No, it’s not an actual boot camp, but it kind of feels like it as we send her away for two full weeks of boarding and training.
We were very fortunate to have had Lila’s big sister, Madoc, for eleven years, and for the vast majority of that time she was an ideal dog - demanding and bossy, yes, but always very gentle and absolutely no trouble when it came to aggressive behavior.
We had gotten so used to having an ideal dog that it was a bit of a shock when her little sister was a bit more of a rabble-rouser around the house and at daycare. Don’t get us wrong, Lila is the sweetest most loving dog that we know, but she can get a little carried away at daycare when she’s overstimulated and when dogs are at the gates. Knowing this, we are taking steps to correct that behavior before she ends up being deemed a bad fit for our very own daycare!
Our solution is a training facility that offers two-week and six-week training programs where the dogs board on-site for the duration. Given that Lila’s behavior issues are daycare-related, we needed a program that would address her issues in the environment in which they occur. We know that it is the right thing to do even though having Lila away from us for two full weeks will be difficult (especially after having just lost Madoc a month ago). We’re trying to think of the big picture and ensure her long-term success both at home as well as at Good Dog.
While no one likes to admit that their dog is anything but perfect, if you find yourself in a similar predicament, we’re always happy to provide a referral to a local trainer or training facility – even the one that we call “boot camp” where we’re sending Lila. If we don’t have a relationship or first-hand knowledge, we’re also happy to research a trainer that will suit your needs. Our goal is to keep all of our dogs happy and safe at Good Dog.