Day School offers you the convenience of having a professional trainer come to your home and train your dog for you! It offers intensive training for people who want their dog’s behavior improved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
What Is Day School?
With Day School (also known as “day training”), a trainer comes to your home and works one-on-one with your dog or puppy on the training goals that matter most to you. You do not have to present for these training sessions, but you can be, if you like. Day school is most effective if your dog has several lessons per week (usually between two and five). In most cases, we recommend three or four days a week.
We base our training plan on what you want your dog to learn and where you want them to learn it. Typically we train your dog in your home because that’s where you want your dog to learn to be a good pet! But if you have a puppy who needs socialization, a service-dog-in-training who needs public access training, or you bring your dog to work with you, we can pick your dog up from your workplace, take your dog on walks, or do socialization outings with your puppy in a variety of settings.
Periodically — usually once a week or alternate weeks — your trainer will meet with you for a “transition lesson” where you’ll learn how to maintain and continue the new skills your dog has learned.
Day School Service Area
Day School is offered within 30 minutes of our Wendell office. Towns served include these and other nearby towns: Wendell, New Salem, Orange, Athol, Erving, Montague, Turners Falls, Deerfield, Greenfield, Shutesbury, Leverett, Sunderland, Northfield, Petersham, South Deerfield, Warwick, north Amherst, and parts of Pelham, Belchertown, and Hadley.
Benefits of Day School
- Scheduling Flexibility — The trainer will tell you the dates and approximate times they will arrive to train your dog, but you can choose whether to be present or not. You can go about your work, school, or family obligations worry-free, knowing that your dog or puppy is getting top-notch training while you attend to other activities in your busy life.
- Ultimate Efficiency — Day school is the best of both worlds: Your dog learns one-on-one from a skilled professional trainer several times a week. And once a week, so do you! This setup reduces extra learning time for both you and your dog. Your dog’s training moves along much more quickly than it would at group classes or if you had to start all your dog’s training from scratch. Both you and your dog are getting skilled tutelage where you need it the most.
- Professional Training Gives You a Boost — When you are learning how to train your dog — which can be a fun and bonding experience — both you and your dog are still on a learning curve. Day School gives your dog’s training a serious boost because your dog is learning from a skilled trainer with decades of experience. This means your dog learns as quickly and efficiently as possible, making your job much easier when it’s your turn to train.
- Observe a Professional Work Your Dog — Many people love Day School because they don’t have to be home for it and can focus on other things while their dog is trained. However, for people who want to train their dog to a high level — including future therapy dogs or service dogs — one of the benefits of day training is having the opportunity to watch a skilled trainer bring out the best behavior in your dog. This is a great source of learning for some of our clients. If you learn well by watching, day training is like two services in one — your dog gets trained and you get a private tutorial all at once!
- Private Lessons Tailored to Your Needs — During transition lessons, you get patient, skilled instruction in how to be the best trainer you can be. This allows you to maintain and advance your dog’s training within days of your dog learning a new skill. It’s fun and effective for you and your dog!
- You Continue to Enjoy Your Dog’s Company — Day School offers some of the benefits of boarding your dog with a trainer (intensive training every day with a skilled professional) without missing your dog while he’s away. With Day School, your dog gets great training but is still there to welcome you home every evening. Isn’t that why you got a dog in the first place?
Is Day School Right for My Dog?
It is perfect for these situations…
- Puppies! — We strongly recommend Puppy Day School, especially for first-time puppy owners, busy people, or people with limitations that prevent some types of handling or socialization work. Puppies have a lot to learn, and they also go through psycho-social stages — learning “windows” — that are only open for a few weeks, including the all-important socialization and handling windows. It can be very challenging to deal with housebreaking, chew training, and basic manners and obedience while also attending to handling and socialization. With a month-long Perfect Puppy Day School Package, your puppy will have intensive training in all the most important areas for her development — and you can still live your life!
- Service Dogs in Training or Future SDiTs — There are many tasks that a disabled owner can train very well on their own. But sometimes there are situations that pose a barrier, such as stairs or crowds. Additionally, many owner-trainers find that their dog’s behavior falls apart in public, where the dog needs skilled training the most. When a professional trainer does your dog’s public access training, obstacle training, or alert training, you get the benefit of skilled training and handling without the stress of trying to navigate inaccessible or overwhelming situations — or a freaked out dog — by yourself.
- Dogs Who Need to Learn Fast — Sometimes there are situations that feel urgent: When the dog is jumping up and a child or elderly relative is at risk. When the dog’s barking is causing problems with neighbors or landlords. When a SDiT prospect is badly needed for assistance. Or sometimes just when you cannot stand your dog’s bad behavior anymore! For these situations, a Day School package may be the most effective and efficient solution.
A Day School package of 12 lessons in three weeks is $1080 (90 each) — a savings of $84 over individual training lessons. A package of 16 lessons (four times a week for four weeks) is $1424, a savings of $128. We will help you choose the package that’s right for your dog, whether a puppy needing socialization, an unruly pet that needs to learn manners, or a service-dog-in-training that needs assistance task training.
Please note, for private in-home lessons (including day school, owner lessons, and consultations), we are currently booking for the week of March 4, 2019. Group classes are available sooner (see our list of classes). Get in touch now to schedule, for a referral, and/or to be added to our wait list to be notified of earlier openings. Thank you!