What is My Dog’s Routine During Your Board and Train Program?

What is My Dog’s Routine During Your Board and Train Program?

FAQ: What is My Dog’s Routine During Your Board and Train Program?

The day usually starts around 6:00 am, sometimes earlier. First, all dogs get to go out on a potty break, one at a time. After every dog has been out, training begins, usually around 8:00 am, again, one dog at a time.

Sessions may be inside or outside based on what we feel is best for your dog each day and depending on what were are working on. The weather also sometimes dictates where we train each day (e.g., rain or temperature)

The duration of the training sessions vary for each dog. Our sessions are longer than at most other places and last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour per dog. It depends on how long your dog can focus and stay productive. Their physical energy will of course last longer but their mental energy often has limits initially. Once, it looks like the session would no longer be productive, we stop. Sessions tend to be shorter when a dog first starts in the program and get longer as we progress and their mental stamina and focus develops.

After all dogs had their first training session, everybody rests at least for 30 minutes. Next, everyone eats breakfast and rests for an hour in their crate. With young puppies that still go through potty training this is different as they will have to eliminate sooner and more frequently. This usually concludes the morning routine.

After our lunch break everyone gets another potty break and the training routine repeats.

After training and some rest, everyone has another potty break.

Individual dogs, young puppies or dogs with other support needs may have additional training sessions, potty breaks or other adventures as needed.

In the evening, everyone gets to go out for their last potty break around 8:00 pm, which concludes the day.

All dogs stay in our air-conditioned home in a kennel room. Each dog has their own safe kennel, many are Impact Dog Crates, several the anxiety crate version. The dogs are never alone. There are always other dog in the room and usually one of us is home. It is rare that no one is here. If, so it is never for long.

During the hot summer months the routine shifts to avoid the heat. The outside training sessions start at 6:00 am and repeat after 9:00 pm. Everything else shifts around accordingly. Inside training sessions stay on regular schedule.

If you are ready to get help with your own dog(s), please use our dog training contact form to schedule a free phone consultation.


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Services and Area

We are located in Southern California and train dogs nationwide. Happy Dog Training currently offers local dog training services in the following counties. Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, we offer our board-and-train program nationwide and all virtual training services worldwide.

Do you want your new puppy trained right from the start? Are you looking for help for your fearful dog? Do you need to resolve a severe aggression problem? You came to the right place! We are experienced, professional dog trainers. Ralf has trained over 1500 dogs in over 18 years, and Sarah has trained over 1200 dogs in over 11 years. Consequently, we can help you with any dog training goal.

What We Offer

For many of our clients, we train their dogs from puppyhood, getting them off to a great start. However, we also have extensive experience training rescue dogs from all imaginable backgrounds and circumstances. Our Board-and-Train program is our most popular.

We can help you, regardless of your dog's challenges or training goals. Being a professional dog trainer means having experience, knowledge, and skill. Further, we developed a highly effective training program to specifically help fearful dogs gain more confidence and become the best possible version of themselves. Building Confidence is our second most popular training program.

Last but not least, we are experts in dealing with all types of aggression in dogs and are often the trainers of last resort after many other programs have failed. Most of our aggressive dog clients previously spent significant money on half-baked solutions without much improvement. This is different from us. We will give you an honest assessment of what goals are realistic for your dog. We will tell you what can be resolved reliably and what likely needs to be managed before we start.

Our flagship product is our board and train program. But our virtual dog training and coaching services have become quite popular over the last couple of years. Our setup enables us to deliver online dog training services from our indoor and outdoor training areas. This allows us to help clients worldwide.

Other Resources

Also, check out our Free Dog Training tips on Separation Anxiety in Dogs, Potty Training aka Housebreaking, and Leash Handling for expert solutions to common challenges.

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About Ralf and Sarah

Happy Dog Training is the pet dog training business of Ralf Weber and Sarah Gill. We are certified professional dog trainers in Southern California. We are specialized in advanced obedience training, all forms or behavioral challenges and service dog training. For behavioral training, we are known for our work with aggressive and fearful dogs. Our service dogs, through Total K9 Focus, have a nationwide reputation for their reliability, longevity and performance.


Certified Professional Dog Trainer Ralf Weber is lead pet dog trainer of Happy Dog Training. Ralf is a long-time dog owner of German Shepherds. During his career, Ralf has worked with over a 1500 dogs of many different breeds. Moreover, Ralf has a thorough understanding of all aspects of canine training. This includes evolutionary psychology, ethology, and, most importantly, learning science. Ralf is specialized in resolving dog behavior challenges—especially fear and aggression. Apart from this, Ralf trains dogs in basic and advanced obedience, service dog tasks, and GRC Dog Sports. Ralf is further certified in a broad range of other canine training areas. Last but not least, Ralf is the author of the behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before.

Ralf loves helping people have a better relationship with their dogs. He is a certified professional dog trainer in the Training without Conflict™ methodology by Ivan Balabanov (TWC CPDT). Ralf is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and also holds their basic and advanced dog trainer certifications (IACP CDT, CDTA). In addition, Ralf is an AKC-approved evaluator for the AKC Puppy Star, CGC, and Advanced CGC programs and is also certified in canine first aid by the Red Cross.

Sarah Gill, Certified Professional Master Trainer

Sarah Gill, is a professional service dog trainer and handler. Sarah entered the world of professional service dog training after a car accident. As a result, she had to use a wheelchair for almost two years, trying to maneuver in a house not designed for it. No one expected Sarah would walk again. This opened her eyes and became a driving force behind pushing herself to defy the odds. When she regained some stability, Sarah attended a dog training school and learned how to train service dogs. Sarah completed her Master Trainer Certification and gained further experience by training new trainers. However, the school wasn’t accommodating to those with physical difficulties and PTSD. Hence, Sarah moved home to Dallas. In 2019, Sarah teamed up with Ralf and moved to California.

Sarah started this journey because she had a trained dog to mitigate her disabilities. But Sarah needed additional tasking for a new diagnosis. The only option she could find was getting a second dog for the new diagnosis. She knew there had to be a different way to address this. Sarah's passion is changing the ways of the service dog training industry.