Certain criteria both dog and owner must meet before the dog can become a Board & Train student.
• The dog must be no younger than five (5) months of age. There is no maximum age.
Exception: Giant breeds & aggressive puppies can be enrolled as young as four (4) months of age.
• The dog should NOT weigh more than sixty five (65) pounds. **Dogs weighing over 65 pounds will incur additional training fee (see payment on page 3.)** • No dog will be enrolled that is extremely aggressive or hyperactive.
• The owner must be willing to part with the dog for several weeks.
Group classes offered through JCM’s are extremely effective. The Board and Train Program will not short cut the amount of work you will need to put into your dog. However, your dog will be fully trained upon his return.
The Board and Train Program consists of the dog staying at the instructor’s facility for a period of, either **four to six (4 - 6) weeks, (on leash only training), or **twelve (12) weeks, (complete off leash training - no leash & no collar).
There he/she will acquire house manners, stay in our indoor / outdoor runs, and in our Luxury Suites. He/she will be trained under the format of the brochure/website. Before the end of the program, the dog will attend several group classes. While in the group setting the dog will be worked by either myself, one of the advanced students, or both. Once this portion of the training has been completed, the dog will be returned to the owner and the first follow up session will start.
**Follow ups are a series of one on one private lessons designed to teach the owner what the dog has already learned, and how to achieve the same results. The first 2 weeks are crucial in transferring the training and information.
The first session consists of a demonstration of all of the exercises the dog has mastered. The owner will then be shown how to start working with the dog. During this period, a great deal of time and effort is needed to learn and maintain the proper level of obedience expected from your dog.
It is the owners responsibility to schedule additional follow up sessions. Initial sessions are generally scheduled every few days. Then every few weeks, or as needed.
**Follow ups: private lessons and group classes, are included for the life of the dog at no additional charge. To keep your dog in top working form, it is important that you work the dog everyday for several weeks. Then about 3 to 4 times a week to maintain training. NOTE:Our in-home follow ups (at the owner's home) must not be more than 45 minutes travel time from our facility in Covington. We cannot provide any in-home visits if your home is located outside of our maximum allowed travel time. All follow ups would have to be arranged to either, meet at our facility, group class, or a location within this travel time.
To enroll your dog in the Board and Train Program you must:
* Complete and sign our boarding contract, and indicate Board &Train in the appropriate box.
* Complete and sign this Board & Train application / contract.
* Provide a copy of the dogs shot record for our files. Required vaccinations: DH(A²)LPP, DISTEMPER - HEPATITIS - ADENOVIRUS (Type 2) - LEPTOSPIROSIS - PARVOVIRUS - PARAINFLUENZA
Bordatella (kennel cough)
Rabies (NO TAGS). *Dogs must also have a current, (within 2 weeks) negative fecal. **This can be waved depending on the type of heartworm medication the dog is on. * Provide a 1 or 3 month supply of heartworm & flea medication, (depending on program).
Your dog is guaranteed to perform the following commands upon his/her return:
Heel(the dog walks and turns with his neck even with the owners left leg on a loose leash. When the owner stops, the dog sits automatically). Sit stay (the dog stays in a sitting position while the owner walks away, even out of sight. The dog stays until the owner returns and gives the release). Down Stay (the dog stays in the down position while the owner walks away. He stays until the owner returns and gives the release). Drop in Motion(this off leash emergency down is used if the dog is running off, or needs to stop immediately. The dog is taught to stop, drop, and then come back). Stand for Exam (the dog stays in a standing position until the owner gives the release). Figure 8(teaches the dog to focus, change pace and direction, and ignore distractions). Recall(the dog comes when called, then sits in front of the owner, every time). Finish(the dog returns to heel position). Heelfrom a standstill (on command. the dog positions himself at the owners left side without the owner moving). Move it in(as the owner steps to the side, the dog adjusts himself to the owners body position). Heel in reverse(as the owner walks backwards, the dog walks backwards as well. staying in heel position).
