FAQ

WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING STYLE?

We use the balanced training methodology, utilizing both positive and negative reinforcement, which means we tell the dog both "yes" and "no" to clearly communicate with your pup. This means we use a wide variety of tools for both rewards and corrections, from prong collars, slip leads, and e-collars to treats, toys, and verbal praise. Positive training is used to mold new behaviors, and negative reinforcement is used to curb unsavory behaviors. All corrections are used with the unlaying message of "Don't do that, do this instead". All dogs are different and we match our training to how they learn best to help them become the best companion they can be. 

WHAT WILL MY DOG LEARN?

We teach a variety of commands in our Board and Train programs to make living with your pet more cohesive and fun! All dogs in our courses learn sit, down, go to bed, and walking on a loose lead. While we try to teach your dog as many obedience commands as possible in the time we have them, our priority is to create a calmer mindset in each individual dog. At Rascal we believe if you are able to slow the body, you are able to slow the mind, after you have a calmer mindset lots of other aspects of training will fall into place.

WHEN SHOULD WE START TRAINING?

Right away! Whether you just brought home a new puppy or a more mature rescue, the sooner you show your dog the desired behaviors the easier training will be. 

Puppies as young as 12 weeks are eligible for the board and train program, where we put an emphasis on positive introductions to new people, places, and things while they are in their critical socialization period. 

 

Why do older dogs have to do longer programs?

WILL I BE INVOLVED?

Absolutely! Your dog's training relies on cooperation and consistency from everyone who lives in the home. We will provide you with the guidance necessary to continue on with your dog's training once they are back home with you. Training is a life-long commitment, we will give you the tools to success but it will be a constant process. Because dogs learn at different rates and their continued success and improvement relies on owner commitment, no training guarantees are made at Rascal. However, in addition to the three follow-up sessions included in the board and train cost, we provide unlimited training support via email. 

 

Can I visit my dog while they are training?

We find that dogs who are older than 1 year  generally take a few more days to transition into our environment vs younger pups. Hosting dogs over a year in the Month Long or 6 Week allows us to give them time to adjust and build a relationship with us before we jump into training.

 

No. Our experience proves that visits by the owners midway through the program can add stress to the dogs stay. You will get almost daily updates by us via our Instagram page and an email midway through your pups stay with a more in depth summary of their training so far. We are always available via email should you have any questions or concerns  through your pup's stay with us! 

My dog hasn't trained with you, can they participate in boarding or walks?

No. We exclusively offer our Continued Education services (walks, hikes, and boarding) to dogs who have gone through our program.

**Crate trained Mother Pupper attendees are now eligible for boarding services through Rascal.**

 

Where does my dog stay in the board and train?

All dogs stay with us (Zoe and Kyran) in our home. After working in commercial dog kennels, we have discovered that the home based environment is the best way to for dogs to go through a board and train program. Not only is it much less stressful for the pups, but they will be practicing in a realistic and applicable environment to their usual day to day life. Rather than a commercial kennel, which may have anywhere between 50-120 dogs, we have only 3-6 training dogs (and 3-8 boarding dogs) at a time , so your dog receives truly individualized care to help them best succeed!