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Training Programs

Dan offers private lessons. He specializes in dealing with all sorts of aggression issues, behavioural issues, such as crazy door behaviour, jumping up, housebreaking, barking ect., and working with the special needs of rescue dogs. Dan has over 15 years experience training, and has spent a substantial part of his life rescuing and rehabilitating dogs of all kinds with all kinds of issues.

The first lesson is an hour and a half.  The fee for the first lesson is 140$.  Each subsequent lesson lasts an hour to an hour and a half,  The fee for every additional lesson is 100$/lesson. Dan will show you what you need to do, and make sure you know how to do it. Email or call after the lesson if you have questions. You would be surprised what you can accomplish in only a lesson or two, and further consultation is always available if needed.

Dan is offering residency training, boarding, and behavioural consults. Residency training involves sending the dog to board, and he is trained while he is there. The owner must work with the dog some to reinforce what was taught in order for the training to “stick,” but otherwise the dog comes home better behaved, more obedient, and in better physical shape. Many issues can be addressed with residency training, including, but not limited to, obedience, behavioural issues e.g. Jumping, barking, housebreaking, dog aggression and socialization, and confidence building. The dog runs and plays with the rest of the pack on the farm, in addition to receiving concentrated training time and consistent reinforcement throughout the day.

If you are having a behavioural issue, please email and Dan will see if he can help by email. Training videos will be available shortly, as well, in order to provide visual demonstrations and walk-throughs.

Rates (taxes are included)

Residency Training - $750 for the first week, $1300 for 2 weeks, or $1800 for 3 weeks.   Offered on a regular basis. Includes drop off, a training session at drop off, and as much email support as you require. Most behavioural issues can be dealt with in a week or two. Obedience is 1-3 weeks depending on the requirements. Some dogs will require a week then require an additional in home lesson a few weeks after to fine tune. The time put in during residency training really makes a difference with your dog.

Immersion Training - $2500 per month - Immersion training is a long term training program for dogs that need to be completely reformed.  The dog lives the life of Dan's own dogs and learns obedience, structure in the house, socialization with dogs, people and kids.  Expect a permanent change of behavior for the better.  Includes drop off, and as many follow up lessons as required for the life of the dog.

Private in-home lessons - The first lesson is an hour and a half.  The fee for the first lesson is 140$.  Each subsequent lesson lasts an hour to an hour and a half,  The fee for every additional lesson is 100$/lesson.


The boarding is offered at Dan and Tia's 100 acre farm, in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. The dogs run around, swim in the pond, stare at the poultry, and lay by the fire at night. The dogs are kept in the home with the family and have the same freedom as the full-time resident dogs...and treated the same, too! They receive a lot of individual attention since the group of dogs is smaller. Only a small number of dogs are kept at one time. You won't find 35 dogs crammed into a postage stamp-sized lot like many of the other boarding places around.

Owners must supply food, blanket that smells like home and a leash/collar.

Your dog(s) is picked up from your home and returned to you, so you don't have to make the drive. Our pickup area includes most of HRM(Halifax, Bedford, Tantallon, Hammonds Plains, Sackville, Hubbards, and Fall River), Lunenburg County(Hebbville, Bridgewater, New Germany, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg), Annapolis County(Annapolis Royal, Granville, Bridgetown, Middleton, and outlying areas), and Kings County(The 101 corridor including outlying areas of Wolfville, New Minas, Kentville, Coldbrook, Greenwood, and Aylesford).

We send pics and or videos of your dog to your email or mobile device. It is always nice to see your dog enjoying themselves.

Rates (taxes are included)

Boarding - $245 per week, $35 per day, $60 per day for 2 dogs
Pick up & Drop off - $25 each way (some restrictions apply)
Bathing - $30 for most dogs
Nails - $10
Thorough Brushing - $5

We love having our rescues come back to us for boarding, so if you have adopted one of our Paws Across Borders dogs, please ask about our PAB discount.

Health Requirements for Boarding and Residency Training

All dogs coming for boarding or residency training are required to be up to date on vaccinations. All dogs must also be on flea/worming medication (e.g. Revolution, Bravecto, Sentinel, Advantage etc.).
Offering residency training, one-on-one lessons, in-house boarding, as well as pick up/drop off services for your convenience.