In home behavior problems, such as jumping, chewing, digging, play biting, housebreaking, charging the door, running out the door, running in the street, not coming when called, etc. are worked on but not guaranteed upon the return of the dog. The owner is taught the correct way to cure any unwanted behaviors within the 2 week follow-up period.
**Since dogs take their cues from their immediate environment, and from the people around them, unwanted behaviors have to be addresses as they occur in real time. Therefore, the only way these, and other behavior problems can be cured, is to show the owner the correct way to address the issues in the dogs comfort zone, which is his home environment.
A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold and guarantee an opening.
Payment: Payment in full is required BEFORE the dog will be taken in for training. There is no discount for 2 dogs from the same household.
**(Dogs weighing 71 pounds and over will incur an additional fee of $100.00 per each additional pound)**
***Dogs with a disability, (deaf, blind, etc.) Prices vary. Call for details***
THE DOLLAR AMOUNT MUST BE PRE-PAID IN FULL. Form of payment taken: We accept Visa, Master Charge, and Discover credit cards, Money Orders, & Cash. We DO NOT accept checks on our Board & Train service. If the owner cannot be reached upon completion of the program, it will be assumed that the dog has been abandoned. The dog will be sold or impounded 10 days after the first attempt of certified written notification. If the owner is not able to take the dog on the scheduled return date, i.e. out of town, illness, yard repair, etc... the normal boarding fee will apply from that date until the dog is returned. Normal boarding fees are determined by the dog's weight.
Guarantee: The dog will undergo an evaluation period of 5 to 7 days. If, at any time within that period the dog is deemed either un-trainable, or not a Board and Train candidate, there will be a full refund minus a training / evaluation fee of $38.00 per day.
Policies: *No more than 2 dogs will be trained at any one time.
*The owner must be sure that he can part with his/her dog for as long as, in some cases, up to 3 months. In return for the wait, you will get a well trained, well mannered pet.
*It is recommended that the owner not visit the dog for the duration of the program, since this can cause emotional upset and distress for the dog. This will only prolong the program.
*If the owner wishes the dog returned before the program is completed, the dog will be promptly returned with no follow up, no guarantee, and no refund.
Additional charges: Medication: Flea and tick medicine must be provided. If an adequate amount is not provided at the time of drop off, JCM’s will provide Frontline Plus or Comfortus. We will then be reimbursed when the dog is returned. The cost of the product will be determined by the weight of the dog.
Grooming: The dog will receive a bath, at no charge, before being returned at the end of the program. Dogs with long, thick or high maintenance coats will have to sport a utility clip or puppy clip prior to training. If the dog is of a type that requires professional grooming, the owner will be responsible for these charges. Credit card info would need to be on file.
Food: We ask that you bring a bag of your dog's food at time of drop off. Since it is important to keep your pet on his current diet to avoid digestive upset we will continue to provide the same food at no additional charge throughout the remainder of the program.
We often get asked, why does our Board & Train program take so long.
Most training facilities offer a 10 day program. However, a short time period doesn't take into account several factors.
Initially dogs quickly learn what is being asked. After about 2 weeks, they act as if they've never heard the commands before. This is called a "plateau," and is a normal part of learning.
When Obedience training begins, information is stored in the dog's "short term" memory. As training continues, that information gets processed into "long term" memory. It is during this transition period, or "grey" phase that the dog becomes confused and no longer understands the correlation between the command and the action, ie. he will down when asked to sit, doesn't respond at all, etc.
The owner assumes the dog knows the command, but is just being stubborn. In reality, by making mistakes, the dog is sorting out, and fine tuning the exact meaning of each command.
Since dogs commonly experience 2 to 3 "plateaus" during training, a longer program ensures that each command and action is clearly understood.
Additionally, we specialize is "off leash." This means the dog performs the commands with No leash AND No collar....and that takes TIME.
General Service Dog Training
General Service Dog or Emotional Support Dog: ••For dogs intended to be used for assistance with access to all public places••
This is for owners who wish to use their personal dog as a Licensed Working Service Dog. If this service is chosen, it is taught in conjunction with our Board & Train program. Dogs who undergo this specialized training are allowed access to all public places. On average, General Service Dog training takes 4-6 months.