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Since 2005 Dancing Creek Farm has provided the highest standard of care in the dog industry.  Our 32 acres have been designed to provide long­term care, short­term dog boarding, grooming, dog training, dog retirement and holistic dog nutrition.  Our goal is clear – To provide love and support for families and their dogs.  

Dog Training

DOG TRAINING

 

For 16 years we have earned a worldwide reputation in long term dog boarding and holistic canine health. People from all over the world trust our style of boarding. We now offer a beautiful combination of canine enrichment, holistic diet program and balanced dog training. This combination when used in board and train has been transformative for many dogs and families. We began offering dog training to help diversify revenue to continue our discounted long-term program for military deployed and families in transition. Over the past year and half, we’ve developed into a full-service board and train facility.

What makes Dancing Creek Farm truly unique is that we are a pack style boarding facility. There are distractions and lots of enrichment. Dogs are never placed in crates for most of the stay. They receive a lot more than just dog training. They enjoy nice climate controlled cabins, their own play area, lots of play and exercise. We believe dogs SHOULD be fully enriched on every level as well as good balanced dog training.

We do not have concrete runs. We do not keep dogs in crates other than to feed them or train them to be comfortable in a crate when needed. This truly is a DIFFERENT style of boarding and training.

We offer dog training for dogs of all ages- young and old, however we recommend dogs 5 months and older.

We have several types of programs:

 

  • Basic Obedience
  • Off Leash
  • People and Dog Socialization (Board and Train only 8 weeks)
  • Reactive and Fear Aggression (Board and Train only 8-12 weeks)
  • Noise and Motion Phobias (Thunder, Objects, Fireworks)
  • Separation Anxiety (In-Home Training)
  • Canine Good Citizens Certificates
  • Service Dog Training
  • Training Dogs with Kids!

In addition to board and train we offer in-home training packages ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! Our trainers work with dogs, kids and entire families to insure a beautiful connection and bond.

SO, WHAT IS BALANCED DOG TRAINING?

In its simplest form, Balanced Dog Training refers to any approach to dog training or behavior modification which involves the use of both reward-based techniques, and aversive consequences. In other words, the trainer shows the dog that their choices and behaviors can result in either pleasant or unpleasant results.

Not all dogs need E-Collar training. Some respond to simple motivation while others are more difficult. The goal is to keep your dog safe and to create a loving bond with YOU.

DOES AN E COLLAR HURT THE DOG?

Actually, ecollars are much the same as a tens unit that us humans use frequently for physical therapy. There is no harm done to your dog. Every owner we train with has to first put the collar on themselves to feel what it’s like. E-Collars should be used by a professional FIRST and then the trainer can effectively and safely train the owner on the proper use of E-Collar.

OUR PROGRAMS

Long Term Board and Train

We offer a big discount for dogs signed up for Long Term Boarding (3 months and longer)

To get these rates they must be in training during the length of their stayor at least for three months. $450.00 for the first dog monthly and $350.00 for additional dogs, same family, same cabin.

Reactive or Special Training during long term please email me for a quote.

2 – Week Board and Train

Your dog stays in one of our cabins. The trainer works with your dog 4 days a week & has assistant handlers do enrichment, assigned task and routines.  Basics- sit, stay, rest, down, place, housebreaking guidance, socialization, jumping, barking, nipping. $950.00 (This includes boarding, training and a holistic diet. This training is on leash only. Off leash programs are 4 weeks and longer. $450.00 each additional dog, same family in a shared cabin.

2- Week Board and Train Private Cabin

If your dog can’t share a cabin with other dogs or is working on any reactive behavioral issues. This program could involve E Collar. The cost of the E Collar (we only use the best!) 200.00 – An additional quick release training collar is required at 35.00. Both of these tools go home with the owner and all training packages include a free one hour consult at pick up to show you how to properly use the commands and tools.  Cost of training, private cabin and food 1650.00 the first dog and 450.00 the same dog in the same cabin.

4 – Week Board and Train

Your dog stays in one of our cabins. The trainer works with your dog 4 days a week & has assistant handlers do enrichment, assigned task and routines.  Basics- sit, stay, rest, down, place, housebreaking guidance, socialization, jumping, barking, nipping. $1750.00 (This includes boarding, training and a holistic diet. Owner provides E Collar. This training includes off leash. $950.00 each additional dog, same family, shared cabin.

