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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are you located?

We are located in Elgin, IL - Near Lord's Park

Q: What vaccinations do you require?

We require:

  • Rabies (1 or 3 year)

  • Distemper (1 or 3 year)

  • Bordetella (1 year - Recommended every 6 months)

  • Negative Fecal Test (1 year)

You may need to ask your vet to send proof of a negative fecal.  Typically vets use a "no news is good news" rule and don't send the test results unless you specifically ask for them.

Q: What does a typical day look like for a boarding dog?

Boarding dogs get let out and fed breakfast around 8 am.  They then get several group let outs during the day where they get to play and stretch their legs.  We do dinners at 8 pm and a final let out around 11 pm.

If you'd like your dog to get some extra attention during the day, you can add on training sessions to stimulate their brains!

Q: My dog has a bite history.  Can you help?

Absolutely!  We will take extra safety precautions when meeting with you for the first time, such as having your dog in a crate or on a leash.  The first thing we will work on is getting your dog comfortable with wearing a muzzle so that they can be handled safely.  From there we will work on building trust and confidence.

If your dog has a bite history and you are looking for boarding services, we do require a consult prior to taking them on.

Q: Do you use prong collars and ecollars?

While we do out best to work as much in motivation as possible, we do believe that corrections serve an important part in a dogs understanding of the world.  There needs to be boundaries and consequences in order for them to live with us successfully.

 

We don't use prong collars or ecollars as a rule on every dog, but there are times when a tool is needed to help the owner have better control of their dog.  We don't believe that tools are inherently "bad".  In fact, they are neutral.  It's the application and intent that matters.  Corrections should not come from a place of anger or frustration.  It's simply communication to your dog to let them know they have gone out of bounds, as we guide them back on track.

If you are personally against the use of tools, we respect that and are happy to work with you using other methods.

Q: Are you a certified trainer?

Most certifications are actually a scam.  You can get many of them strictly online without ever actually touching a dog.

We believe that practical experience is what matters most.  So while we don't have any fancy certifications, we strive to always be learning more.  We attend seminars of different trainers and the IACP conference each year in order to continue our education and be the best trainers we can be!

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