Why is Your Board and Train Program Longer?

Why is Your Board and Train Program Longer?

FAQ: Why is Your Board and Train Program Longer?

The length of our board and train program surprises people. Our board and train program is six to eight weeks long, while many other dog training programs are only two to three weeks long. You may wonder why.

Short dog training programs are better for the pocketbook of the trainer, and as such most dog trainers are primarily concerned about how fast they can make behaviors happen. Faster is better, right? Well, maybe not. Of course, faster is better when your car is in the shop, and you need it back. But your dog is an individual, and making it feel good about the training, enjoying the lessons, and building a great working relationship first with us, and during the transition sessions with you, is far more valuable than speed.

Our Board and Train Program is Different

Our focus is on the experience of your dog during training and after. Ask yourself, which dog will be more reliable? A dog that learned to perform obedience commands quickly through treats and e-collars or a dog who enjoys doing things with you and enjoys your company? Obviously, it’s the latter.

We first spend time building a great relationship with your dog and become friends. Next, we develop a biologically fulfilling reward event (the game) and show your dog how much fun we can have together. We accomplish this through play-based training. We harness your dog’s genetic drives when developing the reward game. This is what sets our board and train program apart.

Through the reward game, we teach cooperation, rules, and consequences for violating those rules, all as part of a fun game. This is the same principle as when we send our kids to play sports or train in martial arts. Essential concepts are best learned in a fun learning environment. The lessons stick better.

Lastly, we use the game as a reward to teach any obedience we may work on or as a reward for stopping to engage in any unwanted behaviors we need to address. This applies to all our board and train programs: obedience, building confidence, and resolving dog aggression.


All of this takes a bit longer than two weeks. But you and your dog will have a great time learning, and our results speak for themselves. We encourage you to read our reviews and watch our training videos.

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.

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.

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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Finally, once you're ready to move forward, please use our dog training contact form to schedule a free phone consultation or book a paid, in-person consultation.

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