Individualized & Balanced Dog Training
Where each guest is treated as an individual and their training is tailored to ensure both a healthy body and mind.
Mystic Mountain Retreat is proud work with Breawna Barr for formal training and with Cindy Hill providing basic manners and confidence training during boarding.
We offer add on training for boarded dogs, full Board & Train programs and private training.
- Basic manners training during boarding click here to contact Cindy Hil
- Formal training questions and rates please contact Breawna Barr
- Breawna Barr; 425-679-1213 firstname.lastname@example.org
- For any boarding questions please click here to contact Cindy Hill
- Boarding rates are separate from Training: click here to see current rates and information
Fair and balanced training aligned with your goals for your relationship with your dog
Add-on Training Details for Boarding Dogs
- Training is integrated into the full day of exercise and group play (for dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs) provided for all guests here at Mystic Mountain Retreat.
- Training is offered in 10-30 minute sessions as an add-on for boarding dogs.
- Add-on training entails training basic obedience commands only, rather than behavioral modification, such as sit, lie down, sit/stay, down/stay, reliable recall (come), heel, with increasing levels of distraction and environmental stimulation.
- Rates are $15 for each 15 minute session and can be offered daily or spread out through your pups stay.
Board & Train programs with Breawna Barr
Length of the program is dependent upon the dog and training goals during which the dog either boards with Bre inside her home on Chain Lake Rd in Snohomish, WA (preferable for dogs who have home-related training goals such as potty training, counter surfing, begging, etc) or at Mystic Mountain Pet Retreat (preferable for dogs who would benefit from engaging in daily play groups with other dogs) on Ben Howard Rd in Monroe, WA. Or a combination of both.
Training Goals – Upon completion of the board and train program the following is the goals that we will work towards for your dog to understand upon returning home.
- Appropriate leash manners – we will discuss your goals and expectations for this as this varies for everyone – whether you would like a sport/competition heel, or simply for your dog to respect you on walks so that you feel comfortable and in control and in turn, are able to enjoy the walk, too.I’ve found that most pet owners do not desire a competition/sport heel (moving in synchronization with you, looking up at you rather than forward or around at surroundings) but rather prefer to allow their dog to be “a dog,” on walks while also being able to expect respect and leash manners no matter the setting – no pulling or lunging, understanding leash pressure (learning pressure on the leash means to retract rather than continue to move/pull into it), remaining at either side of your body for the duration of the walk (usually the left side) rather than zigzagging as he pleases in front of, behind and around you, and I always train auto-sit upon halt (stop=sit without you having to ask) along with training heel/general leash manners.
- Sit/stay & down/stay – Beginning with sit/down stay at the end of a 6 ft lead in low stimulation/distraction environments to sit/down stay on a long line in high stimulation/distraction environments (public, but controlled, settings such as Lowes, Home Depot, parks)
- Recall (come) – this my second part of training sit/down stay (“come” releases the dog from the position they were asked to “stay,” in (whether that be sit or down) but when the command is given from a sit/down stay it means to return to you and sit in front of you – from here the dog is released from the exercise itself with the release command, “OK”. Recall is proofed for real life situations by practicing in distracting environments such as during play time with other dogs, on trails/hikes with long line – in these situations the dog is not expected to return to you and sit in front of you as is expected of him from the sit/down stay obedience exercise – here, the dog is expected to stop whatever he is doing, and immediately come check in with you, at which time he may be given the release, “OK,” to venture off again.
- Place – this command applies to any given surface you want to ask your dog to move to, and settle down on. This may be a bed, a mat, a blanket, a cot, you name it. This command is useful for those who wish for their dog to stay out of the kitchen and are now able to redirect their dog to a specific area outside of the kitchen with a command or for those who take their dog to work and need their dog to remain confined to one specific area or space for a given period of time. The dog will be trained to exit his “place,” only after having been given the release command, “OK”.
- Drop it – this is an important command for dogs to learn at a young age as it aids in eliminating the risk of the dog developing resource guarding issues. You need to be able to ask your dog to drop any given item without having to fight him for it.
- Leave it – also an important command for dogs to learn at a young age as it could save their life – whether asking them to leave a random item or piece of food on the floor that could harm them or to pay no mind to another dog passing.
- Crate training – the crate will be a positive experience for the dog so that he is able to view it as his own safe and secure den – and also enter it without hesitation when asked.
