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06-05-2014 05:32 PM
Gretchen
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Originally Posted by lalachka View Post
Is board and train ever effective?

I think it's always about teaching the person. I'm sure my dog will listen to many trainers and he does, he's beautifully behaved on sessions. But this doesn't help me once they're gone (the sessions are effective, I'm talking about the fact that he listens to them).

So i'd think sending a dog away never makes sense.



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I agree with this too.

When our old trainer did a board and train with a dog, the dog seemed to grow attached to the trainer, and would rather perform commands for the trainer than the owner. It was an embarrassing display - at the end of our regular group class, one of the trainers wanted the board and train dog to do a recall from far across the field to the owner with all of the distractions from the other dogs in class. When the owner called the dog to "come" his dog ran straight to the trainer that was working with him rather than to his owner.
06-05-2014 05:27 PM
Gretchen It doesn't matter if the training is over-priced or not. If your sister is too lazy to take care of the dog and does not reinforce what the trainer has done, the dog will end up the same as it is now over a short period of time.

A group class where your sister will need to interact with the dog and may have peer pressure from the other dog owners would be best. In my area they run $20-$35/class depending on the facility.
06-05-2014 04:59 PM
Heidigsd You received some good advise already and here is just one story about a so-called dog trainer that will make your skin crawl. Whatever you do make sure you check out the place really well, I would never let my dog go to any board & train facility but that's me.

Princeton dog trainer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge, sentenced to 5 years for role in dog's death | NJ.com
06-05-2014 04:58 PM
ken k
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Too bad you can't send your sister to a training facility where they will train her to be a better dog owner.
this,
06-05-2014 04:51 PM
lalachka Is board and train ever effective?

I think it's always about teaching the person. I'm sure my dog will listen to many trainers and he does, he's beautifully behaved on sessions. But this doesn't help me once they're gone (the sessions are effective, I'm talking about the fact that he listens to them).

So i'd think sending a dog away never makes sense.



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06-05-2014 04:19 PM
Liesje Some training is not cheap and worth it, but that's because the trainer is someone who is specialized and has PROVEN results in whatever they are training and also because the handler/owner is dedicated to getting the best with their dog.

Money is not going to substitute for good basic care and being willing to interact with the dog. The owner/handler trains the dog, not a trainer. A trainer helps/trains *people*.
06-05-2014 08:25 AM
Baillif If theyre worth the 2700 theyd teach that too. 2700 for 3.5 weeks sounds like a franchise.
06-05-2014 08:08 AM
Castlemaid Training won't change the fact that the dog is left un-stimulated and bored in the backyard.

Too bad you can't send your sister to a training facility where they will train her to be a better dog owner.
06-05-2014 07:09 AM
Baillif It is on par with the pricing of a lot of other board and train programs out there. A lot can be done in 3.5 weeks with a good trainer and then they turn around and show you how to maintain it.
06-05-2014 07:01 AM
Athena'sMom I have had my dogs in training since day 1. An 8 week class cost about $150, a board and train is the price your sister was quoted. But most trainers will tell you it is 25% training the dog and 75% training the owner. Your sister needs to commit to training with the dog as it builds relationship. Dog ownership is a big responsibility and is quite time consuming but the trade off is a lifelong friend and protector.
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