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You may need our obedience training if your dog...

...jumps on everything and everyone? ...bolts out the door and runs off? ...doesn't stay down or lay down?...doesn't come when you call  to you?  This program is great for the person that wants full control of their dog while their dog is on or  off of a leash. 

All On Leash Obedience course commands are taught, then we take it further and teach it OFF LEASH!   

The commands sit/stay and down/stay is taught as well as place!   We teach you as well, about how to use the tools and not let the dog slip into bad habits again. 

We teach you how to use the same tools we use here for training, in order for you to continue good habits at home!




Body Language

1st communication...

We are realists here.   The reality of dog handling is that your tools aren't next to you always.   Suddenly you need your dog to behave, what do you do?!  We teach body language as your FIRST line of communication and your #1 tool in your belt of communication.   Dogs 1st way to communicate is through body language, so why not "talk" to them in a way they understand?


Leash Work

Important in learning...

Everything we teach is first taught on a leash.   It's a super clear and easy way for you to practice and gain confidence, your dog can learn your body language with it as well as your vocal commands.   It stops confusion and offers a way for you both to learn each other together.   Why wouldn't you use a tool that could get you further with less frustration and/or confusion?



Learning, Not Fear...

Lets own up to it...  This is the device most people are nervous about!  And rightly so!  If used improperly you can cause harm.

With our program we teach you how to use this device properly as a communication tool, NOT just a correction tool.  When properly taught to the dog and properly used, it's a super clear communication tool that can strengthen relationship and obedience.


Habit Forming

Why is our program long?

We are dog people and completely understand you don't want to be away from your dog for long.   But our job is to help you!  We can best do that with time, not a quick fix or a program that needs more training in the future.   Learn why our program is 6 weeks long and why it's important to your success.

What is Taught

What are the COMMANDS?

This program covers everything obedience and more.   Click to view the commands we teach.


No other training is like our program!

Every decision that goes into this board and train obedience program makes it stand apart.  From the way the dog reacts, to the way we build in routine and consistency from the start, to the innovative ways we problem solve your dogs specific troubled areas.

This course is for those wanting their dog to be the well mannered pet in and out of the home.

The more understanding humans have of their dogs, the more enjoyable life becomes for both.


Our goal is to make your training as successful as possible from the moment you pick up your dog!  We simply do not believe in a two week program that forces your dog to do things, or does not give your dog enough time to learn.   This simply leaves you calling back asking for more training, or makes your dog afraid (or worse in some cases aggressive)...   We do not believe that is fair to you, the dog, your pocket book, or your time.   You deserve better, and habits are not formed that way.


Our facility wants you as successful and self reliant as possible from the moment the dog goes home.   Our habit forming teaching gives the dog understanding it needs while forming relationships here, much like his/her home and relationship with you.   The training at Mill Pond Kennels allows for a smoother transition back to home, with rules and techniques that can help you create the habits that your own home needs.

We have been doing this for years, and we can honestly and respectfully say it takes a full week for most dogs to be comfortable in a new environment.   Giving the dog just one more week for training after he/she has gotten comfortable isn't going to be as effective.

It is for this reason we offer a 4 week board and train program

  • Habit Forming

  • Relationship Building

  • Teaching not Forcing

  • Not always about correction

  • Understanding, no confusion

  • Learning skills, not just tricks

  • Helping YOU transition your habits

  • Support even after training

  • Not needing another board and train later

  • Helping you understand how to communicate


Advanced Training Area

Once your dog learns place and down/stay we can continue that habit in our advanced area.   In this area they are out of the crate, supervised.  Learning how to be calm, potty training, and down/stay in our large climate controlled warehouse.

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People are rightly concerned about leaving dogs in crates for long periods of time.   The way we train depends on us forming habits, and we simply cannot do that with your dog sitting in a crate.   While they are SUPER useful, and a very good tool, we are always training in all aspects of the dog's stay here.

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We are proud users of...


  • Habit forming tool that helps the dog learn to keep calm under supervision

  • Proven to reduce stress by creating a den environment

  • Safe and secure for all dogs, no jumping and barking habits.

  • Potty Training at it's best!   Schedule and crates help the dog understand when it's time to "go".

Read more about crates from others here.


Habit Forming

As you may have read we are huge about habit forming!   If we can teach a dog how to remain calm while exciting things are going on around it, we get better overall training!  Crates are a FIRST step to that.  The dog must learn to keep calm while other dogs are training and people are coming in and out.  Also helps with potty training!