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Maeve, Shepherd mix,  relaxing while we get a coffee.


Luna, 8 months old Great Dane, l Learning impulse control around children she does not know.


Freyja's  "head in" shaped behavior,
to protect her from grabby hands in na crowd.

X Learning K9s Board and Train options are ideal for wise and caring owners who are going through some busy times, but still want their adult dogs and puppies to continue their training and socialization. Also ideal for owners that are struggling with their dogs behavior and need help. If a puppy has been recently acquired, please do not let him/her sit in the house or backyard because you are suddenly busy. We know life happens and things change unexpectedly. We can help. Since your dog or puppy stays with us, we can keep up with the learning process on a daily basis.


Our reward based program is structured so that each dog gets individual attention and training, alternating physical and mental stimulation in-between rest time. We do not allow dogs to run amuck and be overstimulated all day long. When dogs aren’t being worked they relax in a crate, kennel or room with a chew toy/bone/Kong etc. We know that rest and relaxation are important for the management of biological and emotional stress.



Boarding adult dogs and puppies stay in a  home environment  that is kept clean and low stress. Crates and kennels inside/outside the home are utilized for confinement, while white noise is provided throughout the day. Dogs need downtime as well as sleeping time. They can get it here, unlike larger scale daycares and boarding facilities.  Spacious and covered outside kennels may be used when the weather permits it. Dogs that are kenneled outside and inside are given enrichment toys, filled Kongs, Goughnuts, bones (raw or Nylabones), etc.  No dog is kept outside for a prolonged amount of time or overnight, regardless of the weather. Free time in the house is also scheduled daily, for each dog that is boarding and depending on the dog's needs. Some dogs are here to potty train, learn not to chew items in the house, or just learn house "manners". Cameras are used to make sure we can monitor the boarding dogs at all times. Exercise is provided on a daily basis through outside time and/or treadmill inside (two DogTread electric treadmills and off-leash time in the yards). The boarding area has a 3 stage filtration air purifier with high-efficiency activated aarbon filter,  to keep the air clean for the dogs. We monitor it via a phone app even when not home.


Board and Train dogs are worked a minimum of 4 times each day. Part of the programs is to take them out and about and experience the world while appropriate behaviors are reinforced. Dogs will be taken to malls, stores, and plazas where they are allowed. Pictures and/or videos are provided weekly,  depending on our work load.  Board and Train dogs may interact with one or two of our dogs, and other dogs,  depending on why they are here. Positive reinforcement techniques are utilized to teach behaviors. Training tools may be used under specific circumstances and/or for the safety of everyone involved if it is determined that is an appropriate choice. If training tools are utilized, the owner will also learn how to appropriately and effectively use them.  Please inquire about work with e-collars for this program (if applicable).  We only use high-quality collars with the newest and most updated technology and will not agree to work with a cheap and low-quality collar an owner might provide.  We can advise on what brands and models to purchase or have a collar ready at a competitive price. We expect owners to continue to work with their companion animals at home the way we show them, for long term results. If looking for trainers that send you home pressing buttons with a "lifetime guarantee" and little work from your part....our trainer is not for you.

Example of basic behaviors and manners that can be addressed during Board & Train are: sit, down, watch, come, stay, “close”, wait, out, place, leave it, crate training, muzzle work, jumping up, door/vehicle/gates manners, walking on a leash, chewing on appropriate items, treadmill work, and potty training.


Example of problem behaviors that can be addressed during Board & Train: aggressive behavior toward people and other dogs or animals, intolerance to handling, confinement intolerance, high arousal based redirection toward handler, etc.

Puppy “stuff”: confidence building, relationship building, basic manners, and obedience foundation. Puppies go out and about to experience the world. This is careful and productive socialization. We do not overwhelm young puppies and expose them to environments and situations they are not ready for. Everything involving puppies is taught using positive reinforcement methods.

6 months old GSD  waiting for his food reward while keeping a down during a field trip to a store.


Leonardo. 4 months old Rottweiler
puppy, ready for the elevator to open.

Board and Train mix learning to walk in crowds and public places.

Board and Train  Doberman puppy with some noise sensitivity.

4 months old puppy learning to recall in a distracting environment.


