Back in 2013, we began the first Board + Train program in Singapore.
This program was designed to help dogs overcome mild to severe behavioral issues.
Unlike most schools with boarding cum training services these days, our goal was never to send a totally different dog back
to owners, but to rework on confidence and target key issues while retaining the natural personality of the dog.
A Gentle Approach to Training
Many owners expect a different dog after being sent for training and not many understand what this means. The common
reason that a dog's personality changes together with seemingly cooperative obedience is usually due to abusive training, tools like choke chain, shock collar, prong, slip leash aims to create pain to the dog so that they would adhere to what is demanded from the handler, this in return destroys the typical instinct and personality of an innocent dog and creates a slave/master relationship. Most of these handlers could claim that such tools could be removed once the dog obeys, however owners may not understand that this also meant that the dog would have to remember the pain from the tools for life to do so.
In short the scientific term is known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
At ATP, our goal is not to change the personality of your dog, but instead to go the other way round by creating a gentle and strategic workflow for each individual dog depending on their personality. So in a way, we make effective use of the dog's personality and create a routine around their strengths and weaknesses, then we turn the training sessions into mini games.
So instead of forcing them to obey, training starts becoming much more fun and enriching. We believe that we are no longer living in the past where dogs are used as tools, these days most of them are treated as a family member and therefore we strongly believe that pain is not necessary no matter how bad a behavior may seem to be.
4 weeks - $2480 | 8 weeks - $3940
+ 4 Private Training Sessions (included)
6kg - 15kg
4 weeks - $2680 | 8 weeks - $4120
+ 4 Private Training Sessions (included)
Time is always an important factor when it comes to training. Truth is, there are no shortcuts to training, although pain creates seemingly faster results, it usually doesn't last long and may even create other unexpected issues from the dog due to defensive instincts. A lot of dogs come to us in this state after going through such training programs, and to be honest it requires much more work to rehabilitate those that had been traumatized before. I have been training and handling dogs for 16 years, as well as being involved in all types of training methods (i train on one method with neutral mindset for at least 5 years) to understand what works best and what doesn't. Although i believe that there's no one method fits all theory, i personally feel that trainers who continue using abusive methods are people that are not willing to upgrade themselves with latest studies and techniques.
This is why our Board + Train programs are longer than others, because we rather go slow and steady than risking more openings for other dangerous behavior later on. On average, for a puppy to become obedience ready takes one to three years depending on the personality, breed and bloodline. Therefore i feel that one month alone is already very short considering how the program is able to change the life of a dog. For those that are just considering to have their dog/puppy sent for foundation, 2 weeks will be enough.
After Board + Train ends, we will follow up with Private Training sessions (included in the course) to help owners understand
how to handle their dogs and continue with what they have learned. This is very important, because ultimately the dog will be with
their owners for the rest of their lives, so respective owners will definitely need to be equipped with proper handling skills
to continue keeping their dogs well trained. Therefore, i would always remind owners that they should never expect their dogs to be fully trained just after 4-8 weeks, for training to work it requires both the dog and owner's cooperation, time and understanding.
In short, Board + Train is meant to train the dog,
while Private Lessons are meant to help owners learn how to continue training and handling their dogs.
We prefer to go through training in a systematic yet flexible approach. Instead of jumping into training right away, we will always bond and rework on the confidence of the dog while finding out the best method to work on a particular problem. Even if one method may work on a particular dog, it may not work on other with similar issues because their personality and past routines are different.
Below are the standard program outline, note that the details and sequence may change whenever we find it necessary.
Our main goal is to dedicate time and effort towards each and every dog to find the best solution and routine for their families.
♡ Bonding with the dog
♡ Rework on confidence
♡ Monitoring behavior
♡ Brainstorming on suitable method
♡ Obedience, Respond towards commands
♡ Execution of training method (Stage 1 & 2)
♡ Polishing commands
♡ Execution of training method (Stage 3)
♡ Look for any other hidden behavioral issues
♡ Execution of commands (both with and without rewards)
♡ Maintaining training
♡ Introducing new activities
♡ Working on hidden behavioral issues with remaining time
Who is suitable?
There are many reasons that owners may wish to send their dogs for Board + Train, below i will list out some
of the common reasons so that you can have an idea if you need to go for this program.
♡ Puppies that want to have a solid foundation in early stages
♡ Owners that have busy working schedules and wish to keep up
♡ Owners tried to train their dogs themselves but failed
♡ Refrain from endangering themselves due to bites/aggression
♡ Human disabilities - Injuries, trouble moving around, age, illness etc.
♡ Condition worsening after being traumatized before
♡ Dogs that are about to be put down due to concerns
♡ Newly adopted dog and facing frustrations
♡ Behavioral issues - Housebreaking, Biting, Socialization, Jumping, Obedience etc.
Feel free to drop us an email or pm our facebook if you need more assistance.
Below are some videos of our graduates.
Fear of dogs, grooming, strangers, Aggression (Moderate)
Fear of dogs, grooming, strangers, Aggression (Severe)
Fear of dogs, Aggression (Severe), Obedience
Guarding (Moderate), Obedience
Housebreaking, Separation Anxiety
Housebreaking, Crate Anxiety, Obedience
Housebreaking, Aggression (Severe), Crate Anxiety, Obedience
Destroying of Objects, Guarding, Crate Anxiety, Obedience
Aggression (Severe), Crate Anxiety, Obedience