How do I get my dog involved in your Day Camp program?
Simply fill out a contact form (located at the bottom of each page on my website) with some details about you and your dog, and what your individual needs and goals are. We will reply by sending you our Day Camp contract, info on our earliest availability for a Consultation, how to proceed with setting up our scheduling app, etc.
Each dog must complete a consultation where we will determine if your dog is a good fit for our day camp program, and if we will require training sessions prior to joining our day camp pack.
How do I get my dog involved with your training program?
Simply fill out a contact form (located at the bottom of every page on my website) with some details about you and your dog, and what your individual needs and goals are. We will reply by sending you our Training contract, info on our earliest availability for a Consultation, how to proceed with setting up and using our scheduling app, etc.
What are the qualifications for any dog wanting to join our Day Camp pack?
Your dog must be spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations including bordetella, rabies, and leptospirosis, be current on flea and tick medication, be friendly with other dogs of all breeds and sizes, and be friendly with humans. Each dog must complete a consultation and where we go over the necessary training that we use to communicate with your dog at day camp such as: place, kennel, loose leash walking, recall, leave it, and impulse control at thresholds. If your dog is not already proficient in the above behaviors, we will require training sessions to perfect these behaviors before your dog is considered to join our pack.
Is there a waitlist?
Yes, currently we are booking out 2-6 weeks for day camp, due to the slow and calculated nature of how we integrate dogs into the pack. You can also expect about the same wait time for a consultation for a training session. We get to people in the order of which we are contacted, and how quickly our clients are able to complete our contracts and set up our scheduling app.
Where are you located/What is your service area?
We are located in Arroyo Grande, CA.
Our service area is the 5 cities and San Luis Obispo. If you live outside of our service area, we invite you to travel to us for Day Camp, and Private Training Sessions.
Are there any scheduling requirements or commitments?
Yes, each pack member that joins our day camp must commit to joining one day a week AT MINIMUM. If you cannot commit to this frequency, we are not the right fit for you and your dog.
Each client must download our scheduling app and save a credit card on file in order to schedule services with us.
For private training sessions, we suggest scheduling every week or every other week depending on the dogs capabilities/owners availability.
What is your cancellation/late policy?
Cancellations must be made within 24 hours of the service or the full amount will be invoiced and charged. Clients who are late to training sessions will receive the remainder of the hour time slot of the training session, NOT a full hour starting a the time of arrival.
Does weather restrict your services?
Yes, if the weather calls for extreme heat, or extreme rain or wind, we may reschedule our services.
What does a typical day at Day Camp look like?
Each dog is picked up in our work van, and transported to our location in the morning between 9am-11am, We then kennel each dog just outside of our social yard until their energy is calm and attentive to our trainers, we then bring each dog into the social yard one by one to ensure each dog is integrating into that days pack successfully and doesnt need any extra attention or guidance, once each dog has had time to go potty, socialize, and interact with our trainers for a while, we leash all the dogs up and take them for a pack hike around our 5 acre property, when we get back from our pack hike we have the whole pack participate in "nappy hour" where they basically do a 30 minute place stay on the beds in the social yard, we then release each dog calmly and allow for more socializing and interacting with our trainers until it is time to be loaded up in our van and dropped off at home between 3:30pm and 5pm.
What training methods do you use?
We use balanced training methods. This means we both reward behaviors that we like, and punish behaviors that we do not like. We use rewards to encourage behaviors that we like by adding verbal or physical praise, food, release of spatial pressure or leash pressure, freedom, or play. We also use punishment to discourage behaviors that we dont like by adding verbal disagreement, increasing spatial pressure or leash pressure, or taking away freedom, or the option to play. We focus on a calm and state of mind, and building confidence through guidance and support as our pack members or training clients navigate through their environment.
Is our Day Camp a good fit for
No, our Day Camp is designed for dogs who have gone through our training program or who are already balanced members of our community. Our Day camp is not designed to fix your dogs nuisance behaviors or tire them out so that they are easier for you to deal with at home, but rather our goal is enhance and continue the good behavior and training that you have already solidified at home.