Intensive Training in the United States

We're excited to announce that we will be offering residential training near Vancouver, Los Angeles and Florida in 2020 and 2021

Here at Adolescent Dogs, we offer a unique opportunity for your dog to join us for an intensive training course where they'll receive a bespoke training package tailored to their exact needs.  All of our training is positive and reward based.

We train your dog for you, then show you how to keep it goings, you'll see excellent results in as little as 2 weeks.

This training is vital if you've ever experienced

  • Dreading going for a walk with your dog

  • Embarrassment at your dog’s choices and behaviour

  • Barking, reactivity, pulling, lunging, sniffing, distraction, 

  • Lack of focus or self-control or anything else your naughty dog might think of doing!

Your dog will come and live with the Head Trainers Jenny & Mike in a holiday home within 1 to 2 hour drive from Los Angeles and receive intensive training over a 2 week period that is fully customised to your training needs.


You'll then receive hands on training so that we can transfer the training to you and show you how to keep it up. You'll also receive full access to our online video tutorials to help you with maintaining the training.  

Deciding who to trust with your beloved family dog is a tough decision to make.  We offer a caring, secure, positive and safe environment for your family dog and only use positive training methods.  You'll receive regular photo & video updates throughout, and full owner training is provided to ensure lifetime success

Intensive training is perfect for owners who want to ensure they are getting the training right, and want the benefit of expert guidance from start to end. 

Did you know, most dog owners simply don't have the skills, knowledge, access to daily distractions or time needed to build reliability around other dogs and people, and in different environments, so receiving intensive training from an expert is the perfect solution! You shouldn't feel an ounce of guilt about seeking help for your dog. You are being a responsible dog owner, and both you and your dog will reap the rewards of having excellent training in place.

Booking an intensive course is the best thing you can do for your family dog, so he can enjoy the freedom he deserves, and you can enjoy taking your dog out with confidence. We welcome all breeds of dogs, and cater training for puppies from 10 weeks of age, right up to old age. It's never too early or late!


Puppy Programmes

From 12 weeks, we begin our obedience training programme, covering training, socialisation and toilet training.


If you want to ensure your puppy has the very best start to his training and socialisation and want to make sure you're doing everything right, then this programme is for you! Not only do we make sure your puppy has the best start to his education, we share the skills and knowledge with you, so that you can feel confident carrying it all on through to adulthood.

Puppies don't grow out of their unwanted behaviours, they only grow into them! At least half of our intensive stays are puppy clients! 


The BEST age to start a puppy stay is between 12 weeks and 6 months of age. Don't wait for your puppy to develop problem behaviour, teach your puppy now so he can grow with his training!



Adult Dogs & Rescue Dogs

We provide re-training programmes for adult dogs and rescue dogs. If you're struggling to take your dog's training to the reliable level that you need, then our expert trainers have the skills and knowledge to get fast results for you!  Many owners lack the skills, time or regular access to distractions to build any kind of reliability themselves.

Our team can quickly help to get on top of lead pulling, recall, jumping, barking, hyperactivity, toilet training, lunging at cars/dogs/joggers, behaviour around children, behaviour arounds cats/livestock, settling in the home and in pubs/cafes, settling in your workplace, assistance/therapy dog tasks and all basic to advanced obedience

Your dog is never too young or too old to learn! We take dogs as young as 12 weeks and as old as 10 years!


Reactive Dogs

If your dog is lunging, barking or showing aggression towards dogs or people, whether through fear, frustration, over excitement, guarding or any other reason, we can help.

The best time to get on top of this type of problem is now! The longer you leave it, the worse your dog's behaviour will get and the longer it will take to change.

