Positive behavior shaping methods and personalized boarding care services.
Going on vacation? Give your four-legged family member a vacation, too! While you take a break from your everyday hum-drum, your pet is having the time of his life! Dogs attending Vacation Doggie School are reinforced for basic obedience one to three short periods a day (depending on the package), allowed lots of socialization and play time with people and other dogs, and stay in a home environment. Dogs are not kenneled (unless undergoing specific reinforcement that requires kenneling) and are allowed the freedom to interact with other dogs 24 hours a day. Your dog will get to play all day, stay current on their skills, and best of all, be treated as if they were at home!
Vacation Doggie School is a boarding service tailored to the needs of loving and considerate dog owners. Your dog stays in a home with a trainer. Space is VERY limited due to the nature of the program. Reservations are required and a detailed medical history may be requested. Vaccinations are a must and proof is mandatory. Pick-up and drop-off services are available for clients - certain conditions and fees apply.
Advantages of VDS
Personal contact in the home of a dog trainer
Your dog does not "forget" basic obedience, housebreaking or manners
Your dog sleeps on his or her own bed or blanket
Items needed for VDS
Food and food bowl
A familiar toy or blanket; something that "smells like home."
Leash and collar for walks if requested (extra fees apply)
Snacks and treats
Our program is exclusive and limited, with certain requirements that must be met by both dog and owner. These requirements include:
Full disclosure of your dog's health, training level and personality - not disclosing information to the trainer may result in increased boarding costs.
A current copy of all shots records, including Bordatella (Kennel Cough).
Your dog must be spayed or neutered if over 6 months old (certain exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.)
Drop off and pick up times are booked with each individual trainer and are usually scheduled from 7 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays. Our trainers generally do not meet with clients on Sunday (although dogs are trained and exercised every day of the week), after 8:00 PM on weeknights and after 2:00 PM on Saturdays. Drop off or pick up scheduled outside of these times incur additional fees or may not be available depending on the trainer.
Current Rates (rates are subject to change without notice)
Option #1 - overnight boarding and play time only - $30per night per dog.
Option #2 - overnight boarding, one individual reinforcement session of 15 to 30 minutes per day covering the commands SIT, DOWN, STAY, HEEL and COME, and play time - $35per night per dog.
Option #3 - overnight boarding, two individual reinforcement sessions of 15 to 30 minutes per day covering the commands SIT, DOWN, STAY, HEEL and COME, and play time - $40 per night per dog.
Option #4 - overnight boarding, three individual reinforcement sessions of 15 to 30 minutes per day covering the commands SIT, DOWN, STAY, HEEL and COME, and play time - $45per night per dog.
Grooming - a bath may be added to any of the above for $15 per dog. Nail trims and special grooming requests may be accommodated for an additional fee.
All of the above options (except option #1) come with unlimited reinforcement (not training) of current house breaking and house rules. It is recommended that clients choose one of our board and train programs for the maximum training benefit to you and your dog or consider attending a group class. NO BEHAVIOR CAN BE RESHAPED IN ONE DAY!! It is also recommended that clients consider scheduling a follow up in-home training session to maintain the positive relationship created during your dog's stay in our program.
During peak times of the year (holidays, spring, summer and fall break) clients may be asked to provide a deposit to hold a space in our program. This deposit is $50 and is non-refundable.
Advanced Canine Concepts, LLC founded in 1996 to fill a need for humane dog training methods