Board and Train or Lessons? How do you decide?

We often are asked, “Is it better for me to do lessons with my dog or the 2-Week Board and Train programmeme?”

Our answer: “it depends.” What is most beneficial based on your life, especially with time and availability? When we do lessons in Chiswick, Hampstead Heath or Rickmansworth, the lessons are an hour private 1-2-1 with the trainer. Lessons are ideally spaced one or two weeks apart. In between lessons, you will practise daily with your dog, to reinforce training. The minimum time we ask clients to practise daily with their dog is 60 minutes, which can be broken up into two or three sessions per day. Lessons are structured by four sessions for the basic package and eight sessions for basic and advanced or dog aggression. Lessons fit your lifestyle, they are a great way to learn alongside your dog and take your dog outside to practise with distractions.

If you are well intentioned, but just do not have the time per day to allocate to training, we recommend our two week Board and Train in London. Your dog lives with the trainer during this time, as we simulate an in-home environment. To see our transformations and success stories, check out our YouTube Videos. We practise and work with your dog in a variety of environments and distractions, such as other dogs, people, noises, etc.

This training is for dogs who are at least five to six months old, potty trained and not aggressive or reactive to other dogs or people. Aggressive or reactive dogs are better suited for our Dog Aggression Package. We send daily updates during training, so you can follow the progress of your dog. At the end of training, there is a turnover which lasts approximately two hours. We show you what your dog has learned and how to give the commands. A common question we are asked, “Will my dog listen to me at the end of training or just to the trainer?” Your dog will listen to you and your family members as we explain how to properly give the commands and maintain the same level of obedience displayed during training. We have you practise the commands in front of us, to make sure you are comfortable and know what to do. The Board and Train comes with a Lifetime Training Warranty, meaning if you ever need a refresher, it’s free for the life of your dog.

In summary, the best training option is whichever programme is best suited for your lifestyle. We always recommend the Board and Train if you are busy (as most people are), but still want to achieve the best results for your dog. If you have the time each day, lessons might be the path to consider. Give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions. 020 3890 3400

2 thoughts on “Board and Train or Lessons? How do you decide?”

  1. Hi I have a 2year old american akita female
    She has very basic training, shes been around other pets & people but she is very strong ,& full of energy, she leaps up 2 greet me or anyone else lol. I would be interested in the board & train package for her. Can u recommend a good package & inform me if the costings please

    • Hi Usman! The Board and Train is excellent and our most popular. Another good package to consider is the Basic and Advanced Obedience programme. Our pricing for all packages can be found by visiting our pricing page. Feel free to contact us at 020 3890 3400. Thank you!


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