Today's existence for many dog owners is hectic. Between meeting the demands of careers, shuttling kids to and from school, and finding those rare moments to relax, training the dog often takes a distant third or fourth place over other priorities. At Taming the Wild, our board and train programs relieve you of this burden by training your dog for you.
All of our programs are performed by our professional trainers who are taught and mentored by award-winning trainer Bryan Bailey. Bryan and his staff will provide the input necessary for your dog to learn the behaviors you need and want to suit your busy lifestyle.
To obtain the highest level of reliability under varying distractions, your dog’s training will also be augmented with field trips to parks, shopping centers, and restaurants. Once we have completed your dog’s training, we will perform the critical task of teaching you how to maintain the behaviors your dog learned.
We offer various levels of board and train programs based on your dog's age, previous training, and your needs. Learn more about our board and train offerings below.
We teach a variety of commands in our Board and Train programs. Here is a list of the commands we teach and what each one consists of. Keep in mind that not all of the commands may be taught in each program. See the program descriptions below for the particular commands taught in that program.
Heel is our walking cue. When walking, the expectations are simple. Your dog should walk by your side, as opposed to pulling you or you pulling the dog. With the Heel command, your dog will be able to switch to the opposite side when cued, and he or she will automatically sit when you come to a stop.
Sit is a self-explanatory command. When told to Sit, your dog will remain seated in low levels of distraction. This is reliable for short-duration control, such as checking the mail or answering the door.
Down is reliable in all levels of distraction. It is used as an "off switch" in your dog. This can be used on the patio of a restaurant, watching tv at home, and more. Down is used for maximum control and can be used to calm your dog.
When your dog is told to Stay, he or she knows that he will be required to remain in the desired location until you use a complex signal to release him. Stay is one of the hardest commands to teach, as it goes against the grain of your dog's wolf heritage. However, it can be taught and maintained with a little bit of work.
Off! is one of two cues that we do not want to give a treat for. No one wants to be a human vending machine. Off! is important in making sure that your dog doesn't jump on you, your guests, or the kitchen counter.
Come is one of the most requested commands in training. Having your dog reliably come to you when called is important in establishing your leadership over your dog. It also can potentially save your dog's life in the instance that there is danger and it is imperative your dog come when called.
Unlike the Stay command, Place offers your dog a visual reminder to remain in the desired location. He can do whatever he wants (stand, lay down, drink, etc.), as long as he stays in the desired location, usually a cot or long-line. This can be used under heavy distraction, allowing for hours of reliability.
7-day, on-leash board and train program for dogs aged 16 weeks and older that focuses on two essential behaviors: heel and place. Included in the program are:
Over the years, we've asked dog owners, "If you could select only two, on-leash behaviors for your dog's training, what would they be?" The overwhelming majority chose training that would teach their dog to walk or jog on one side of their body and never pull them and to remain in a chosen location until they were released. For those owners, heel and place (the multi-hour stay) were the essential behaviors that were needed to increase the quality of life and safety for them and their dogs. Hence, how this program became known as "The Essentials." At the completion of this program, you will have a dog that is a pleasure to walk and one that you and your guests can admire - at a distance!
Cost - $900
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A 10-day, off-leash board and train program for dogs aged 20 weeks and older that teaches one, critical behavior: come when called. Included in the program are:
There is no trained behavior more valuable in dog ownership than come when called. A dog that will reliably come when called not only sets you and your dog free to enjoy the likes of dog parks, hikes in the wild, and playing ball, but it also provides for your dog's safety and your peace of mind. Kira and I can't imagine owning a dog that will not come when it is given the command to do so. After all, the last time we looked, a dog was supposed to lower our blood pressure, not raise it! When we take our dog's hiking, there is nothing that brings us more joy than to watch them race through the forest like their wolf ancestors with absolute delight on their faces! Invest in "come when called", and you'll be investing in your and your dog's future happiness and longevity.
Cost - $1,600
14-day, on-leash board and train program for reactive dogs (aggressive when encountering unfamiliar dogs and people) aged 16 weeks or older that focuses on teaching behaviors that will immediately deactivate your dog’s aggressive response while providing you optimal control of your dog. Included in the program are:
A 14-day, on-leash board and train program for dogs aged 16 weeks and older that focuses on teaching all of the fundamental behaviors that provide you with optimal control of your dog. Included in the program are:
A 30-day, off-leash board and train program for dogs aged one year and older that teaches your dog to perform all of the behaviors taught in our Phase I program plus come when called, off-leash. Also, two of the behaviors, place, and stay, are enhanced by training your dog to go to its place cot from a distance and to remain in a stay while you are out of its sight. Included in the program are:
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Your dog has completed its training program- now what?
Your dog has essentially gone through a doggie boot camp. He will be exhausted when he gets home. Give him a few days to rest, but remember to work on your dog's new behaviors. Set aside 10-15 minutes each day to practice the commands he has learned. It is important to practice the commands on an ongoing basis from here on out. You will learn how to practice these in your private turnover lesson.
Many people may ask if there is any kind of guarantee for training. The answer is yes. After graduation, if your dog fails to meet your expectations at any time during the initial sixty days of returning home, we will re-train your dog for free. However, keep in mind, you did not buy a refrigerator. It will take work from you in order to make everything your dog learned "stick". To help you do so, we will provide you with all of the tools you need plus FREE refresher training FOR LIFE.
Training cannot change genetics. If you dropped off a very energetic or dominant dog, you will get an energetic or dominant dog when you pick him up. However, he will know some new behaviors. We can't make your dog something that it's not, but we can help you to live harmoniously with what you have.
Even after training, your dog will remember behaviors he got away with before coming to Taming the Wild. It will be up to you to correct these behaviors and let your dog know that he can't get away with them at home anymore. He WILL attempt these behaviors at home, even if he wasn't allowed to get away with them with us. After several corrections, he will learn that the rules at Taming the Wild apply to at home as well.
Our goal is to take your dog in for training and return him to you as a well-behaved member of your family. If you have any questions, please feel free to fill out our online form or call us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Took our 6-year-old dachshund mix to Taming the Wild after a few instances of him biting me and always being super stubborn. We did the Phase 1 training in which you leave your dog at their facility for two weeks. When we picked him up, they provided an hour and a half training session with my husband and me to show us everything he learned and how to continue implementing. We were amazed at his new behavior!! It’s been almost two weeks since we picked him up and still all good! We practice with him a little bit each day to keep it up and make sure he doesn’t fall back into old habits. We are very satisfied with the results of the program, and my only regret is not taking him sooner!
Amazing company! I've had the pleasure of utilizing TTW boarding and training services. Previously my dog Kaeptain completed their phase 1 program with the Ecollar training. It is worth the investment. The training has made our walks in public places stress free. He no longer jumps up on people or run through doors. The biggest plus is staying in place on his cot despite different distractions. Ashley conducted my turnover session. She is very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable continuing his training at home. TTW encourages to call if you have any concerns or questions. Exceptional staff from the front door to the back.
Zander did great with the Phase I training! It has been almost a year and he still remembers the commands. Friends compliment how well behaved he is.
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