog on leash and teach her manners with the cat


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