Obedience Boarding School: Behavioral Results in a Home Environment

    Get ready for real, positive change in your dog's behavior! 
    Your dog will benefit from our total immersion experience while living at the trainer's home with the entire family of other people, children, pets and other dog students
    You'll receive in-depth handler training during and afterwards to make sure your dog will obey you. Lifetime support is included. (You won't find another program like this!) 

Program Overview 

    Personalized Service

  • Phone Consultation with a Dog Trainer: Let's discuss your dog's current behaviors and the possibilities of what can be achieved through our program. Schedule your consult by calling (830)557-7026.
  • Online Temperament Profile Questionnaire: Owner-provided data helps compare "before and after" behaviors. (Plus, the results will show that training really worked and sticks!) 

    Quality Care and Education

  • 3-4 weeks of Intense, Relevant Dog Training: Includes Obedience Commands and Offleash Training.
  • Comforts of Home: All dogs are included in home activities and social play outside in secure yards for daily love, affection and exercise. Our program limits the number of dogs to four to ensure quality attention. We have dog beds & blankets, toys, and treats galore!
  • Real-Life Skill Application: Practice happens in the home, on public visits, and offleash in wide open spaces where you dog will associate new habits and stay trained for the long-term.

    Handler Guidance and Support

  • A 40+ page Handler Guidebook with Instructional Video for in-depth explanations.
  • Quality Training Equipment is Included so you can protect your dog's training.
  • Personalized Graduation and Handler Coaching: happens in YOUR home, to include Follow-up Support Sessions at home and/or in public. We always deliver your dog back to your home for graduation so we can be there to help.


  •     Program begins is $1800.00 and requires a deposit to reserve your dog's training dates. Travel fees may apply. Payment schedules are available.
Dogs of all sizes and breeds 5 months+older are welcome to enroll. Enroll for your dog in this unique opportunity for canine education- Call to reserve your dog's education at (830) 557-7026. 

Available 2017 Program Dates


May: (Full)
June: 2 start dates to choose from 
July: Booking NOW
August: 2 available
September: 3 available
October: 1 available
November: Booking
December: Booking

Program Details

Training Results for your Dog

1. Touch and Restraint Acceptance Skills

Results in easier bathing, brushing, grooming, nail trimming, calmer vet visits, social confidence & trust thresholds for leadership, and creates calm cuddling etiquette.

2. Proper Leash Communication 

Results in loose leash walking, no more leash reactivity, no lunging, no lagging or pulling, works as “secret language” when you need attention, control or command guidance around distractions.

3. Sit and Down Position Commands 

Results in a dog that listens to verbal and leash cues for putting his body in the polite, anchored sit or down positions while halting on a walk, waiting for attention, while in the room with you, or in your vehicle for a ride, instead of jumping, restless pacing or being underfoot.

4. Bed Stay Command 

Results in a dog that can be a part of life while anchored on his comfortable dog bed until you release him, so you can control his activity and location based upon the energy level of the situation or consideration to distractions and routine.

5. Formal Stay Command 

Results in a dog that waits politely (on or offleash) to enter or exit through doorways/vehicles, will 
lie down and stay until released in your home/yard, when out on the town or spontaneous locations as needed for 5 minutes or more.

6. Recall Command 

Results in a dog that comes when called both on and off the leash- in the home, yard, trail, ranch, river, etc. & resists distractions, like interesting smells, deer, livestock and social stress or reactivity.

7. Offleash Training 

Results in dog and family that understand the invisible, gentle communication of the remote collar that can create safety and clarity even when at a distance. Good for allowing a dog to be a dog while maintaining a solid connection where expectations can be enforced quickly & giving you both the freedom to enjoy your front yard, dog park or recreational park or a wilderness hike while offleash.

8. Home Manners 

Results in a dog that understands the expectations of an indoor pet to include: crate and potty training, polite greeting, doorbell reactivity control, self-control with food and possessions, space respect for home areas, furniture, doorways, & counters, gentle play with children & other pets, calm behavior, lower territorialism and nuisance barking, structure and routine that create a easy-to-live with animal. Your dog will spend time in our home with the family, just like he will with you.

9. Socialization Skills

Results in an animal with balanced tolerances for people, other dogs, distractions and public places- like busy commercial stores, downtown streets, neighborhood parks, hiking trails, dog parks- due to our frequent outings that guide and promote polite, self-controlled behaviors and find relaxation so that you may include your dog in activities outside of your home. Also includes vehicle travel manners and social play with compatible dog companions.

Program Results for You

1. Personalized Handler Support During the Program

Results in a handler (you) that understands what your expert dog trainer is teaching your dog via weekly phone calls and videos proving a happy, wagging tail with successful focus and completion of the command exercises. Allows you to envision a new way of applying and understanding the skills by speaking directly with your dog’s daily trainer, not a receptionist. The instructional videos also explain what and why the skill is working and how to promote a happy obedient dog.

2. Personalized Handler Support After the Program 

Results in complete education for both dog and handler through hands-on skills and demonstration with the dog trainer in your home and favorite places, instead of at the trainer’s facility. Rehearsal of skills that suits your individual dog the best and troubleshooting when old habits pop up. Support of your dog’s trained skills is included for the lifetime of the dog. In-home visits or public meetups to review skills or practice applying the training is included in followup sessions.

3. Skills You Can Make Your Own & Use on Every Dog 

Results in an education that you can apply to an older family dog or new dog in the future. Our routines and advice are easy and flexible, so they can be applied to any dog or situation to help you communicate clearly and find obedience while building or strengthening your relationship. You’ll be a confident leader that can stay curious about what works and what else you can try- and we’re always here to help!

 To start your dog’s custom training plan, schedule a consultation by calling or texting 830-557-7026 or email alison@toppawtraining.com. Enrollments are limited to just a few dogs admitted in each program. 

Enrollment Details


    Your dog must be atleast 5 months old and vaccinated.

Your Commitment

    Choosing my Obedience School Program must come with the commitment that you will practice management with your dog on a daily basis by using his commands. The most critical time will be the first month after he is home with you. It's important for you to see what your dog is c
apable of doing, so I'll help you be confident in practicing with your dog. No drills are needed, just USE the commands.

Top Paw Training Promise

    TPT promises that your dog will perform the trained exercise in the program you chose. If for any reason the dog does not understand or remember the exercises taught to them, we will fix the problem provided that you have followed our directions when your dog comes home and that you communicate with TPT for help.


    A limited number of Obedience School vacancies are offered each month due to the quality, personal time spent with each dog in the program. There's generally a waiting period of 2-4 weeks. Because of the limited space,  spots are only reserved with a down payment. We are located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, but serve pet owners from all over the state of Texas (East and West Texas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, South Texas, Dallas, etc.) due to the special approach that our program offers.

Please note: We do not offer a two-week board and train program. We've found that we cannot provide the level of training that you or I expect during a two week brief stay- we won't dump a half-trained dog back in your lap. It's our belief that the trust and bond developed between dog and trainer is crucial and cannot be rushed. 

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