DAY TRAINING PROGRAM
Our Day training program is located at our training center located in Hanover, MA. Day training is currently being offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
What is day training?
First off, it is NOT a daycare. While a typical daycare is a great outlet for some dogs to play and get energy out, this program is much more focused on training, structure, and skill building!
Our day training program is designed to develop a strong foundation to build upon with future training. We introduce, practice, and reinforce for appropriate behavior and training cues. Day training includes both a group orientation class AND a private transfer session for the owner.
First, we start with a trial day.
This allows us to make sure the program is a good fit for your dog. We want to make sure your dog is comfortable with the environment, the noise of the other dogs, working with our trainers, resting in a crate or playpen for nap/rest time, and can handle being in a stimulating environment. We do introduce some training skills during their trial day but it is more about helping the dog feel comfortable in a new environment without their person(s). If you’re dog is stressed or anxious at day training/without you, they will not be in a learning state of mind and therefore may not be the best fit for this type of program.
After a successful trial day, you will be invited to continue day training and can choose from a training package such as:
- Beginner Package – 4 sessions – once per week for 4 weeks
- Basic Package – 8 sessions – once per week for 8 weeks or twice per week for 4 weeks
- Pro Package – 12 sessions – once per week for 12 weeks or twice per week for 6 weeks
- Advanced Package – 16 sessions – once per week for 16 weeks or twice per week for 8 weeks
Skills we work on while your dog is at day training:
- Attention exercises – name response, eye contact, hand targets
- Training games for voluntary attention around distractions
- Sit, Down, Stand
- Wait – impulse control exercises
- Off practice
- Leash walking skills
- Go to your place/bed/mat
- Coming when called
- Polite greetings with people
- Body handling
- Crate training /tether training
- Exposure to new stimuli, sounds and surfaces
- Relaxation behaviors and promoting calmness
- Appropriate behavior around other dogs while on leash and during play
- And more. Don’t see what you’d like to work on? Just ask us.
Day Training FAQ's
What are the benefits of day training?
Your dog learns one-on-one from a professional trainer. We work on the age-appropriate skills and help build reinforcement history for important behaviors. We also help practice training cues (both verbal and hand signals) in different environments, inside and outside. This helps build a dog more fluent in training.
How is my dog’s time structured?
You drop your dog off with us in the morning and your dog will spend one-on-one time throughout the day with a professional trainer. If it is appropriate, there will be time to play with other dogs. If not, they will get toy play breaks with humans. The importance of day school is to give your dog a place to come learn and get a structured day, so too much play would be counterproductive. Dogs will get plenty of breaks that will require them to rest calmly in a crate, in a play pen, or on a training tether. This allows them time to process their learning and is very important for growing puppies. At the end of their training, you will pick up a tired dog, and receive a progress report with skills we worked on via email. Day training is NOT a replacement for the work you do at home with your dog but you will notice progress a lot faster, and behavior sticking better!
Is there an “ideal age” or life stage that is best for day training?
We will happily accommodate any age dog, but our programs are ideal for young puppies and adolescent dogs.
At this time cannot accept dogs with aggression towards people or dogs in this basic day training program. Dogs that are selective – or don’t want to play – but coexist just fine are more than welcome.
How many days/week are recommended?
We offer two different programs, but the most common options for day training are once or twice a week.
What are your hours and fees?
Day Training – drop off is between 9:15am-10:15am and pick up is between 2:15pm-3:15pm. Currently offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
4-day training sessions – $589
8-day training sessions – $1109
12-day training sessions – $1599
16-day training sessions – $2029
Packages can be upgraded if done before or at your last scheduled session.
We can also customize your day training package and add on additional private training sessions done either at our training center or in the comfort of your own home for $145/hr.
Each training package includes a complimentary 30-minute mini-private session per 4 sessions of day training. These should be done every 3-4 weeks to help aid in your training progress. This session(s) are for the trainer to go over all the skills they have been working on with your dog during day training, to see you practice with your dog, and to answer any questions you may have. The session(s) are held at the training center.
Training Supplies Included in the above prices – front-connect harness, training clicker, treat apron, a sample of high-value treats, indoor training leash, training PDFs, and a virtual copy of our PAWS training manual.
What if my dog cannot rest comfortably in a crate, etc?
If your dog cannot rest comfortably in a crate, playpen, or on a tether OR if you just prefer your dog not stay for a full day, we do offer a two hour drop off training program as well.
We create a two hour training appointment during our day training hours just for your dog. This offers the same amount of training time for your dog as our full day program. The training is done all in one session rather than being split up into smaller sessions over the course of the day.
4 sessions (2 hours each session) – $539
8 sessions (2 hours each session) – $1059
12 sessions (2 hours each session) – $1539
16 sessions (2 hours each session) – $1999
Packages can be upgraded if done before or at your last scheduled session.
What does my dog need in order to start the program?
We require the following for every dog starting day training:
- An exam with your veterinarian within the last year.
- At least one vaccination for distemper and parvo virus a minimum of 7 days prior to starting.
- Kennel cough/Bordetella vaccination a minimum of 7 days prior to starting.
- Results of a fecal test from your veterinarian’s office within the last 6 months.
- Proof of rabies can be submitted once completed. Note: it is normal for puppies to start school without this vaccination on board. It usually is not given until around 16 weeks of age.
- Staying up to date on their vaccination schedule as recommended by your veterinarian.
Proof must be provided via email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your dog starting school.
Puppies in day training or group classes may not have received all of their vaccinations yet. If you are concerned about this, speak to your veterinarian. Every day that goes by without socializing and training for young pup is a day lost to his or her social future. We follow the guidelines for socialization put out by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior – please view their statement here.
What does my dog need to bring to day training?
ou’ll want to send your dog to training with the following supplies:
- Zip lock bag with their “kibble” (dry dog food), and at least two different types of treats.
- A “mat” such as a blanket, towel, or bath mat for their specific go to place behavior.
- Kong or other stuff-able food toy stuffed with either puppy wet food, peanut butter, or yogurt mixed with kibble.