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Dog Board and Train

Board & Train

Happy Dogs

Boarding School for Your Dog—It Works!

Dog board and train combines the best in boarding with individualized training, taught by our dedicated trainers—for a happier, calmer, better behaved dog.

Simply, Board and Train works. Set in a boarding environment with expert daily training and away from home distractions, dogs are totally focused on learning. Board and Train is an ideal solution if you don’t have the time or capacity to train your dog yourself. And it works for puppies and adult dogs alike.

Board and Train School is shaped around an essential truth: a properly trained dog is a happier dog. We only use positive, force-free techniques to tap into a dog’s natural learning instinct to nurture a better behaved, calmer pet who brings even more joy and fun to your life together.

Training is overseen by our head trainer using your dogs food (kibble and/or treats). Several times a day your dog will be trained in our training studio, the Ranch house for kitchen and house issues, around the Dog Ranch’s 5 acre property, off the property in our local trails, and in Snug Cove Village for real-life distractions. Your pup will also get a chance to have fun with their new friends in the play times so they have a well-rounded experience with us.

Board and Train’s immersive program ensures good behaviours are fully learned and that your canine companion is on track to be your best dog ever.

Boarding and Training School Options and Information

All packages include boarding at the Bowen Island Dog Ranch. The training program can be individualized to fit your dogs’ (and you and your families) personal needs, and are available as a guideline for the common training needs of most puppies, adolescent and adult dogs.

For first-time Board and Train dogs, we would recommend a 3 – 4 week stay which gives your dog time to form new habits. It takes most dogs a few days to settle in and get familiar with their new training routine. It also takes our trainers a few days to understand what your dog knows. If your dog has been previously trained by a professional trainer and we see that your dog is understanding and responding well to our positive training techniques, we will consider a program that is less than 3 – 4 weeks. We do not offer training over the Christmas holidays and March Break, or for aggressive dogs.

To get your dog to us we have several City Shuttle options here. If you’d like to drop off your dog at the Dog Ranch please do so before 1pm.

Pick up of your dog is scheduled at the Dog Ranch at the end of their Board & Train program. You will spend an hour with a trainer to go over all that your dog has learnt, and be emailed videos and a written guideline of what your pup has learnt and how to move forward with training at home.

Cost will be determined once our head trainer discusses the Board & Train package with you.

Our most common training packages:

  • Puppy Foundations
  • Place
  • Loose-leash Walking
  • Crate Training
  • Recall
  • Sit/Down/Stay
  • Targeting
  • Touch
  • On/Off
  • Leave It
  • General Manners
  • Co-operative Care
  • Any other issues you’re having with your pup, let us know!

Email dogtraining@bowendogranch.com to start the discussion about your dogs training needs.

We were struggling with our five-month-old puppy. Luckily we were able to take advantage of the 14 day Board and Train package. Our puppy returned to us calmer, better trained and had such a joyful time at the Dog Ranch.”

Mary Ann Zakreski

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