- Proper doorway/gate etiquette – this means no more bulldozing through gates or doorways but rather to sit and wait for release command (which does not have to be immediate and is an excellent way to practice impulse control).
- Proper mealtime etiquette – sitting and waiting patiently for release command after food bowl has been set down on the ground (you will be able to ask your dog to wait for any given amount of time with food bowl accessible; also an excellent way to practice impulse control).
- We may integrate changes or additional ideas according to your goals for your dogs training as well as your relationship with your dog.
Residing at Mystic Mountain Retreat during Board & Train program:
When your dog resides at Mystic during their board & train program, they reside in a private, heated, nontraditional boarding kennel in which s/he has her own private “room,” and is provided with 4 structured play group sessions with other dogs throughout the day. This is great for those with high energy, playful dogs who wish for their dogs to have the opportunity to socialize and interact with other dogs, supervised off-leash, during their training program. I make the short commute to Mystic at least 5 days per week and work with the dog both on and off Mystic property.
Residing with Bre – in home care for most or part of the program:
Your dog spends each day engaging in training and learning rules and boundaries both in and outside of the home. I take the dog out and about with me on daily outdoor adventures such as hikes, trails, walks (a hobby of mine!) as well as to run errands at dog-friendly establishments. Training experiences range from learning to hang out with me patiently, calmly and quietly while I get coffee at a local cafe to learning to quickly return to me when asked while out on a trail, hike or walk on a long-line (long lines are a safe alternative to being off leash).
Whether your dog resides at Mystic or at home with me, your dog becomes a part of my daily life in which I engage in a wide range of activities with him or her according to what I see and feel will be most beneficial for the dogs progression and success. What makes my program unique is your dogs training is not limited to a classroom, which I believe to be of utmost importance for training to transfer to real-life scenarios in which is really matters. My day revolves around training your dog and I arrange the activities throughout our day dependent upon your dog and your goals.
Training at home is a must – Board & train programs are always followed with extensive go-home lesson (as well as lifelong support), preferably in the dogs own home with all of those who reside within the home present.
Day Training with Bre
The day train program is tailored to your schedule and goals. The dog is picked up and dropped off at your convenience. I simply ask for an ample amount of time to work with the dog during the day; pick up by late morning and drop off by late afternoon or evening. Day train is not fixed to any specific area or facility in particular and that is the beauty of this program. It allows the dog to get out and about in the real world (in a controlled, safe manner) where reliable training actually matters. The dog accompanies me to a variety of different settings throughout the day with varying levels of distraction and stimulation dependent upon the dogs limitations and progress in order to proof training in a wide array of different environments. This is the key to training that “sticks,” anywhere and everywhere; practice makes perfect.
This is a great alternative to daycare for dogs who need basic manners and training before they are able to safely engage in a day care setting and for those who are gone during the day and wish to come home from work to a tired dog who has been provided ample mental and physical stimulation throughout the day.
The more consistently your dog is able to participate in the day training program, the quicker s/he will be able to pick up on the training and commands and the quicker you will consequently see results. The day train program is most beneficial for dogs who need obedience training, basic manners and socialization or help working through minor behavioral issues.
Day training includes private lesson upon each drop off, during which we may go over videos taken of the dogs lessons and progress throughout the day, discuss what we worked on and what was accomplished with the dog throughout the day, the expectations for training at home following the lesson and dependent upon the dog and training goals, we may either work with the dog together inside the home, or outside of the home on a walk or in an agreed upon public setting.
I highly recommend committing to at least 3 days per week to begin. It is of utmost importance that you consistently follow through with the training recommendations we will go over during our private lessons upon each drop off.
Day training rates include pick up and private lesson upon drop off. Please contact me to discuss day training rates based upon your dog, your goals, your location and your schedule.
Additional private lessons may be requested at any point during or following the program.
In-Home Private Lessons with Bre
This program is designed for those who wish to participate in the training process every step of the way with their dog. While in-home private lessons in which the owner participates follow each of the other programs, the owner is expected to participate with the dog throughout each lesson with this program. This program is fitting for dogs who have minor behavioral issues that the owner wishes to address and work through with professional help. Dependent upon your dog and your goals, we may work with the dog inside of the home or at an agreed upon public setting following the initial consultation.
Private lessons are $75-$125 per hour dependent upon your location.
Mystic Mountain Retreat is fully licensed and insured by Snohomish County.