Bring Your Dog to Camp!

When you go on vacation and your dog cannot join you, drop him off here at The Canine Coach boarding and training camp! We’ll take care of him and teach him new skills at the same time.

Staying in the “dog room” in our own home is much less stressful for your dog than boarding kennel environments. We have only three boarding dogs at a time, which means each one gets lots of one-on-one attention. When your dog is not outside for walks or training, he’ll be in our large rec room downstairs, right next to my office. Your dog will sleep in a large pen and will stay in one of those when not supervised. The pens are at least 5 by 5 feet and fit an elevated cot style bed and still leave adequate floor space for dogs who prefer to lounge next to the bed.  We try to make your dog's environment as similar to home as possible, and you are welcome to bring your dog's bed and toys to "camp" with him.


Please note that our boarding facility will be closed October 19-23, 2019 and December 15, 2019-January 8, 2020, due to vacation.

What about interaction between your boarding dog and my own dogs?  If you request training your dog to be more comfortable with other dogs, he’ll likely spend time with my older dog Tuli, who is stable, calm, and dog-friendly. We usually start by taking your dog and Tuli for walks on leash side by side. If your dog is social, he can enjoy supervised play time with another guest of an appropriate size and energy level, or with one of my dogs. Other dogs may prefer to play fetch to get their exercise in the dog run.

Also at The Canine Coach boarding and training camp, we have a large 65 by 65 foot dog run with a secure, 7-foot tall fence. Here visiting dogs can play ball with me, lounge in the dappled shade of tall pines, or practice off leash recalls. In the winter we occasionally have snow for the dogs to romp in. Our property is at ~3500-foot elevation and heavily forested, providing cooler summer temperatures than at lower elevations. And there are beautiful trails for relaxing walks on leash both around our house and nearby. Boarding with The Canine Coach includes walks every three hours.

The unique benefit of our boarding program is that it includes at least two daily training sessions of 15 minutes (or many short sessions for a total of 30 minutes) on whatever behavior you would like us to work on. (Dogs often learn better with frequent short training sessions compared to fewer long sessions.) Depending on the behavior we are working on, your dog may get to practice several times a day with short but effective lessons.  Training during boarding is on whichever skills or behaviors you would like your dog to practice or perfect.

So next time you’re planning a vacation and your dog can’t join you, bring him here! He’ll be a happy camper and return home to you relaxed and with new skills. We look forward to hearing from you!

NEW: Day camp for socialization and training is now available. We offer reasonable pickup and drop off rates with day training.  Your dog can come play with other dogs or get personalized training and return home a tired and happy pup at night.

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We'll work on any skill or behavior you would like to perfect, including ...

  • Crate training

  • House training

  • Walking on a loose leash

  • "Sit"/"down"/"stand"

  • "Stay"

  • "Wait"

  • "Drop it"

  • “Leave it” basics

  • “Leave it” for cats, chickens, rabbits or other dogs

  • Getting less fearful of men or children

  • Leash reactivity

  • Social skills with other dogs

Boarding and Training Fees as of 01/06/19


$40/day for day training & socializing

 $48/night plus $40 day care fee for the last day if the dog is picked up after 12 noon


$290/week for stays of 3 weeks or more

$5 pick up/drop off (10-20 min)

$20 pick up/drop off (20-40 min)


Puppies over four months and adolescent dogs love coming to play at day camp! Pairs of dogs are matched based on play style, energy level, age and size.