Our popular 3 Week Board and Train Obedience Camp experience for dogs at least 5 months and older is for non-aggressive dogs without anxiety. It is effective by immersing your dog 24/7 in our home training environment, which includes a lifestyle of structure, rules, socialization, and supervised play. By living at our facility for 3 weeks and frequent field trips to local parks and attractions, your dog will develop a new foundation and state-of-mind that will make it easy for you to continue the training at your home. This will empower you to continue developing a new and incredible relationship with your dog!
During the 3 week program, we will address all your typical behavior needs including:
Walking politely with you (with no pulling or barking)
Sit, Down, Place Commands with Duration
Distraction training with field trips
Waiting for Food
Treadmill Training (if requested)
Waiting at Thresholds (Doors, Car, Crate, etc.)
Calm, Polite Interactions with other Dogs
Exposure and Calm Socialization with Cats and Kids
We will also focus on any minor behavior issues, such as:
Jumping, Nipping, Mouthing
*Please see our FAQ page for answers to some frequently asked questions about our camp.
**A recent negative fecal test is required for all dogs enrolling in our camps*
Full All Inclusive Program - $2950 - includes any training collar we use depending on the dog (slip leash, martingale, or herm sprenger prong collar), a training food pouch, as well as a top-of-the-line E-Collar Technologies remote training collar. The owner must maintain the training at home by keeping a leash or remote collar on as well as wearing a treat pouch at all times while supervised during the initial transfer/transition period.
This program includes a 30-minute consultation at the start of camp to assess the dog's history and the owner's goals, 3 weeks of training, a 2-3 hour one-on-one private lesson with you at the end of the program where we will transfer all of the information, techniques, and strategies to insure continued success, and a final 1-hour follow-up private lesson 3-4 weeks later.
Going away for more than three weeks? Additional days are available upon owner request at a rate of $60/day ($75 per day over holidays).
The Good Doggy Training Camp is designed for total freedom and control, yet geared towards dogs without any resource guarding, human aggression, dog aggression, anxiety, or severe leash reactivity. If your dog has serious behavior problems, please see the Rehabilitation Training Camp below. If you have any questions about which program is right for you and your dog, please contact us and we will be happy to help sort it out!
4 Pack Private Lesson Package - Lessons located at our facility in Brandywine, MD - $800
Training supplies are not included in the cost of private lesson packages. You will have the option of purchasing them through us or through separate online retailers.
In these 4 sessions, we will observe/evaluate your dog and situation and then develop a comprehensive training program to help in the journey to achieving your goals regarding obedience and behavior.
This program covers any issues during walks (lunging, barking, pulling, etc.) and basic obedience commands (sit/stay, down/stay, place, recall). We will also address behavior problems, such as jumping up, mouthing, nipping, counter surfing, or any other issues you might be experiencing.
Our unique approach to dog training is geared more towards a fundamental state-of-mind change than it is strictly rehearsed behaviors. In other words, we are much more concerned with creating a happy, healthy, balanced dog than creating a dog that simply knows a few obedience commands. You will begin to see dramatic changes in your dog’s behavior within this first session.
There will be homework! It is of utmost importance that the training be worked on diligently between sessions, by the whole family. We want you to be as excited about your dog’s transformation as we are, and we need everyone involved and on-board!
The initial 2-hour session is comprised of a consultation, assessment, and hands-on training with you and your dog. The next three sessions are 1 hour each, where we will continue to work hands-on with you and your dog on all of the needed behaviors.
Consultation Only - $300 at our Brandywine, MD facility
Consultation Lesson Only - 1 session (2.5 hours)
Do you have just one small challenge you need help conquering with your dog? Do you need further extensive assistance picking the right training package? Do you need help simply polishing up previous training? This single consultation is for you! In this long 2.5 hour session, we will target what is going wrong and work with you to on your dog's issue. Whether it's simply to stop pulling you down the street on your daily walk or it's to help your dog stay calm during dinner time, we can get your dog polished in that area in an amazing short amount of time.
This 2.5 hour session is comprised of a consultation, assessment, and hands-on training with you and your dog. If you decide to enroll in a training camp after the consultation, $150 of the consultation can be applied to the cost of the camp. Owners continuing with a private lesson package can have the consultation count as the first of the four lessons and apply the full cost to the lesson program.
2 Private Lesson Puppy Headstart Program - $350 at our Brandywine, MD facility or $425 in-home in the DC Metro or Southern MD area (includes a $75 travel fee) - Includes an Indigo Dog Training Puppy Survival Guide and an assortment of training supplies (a $95 value) to help imprint proper behaviors into your pup before innocent puppy behaviors become permanent bad habits.
Do you want to get your young puppy started off on the right paw? If you have a puppy 8-16 weeks old, this 2 session puppy lesson package is for you! In these 2 sessions, you will either come to us or we will come to your home and go over all the Do's and Don'ts of raising a young pup.
The initial 2-hour session is comprised of a consultation with the owner where we review all the critical steps to take during the first few weeks your pup is home including housebreaking, socialization, and general manners. Many people choose to have this first session before they bring the puppy home so they can make sure they do all the right things from the very beginning.
The follow-up 1.5 hour session is comprised of hands on training with you and your pup. We will show you how to raise a puppy that will happily come to you, walk nicely on a leash, stop unwanted nipping or chewing, and to be calm on command.
Our highly-regarded Rehabilitation program is one of the very few programs in the DC area that is truly able to consistently provide world class results for the most severe behavior issues.
Kristina is an aggression specialist who successfully deals with severe canine behavior problems on a regular basis. She believes that with a committed owner, no dog is beyond rehabilitation. We truly can give you that new dog of your dreams.
For dogs with reactivity and rehabilitation needs, much of our rehabilitation focus is based on “Training Between the Ears” (TBTE) principles and training developed by our colleague, Mark McCabe. TBTE techniques primarily use reward and relaxation strategies to change the emotional state of dogs and help them moderate their own emotions. The techniques aim to build better relationships with your dog by removing conflict, develop your dog’s self-motivation through success seeking behaviors, and changing your dog’s perception of the surrounding world so they are emotionally more relaxed and stable, and therefore resilient to external stressors.
This package is for dogs with severe behavior problems like:
This is the only program we offer for dogs that have attacked a person or other animal, bitten humans or other animals, has intense resource guarding, or intent to do harm (including fear-aggression). Please contact us so that we can discuss the severity of your dog’s aggression so to create a program fit for your dog.
8+ Week Program - $5395 - includes a 30 minute consultation at the start of camp, 8+ weeks of boarding and training in an environment maximized for learning, a 2-3 hour private lesson at the end of the program, a 1 hour private lesson 3-4 weeks later, and a follow-up private lesson 2-3 months later. This program is ideal for dogs that have a bite history, major anxiety, or aggression.
We also require all owners to enroll in the Happy Rescue Dogs Online Course here prior to enrollment and to complete the instructional videos before the dog's camp. The online course's tuition ($595) will be deducted from the cost of the rehabilitation program. *Please note that enrolling in the online course does not guarantee you a spot in our rehab camp program since our availability is very limited. You are welcome and encouraged to take the course by itself prior to enrolling with us though to see why the Happy Rescue Dogs and TBTE system is the best rehabilitation program for your dog. All owners will get an immense amount of improvement with their dog by simply implementing the principles in the course into everyday life.