Local Pack Board & Train- Frequently

Asked Questions

Q: Who will be working with my dog?

A: Will, our head dog trainer is in charge of working with all of our Board and Train clients. All of our trainers have been personally trained by Will who is the owner and head trainer. 

Q: Will I get to see my dog during the Board and Train?

A: The fast answer is no. We only allow owners to come for a training halfway through their dog's board and train if they have signed up for a 2 week or more board and train program. The owner’s presence can be counter-productive. It slows the progress of the program and can actually move the process backward.

Q: Will my dog miss me during his training?

A: The Short answer is, no. Your dog will not have time to miss you.


Q: I can’t afford your programs, but I’m in a bad situation with my dog – what can I do?

A: For some clients we can break up the payments into smaller increments and arrange payment plans. If these options don’t work for you, we have free training videos coming soon to our website, and training advice on our Facebook Page, Youtube Channel, Instagram, and Blog.

Q: What separates The Local Pack Dog Training from other programs?

A: Our board and train program is highly valuable to all of our clients because it essentially delivers success with your dog for life. We become a partnership after you become one of our clients. When you understand that dog training is a lifestyle and a long journey then you realize that you might need help in the future after your dog has started their journey in our board and train program. That is exactly what we are here for. 


Q: What tools do you use?

A: We use various different types of tools. We use food, prong collars, remote collars, leashes, other dogs, locations, and different environments to help train the dog. 


Q: Why do you use prong collars?

A:  Yes, prong collars look harmful and dangerous but when used correctly by a trained professional they are actually safer than most collars. They provide even pressure around the dogs neck which can lead to a very fast and efficient communication with a dog using the slightest of pressure. We use prong collars because we find them to be one of the best tools for gently communicating and connecting with the dog. Even though they’re often portrayed as dangerous or harsh tools, they’re far from that. Don’t let the appearance or the uninformed opinions of others mislead you. Prong collars are actually one of the safest and most gentle ways to effectively communicate with the dog both during training and after.

Q: What does a daily routine at The Local Pack Board and Train look like?

A:  All dogs sleep inside Will's home, in a controlled environment, in their crates. We take in multiple board and train clients at the same time but train each client's dog separately, which allows us to give every dog the personal attention they need, as well as maintaining a calm, relaxed, and quiet environment. First thing in the morning, all dogs go for a long structured walk. After that dogs will have some downtime in the crate or they'll be practicing their "place" command under supervision. (place means, wait here until I say you can move.) From there we start the training day, with each dog receiving 3 to 4 hours of training spread throughout the day. While this might not sound like an enormous amount of time, it’s more than enough for dogs to make significant, consistent progress without overwhelming them or burning them out. We don’t allow free roaming or interactions with other client dogs. Only our personal, 100% safe personal dogs will be involved, so your dog won’t be at any risk for injury. And most importantly, every moment of the day is training – this means crate behavior, structured walks, thresholds, feeding, potty breaks, off leash recalls, off leash heels, and every interaction are all a huge part of the overall training process, and why we’re so successful.

Q: Why do you use E-Collars?

A: Because it’s so neutral, mild, and involves very little mechanical mastery, modern e-collar training allows for the very best communication and transferring of skills from trainer to owner. While many are concerned that the dog is being “shocked” into listening, the truth is, contemporary, high-end e-collars are based on the same technology as TENS machines used for physical therapy in humans. Which means, your dog feels a mild, benign sensation that is not harming to them mentally or physically. Amazingly, most dogs work at levels that most humans often can’t even feel. In addition, the e-collar enables many challenging issues (reactivity on walks, jumping, barking, stealing food) to be resolved quickly and easily. It’s also the ONLY way to safely have your dog off-leash and maintain reliability. The ability to recall your dog back to you, even at great distances, is something unavailable with any other tool.

Q: How do you train with an E-Collar?

A: We’ve created a very unique approach to e-collar training. We first find the dog's working level. This is the level of the E-collar that the dog can actually feel. No it is not harmful. Most dogs working level are so small that humans can't even sense them. Our E-collars go from level 1 to 100, and most dog's working level are under 12. Like any high-quality training, we start by first guiding the dog through the new behavior and slowly build the dog’s understanding through small, incremental steps. We use a system called layering. This means that the dog is first taught something new using their food drive or the prong collar. After a few days we use these methods along with the E-Collar. Eventually, when the behavior is solid and understood, we begin to hold the dog accountable in order to ensure reliability and consistency. Fairness and helping the dog succeed are our highest priorities.

Q: My dog is afraid and anxious – should I use an E-collar on him?

A: You should use an E-collar on every type of dog. That is not even a debate. E-collars are safe, humane, and extremely efficient. Modern e-collar training, combined with our unique approach to it, is the very best solution for seriously fearful dogs. Although counter intuitive, we’ve turned around hundreds of severely fearful/insecure/nervous dogs when all other approaches had failed.

Q: My dog is uncontrollable on the walk – pulling, lunging, barking, growling – can you fix this?

A: Whether you’ve got an unstoppable puller, a super prey-crazed dog, or severe leash reactivity/aggression towards dogs/people/cars/bikes, etc. We’ve created socialized approaches that solve even the most challenging walk issues.

Q: I have tried other trainers before and didn’t get the results I desired – what makes your program and approach different and more effective?

A: Unlike other training approaches that only focus on developing rehearsed behaviors, bribing with treats, or merely managing/bandaid-ing the problem, we have developed a unique approach that fundamentally changes the dog’s state of mind. Once we address the dog’s state of mind, the sky’s the limit for what we can create. By cultivating new habits, teaching the dog to make better choices, training calmness instead of excitability, and employing our unique duration work, we are consistently successful with dogs that others are unable to help.

Q: Do I have any responsibilities when signing my dog up for a board and train program? 

A: Yes, you are what will determine your dog's success in the long run. 


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