Board & Train

Board & train is an option for those who want to put their dog’s development, obedience and confidence in the express lane under the care of our qualified trainers.

Your dog will stay at the amazing Hedgegrove Boarding Kennels or Windamere Boarding Kennels and receive several training sessions per day. The dog’s behaviour and progression are assessed daily, and training is adjusted to suit.

Designed for dogs of varying age, breed and temperament, whether it be for some basic training of obedience, specialty skills, assistance work or rehabilitation for mild to severe behaviour issues.

The Board and Train Program is not designed to “fix” behavioural issues but to begin the process under our guidance. Those wanting more intensive programs can discuss options with the trainers to give you as much time and support needed to assist the dog, you and your relationship.

At the end of their stay, the trainers will give you all the information, recommendations, and empowerment needed to continue their training at home through a one-on-one session at Handover. You also receive a Follow-up Appointment with our trainers a few weeks after the Board and Train Program to ensure the training is also progressing well within the home.

It is strongly recommended that the handler continue with other services such as Dayschool, Private Training, and Group Classes after their dog’s Board and Train Program. We have begun the training with the dog, but it is essential that we also train with you! Training dogs and people is, after all, what we are all about!

Check out our ‘Board & Train’ YouTube playlist of some of the fun we have had with our past guests!

Board & train is not suitable for those who cannot continue the dog’s training and development after the package is complete. These programs are not suited for those having behavioural issues specific to your home environment and it is only designed to begin addressing behavioural issues, there is no “quick fix” in rehabilitation. Canine Connect may require you to attend a mandatory assessment appointment to decide if your dog is suitable for these programs.

Board & Train stays for behavioural issues are required to book in an assessment day with our trainers BEFORE the ‘Board & Train’ program commences. PLease conta

Hedgegrove & Windamere Pet Retreat supplies all the food, bedding and care during their stay. All guests must agree to Hedgegrove & Windamere’s policies and procedures before entering their facility.

All dogs require a current C5 vaccination in order to board. Bookings for Board & Train can only be made during non-peak periods.

All clients receive lifelong support for the dog via email after their stay and access to our Private Facebook group.

Luisa R.

Scott and team have helped my German Shep Senka significantly with her confidence issues, fine tuning obedience, and plus some exposure/desensitising to cats! She has short stays with them a several times a year when I travel for work or sport - she gets very excited when she recognises where we're going. They work hard to come up with creative solutions to the problems I might give them. I love seeing the videos and photos of what they get up to on her stays and I never hesitate to recommend the Canine Connect team.

Pamela J.

I had a pup who quite frankly was out of control and would not listen - all my fault by not realising that whilst my former pup was a joy to train at home this one needed more. Enter Canine Connect and wow I have a different dog - not perfect but nearly. She listens to me most of the time, she reacts to the commands she was taught in her residency of 20 days yet we still have a loving & playful relationship. I am forever grateful and recommend Canine Connect to anyone. Leave doubts behind Canine Connect 's programs really work.

Rebecca W.

I am so thankful I found Canine Connect. I have a reactive and nervous dog, who I needed to board while I went away overseas for a couple of weeks. I searched throughout the NT (where I was living) and SA. I found Canine Connect and after communicating my concerns I decided that their Board and Train program would be great for my reactive and non reactive dog while I was away. My dogs have now done 3 separate Board and Train programs, several classes and a few workshops with Scott and his team. I wouldn't trust my dogs anywhere else. My newest puppy went through the Superpup program and it was fantastic.