Board & Train Training
The most consistent and thorough training possible that produces the most reliable results for owners and their dogs.
All dogs must be at least 6 months old and updated on vaccinations to participate in Board and Train training.
What is Board & Train Training? Board and Train or sometimes called IKT (In-Kennel Training) or "Boot Camp" is training in which a dog lives with a professional dog trainer in his or her home or at a particular training facility for a set number of weeks while being trained on a daily basis. Then the trainer or training facility will (or SHOULD) provide several private post-training sessions in which they will teach the owners how to handle and communicate with their dog in various situations. Dave not only offers private 1-on-1 post-training sessions (in the client's home or area) after every board and train, but he also offers complimentary unlimited phone and email support & complimentary life time access to the monthly Allegiant K9s Pack Walks for on-going support.
Why Allegiant K9s Board & Train?
Quality of Training: Dave only works with 3-4 DOGS per month/training cycle and dogs are trained 7 days a week, several times per day in a VARIETY of environments throughout the Charlotte, NC & surrounding areas, such as: local parks like Freedom Park, trail systems, the US National Whitewater Center, indoor store environments (Lowes, Cabelas, Home Depot, etc) neighborhoods, city sidewalks, sports fields, The River Walk, and outdoor strip malls where dogs are allowed, etc. Therefore, your dog will not only receive positive experiences in all these environments helping to build confidence and adaptability, but your dog will learn to GENERALIZE its obedience and behavior to all these environments with real life distractions (people, dogs, wildlife, scents, noises, objects, etc) present. This assures your dog's behaviors are proofed in real-life situations.
Many other trainers/facilities only train 5 days a week. Most large Board and Train facilities train your dog in one environment: their facility. This type of training fails to address "real-life" situations and fails to "proof" the dog's behavior in various environments
Results: The Allegiant K9s team gets great results and their clients are highly successful with their dogs for months and years after their board and train programs. Dave is very much of a person with a "show me" mentality and that is why he has HUNDREDS of videos on the Allegiant K9s Facebook page showing real world results with owners and their dogs. He also has dozens of very genuine and thorough 5 star reviews on Google and Facebook. You are encouraged to look over the Allegiant K9s Facebook page and read some (or all) of the Google and Facebook reviews as well.
Dave's Education & Experience: Dave's education and experience greatly separates himself from many other trainers. Many dog trainers today receive their primary training education through online certifications and/or a VERY common (especially with large franchises) 2-3 week "crash course" on dog training in which they are often learning to train dogs with one tool (the E Collar) and then off and training dogs after their 2-3 week crash course. Dave completed a 3 YEAR apprenticeship program with Leader Dogs for the Blind: one of the largest and most respected guide dog schools in the world in which he received a thorough hands on education in dog handling, psychology, training theories and client relations by some of the best trainers in the world. Dave also has experience working with personal protection dogs and working sled dogs. For the last several years Dave has focused all his training efforts on pet training: everything from general obedience to behavior modification to advanced off leash training. Dave has a passion for helping owners build the relationship they have always wanted with their dog!
Environment! Your dogs will live on property with Dave in a structured home-like environment rather than a loud and chaotic kennel with dozens of dogs, and as a result, not be subjected to large kennel stress. Your dog will become part of Dave's daily life and routine and therefore, learning invaluable skills and new behaviors that simply cannot be simulated in a kennel-like environment.
Communication! Dave keeps owners constantly updated on their dog's progress. You will be hard-pressed to find another trainer that keeps clients "in the loop" with their dog as frequently and as thoroughly as Dave does with his clients. Dave makes anywhere from 7 to 20 Facebook posts per week on the Allegiant K9s Facebook page with current dogs in training. He also sends owners a plethora of personalized videos in which he discusses training tips, things to think about and their dog's progress.
Proper group socialization and play: Dogs at Allegiant K9s get group play and socialization 3 to 4 times every single day. The dogs are supervised throughout these sessions... ensuring only proper behavior is being displayed among all dogs.
On-going support: Follow up support is key in owners' being successful with their dogs. Dave's programs come with 4 private 1-on-1 sessions (up to 2 hours per session) and life-time access to the Allegiant K9s pack walks, hikes, overnight camping trips, and socials for on-going support! He offers "refresher camps" from time to time for Allegiant K9s graduate dogs and offers unlimited phone and email support as well.