Dog boot camps at our Montgomery and Frederick County Maryland location has become our most popular program due to the change in today’s economy with people spending more time away from their home then ever before trying to make the same amount of money and keep their jobs and also with many pet owners have trying to train their own dogs, life ends up getting in the way. Kids have somewhere to go, dinner needs to be made or picked up, go to classes or some other circumstance presents itself, which puts training on the back burner. You say to yourself, “well I’ll just spend some extra time tomorrow,” which rarely seems to happen even with the best intentions.
Dog boot camps have been a viable choice for busy families, going on vacations, those having a baby, etc. Dog boot camping programs, with the proper follow up support, are far more effective because it gets the dog out of its normal family life where the dog can get confused with the variety of people trying to communicate with him or her. It allows a trainer to work with the dog clearly for a extended period of time (usually 1-4 weeks) resulting in a dog who has a better understanding of commands and what is being asked of him or her. This takes the pressure out of having to spend the appropriate amount of time each day teaching the dog new commands and behaviors. By the time you return and pick up your dog, it has an understanding of all the commands and behaviors, which the owner will then continue and maintain.
The follow up after a dog boot camp is a very important part of the process. After the completion of a dog boot camp there is normally a follow up where the trainer will sit down with you and explains how your dog’s training went. You are given a demonstration to show you, your “new” dog. This is followed by a session with you the owner, to train you how to handle the dog, and enforce and maintain what he or she has learned. The most important aspect to consider when choosing a good dog boot camping facility is the follow up process. Otherwise, the training may be worthless if you are not given the appropriate level of support and guidance.
Look for a facility that guarantees specific results with the dog, and gives the owner unlimited follow up support for the rest of the dog’s life with either private or group lessons. In choosing the best place for your dog, it is important to look for a facility with multiple trainers so the dog can learn to listen to more than just one person. Generally, there is a greater range of services offered by a company staffed by multiple trainers. Most importantly ask for a demonstration of one of their dogs to get an idea of the quality of training that you can expect to receive.