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COVID-19 modified services

The primary contact number for all boarding or training enquires is still 9753 5766, option 2

Our services have always been in high demand, however, we have been inundated with calls since the approaching end of lockdown and we are trying our very best to catch up. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please also understand that we do take time with each enquiry to ensure everything is explained in detail and all questions are answered.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Alpha Boarding School For Dogs is modifying its services to provide a safer training service. To that end, we are no longer picking up your dogs or bringing them back home as is stated on this site. All training and course hand-backs are performed at our purpose-built boarding and training facility where you will be taught at the end of your course all the skills required to apply the training at home. We have applied this hand-back model to dogs from interstate and country areas for the last 24 years, and with all dogs since the beginning of COVID-19, with great results.

Alpha Boarding School For Dogs is an outlier in our industry and has pioneered methods and standards that go way beyond the impractical techniques of science-based training, and the lack of reality that goes with supposedly positive methods that allow dog behaviour to spiral out-of-control when so often these behaviours are relatively easy to modify or rehabilitate. So don't worry if previous methods have let your dog's behaviour worsen, we can still help. The methods we have developed are based in REALITY and are specifically aimed at teaching your dogs to listen and behave, when required, in distracting, day-to-day situations.

We look forward to discussing your dog's training and/or behavioural issues with you and explaining how we can help.

Thank you for your understanding in these crazy times.

Since 1996 Alpha Boarding School For Dogs has been setting new standards for in-house, boarding and training courses in our industry. The Canine Leadership System has been developed through the hands-on obedience training and canine behavioural rehabilitation of many thousands of dogs. The methods are practical, effective and relevant to the common, day-to-day issues that affect all dog owners.

Practical Canine Behavioural Rehabilitation means methods that actually work. The Alpha Canine Group has researched and developed exciting new methods of training and rehabilitation that don't rely on food lures and are relevant and effective in real-life situations.

Setting exciting new standards for reliable obedience and "good behaviour" shaping by bringing your dogs back home again - proving that your dogs will retain their new skills in other distracting environments and situations... not just at the kennels where they were trained!

A great training alternative for those who are too busy or unable to make it to weekly obedience sessions.

We bring your dogs back home to you and teach you the new communication and "good behaviour" skills where they are needed the most!

Important Note: Don't accept anything less than your dogs being brought back home to you when doing any sort of boarding and training course. How else can you be sure of great results once your dog is home again otherwise??? Don't get caught out, always insist on your dogs being demonstrated back in the home under distraction!!!

After reading the information on this site:
Call for more specific course details and prices - it is much better to talk to us about your specific situation and discuss how we can help you with your dog. We will gladly discuss everything with you and answer any of your questions!

The obedience and 'good behaviour' skills learned at Boarding School For Dogs form a great foundation for developing a new relationship between you and your dog. It is not uncommon these days to find that despite all the best intentions, training the family dog has taken on a less than serious approach due to other pressing commitments. Unfortunately, this is often why undesirable behaviours start to become a part of your dog's repertoire and before long you could be experiencing problems ranging from digging holes to barking all day/night long. Other problems that are commonly experienced by dog owners are various forms of aggression, over excitability (on walks, around the kids etc.), poor responses to previous training approaches, destructive behaviour or even just finding that your dog lacks confidence in different situations.

Over the years we have had great success in helping many, many dog owners with the myriad of canine behavioural challenges that come our way. The reason for our great results is that we focus on training the dogs in a way that teaches them to "listen" and to understand the values of reinforcements and rewards. This is because the training is not only practical, but more importantly, it is based on sound psychological principles and good old fashioned common sense. Owners never cease to be amazed at how their dogs are able to demonstrate such a clear understanding of what is being asked of them under distraction in the home environment after a boarding school course has been completed.

This understanding is not just in relation to the obedience commands that have been taught, but also to the behavioural modification techniques that we clearly demonstrate for the first time back in the home environment. This way you really get to see how your dog is capable of changing its ways for some of the most stubborn behaviours... right before your eyes. It's not uncommon for dogs on their return home to maintain stays whilst surrounded by distractions that once sent them crazy, such as: screaming kids, other dogs and even a yard full of chooks coming up to see what's wrong with the dog that once used to chased them. And guess what? "Good boy / girl" will be the main driving force behind your dog's new behaviour. You will see exactly how this good behaviour ties in precisely with the new obedience skills that your dog has just learned.

It is this display of canine intelligence that we rely on to prove to the owners that their dogs are in fact capable of better behaviour. It is also our intention at this stage to teach you how to control your dog with these new skills. This truly is an excellent starting point for a great new relationship and it is our goal to ensure that you understand your role in both the maintenance and improvement of your dog's obedience and overall behaviour. It is vital that you realise that good dogs come from owners who understand them and that the reason your dog may have been wayward to some degree or another is because there was previously no effective guidance and leadership for your pet to follow (particularly from your dog's point-of-view). Unfortunately for you both, your dog was not sold or given to you with any sort of responsible guidelines as to how you should bring them up. More often than not, many owners find out that their pup is all-of-the-sudden grown up and out of control or perhaps the dog they adopted has more behavioural baggage than expected.

On receiving your newly "trained" dog from us, we will teach you how to take the lead (both literally and metaphorically) in this new relationship. It is actually quite easy for us to teach you how to handle your newly trained dog and you will notice the difference right away. This is why even new dog owners can have such success with this type of training solution. Once your dog knows and understands the exercises it is not that hard for you to learn the new handling techniques and behavioural modification strategies needed to help your dog improve around the home and elsewhere (the two go hand-in-hand).

There is also one other thing that we openly state to all our customers: Your dog will try you out to one degree or another when it comes home again! BUT, don't let this worry you. There is now a major difference in how you will respond to this situation. You will now know how to address these behaviours and how to recognise your dog's responses, reinforcing and rewarding them accordingly. It is this "try out" period that really makes the difference and results are often noticed straight away and then steadily improve as you adjust to the new dog ownership ideals that we teach you. It's not hard and all you have to be is... consistent.

If you are realistic and enthusiastic about your role in helping your dog to understand the new rules around the home and elsewhere (as the majority of people are) then you will join the many satisfied boarding school customers (well over 3000) who have benefited from this great new starting point. Remember, your dog needs your guidance. With all the new knowledge and training skills now at your disposal, this leadership will be much, much easier for you to achieve. It won't be long at all before your dog is more attentive and responsive to your commands.