Dog Training & Boot Camp Programs in Boston MA
Whether within the Essex area or not, most dog trainers set up a training schedule that works for them, then ask clients to adjust their schedules to fit within it. Beyond the Leash dog training is different. We work together with you to set up dog training at a frequency and intensity that works for your needs, to get results as quickly or as slow-and-steady as you desire, based on the amount of time you have to spend working with your four-legged friend.
Since all our pet dog training options involve individual lessons—which include Scott, your dog, and (possibly) you—whichever dog training framework you choose, you’ll be making the swiftest progress possible, and your pet will be learning behaviors that are transferrable regardless of whom they are with or the setting they are in.
North Shore Dog Training: Three Customizable Options
During your initial Solutions Session, Scott will discuss with you which of our three general dog training programs best fits your needs. You’ll then work out a personalized plan to reach your goal(s) and/or resolve your dog’s issue(s)—via positive methods, for results that last the life of your dog!
Our three general dog training programs are as follows:
1. Basic Obedience
Basic Obedience—our most popular program for training a dog—involves a series of individual dog training sessions, which take place at our facility and at your home and include Scott, your dog, and you (as well as any other caretakers who wish to take part in the training). In these hands-on and highly focused sessions, Scott works with your dog to achieve basic obedience, but more importantly, he teaches you how to ensure the behaviors stick once he’s not around.
With most of the dog training done on-leash, Scott teaches you how to work with your dog. Only positive methods are used (you will never spank or yell at your pet), correction is done sparingly and with kindness, intimidation is absolutely avoided, and copious amounts of praise and love are used to reinforce desired behavior. You choose the frequency and duration of Basic Obedience dog training sessions, based on your schedule, goals, and Scott’s professional recommendations.
To take part in Basic Obedience dog training, your dog must meet the following criteria:
• Be at least four months of age
2. Doggy Boot Camp
Doggy Boot Camp is an intensive, professional dog training and boarding program—followed by a series of handler sessions—that is the perfect option for people who have little time to devote to training a dog or those who are going on vacation and want their dog trained when they return (in other words, the ultimate dog boarding experience!) With Doggy Boot Camp, Scott takes your furry family member into his home for an intensive complete dog behavior overhaul.
While your dog is boarded at Scott’s home, he or she is trained two to three times daily: in the home, outside, near shopping centers, and around other dogs, squirrels, people, cars, etc. In other words, we introduce your dog to as many different circumstances as possible; between dog training sessions, your pet will have playtime, snacks, walks, and oodles of affection.
At the end of the dog training and boarding period, Scott will give you the first handler lesson when he drops off your dog. At this time, you will schedule a series of handler sessions (again, of a duration and frequency that suits your needs), during which Scott will come to your house and teach you how to work with your dog. Beyond the Leash dog training insists on these follow-up sessions to make the pet training long lasting and effective—as we always say, dog training is less about teaching your dog and more about teaching you how to handle him.
To take part in Doggy Boot Camp, your dog must meet the following criteria:
• Bordetella (kennel cough)
• Monthly flea preventative
• Monthly tick preventative
3. In-Home Intensive
The In-Home Intensive dog training was developed for busy North Shore professionals and owners who want accelerated learning, yet to have their little (or big!) buddy home with them at night.
With you and your dog remaining in the comfort of your own home or yard, Scott comes to your house and helps you to train your dog in your own environment. Scott teaches you the best way to handle your canine companion, how to reinforce and maintain the dog training, and most importantly, how to extend the dog obedience training you're working on during these sessions to the real world. As with the other programs, our In-Home Intensive dog training is customizable to fit your needs and schedule: You decide together the frequency and duration that best meet your goals.
To take part in In-Home Intensive dog training, your dog must meet the following criteria:
• Be up to date on rabies vaccines
4. Daycare and Overnight Boarding
Obedience Outcomes: What Can You Expect from Our Dog Training Programs?
At Beyond the Leash dog training, our motto is, “We get results!” Because of our expertise in a wide range of positive pet dog training techniques, we are known for our success with large, difficult-to-train, and/or hard-to-handle dogs. As an award-winning competitive obedience trainer, training director Scott Williams understands the importance of a tangible behavioral outcome.
That being said, dogs are living beings. And every pet has a different degree of learning capability. Furthermore, how fast and fully the dog training progresses has a lot to do with how much time you can put into working with your buddy to solidify the new behaviors.
Because of this, any trainer who “guarantees” a certain result is not only lying, they are violating their profession’s code of ethics. According to the guidelines of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), professional dog trainers should, “Refrain from giving guarantees regarding the outcome of training, because there is no sure way to guarantee the cooperation and performance of all parties involved...”
At Beyond the Leash professional dog training, our pledge to you is that upon completion of your personalized program, your dog will possess a basic foundation for good behavior as well as a dramatic improvement with regard to his or her primary obedience issue(s).