Our unique Board and Train program provides all the benefits of typical in-kennel professional training, without having to be separated from your dog for long periods of time. Our unique approach to behavioral wellness focuses on helping your dog achieve balance through instinctual fulfillment and enrichment as well as traditional training and behavior modification techniques.
For a period of 3 to 6 weeks, your pup will stay at our training center, Monday through Friday, and will receive customized, hands-on instruction by our expert staff. At the end of each week, you will pick your dog up and receive a short training lesson (approximately one hour) to provide you with exercises you can practice with your dog at home over the weekend.
This hybrid approach has many benefits over a traditional long-term Board and Train program. Most importantly, by receiving weekly instruction and practice, you will be sure that your dog will listen and behave for you at the end of the program. Having you spend the weekends with your dog at home also allows us to receive feedback from you regarding both areas of success and areas that need more attention, thereby helping us to continuously customize your dog’s training. By the end of the program, you will have a firm grasp of the skills and effort needed to ensure long-term success for you and your pup.
For those seeking obedience training, we will focus on the core commands of Sit, Down, Come, Heel, and Place (go to bed). All commands will be performed by your dog both on and off-leash. For those seeking behavior modification, we will focus only on specific commands that will impact the target behavior problem, spending greater time addressing the underlying causes of the problem behavior. All programs focus heavily on physical exercise and mental enrichment as the cornerstone for emotional and behavioral wellness.
Benefits Of Board & Train
Faster Results Your dog learns directly from a professional and receives several hours of hands-on training each day.
Immersive Learning The dogs are spending the entire day in a controlled environment where every decision is guided and reinforced. Many dogs find this type of environment to be therapeutic.
Less Stress On You Let us work through the challenging early stages of training and the tedious repetition that you may not have time for.
Enhanced Customization The amount of time we spend with your dog in the Board and Train program allows us to get to know him or her on a much deeper level. This way we can develop specific strategies and exercises directly targeted toward each individual. This is especially valuable in behavioral cases.
3-4 Week Board and Train: $2950 – $3795 Plus Tax
In this popular program, we will be able to work your dog through basic obedience and, with the appropriate equipment, off-leash training as well. This program is well suited for dogs with mild behavioral problems or for busy families who want their dream dog, ensuring that you have a dog who can go anywhere with you and be integrated into your life. Contact Us for more info
5-6 Week Board and Train: $4595 – $5495 Plus Tax
This program is the same as above and is appropriate for more serious behavior issues, severe aggression cases, or busy families who want their dream dog. Dogs will be fully trained around high levels of distraction. Full off-leash training is included with appropriate equipment. Contact Us for more info
*We do not offer one or two week Board and Trains for clients that we have not already worked with. We are very proud of the quality of our work and dogs require 3 weeks or more to grasp many of the training concepts.
**Board and Trains book in advance (currently 2-3 months) and require a $500 deposit at time of booking. All Board and Train prices include a short private lesson (approximately one hour) with you at the end of each week and an addition one hour follow-up lesson to be completed within one year of the end of the program.
***Prices do not include training equipment. Basic training collars range from $25-$50. For off-leash training and certain behavioral problems, low level remote training collars are recommended. We only use professional-grade, top of the line collars which range in price from $240-$290.
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able at this time to accept clients from states that have travel advisories or from Canada due to border crossing restrictions. **
If you are interested in booking a Board and Train with us and do not live in the Buffalo area, we are happy to accommodate you. In order to make sure you get the most out of the training, you must be able and willing to travel to our facility in Buffalo, NY for a weekend lesson midway through your program and also at the end. We strive to have the best possible results when training your dog and ensuring consistency at home, as well as in the facility, is key.
If you are able to accommodate the lessons, you are also responsible for scheduling boarding for your dog over the weekend at a local kennel. (K9 Connection does not provide weekend boarding at this time.) We HIGHLY recommend utilizing Amherst Boarding Kennel as they will remain consistent with K9 Connection’s training standards. You can contact Amherst Boarding Kennel via phone at 716-636-6172 or visit their website at https://www.amherstboardingkennel.com.
We can arrange transport from our facility to Amherst Boarding Kennel . The transportation fee roundtrip per weekend is $84.