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Structured Day Care
Depending on their skillset and behavior, dogs are eligible to participate in our structured daycare where they will have opportunities for appropriate socialization, pack walks, and so much more. We will accept dogs who have been trained by other trainers after they pass a three day trail at our facility. We ultimately are looking for dogs to have some sort of understanding and ability to exist in our space around other dogs safely. In daycare training is reinforced and built upon on a continual basis.
Puppy Play and Learn
Pre-school for puppies! From 8 weeks to 6-8 months of age. Puppy Play and Learn or PPL is a structured daycare program for puppies. Our team provides loving care, feeding, and begin critical socialization with humans and other puppies. When your pup is ready, we build crate manners, and reinforce potty training as well as maintenance strategies. We also have lots of structured fun with our ball pit, play tunnels, play dates and toys. We suggest all puppies starting Puppy Play and Learn book a private session.
8 Week Foundational Program: This is our holistic day school program to set you and your dog up for a balanced life-long partnership. The program begins with an 8 week intensive where our head trainer works your dog through a proven curriculum to begin building structure and teaching your dog basic communication skills to be a life-long learner. After the 8 week-intensive, our head trainer will meet with you 4 times in a small group setting, totaling 8 hours, for follow-up sessions. You are also invited to join the monthly graduate group, to train you and your family alongside your dog to ensure you’re communicating as a team. These monthly sessions are designed to reinforce what your dog has learned, and to build upon their skill set.
5 Week Foundational Program: Day school for the easy going, relaxed, social dog who needs less intensive training. After the 5-week program, you will also meet with our head trainer 4 times in a small group setting, totaling 8 hours, for follow-up sessions.
3 Week Immersion Programs: These are shorter day school programs designed to teach a particular skill – a structured walk, duration down, and recall.
Puppy foundations, the next step after Puppy Play and Learn, is a 3 week long program for those that would like to get a head start on training. Open to puppies around 4-6 months old that are deemed mature enough to start training. This program supports and teaches puppies to build trust and develop socially appropriate behaviors as they age into adolescence all while getting the walk under control and getting started with place work. Puppy Foundations comes with two follow up sessions with a trainer.
Group classes are a very affordable and highly effective way to socialize your dog and teach them obedience at the same time. You will learn the how and why of each training exercise as they are broken down step by step and related to real-life situations. Training in a group setting allows your dog to have exposure to other dogs, distractions, and people in a structured environment. This is especially helpful for anxious and reactive dogs.
We publish upcoming class dates in our monthly newsletter, so keep an eye out there to see what’s coming up! If you haven’t yet, subscribe to our newsletter!
Essentials Group Classes:
We are offering Adult/Adolescent, and Puppy Essentials Group Classes. To sign up, please fill out our Sign-up Form.
The Puppy Essentials Group Class covers the basics of husbandry: socialization, name games, confidence-building exercises, shaping leash behaviors with a clicker and food, and so much more! The Adolescent/Adult Group Class covers similar topics, but scaled in complexity and method to its older students.
AKC Rally Novice Group Class
To sign up, please fill out our Sign-Up Form.
Owners will work on developing a relationship with their dogs and take it to the next level by becoming a competitive team! Dogs and owners move through a course side-by-side, with owners guiding dogs to complete the challenge. The focus will be on furthering strong communication between dog and owner that will be as useful on the course as in the home. For more details about what AKC Rally is, check out the official AKC site.
To sign up, please fill out our Sign-Up Form.
At Brookside, we value treating dogs like what they are: animals. This has implications for how we train dogs and the expectations we place on them in the home and beyond. It also means that we aim to help them lead full lives by creating experiences that they will deeply enjoy. These classes are designed to enrich dogs’ lives by giving them a space to lean into the activities they’re genetically driven to do. Keep an eye out for Retrieving classes for your retrievers, Herding for your terriers, and Scentwork for your hounds!
Up and coming classes!
We are excited to announce several happenings at Brookside! Stay tuned or feel free to contact us for more information! In the meantime, here’s what’s coming soon:
– Lecture Series: These will be held both by Brookside’s trainers and teachers, and also by guest trainers! These are a great way to get educated on the latest in dog training pedagogy, whether you’re a professional or the average pet owner.
– Barks and Babes Class: Expecting parents will prepare for creating a home that is as safe and enjoyable as possible for both dog and baby. Dogs will have their training reinforced in order to behave respectfully around pregnant people and newborns.
– Pups and Parents Class: Parents of young children will build upon existing knowledge of dog-and-child relationships and safety. In doing so, young kids will also gain dog handling skills!
– Kids Canine Camp: Kids who love dogs spend part of their summer vacation working hands-on with pups of all ages, building confidence in their handling skills and hanging out with fellow dog-people! We will have one program for kids aged 6-10 years old, and another for kids aged 11-15 years old. Check back here for more details as summer approaches!
Where don’t we go?
We like to take the dogs to safe, open green space,and we know all the little, peaceful places. All around the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park and even parts of the cemetery. There are also some private, wooded areas in Roslindale and West Roxbury that we like, too. And, of course, the urban walk is good. But we don’t go to the Arboretum and we don’t go to dog parks.
All of our walks are structured walks.
On-leash group walks
Groups comprise of no more than 4 dogs.
30min $23 additional dog $15
40min $27 additional dog $19
Planning a day trip? Work weekends? No worries. We offer weekend walks.
additional dog $12
Morning and evening visits
Can’t make it home in time for the evening feeding and a walk around the neighborhood? We offer 20 minute after business hours walks from 4 to 8pm. Morning visits are between the hours of 8 and 10 am.
Pee breaks are designed for the new addition to your family and also, for senior dogs that may need extra time outside.
Pee Breaks $16 additional dog $8
No one likes having strangers in their home – boarding services are only for clients already receiving other Brookside services.
Our Home Overnights
Leaving town but can’t take your furry buddy along? Brookside Walk and Train is happy to provide boarding services at one of our caretakers’ home, or even your home. Our caretakers will adhere to your pet’s routines, and provide any specific accommodations it may require. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Your home overnights
We are happy to stay at your place with your dog.
We provide this service for all clients looking to keep their pooch in their own environment, but especially find this option beneficial for our senior and less socially-oriented clients. Our overnight care typically begins in the early evening with a walk, feeding and slumbering with your pup and then a morning walk and feeding.
This service includes in-home visits – morning, mid-day, and evening. Each visit may last 30 minutes.
We come to your house for one or two visits per day to play, feed and scoop.
add $5.00 per household with more than 2 kitties.