Master Dog Program
Master Dog is by far the most effective and quickest way to obtain the training necessary to enjoy your dog.
Training can be one of the most important investments you give to your dog.
It is no secret that a well trained dog is more enjoyable to be around than one that is making the wrong choices. We are more likely to allow our dogs to enjoy the pleasures of partaking in family activities if they are well behaved. How nice would it be to bring your dog with you or have them out for friends and family to enjoy without being jumped all over or worrying about them stealing the steaks off of the grill. A well trained dog is a good example of how enjoyable and beneficial dogs can be as part of our lives. Too many dogs are sent to shelters or dumped off because of lack of training.
Most behavior problems can be resolved with a proper education.
Imagine if our kids had no education about how society works and what will be expected of them as adults. This would be a mess in the making, and all too often it is regularly what happens with dogs in our society. Things they do as puppies that are cute or amusing become extremely inappropriate as adults. How are they to understand how to behave in a human world if we do not show them? It is our responsibility to show them, and believe it or not, they are happy and willing to do the right thing once they are shown how. It is our responsibility as pet owners, to give them the tools necessary to succeed.
What is Master Dog?
Our Master Dog program is hands down the most efficient way to create peace and happiness with your dog.
We start off with a consultation, where we can evaluate the individual needs of you and your dog.
Once the program starts, we will pick up your dog, from your home, 4 days a week. We will have them with us for 4-6 hours, where they will receive several burst training sessions.
Burst training sessions are short sessions that create motivation in your dog.
In between burst sessions, they learn how to settle and relax on cots. This teaches self-control and conditions your dog to relax on command. It also allows them to absorb what they learn during their training sessions.
They will learn a list of vocabulary words. We start by teaching them what each word means. Once they are fluent in their understanding of each word, we take it to the next level of practical training where we practice the new behaviors around heavy distractions that would be similar to the environments where you will need the training once the program has concluded. We will also be working on the specific issues that you are experiencing with your dog.
After your dog has a solid understanding of their new behaviors, we will work with you and your dog as a team (private lessons) so that you have a clear understanding of how to use the training with your dog.
- 4 weeks – four days per week
- Initial in-home session
- Unlimited weekly private lessons for up to six months
- In-home sessions, if needed
- Basic training equipment
*Pick up and drop off included in Boise and Meridian. Alternative arrangements can be made if you live outside of the delivery area.
Like seeing the difference in your dog during training days? Continued education gives your dog continued mental and physical exercise. We have single day and weekly refresher training available. Similar to MDI and MDII, we will have your dog for 4-6 hours per day working on their skills and tiring them out mentally and physically. This is a great option when you just want to relax with your dog in the evening.
Price: Daily – $122
Weekly – $476
*Must complete a minimum of MDI to qualify for Continued Education options
*Private lessons sold separately
MASTER DOG FAQ
What is the difference between Master Dog I and Master Dog II?
During Master Dog I, your dog will learn how to respond to a list of words. While you will still have to learn and practice these words with your dog for them to be reliable with you, Master Dog II takes the training to the next level. We will have an additional 2 weeks to work with your dog and solidify the new words, adding in more distractions and distance. This extra two-weeks helps condition your dog to respond quickly and it makes the transfer process to you easier.
Master Dog I includes two private lessons to ensure your dog is responding to the new words properly. With Master Dog II, you will have the opportunity to do weekly lessons for up to six months.
What would my dog and I get out of the Master Dog program?
We are professional trainers, meaning that we have made a living by training literally thousands of dogs. These are dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds and dogs with various and sometimes extreme behavior issues. This means it is natural for us to evaluate, read and decipher exactly what is necessary to obtain our training goals.
The most confusing and frustrating part of training for handler and dog is the acquisition phase. It is crucial in this early stage of learning to be able to read the dog and guide them in the correct manner so as not to confuse the dog or cause them to become frustrated and quit altogether. It is important to know when they need a little extra guidance and encouragement, or when to push them to reach the next step of training.
Timing and consistency are crucial parts of the acquisition process as well as knowing when to change something if it is not working for that particular dog.
These are all necessary steps in successful training and the process is natural and proficient when done by a professional. If as a handler, you are not able to be fluent or have a clear picture of your goal, how can you teach the dog what you want? Imagine trying to teach someone a language that you are not familiar with yourself.
Once the new behaviors have been acquired, the training will then be transferred to you. This is a much easier and enjoyable process as the dog has already obtained the behaviors you are asking for.
Master Dog makes the training process much easier for you and your dog to learn. This gives your dog a positive attitude towards training and results in a dog that not only likes training, but one that wants to please you.
This is a lifetime worth of skills that will help in making the bond between you and your dog stronger.
Do I need to be home for you to Pick up/Drop off my dog?
No. We will establish a regular schedule for pick up drop off. If you are unable to be home during those times, we just need to gain access to your dog and have a safe spot to put them when we drop them off. We can discuss arrangements during your initial in-home appointment.
At what age should training start?
Training should start as early as possible. Dogs begin learning as soon as they can see, hear and move. It starts with the mother and littermates.
Once you bring your dog home, they are learning what is acceptable and what is not. If they aren’t learning the right behaviors, then they are learning the wrong ones. The more time that goes by, those incorrect learned behaviors are being reinforced every day. The longer learned behaviors are being inadvertently reinforced, the harder it will be to work through those behaviors. Saying that, keep in mind that old dogs can learn new tricks, but it will take more time to get them where you want.
Master Dog can be started as early as 16 weeks, or when they have received their final set of vaccinations.
Will Master Dog help with behavior problems?
There are many steps in working through any behavior problem. In short, step one is to teach specific behaviors/vocabulary such as sit, down and come. These are tools used to work through specific behavior problems. Once your dog has acquired a solid vocabulary, you can use these to replace existing negative behaviors. When you use proper management along with proper training to teach the dog what you want, over time, you can reduce or remove these past behavior problems.
During Master Dog, we work each dog, focusing on their individual needs and temperament, working on the specific behavior issues you are having.
Please contact us for more information on the specific issues you are experiencing.
What should I expect when the program is finished?
When the program has concluded, your dog will have a solid education and you will now have the knowledge to work with your dog.
You and your dog will have a clear plan so it will be easy to transfer the training into your daily lives together.
After a bit of work from you, you can now enjoy the time with your dog as you can now work together with clear communication between both you and your dog.
This has been a worthwhile investment that you can now enjoy for life.