Lodge & Learn
A welfare-first program committed to safety, joy, and skill development.
At The Good Steward Training Company’s “Lodge & Learn” we promise to provide your pup with welfare-centric, evidence-based care and training!
What is "Lodge & Learn"
Our first priority is ensuring your pup feels safe and comfortable - which includes providing enriching activities, calm environments, and emotional support.
While with us, we will select three areas of behavioral need to prioritize. We will discuss these with you ahead of time to make sure we are targeting what will most benefit everyone during and after your pup’s stay!
We promise to provide your pup with humane care - this means we will not use shock, prong, or choke collars. We don’t use compulsion-based methods, force, or fear to teach, and we never will! Your pup’s welfare will be monitored and communicated with you daily, and their learning will be done in a manner that is enjoyable and harm-free!
A Day in the Life
We base our general daily schedule on a dog's natural cycle of rest periods and activity periods, but adjust it accordingly to meet the needs of each individual.
Our base schedule looks like:
Around 7:30am we wake up and head outside for our morning potty, followed by play, training, and cuddles. Then we head inside for breakfast, which is given in an enriching activity.
Three times during the day - in the mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and early evening - we spend approximately 45 - 60 minutes with your pup providing training and appropriate physical, mental, and emotional stimulation. Dinner is served during our PM session.
Around 9:30pm we have our final potty, play, and cuddles, then nestle in for the night. Your pup will sleep overnight where they are safest and most comfortable!
Your pup’s primary lodging is a one-hundred square foot "canine cabin" that lives directly next to our main building, within our fully-privacy fenced secured ¼ acre yard.
This “dog house” was constructed just for pooches! Its base is a treated wood “shed kit”, and it has been designed with comfort and safety in mind. It is fully weather proofed (with the exception of something like a hurricane!) and temperature controlled.
Inside you will find linoleum floors, cozy rugs, a sectional sofa, an open crate, plenty of toys, and a TV.
The exterior doors have double bolts to ensure your pup is secured safely when unattended, and a secondary fence has been built to prevent other dogs in the yard from sniffing around and causing any stress!
Additional equitable in-home spaces may be utilized based on your pup's individual needs or preferences.
Caregivers and Friends
Myself (Jen) and my partner Johnny will be your pup's caregivers and trainers!
You can also elect to approve social interaction with partner trainers and approved individuals!
Unless you are sending us more than one furry friend, your pup will be housed in their own private space.
If you would like, we are happy to assess your pup’s social skills using a gradual, safety-first process. If we have a good match for playtime, we are happy to offer this to your canine kiddo during their stay!
We may also have your pup spend time around, but not directly engaged with, other dogs. This is done for various reasons such as enhancing social skills, or learning to do certain behaviors around doggie distractions.
Lodge & Learn includes:
Ample daily physical, mental, and emotional enrichment in a safe and enjoyable environment
Supervised and guided socialization opportunities
Behavior modification that follows LIMA and the Humane Hierarchy
Daily updates including notes, photos, and videos
Up to 45 minutes of travel for both pick up and drop off if requested
Follow up documents that review your pup's experience and include helpful learning references and step-by-step instructions for continued training in the home
An in-person take home lesson
a one-hour in-person follow up lesson two weeks after your pup's Lodge and Learn stay
Lodge & Learn for pups in our One Step at a Time Program is $140 per night, with a required minimum first stay of one week.
Lodge & Learn for pups in or Canine Behavioral Rehabilitation Program is $180 per night, with a required minimum first stay of 2 weeks.
Lodging is available to current or past clients at $100 per night.
The 24 hour period is measured on the noons and midnights, with a several hour "flexiblity window" on each end.