As with any training, you'll need to be fully committed to keeping up your dog's training once home, as whilst we can put the essential groundwork in place and start to see huge improvements and changes, training will be ongoing for months.  We'll transfer the skills and knowledge over to you after the stay to ensure you feel confident handling your dog and continuing the good work started here

Training syllabus


Our training programmes are customised to your needs, but here are a few things we can cover

  • Basic to advanced obedience

  • Puppy training - toileting, crate training, play biting etc

  • Manners meeting people without jumping/biting/excitement

  • Walking on a lead without pulling

  • Reduce barking & lunging at dogs/people/joggers/cyclists

  • Come when called away from distractions

  • Improve social skills with other dogs

  • Respond to commands under distraction

  • Reduce barking at noises, dogs, people, or for attention

  • Build control around animals (cats, dogs, livestock)

  • Household manners (toilet training, settling, stealing)

  • Training around children in a family home

  • Food / toy / stolen object guarding

  • Settling in pubs and cafes

  • Building confidence in nervous or fearful dogs

  • Rehabilitating rescue dogs

  • Helping rescue dogs from abroad to adjust to UK life

  • Teaching assistance /therapy dog tasks

  • Improving behaviour of dogs who are reactive to dogs or people due to fear, frustration, excitement or aggression


Why choose residential training over classes?

  • It's 10 times faster than weekly training, and the results are more reliable

  • It's the same way guide dogs are trained!

  • Your dog receives daily intensive training, so we can quickly discover what training method will work for your dog and get the daily training right from the start. We also have daily access to distractions, the part that most owners struggle with

  • It is FAR less stressful for your dog to learn with an expert, than to struggle through the owners trial & error

  • You'll receive hands on coaching to show you how to keep up the training, with lifetime support

  • You'll build a better bond, achieve faster results and be able to enjoy your dog now instead of in a year or two


How many weeks to book


2 week stays

Our minimum stay for intensive training is 2 weeks to teach your puppy or adult dog essential key skills and an excellent foundation of training.  


In 2 weeks, there is time to teach your dog new commands & behaviours in a low level distraction environment. We can help to improve your dog's lead walking, recall, manners meeting people, household manners, manners at pubs, calmness, impulse control etc, and you will need to be prepared to continue advancing your dog's training to achieve more control around distractions

3 to 4 week staysmost popular

In the UK, our most popular length of stay is 3 to 4 weeks. In weeks 3 to 4, we can begin to take the training around distractions and into different environments to build more reliability. 


So if you need your dog to focus on you when around other dogs and people, this is the best length of stay to achieve this. 

Unfortunately we only currently offer 2 week stays in the States, but you can book top up stays each year if needed to advance the training

Top up stays

The most reliable level of training is achieved through regular top up stays. So any time you go on holiday, your dog can come back for a refresher and advancement training. This helps to keep your dog's training fresh, and to continue building a reliable response to commands when out and about.  

There is no minimum stay for top ups, but we do recommend that less than 2 weeks is ok for maintenance, and 2 weeks minimum to see improvements/advancement, 1 handover lesson is included.


Owner training

Full owner training is provided at the end of each stay. You'll receive a minimum of 2 x 2 hour owner training lessons whereby we will transfer your dogs training over to you.  You'll be taught the skills needed to continue with your dogs training once home, so that you can achieve long term success.  


You'll also have lifetime access to your trainer via email/phone for any additional support

50% of the training we do here is with your dog, but critically, 50% of the training is with you. You must be committed to attending your owner training lessons and continuing your dog's training. We can only put the foundation training in place, not send back a fully trained dog , so it is up to you to maintain your dog's training daily in order to see results. 



When you book any Board & Train Course

  • FREE ACCESS to our entire video tutorial library, so you can get started with your dog's training right now whilst you wait for your dog's stay to begin, and to help you to keep up and advance your dog's training after 


Every dog is different based on their age, breed, personality, previous learning history and environment. They all learn at very different paces and no two dogs can be compared.


Having said that, 95% of dogs thrive with intensive training and we get excellent results.  Occasionally, dogs can struggle to transfer the training to their owners, and should this happen, we guarantee to continue providing free one to one lessons to help you with your dog's ongoing training

It is important to us that your dog's training course is successful and that you are able to see the same results that we achieved here.  

As long as you are committed to putting the time into your owner training, then we are committed to putting time into your training too!


It is important to note that the training we put in place is foundations only. In 2 weeks we are teaching the foundation commands in low level distraction environments, and in 3 to 4 weeks we are building the foundations for responding to the training around distractions. You will need to commit to continuing your dog's training for life, so that the training becomes more reliable and understood in multiple envrionments. If you are wanting a robot dog who you have to put no effort into once home,then residential training isn't for you. 

Watch our YouTube channel for over 1,700 training videos, showing what is achievable




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