Single Day Board and Train Adult Dogs:  $145 per day for dogs without significant behavioral issues that can be safely crated. $ 165 for dogs with behavioral issues, including aggression toward people. Drop off is generally between 9-10 AM and pick up between 7-8 PM. Please contact us for needs with dogs that cannot be safely confined during downtime, as they require us not to take any other boarders train. This single-day(s) Board and Train option is generally for dogs we know that have gone through our programs before. Exceptions can be made after we meet a dog.

Our Three Weeks Board and Train program:  (basic manners for dogs without significant behavioral problems) is $2935. It includes 1.5-hour training session upon pick up, and two follow-up sessions, to help owners maintain the behaviors learned. Board and Train dogs will be socialized around other animals, adults, and children; exposed to different environments while learning to be socially appropriate when in public.  The included free follow-up sessions need to be used within 2 months unless otherwise specified.


Our Five Weeks Board and Train Program: (basic manners and behavior modification for dogs with a variety of behavioral problems, including aggressive behavior) is $ 4995. It includes a 2-hour training session upon pick-up and three one-hour follow-up sessions.  This program is given priority over single day Board and Train. We only take one or two dogs at a time, to make sure the right amount of attention and work is given to each dog.  We feel that five weeks is the minimum amount of time we need to address problematic behaviors that have been reinforced for a long time and/or are a liability. If a dog needs more time then we’ll add it and $ 850 per week. The included follow-up sessions are to be used within 4 months.

Puppies Single Day Board and Train (under 6 months of age) : $ 145 per day training. Drop off is generally between 9-10 AM and pick up at between 7-8 PM . Please contact us for different time needs and we will try to work with you.


Puppy Starter Three Weeks (under 6 months of age)  Struggling with a new puppy and running low on patience? Your puppy can stay with us for three weeks and during that time we focus on life skills, basic behaviors, as well as building confidence. Your puppy will be headed in the right direction, beginning to learn to crate quietly, chew on appropriate items, down, sit, leash walking and recall. Positive reinforcement techniques are utilized. Everything puppy is fun, while still learning.  We strive to build very important skills so that a new puppy can succeed in his/her new home and life. Please keep in mind that a very young puppy cannot be expected to have 100% reliable behaviors upon cue, in every circumstance and situation. We can’t expect it from most adult dogs and it would not be realistic to expect it from young puppies either.  This program is $ 3250.  We have great results with puppy work and enjoy building a strong foundation with them.





Single Day Adult and Puppy Boarding Only: $ 90 per day/night for adult dogs with . $ 110 per day/night for young puppies   that need multiple potty breaks (under 6 months old). We often have to take puppies with us when we have appointments or we are training our dogs, as we do not want the puppies learning to relieve themselves in crates or kennels.

"Difficult" Dogs Boarding Only We accept dogs that display significant aggressive behavior toward humans (mandatory 30 minutes consultation prior boarding) and toward other dogs, as we know how difficult it is to find trustworthy people and facilities to board and care for said dogs. Many of them do not need added stress to the time away from their owners. We treat them with respect , like the rest of the other dogs that come in for training or boarding . We have stricter safety rules, while making these dogs as comfortable as possible. Please contact us with questions or concerns. Difficult Dogs Boarding Only Fees: $110 per day/night. 

Board and Train girl Montana maintaining her down inside a store.


*** Boarding with us is generally reserved for previous Board & Train dogs so we know that they are comfortable here. Exceptions are made depending on the dog in question. Please inquire if in need. ***

Board and Train girl Montana maintaining
her down inside a store.

4 months Doberman in Puppy Starter Program, becoming familiar with an exam table at a veterinary facility.

1 year old Gordon Setter, Priscilla, working on basic manners while gaining some confidence in different public places.


A 9 months old Llewellin Setter,
Jelly Bean, enjoying off-leash time
at the bay with one of our personal dogs. 

***Muzzle training:  we recommend all dogs to be muzzled trained. It can be overwhelming for a dog to have to wear a muzzle all of a sudden, because of an unexpected need. We can take care of that for you. Dogs with aggressive behavior might be required to wear a muzzle during their stay or training with us, if we determine it is the appropriate choice, for everyone's safety***

*** We accept Zelle as a form of payment .  We also accept cash or checks , with payments received ahead of time to reserve any of our services. ***

***All training programs and program prices subject to change. X Learning K9s LLC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. ***

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