4 – Week Board and Train Private Cabin- Unsocial Reactive

If your dog can’t share a cabin with other dogs or is working on any reactive behavioral issues. This includes biting, leash aggression, human or dog aggression.  This program could involve E Collar. The cost of the E Collar (we only use the best!) 200.00 – An additional quick release training collar is required at 35.00. Both of these tools go home with the owner and all training packages include a free one hour consult at pick up to show you how to properly use the commands and tools.  Cost of training, private cabin and food 3250.00 the first dog and 550.00 the same dog in the same cabin. In some cases a long term boarding package with dog training might be a more affordable option for you. Contact us to discuss what options are available for your dog.

Special Note: If your dog is human aggressive and has a bite history we might send your dog off location for at least 2 weeks training at our dog trainers house. There is an additional charge of $500.00 per 4 week period.

In some cases if your dog is REALLY human aggressive we might refer you to a local trainer that will work with your dog in their own home.

Weekend Training Program – Your Home Town

Our trainer flies or drives to your location, checks into a nearby hotel and works with you, your dog and your family. You cover transportation, hotel and per session fees. This could range from 200.00- 400.00 per day depending on the time and type of training you need. Some people want to strictly train in home while others want to go to a park or other public places. This training is very good for expecting or new mothers wanting to teach their dogs boundaries around children.

We highly recommend you use this follow up training after board and train packages. It gives the trainer a chance to work with you in your home and environment with your dog.

 

Highly Recommended!

  • My hyper-active dog came back a much better behaved version of himself after 2 months at Dancing Creek working with Sheril! The dogs have a lot of space to run and play. They also send you adorable pics and videos of your fur baby so you can see how well the training is going. Would definitely recommend this place!

    Alexious Butler

  • Andrew Stephens

    Some six months ago, our dog Max, a four-year old Beagle, was a morbidly obese dog and causing problems around our apartment complex due to his issues with house training. Despite our different attempts to get him healthy and to properly train him in all the most basic of dog skills, it was quite evident that we needed to reach out to caring professionals who could help all of us. Ultimately, this meant temporarily placing him in a situation which would help us help him return to the healthy little 8-week puppy we loved with all our hearts. My wife and I, and of course, Max, needed a fresh start to get back on the path toward a healthy lifestyle. I researched the issue and found out about a viable solution, Dancing Creek Farm, a long-term boarding and training located outside of Danville, Virginia. So, we made the difficult decision to hand over the responsibilities of Max’s health and general well-being to Tamara and Dakota and the rest of the Dancing Creek team to provide Max the means of not only shedding his unhealthy weight, but also to go back to the drawing board to relearn how to follow commands and improve his self-control and discipline. I did the communicating with Dancing Creek throughout Max’s stay and saw that Dancing Creek was not just a viable solution, but a godsend for Max. I could see that Tamara and Dakota understood dogs and how to give them the help they needed, whatever that might be. In the four months that Max was at Dancing Creek, the wonderful team of Tamara and Dakota, the owners of Dancing Creek Farm, and their staff, helped Max lose thirty-two pounds and trained him to improve his discipline and self-control. They crafted a diet and exercise plan unique to Max, which surely couldn't have been easy when caring for eighty other dogs. It turned his life around. He's never been happier. We've been back home with Max for a week and see a more confident, better-trained dog who has a new lease on life. This is making a huge difference, not just in Max's life, but in the functioning of our family. We've gotten to know Tamara and Dakota through Max’s journey. We really respect their dedication to the animals and the hard work they put into to the health and well-being of the dogs at Dancing Creek. Tamara and Dakota and Team really care about this work. That really matters. In fact, it makes all the difference. Because of our gratitude, we will certainly be keeping track of all the other dogs at Dancing Creek. In addition, we want to thank the Dancing Creek community. They rallied around Max during his journey and supported him and us. We are so appreciative of the love they showed Max. (I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the Facebook, IG videos and photos that chronicled Max’s journey.) We are also so excited for Dancing Creek, as they plan to spread their love for dogs with a non-profit for dogs who are of an advanced age. In conclusion, from Tamara and Dakota to the staff who worked so hard, we can never repay what you given Max and our family. It goes without saying that not all aspects of working with dogs is glamorous,as any pet owner knows. The DCF Team has shown that the work they do in this rural southern Virginia community is more to them than work. It's a calling to serve. This calling serves both the dogs and their owners. We thank you and salute you all.#Namaste
  • Tamara and her staff at Dancing Creek Farm (DCF) have been absolutely fantastic with our female Great Dane, Harley Rose. Harley is normally a little timid around strangers and so we were worried, especially since we were shipping her to Dancing Creek Farm from Japan without us! DCF kept us posted from pickup through the 6 months she was at the farm through very responsive email replies, videos, and pictures on their Facebook page! Love Dancing Creek Farm and highly recommend them to anyone in need of boarding your dog, either short or long term, Dancing Creek Farm will cater to your needs.

    Steve Keramidas

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