Dog Training Services

The Board Hound’s training philosophy relies on science-based, force-free and fear-free training methods. Our training methods use pleasant forms of motivation to teach your dog new behaviors. All our training methods are supported by the ASVAB, APDT, AKC, CCPDT, and the Humane Society of the United States. Motivators can vary between dogs, but are generally focused on food, affection, play, and behaviors themselves to reward and reinforce behavior.

Group Class Availability


Winter 2021 Semester: Open Group Classes

Intermediate Obedience (Sec D/Winter I/Sat)
Accepting Registration – Register here!
This class meets Saturday afternoons at 3pm (starts Jan 16; ends Feb 6).
Pre-requisites: FOI or trainer approval

Foundational Obedience (Sec E/Winter II/Tue)
Accepting Registration – Register here!
This class meets Tuesday evenings at 7pm (starts Feb 9; ends Mar 9)

Foundational Obedience (Sec F/Winter II/Thur)
Accepting Registration – Register here!
This class meets Thursday evenings at 7pm (starts Feb 11; ends Mar 11)

Foundational Obedience (Sec G/Winter II/Fri)
PENDING
This class meets Friday evenings at 7pm (starts Feb 12; ends Mar 12)

Intermediate Obedience (Sec H/Winter II/Sat A)
Accepting Registration – Register here!
This class meets Saturday afternoons at 1pm (starts Feb 20; ends Mar 13).
Pre-requisites: FOI or trainer approval

Intermediate Obedience (Sec J/Winter II/Sat B)
Accepting Registration – Register here!
This class meets Saturday afternoons at 3pm (starts Feb 20; ends Mar 13).
Pre-requisites: FOI or trainer approval


Open Registration

Free Puppy Party – Every Saturday at 10am & 11am – Register for Puppy Party here!

Puppy Kindergarten
Rolling Enrollment
Monday & Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

The Board Hound is passionate about improving the relationships between dogs and their owners by building trust and making the training experience enjoyable for everyone. We will never use methods involving pain, fear, or force.

Please review our variety of training and enrichment options for your pup. We offer traditional options like In-Person Private Training, Group Classes and Board & Train as well as non-traditional options such as Advanced Workshops, Play School, Virtual Private Training, and enrichment opportunities!


Training Services & Pricing

Training Consultations (via GoogleTM Meet)
FREE 30-minute session
Training Consultations are required prior to scheduling all Private Training Sessions, Play School, Board & Train, and Group Classes to make sure our training services are a good fit for your pup, and to provide recommendations as needed. This is an opportunity to discuss your goals for your dog and any training options you may be interested in.

Private Training

Virtual Private Training Session (via GoogleTM Meet)
$95 per hour
A great training option for you and your pup while practicing social distancing guidelines. Meet with our trainer for a one-hour training session via GoogleTM Meet and start working towards your training goals at home. These sessions are perfect for troubleshooting bad manners, teaching obedience skills, puppy problem solving, trick training, and behavior consultations.

On-Site Private Training Sessions
$125 per hour
Meet with our trainer for a one-hour training session custom tailored for you and your dog at our Old Town Location. These sessions are perfect for all levels of obedience, puppy problem solving, perfecting good manners, leash skills, & polite greetings.

In-Home Private Training Sessions
$150 per hour
Meet with our trainer for a one-hour training session custom tailored for you and your dog. Our trainer can meet with you and your dog at your home, or another location of your choice. These sessions are perfect for all levels of obedience, puppy problem solving, house training, perfecting good manners, leash reactivity, polite greetings, and aggression cases.

Virtual Follow-up Session (via GoogleTM Meet)
$50 per 30-minute session
This option is for current training clients to meet with their trainer as needed to troubleshoot, ask follow-up questions, or get additional help with training goals. These follow-up sessions are booked directly with your trainer.

Puppy Classes & Socialization

Puppy Party (Beginning July 11!)
FREE

Puppy socialization opportunities for pups up to 20 weeks old. Puppy Party is held on Saturdays at 10am at our Old Town Location. Click here register for Puppy Party!

