At Silverbrook Kennels, we know that you want your dog to be an upstanding citizen while guests are over, or while out on walks in the neighborhood. That’s why we offer a three-week board and train program for obedience. To help your dog feel comfortable while they learn, we have created a home-like setting at our Fredericksburg, Virginia farm and give our training dogs individualized care all day. We love to train every kind of breed and enjoy seeing their achievements and success throughout training. Our next obedience training classes begin Jan 27 and Feb 24, 2024!
What To Expect From Our Dog Training Course
During basic obedience training, your dog will master commands including heel, sit, come, leave it, and down. After completing our course, your dog will heel on and off the leash, recall on command, and understand basic discipline. You won’t have to worry about them jumping on guests or uncontrollable barking.
Obedience skills are taught strategically, so that even with distractions like other dogs, squirrels, and people, your pet will still listen to commands. All our training is done one-on-one with your dog, so we can individualize commands and address any training needs specific to your dog and family.
Our Process for Dog Obedience Training
Before the training program begins, our staff will work with you to complete a questionnaire that will help us further understand your goals for your dog, while also gaining insight on any current behavioral issues you are observing at home. We will also conduct a brief initial evaluation of your dog to better track their progress throughout training.
At the end of the second week, we will arrange a consultation visit with you. During the consultation, we will discuss your dog’s progress and begin providing after-training instructions. Guidance on proper dog handling and management is key to strengthening the obedience foundation that our training establishes with your pet. Don’t worry, we will also set aside some time for cuddling and TLC. We know you miss them, so we’ll give them as much love as we can on your behalf.
Dog Training Homework for Owners
Owner involvement is such an important part of obedience training. After all, three weeks spent with us can do wonders for your dog, but all our work won’t get you and your dog very far if they’re not regularly being refreshed on what they’ve learned at Silverbrook Kennels. Fortunately, we have you covered.
We will spend more time with you at the end of the three-week program to help you practice good handling skills and establish positive dog/handler relations. Essentially, we teach owners how to talk to their dogs so you can create your own personal dialect with your pet and understand how best to manage them at home. Everyone’s situation is unique, so you’ll learn to eventually develop a system that specifically works for you and your dog.
When you pick up your dog, we’ll review our management plan and give you time to practice handling your dog. Then, it will be our turn to say goodbye—because now we will miss them!
Why Choose Us for Dog Obedience Training?
Silverbrook Kennels’ training program offers a variety of benefits for you and your dog:
- All lessons are one-on-one with the trainer and your dog.
- Communication during the training process gives you comfort and confidence.
- Small classes and supportive environment encourage continual learning.
- Dogs that complete our training receive priority booking for boarding and daycare!
How Much Does Dog Training Cost?
The fee for our three-week program is $2,500. This includes the cost of the training collar we recommend and will help you learn how to use. Payment for half of the training fee is required upfront when you schedule your dog for training. The balance is payable when your dog completes the training program. We prefer payments made in cash or check; however, we also accept major credit cards.
Which Vaccinations Are Required?
To ensure the safety of all our canine guests and our incredible staff, we require that your dog’s shot records are up to date before staying with us. Please note we do not accept self administered vaccines. Vaccinations must be administered by a veterinarian, animal clinic or hospital.
Silverbrook Kennels requires all dogs in our training program to be up to date with the following vaccinations:
- Bordetella (administered at least 14 days before staying with us)
- Canine Influenza (H3N8/H3N2)
While the aforementioned vaccinations are mandatory to enroll in our dog obedience training program, Silverbrook Kennels does not require your dog to be spayed or neutered.
Get Started Today
Since 1979, Silverbrook Kennels has upheld a sterling reputation in NOVA for our comprehensive dog training service. Could you and your dog benefit from our three-week program? To sign up for dog obedience training at our Fredericksburg, VA facility, please fill out our form below.