Fully inclusive Boarding & Training Course 

 $2200 per dog


Book your dog in to start their course in May 2024 and receive $100 off!

**To redeem mention code MAY100 when booking **

Please note:  Working two or more dogs that live together is substantially more work for us and as such there is no discount for multiple dogs.  A lot more time and effort goes into working through the various needs and real-life challenges relating to working multiple dogs that live together.

Dogs that come in together, but live separately are trained as two separate dogs.  We can train them together if requested, but there will still be two individual handover sessions, one for each owner.

Prices are subject to change at anytime without notice.


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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.

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Not only do we show you how well your dog is listening to us but we also ensure you know exactly how to follow the training through once you take your dog home at the end of their course. 

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MORE full time trainers
MORE training


FUN and play time
HIGHER standards
PROVEN, effective obedience and behaviour shaping techniques
More PRACTICAL and POSITIVE outcomes!

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Two husky’s from the same family working their drop step away whilst trainers create different distracting scenarios in our lounge setting.

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.

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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/pushy and demanding behaviour) or for setting new and realistic rules for good behaviour around the home and elsewhere.

You will of course have training and behaviour shaping strategies to follow once your dog returns home again, as will be discussed over the phone when you enquire about the course. This practice strategy is common-sense and an important part of the overall boarding school process – you will be the ones rehabilitating your dog, we help you get it all started.

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

20 Day Course Inclusions

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 Alpha 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 for application at home in common scenarios!
  • All boarding, feeding, brushing (if required).
  • Regular play and exercise time each day.
  • Basic groom (brush, 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.
  • Boarding School For Dogs hand-back digital 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.

Obedience Exercises

On Lead Training

  • No need for impractical and problem-causing food rewards – You will be taught how to use an exciting Release Command that is practical, effective and relevant under distraction.
  • Heeling – Your dog will walk nicely by your side and sit automatically by your side when you stop.
  • Free-walking – Your dog will walk nicely out in front of you.
  • 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 different environments and situations.

Off lead obedience training is to an introductory level, but we will show you how it all combines with the off-lead manners to allow you to develop these skills once your dog comes home again.

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 or items off the floor or on tables and benches, not barging through doors or gates (until invited), behaving in a calm manner when inside.

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

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The Handback

On your arrival to the hand-back session your trainer will explain what will be happening over the next few hours, as-well-as key principles such as contrast effect and tonal conditioning (praise). After that we’ll bring your dog in – they will be so happy to see you again. At that moment we will also take the opportunity to demonstrate and explain how to settle your over-excited dog as this is a great opportunity to show the tonal conditioning in action. You will then pat and cuddle your dog before we start the training session.

During the hand-back your instructor will also explain relevant canine learning and behavioural principals that will enable you and your dog to come to a new understanding as far as daily obedience is concerned. It is our goal to educate you, which in turn will enable you to maintain and improve your dog’s newly acquired skills. You will then be taught to handle your dog and receive expert advice and handy tips to make it as easy and fluent as possible.

Common good behaviour skills will also be taught to compliment the obedience training that your dog has received. You will see just how quickly new, good behaviours can be shaped over the top of old annoying behaviours. By the end of this hands-on instruction you will see the real potential for applying these new rules back in your home environment.


Common-sense practice strategies will then be structured into your individual lifestyle requirements.

The homework sheet is an important part of your take-home pack.


If there are any other problems or questions during this time we will show you how to use the obedience training and manners principles to effectively sort them out. However, most owners already know the strategies and solutions to other problems once they have done all the hands-on training with their dog during the handback session. This is because what we tech you is relevant and works in real-time and we often deal with random situations as they occur during the session.

Of course you can also call us if you need advice or assistance any time after your dog has come back home to you. There is also the option of a discounted membership at Alpha Dog Training weekly classes if you wish to take the training to even higher levels.


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