Puppy Kindergarten (rolling admission)
6 classes, 1-hour sessions – $195
Curriculum follows positive experience socialization, name recognition, healthy play, voluntary attention, and exposure to new experiences. The course is also designed to helps owners with puppy problem solving, and customized recommendation for your puppy’s unique needs. The Puppy K curriculum is designed with flexible schedules to accommodate owners and the needs of each puppy. Puppy K meets every Monday and Wednesday. Sessions can be used once or twice per week, and includes our free Puppy Party on Saturdays! Puppy K is offered with rolling admission and is for puppies under 20 weeks old. For shy, timid, or very young puppies, it is welcomed and encouraged to register for more than one cycle of Puppy K.

Registration for Puppy Kindergarten can be completed by emailing info@theboardhound.com. Your custom course schedule will be emailed to you after registration.

Obedience Group Classes

The Board Hound offers micro-group training classes to accommodate every level of obedience. Our group classes are designed to with a high trainer to student ratio, with no more than five student per class! This gives the ability for individual attention and assistance throughout your training experience.

Click here to register for open Obedience Group Classes!

Foundational Obedience
5 weeks*, 1-hour sessions – $225
Introduction to clicker training and obedience skills. Curriculum includes sit, down, intro to stay behaviors, and intro to leash manners! These micro-group classes are for puppies and adult dogs 16 weeks and older. *The first class is a mandatory orientation for human students only.

Intermediate Obedience
4 weeks, 1-hour sessions – $210
Micro-group class focusing on advancing knowledge and improving consistency of skills. Curriculum and activities include advancing stay behaviors, advancing leash manners, polite greetings, and outdoor generalizing! Pre-Requisite: FO or Head Trainer Approval

Advanced Training Workshops

Advanced workshops are individual training sessions to fit any training goal. All workshops are one-hour sessions in semi-private groups. Our Advanced Workshops create a fully customizable experience for you and your dog.

Click here to register for Advanced Training Workshops!

Advanced Workshop Packages & Pricing
Single-Session Package – $80
3-Session Package – $225
6-Session Package – $420
12-Session Package – $780
*Workshop Packages are valid for 6 months

Shaping Behavior 101
Curriculum includes learning foundational skills on how to use shaping and capturing to teach any behavior. This class provides owners with the foundational mechanical and observational skills to shape basic behaviors.
Pre-Requisites: FO or Head Trainer Approval; IO is recommended

Advanced Shaping & Tricks
For clicker-savvy and shaping-savvy clients to work on complex behavior chains to create advanced (and impressive) tricks!
Pre-Requisites: FO & Shaping Behavior 101, or Head Trainer Approval

Introduction to Leash Manners
Curriculum focuses on foundational skills for leash manners in a controlled environment. This class is not designed for dogs with reactive or aggressive leash behaviors.
Pre-Requisites: Training Consultation

Intermediate Leash Manners
Curriculum includes developing your dog’s leash manners in a variety of situations. This class works indoors and outdoors, so please dress appropriately. This class is not designed for dogs with reactive behaviors.
Pre-Requisites: FO or Head Trainer Approval

Advanced Urban Leash Manners
Curriculum includes refining and generalizing your dog’s leash manners, polite greetings, and heel skills in a variety of distractions in the bustling urban setting of Old Town, Alexandria! This class works 100% outdoors so please dress appropriately. This workshop is not designed for dogs with reactivity or aggression.
Pre-Requisites: FO & Intermediate Leash Manners, or Head Trainer Approval.

Off-Leash Skills
Curriculum includes introducing off-leash concepts and advancing your dog’s off-leash skills and generalizing recall skills. Exercises will be customized to the ability and experience of each student.
Pre-Requisites: Head Trainer Approval

Advanced Stays
Curriculum includes combining Duration, Distance, & Distraction for the perfect stay.

Pre-Requisites: FO & Shaping Behavior 101, or Head Trainer Approval; IO is recommended.

Mat Skills
Teach your dog to go to a predetermined place. This can also be paired with the Advanced Stays Workshop to advance skills. An excellent skill for door dashers, or dogs who tend to enthusiastically greet guests to your home.
Pre-Requisites: FO & Shaping Behavior 101, or Head Trainer Approval; IO is recommended.

