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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 end of lockdown in late 2020 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 ongoing and unpredictable 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. 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 25 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.

20 Day Advanced Canine Communication Course

For the dog owner that wants the very best when it comes to reliable obedience and great behaviour shaping skills!

Part of our internal assessment process. Our resident house cats love to get in on the action and without fail are available at assessment time to 'help' the dogs out! They are totally fearless of dogs. Other regular training distractions include other dogs, ponies, sheep and ducks! Our assessment area is totally separate from any other training ground and presents the dogs with a host of new experiences in which to challenge their new skills. Just one of the many different ways we measure your dog's progress throughout its course!

Owners are always amazed at the difference 20 days can make. Obedience is taught to extremely high standards under distraction, both on and off lead. The Boarding School For Dogs exclusive Canine Good Behaviour Shaping techniques are also pre-taught by our professional trainers and included into this course.

Boarding School For Dogs Important Note:

At the end of the 20 days, we provide a comprehensive hand-back at our purpose-built boarding and training facility. You will be taught all of the skills required to apply the training at home so your dog is obedient and well behaved in their normal environment... under the kinds of distraction they encounter on a daily basis. We don't care if there are kids running around, cats, other dogs or if you're having a BBQ with friends and family. Distraction is a part of life and our proven training method has been developed to deal with virtually any scenario.

MORE full time trainers + MORE training + HIGHER standards + PROVEN, effective obedience and behaviour shaping techniques = SHORTER, but more PRODUCTIVE courses!

When you pick your dog up, you will be professionally trained by friendly, skilled instructors using our proven hand-back system that can easily adapt to your individual home situation. This is the perfect starting point for either major behavioural rehabilitation (aggression/separation anxiety/nuisance barking) or for setting new and realistic rules for good behaviour around the home and elsewhere.

The 20 day course is also suitable for more serious canine behavioural problems. For more serious and undesirable problems, we can structure the training and behaviour shaping to specifically stimulate targeted behaviours in controlled scenarios. This is particularly important for extreme, obsessive, nuisance or aggressive behaviours and the 20 day course has proven to be so effective in providing owners with valuable skills for the rehabilitation of dogs with these issues! When you talk to a trainer we can discuss your individual situation and advise on the best approach for you and your dog.

You will of course have training and behaviour shaping strategies to follow once your dog returns home again, but you will be truly amazed at how the new skills have come together and how well your dog can respond to the language of reinforcements and rewards. Your canine communication toolkit is now fully stocked and ready for action!

Call and talk to one of our professional trainers over the phone. We take the time to explain the training and answer all of your questions in detail. We want you to fully understand what to expect from our popular 20 Day Boarding School for Dogs course and how it can work for you and your dog!

20 Day Course Prices

1 Dog: $1,900 Incl. GST

50% deposit due at time of booking, pay the balance when satisfied at the end of the professional hand-back session in our purpose-built boarding and training facility.

2 Dogs: $3,400 Incl. GST

50% deposit due at time of booking, pay the balance when satisfied at the end of the professional hand-back session in our purpose-built boarding and training facility.

Please be aware that if you choose to cancel or reschedule your boarding school booking within 2 weeks of the date of commencement of the course, the booking deposit will be forfeit, and no refund will be available. This allows us the opportunity to refill your dog's position on the course.

If you cancel your booking prior to 2 weeks of the date of commencement of the course a deposit refund may be available minus a $30 administration fee.

Please contact us for substantial discounts on 3 or more dogs.

Please Note: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice.

Outside metropolitan Melbourne and Interstate Enquiries:

Alpha Boarding School For Dogs regularly trains dogs from all over Voctoria and Australia wide. Talk to one of our expert trainers to see if it's suitable for your dog.

The 20 Day Course

Your dog will stay at The Alpha Boarding Kennels - the truly quiet kennel. Setting new standards in quiet kennel management!

The Alpha Boarding Kennels is a full time boarding and training complex set on 10 acres with many different and challenging training areas plus a vast array of distractions specifically utilised by Boarding School For Dogs.

Value for money that can't be matched - the 20 Day Advanced Boarding School For Dogs course includes:

  • Professional training by skilled Boarding School For Dogs trainers using our proven and effective Canine Leadership System.
  • Exclusive Canine Good Behaviour Shaping techniques 'pre-trained' and then taught to you in the comprehensive hand-back under distraction!
  • All boarding, feeding, brushing (if required).
  • Regular play and exercise time each day.
  • Basic groom (brush, nail clip, ears cleaned) and hydrobath and blow-dry before the hand-back session.
  • High quality, Australian made Blackdog lead & training halter plus specialised off-lead training collar.
  • 100 page Boarding School For Dogs hand-back reference manual.
  • Stylish photos of your dog in both a timber frame and a magnetic frame.
  • Several hours of professional instruction in your hand-back session at our purpose-built facility!
  • Boarding School For Dogs phone support line (immediate access to a professional trainer)
  • FREE maintenance training for your dog during future stays at Alpha Boarding Kennels.
  • Considerable discounts off optional Alpha Dog Training membership (weekly classes).

Obedience Exercises

On Lead Training

  • Heeling - Your dog will walk nicely by your side and sit automatically by your side when you stop.
  • Sit & Drop - Your dog will sit and drop on command and will remain there until given another command or released.
  • Sit & Drop Step-Away (stay) - Your dog will stay in the sit or drop position whilst you walk away... Under Distraction!
  • Recall - We will imprint an effective, practical recall on lead and teach you how to work it to a reliable off lead standard in different environments.

Off-Lead Training

You will have a more in-depth level of control and understanding in relation to your dog. All exercises are first done on lead, the stay exercises are done off lead... and then we demonstrate sit, drop, recall and stay exercises totally off-lead. To give you some idea of the standard - drop stays will have been pre-trained around the kennels to a level of 1 hour under distraction. Your trainers practice off lead exercises in many, many different situations, usually with other dogs running around!

Off lead training is to an introductory level, but as you will see when you get your dog home, this is still a very high standard.

Canine Good Behaviour Shaping

This course includes behavioural shaping exercises that are pre-taught during the 20 day period before your dog comes home.

Behaviour shaping includes: not jumping up on people, not jumping on couches or chairs... or people sitting down (unless invited), not pinching food off coffee tables, not barging through doors or gates (until invited), behaving in a calm manner when inside.

As with all our training, everything is demonstrated under distraction at our purpose-built boarding and training facility during the hand-back session when you pick your dog up.