Winchester, VA Doggie Day Care


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my dog attend both Day Training and Daycare at the same time?

  • Yes! Absolutely. We also offer day training services, basically the same end results as a board and train – without the boarding and at a much-reduced rate. After the day training program, if you would like to continue using our daycare services, we will maintain your dog’s training while at daycare.

Is Doggie Day Care open to all dogs?

  • Yes! We have space for social dogs, little dogs, and can manage dog aggressive dogs. Human aggressive dogs are not allowed at daycare.

Will, my dog be trained while at daycare?

  • Yes! Our daycare program will be structured to support social behavior while reinforcing structure, boundaries, and correct social behavior.

Who will supervise my dogs while at Ridgeside K9’s Doggie Daycare?

  • Actual dog trainers and dog trainer interns. Your dog will be supervised by actual professional dog trainers.

Is my older dog safe at Doggie Day Care?

  • Yes! We have a separate area for older dogs where they can enjoy a relaxed day of rest.

Can my little dog attend daycare?

  • Yes! We have a separate area for little dogs.

Dog Behavior Training & Boarding 

Dog behavior training is essential for pets. Not only does it encourage good behavior, but it saves you from trouble in the long run. Below we answer some questions relating to dog training and behaviors.

How do you train a dog with behavior problems?

Training a dog with behavioral issues depends on the type of behavior you’d like to modify. Some behaviors like barking, scratching, digging, or running around are completely natural for dogs. Here’s what pet parents can do to correct any unwanted behaviors.

  • Barking – Consider teaching your dog bark/quiet commands. Be patient and consistent.
  • Excessive chewing – Ensure your dog chews the right thing by providing them appropriate chew toys. When away, keep your pet dog in a confined area or crate to minimize destruction.
  • Digging – Create more exercise opportunities with your dog, spend quality time together, and then work on extra training.
  • Anxiety – Dedicated training, behavior readjustments, and desensitization exercises will come in handy. Medication can be used in extreme cases.
  • Chasing – Dedicated training over the dog’s life can help you learn to focus the dog’s attention on your or your loved ones before running off.
  • Jumping – Jumping is a common attention-seeking behavior in dogs. Always turn away, ignore the dog, or walk away. Avoid eye contact, speaking, or touching the dog as it teaches him to seek your attention.
  • Begging – Whenever you sit down to eat in the house, command your dog to go to its sitting area, where he’s not able to see. You may also confine the dog to another room. Reward it with a treat if it behaves.
  • Biting – Dog usually bite under the right circumstances. You can curb this tendency by undertaking dog training, socialization, and proper breeding practices.
  • Aggression – Growling, snarling, lunging may stem from a health problem or inherited aggressive traits. Seek the help of a professional dog trainer, veterinarian, or behaviorist to keep others safe.

How much does dog behavior training cost?

Well, dog training costs may vary depending on the type of training. Private training may range from $40 to $12 per hour session, while group classes with a professional dog trainer cost between $30 and $50. 

Obedience training schools typically charge anywhere from $500 to $1,200, while a six-class package goes for $200 to $600. Training a service dog for therapy, support or protection costs an average of $120 per hour.

Can aggression be trained out of a dog?

Yes, it is possible to train and modify a dog and curb behavior problems like aggressive habits or tendencies. Readjusting aggressive behavior in pet dogs usually starts with identifying aggression and the underlying causes of the unwanted behavior. 

In most cases, the behavior is just a sign of a deep-seated problem. Sometimes the environment or the dog’s surroundings can contribute to the aggression. 

Once you know what triggers aggression first, it’s time to work with a professional dog trainer to modify the dog’s behavior. A bit of love and patience by pet parents goes a long way in making dogs docile.

How do you discipline a dog misbehaving?

You can discipline a misbehaving dog or puppy by stopping the pet in the act of any wrongdoing, then giving him a pet parent-approved option. Using your voice to curb unwanted behavior is an effective disciplining method. 

For example, if you walk into a room and find the dog chewing shoes, swiftly say “No” and take the item right out of his mouth. Once the dog calms down, offer him an actual chewing toy.

Anytime the dog misbehaves, you should avoid giving him attention. Consider time-outs, a form of social isolation, when the dog misbehaves. You can use crates to cut social contact, thus, reducing unwanted behavior. 

Withholding rewards is another form of disciplining your pet. You can use it to punish your erratic dog whenever it bites or runs away. Disciplining ensures your dog learns what behavior you expect from them and which ones you won’t tolerate.

Can an old dog learn new behaviors or tricks?

Yes, you can. Age itself doesn’t restrain learning in a canine, and we recommend dog training at all ages. If you have a puppy or a slightly mature dog, enlist for training sooner than later. 

A lack of training often leads to bad habits for the pet parents and the dog. Early training usually sets your dog for success rather than trying to modify bad behavior.

Does my dog always have to wear the collar?

Yes, reinforcement with collars is a crucial aspect of any dog training program. Trainers, who use dog collars, can train more effectively and safely. 

After the training week, it will still be necessary for you to maintain your rules and boundaries within and outside of your home. 

Collars enable you and other pet owners to reinforce what the dog has learned in training until they become docile or fully obedient.

Will my dog benefit from this training?

Your pet dog will benefit immensely from private lessons and group training. 

Most unwanted behaviors such as biting, jumping, or chewing often arise due to boredom, lack of exercise, and indiscipline. 

Obedience training teaches your dog to behave properly and follow commands, giving it the freedom to play and run off-leash. 

Dog training also ensures your dog doesn’t get bored as it learns and is stimulated while getting to exercise. Ultimately, your dog becomes easier to manage and less troublesome.

Does dog training work for small dogs?

Absolutely. Large and small dogs usually learn by the same principles of attention with motivating learning methods. 

Basic dog training can help your small dog come out of aggression, marking problems, excessive barking, fear, and other behavior issues. The trainer can fine-tune training progressions to suit the needs of the smallest dogs. 

Just like learning a language takes practice, immersion helps the dog become fluent. After undergoing training for weeks, your small dog will take commands from you, require little control, and behave properly when called.

Are you looking for a certified dog trainer? 

Contact Ridgeside K9 Winchester for Customized Dog Training Sessions in Virginia

Your search for dog training professionals ends here and now. Ridgeside K9 Winchester provides one-on-one behavioral training, dog care services, group classes, weekend classes, and knowledge seminars. 

Whether your dog likes staring at you as you eat food or easily gets bored, we’ll work with you to modify the dog’s behavior. Our programs are thorough, and our sessions are fun and friendly. No dog is too big or too small or too young for us to train. 

Our goal is to ensure your dog develops positive behaviors and rescue skills. Give us a call to discuss your dog training needs and find out how robust training techniques can help your aggressive or fearful dog become more friendly and docile.


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