Open Topic
The perfect opportunity to practice almost any of your training goals, under the direct supervision and expert guidance of our Trainers. Excludes Leash Skills.
Pre-Requisites: FO or Head Trainer Approval

Play School and Board & Train

These options are wonderful training opportunities for your pup while maintaining social distancing guidelines for humans! All Play School and Board & Train options include a private YouTube playlist of your dog’s sessions as well as tips and tricks to continue reinforcing your dog’s new skills at home. These options are obedience-based, and can be customized to your dog’s ability, knowledge, and skill level. These training options require recent daycare participation at either location and a training consultation prior to registration.

Play School (Old Town Location Only)
$785 per week – Includes four one-hour Play School sessions and a one-hour Virtual Private Training Session at the end of the week.  Daycare cost is not included.
$275 for continuing education – Includes three 30-minute Play School Sessions and a 30-minute Virtual Training Session. Continuing education is intended to reinforce Play School training goals after the initial week has been completed. Continuing education can also follow our Board & Train service. Daycare cost is not included.

Board & Train (Shirlington Location Only)
$1175 for 10 nights (minimum) – Includes six (6) Play School Sessions and a one-hour Virtual Private Training Session. Boarding and Daycare costs are not included.
$495 for each additional 5-night increment – Includes three additional one-hour Play School sessions to incorporate additional training goals, and 30 additional minutes included in your Virtual Private Training Session. Boarding and Daycare costs are not included.

Enrichment & Training Add-Ons

Brain Games
$35 per 30-minute session
Pick your trick! Brain Games is offered as an add-on enrichment service to daycare visits and boarding stays. Your dog should have prior clicker experience to be eligible for Brain Games participation.

House Training Treats
$4 per 30-minute session
House training treats can be provided for Group Classes, Workshops, Play School, Board & Train, and Private training sessions. High-value treats are required for all training classes, but there is no cost to provide your own treats!

Training Registration & Requirements

The Board Hound is dedicated to providing affordable dog training solutions to best fit a variety of training goals. Virtual Training Consultations allows for new clients to meet with a knowledgable training to answer questions and provide recommendations for your training needs. We understand that every dog has unique needs, and owners may have differing goals for their pup. Our goal is to start your dog’s personalized plan on the right path.


Here’s how to get registered for our training services:

  1. Please complete and submit a New Client Registration Form to info@theboardhound.com.
    • If your dog is a current participant in daycare or boarding, there is no need to submit a new registration form.
  2. Please submit your dog’s up-to-date vaccine records to info@theboardhound.com. You may also fax them to 866-924-1480.
  3. After submitting your complete application, please schedule your free training consultation.
  4. Once scheduled and confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation for your appointment.
  5. Prior to your first appointment, please visit our Policies page to review current policy and operational procedures.

Requirements for your dog to participate in training services:

Please read the requirements per training service below:

FREE Puppy Party is for puppies 8 weeks to 20 weeks old. Puppies must be vaccinated with Bordetella and their first two rounds of distemper. Puppies over 16 weeks must have their Rabies vaccine as well. There is no requirement to register as a new client, or complete a training consultation, for your dog to attend Puppy Party.

Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies 8 weeks old to 20 weeks old. Puppies must be vaccinated with Bordetella and their first two rounds of Distemper. Puppies over 16 weeks old must have their Rabies vaccine as well.  Registration paperwork with vaccines, and a training consultation, is required prior to registering for Puppy K. If your puppy has attended Puppy Party, the training consultation is not required. Puppy K has a rolling admission, so it can start any time. However, puppies must be 16 weeks or younger at the time of their first session, and cannot be older than 20 weeks at their last session.

Private Training is for all dogs over 8 weeks old. Age appropriate vaccines required prior to scheduling private training. A Training Consultation is required prior to scheduling Virtual Private Training or In-Person Private Training sessions.

Group Classes (excluding Puppy K) are for all dogs 20 weeks and older. A Training Consultation and all appropriate vaccines are required prior to registering for group classes.

Play School and Board & Train are both options for dogs 10 weeks of age and older, with all age-appropriate vaccines. The drop-off daycare evaluation and the training consultation is required prior to scheduling Play School or Board & Train.