Frequently Asked Questions about Training

  • Is this the right training for me?

    In order to be successful at transforming your dog’s behavior, we want you to be familiar with our philosophy and training techniques. We encourage all potential clients to come for a free evaluation before any training commitment is made.

  • Why do you use ECollars?

    Modern E-Collar training is one of the most effective,  reliable, humane, and transformational training tools for off-leash communication.

  • How do you train with an ECollar?

    We use low-level, communication-focused, modern E-Collar training.  This looks nothing like the E-Collar or “shock collar” training of the past.

  • Do you work with aggressive dogs?

    Yes. We specialize in aggression rehab, and Matt is the one of few trainers in the Northwest providing successful rehabilitation solutions for aggression and reactivity in dogs.  While we do not take aggressive dogs into our boarding or adventure programs, we do have training options available.  Please fill out an inquiry form to set up your free evaluation.

  • Will I get to see my dog during the Board and Train?

    NWB Dogs will determine if owner participation is appropriate or helpful throughout board and train programs

  • Do you use reward-based training?

    Yes.  We often use a dog’s daily amount of kibble rather than treats to help build motivation to work and to establish desirable behaviors.  Depending on the dog we may use kibble, praise, or another enjoyable activity such as play to reward during initial phases of training

  • What tools do you use?

    We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dog training. Part of being a balanced trainer is familiarizing yourself with as many tools as possible.    Some of the tools we use are Prong Collars, E-Collars, slip leads, pet convincers (compressed air for interrupting behavior), treats, toys, long lines, muzzles, and bark collars.  We also use less tangible tools such as our own “energy” and body language to influence a dog’s behavior

  • Why do you use prong collars? Aren’t they illegal?

    Where we live, prong collars are not illegal.  They have been banned in some places because of the way they look and because of their use by (excuse our language) stupid or cruel individuals.  When used properly it allows the owner to communicate effectively with their dog.  Many people choose to use prong collars before they come to us without guidance and often incorrectly.  We believe in educating the public on proper fitting and use of prong collars rather than banning them or refusing to use them

  • Is my dog kenneled?  How many hours a day?

    Training dogs are kenneled at night and throughout the day when they are not actively participating in training.  As they progress through training they will gain more freedom and get more unstructured social time.  They will never be left out of the kennel and unattended indoors or inside

  • What do I need to bring with me for drop-off?

    Please only bring payment, food (medications), bedding, and paperwork we may have requested such as vaccination records. Bring your dog to the house on-leash with a properly fitted collar.  Items brought such as toys and leashes will be sent home with you at that time

  • Will I get updates on my dog during their board-and-train?

    We post video and picture to Facebook for clients to see their dogs.  You can inquire via email with specific questions and we will do our best to answer them.  We ask that you limit inquiries to only the most important subjects while your dog is with us

  • How much time do I need to train my dog each day?

    Most likely you wont need to spend more time with your dog than you already do, it will only be a question of how you spend that time differently.  On average we expect you to have a minimum total of between 1-2 hours per day to both exercise and train your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions about Boarding

  • Will my dog be going on off-leash adventures?  Will they run away?

    If your dog has reliable recall and does not have a history of bolting, we will offer to take them on off-leash adventures with the pack.  Once given your permission we will take them on a trial-run hike.  New dogs are evaluated and kept on-leash or on a fifteen-foot long-line until they show they are trustworthy off-leash.  Most dogs are socially driven and prefer to stay close to the pack.  Despite our precautions, we cannot guarantee your dog will not bolt after wildlife or for other reasons.  We encourage all owners to consider the risk/benefit and their dogs personality before approving them for off-leash hikes.

  • Do you send pictures or videos of my dog?

  • How much time to my dogs get to spend outside?

     Dogs get an average of 3-5 hours per day outdoors, split into multiple sessions throughout the day between 7am and 10pm.

  • Do we need to bring our own food?

    Yes, please bring enough food for your dog's stay in an air-tight container.  Changing dog's diets can lead to upset stomach and an unhappy pup.

  • Do you offer grooming or bathing services?

    We do not currently offer grooming services.  Dogs have a lot of fun outside here and, especially in winter, can become muddy.  We do our best to rinse dogs if they are particularly dirty.  If you would like to set up a grooming appointment after your dog's stay we recommend Emily's Grooming and/or Dirty Paws in Hood River.

  • Can we bring our dog's bed?

    Yes, feel free to bring your dog's bedding, although it is not mandatory. Please make sure it is clean and pest-free!

  • Where does my dog sleep?

    Dogs stay in kennels in our newly remodeled kennel room.

  • Can we bring our dog's favorite toy?

    We prefer that toys are not brought.  Dogs can become possessive, even when toys are left in their crate only.