The Breakfast Club

It is our pleasure to introduce you to The Breakfast Club program. We have developed this program for dogs that are having a difficult time in our play groups. These dogs typically struggle with proper play, manners, impulse control, reactivity, resource guarding or just have more energy than average.

The safety of your dog and others will always be our #1 goal here at Happy Tails. However, making sure the dogs have a great time and look forward to coming is a very close 2nd goal for us. This program will help us meet each dog’s individual need and assist them in working through a wide range of problem behaviors. By working with our trainer, the dogs will be exposed to different activities that will work both their mental and physical energy allowing them to learn and practice desired behaviors successfully.

This program will be offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00. Please see our price list for costs.

The day for our Breakfast Club will look a bit different than that of our regular daycare program. By following a more structured schedule, we are able to provide more opportunities for success through predictability. The following is a glimpse into what the day will look like for the dogs:

9:00-11:00 Potty and Play
It’s important to get some energy out early in the day so that they can then have the ability to be calm and more focused when they start their work sessions. We’ll play ball, tug, find it, body awareness games, and perhaps one on one time with another dog.

11:00-1:00 Obedience and Skill Work
During this time dogs will be worked with individually on skills such as impulse control, polite greetings, loose leash walking, waiting at doors, going in and out of crate/kennel, coming when called, stay, confidence and basic obedience.

1:00-1:30 Lunch and Chill
One of the skills that we find valuable is the ability for a dog to relax in our kennel area. During this time dogs will be offered their lunch (if it is something you usually provide) and be expected to settle quietly in their crate/kennel.

1:30-3:30 Interactions with other dogs
Based on your dog abilities and threshold, they will be exposed to another dog or dogs. This will include things such as, walking past other dogs in the kennel room, walking with another dog or playing in the yard with another dog(s). While we believe that dogs do not necessarily need ‘dog friends’ to be happy, it is important for them to have the ability to be calm and not reactive towards other dogs they see or walk past. These sessions will always be based on safety first and the wellbeing of everyone involved.

3:30-5:00 Favorite activities and Conditioned Relaxation
This time of the day is set aside to get out any extra energy before getting ready to go home. We’ll play their favorite games (ball, tug, agility, find it, etc) and then spend some time working on conditioned relaxation. Conditioned relaxation is a form of calming massage that starts with a slow and gentle massage of the upper body (legs and shoulders) and then slowly moves down the body. While doing this we use words such as easy, calm and relax in calm voice. This helps put a word to the way their body is feeling when being massaged. Eventually the goal is for them to associate the word to the behavior of being calm.

*If you feel your dog needs more work on a certain behavior, please let us know and we’ll be sure that is what we spend their time here working on*

As new games and skills are introduced to your dog our trainer will provide you with detailed information on how you can support their learning at home. You will also receive regular written updates, approximately every three visits. If at any time you would like to set up some time to work with our trainer and your dog, please let us know.