Board and Train Services For a Head Start on Your Dog’s Training

Live-in board and train program for busy dog owners in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the surrounding area

You know how important training is; we can give you a head start.

Board and Train is an excellent solution for dog owners who know their dog needs the training, and want to ensure their dog receives the most effective (and humane) training available. 

Canine clients who board and train will learn new skills while living in-home with Michele. Focusing on the training goals we’ve set together, we’ll work one-on-one with your dog’s individual needs, ensuring the best possible training plan for your dog.

By the end of your dog’s stay, they’ll be well on their way to an impressive set of new skills, and we’ll schedule a free follow-up session so you’re feeling confident about maintaining your dog’s training.

How Does Board & Train Work?

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We’ll want to know all about your dog, situation, and goals so we can help determine the best option for your situation.

DUring Your Dog's Stay...

Your dog will receive multiple training sessions each day totaling over 2 hours, daily walks and hikes, and supervised off-leash playtime in our secured play area. Most importantly, your dog will be part of our family during your stay.

After Your Dog's Stay...

We’ll schedule a complimentary follow-up session to review progress and to make sure you’re feeling good about maintaining your dog’s new skills.

Things to Know


We limit how many dogs can board and train with us at one time so your pup will get the most out of their experience.


All dogs that board with us must be up to date on vaccinations and in good health.


Unlike many other board and train programs, we do accept behavior modification cases.

How does training Work?

1. Contact us for a free 15-minute call! We’ll want to know about your dog, situation and your goals for training.

2. Your dog will live and train in-home with Michele while enjoying daily enrichment activities.

3. After your dog’s stay, we’ll show you how to maintain your dog’s new skills & behaviors.

Work with Michele

Looking for dog training help in Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Massachusetts? We can help!

We help local Rhode Island clients with dog training, puppy training, and behavior modification and are able to help clients in the greater New England area with Board and Train Packages.

Why Train with Sirius Positive Dog Training?

Training for the Individual

Applied to 2 and 4-legged clients, we'll consider your individual needs and goals for life with your dog

Sound, Certified Advice

Informed by hundreds of education hours from some of the best minds in behavior, we're committed to giving our clients the most up-to-date training and guidance

Support from start to finish

Our clients enjoy an active partner in their dog's training. Well beyond our initial sessions, you'll enjoy a resource for support for years to come

Why Choose a Fear Free Certified Trainer?

Fear free training takes the battle of wills out of everyday interactions and care for your pet.

Rather than restraining (and stressing) our four-legged family members for regular check-ups, grooming, and other procedures, what if your dog would cooperate? 

Fear Free Certified Dog Trainers work with clients to introduce cooperative husbandry that reduces dogs’ stress and fear when exams, injections, grooming and other procedures are required.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from board and train?

Board and train is an excellent opportunity to give you a head start on your dog’s training. During your dog’s stay, you’ll receive daily updates, progress reports, and after your dog’s stay we’ll include a complimentary follow-up session to make sure you’re feeling confident and able to continue your dog’s progress.


What kinds of issues can you address in board and train?

We can work on a variety of issues during board and train, including (but not limited to):

  • Basic manners
  • Leash Reactivity
  • Aggression
  • Mouthiness
  • Counter Surfing
  • Resource Guarding
  • and much more


What guarantees do you offer?

An ethical dog trainer won’t make any guarantees for behavior. This is because of the variability from dog to dog. Just like humans, dogs are individuals, and we will never disrespect a client or a dog by promising unrealistic goals.

That said, we do guarantee to treat you and your dog as individuals and commit that we will consider both your situation and goals, and your dog’s history, temperament and abilities, to formulate a science-based, positive training plan for you and your dog. 

Do you take behavior issues for board and train?

We do work with dogs who have behavior issues, and often find that the board and train setting is an excellent opportunity to set your dog up for success. Because we only take 2-3 boarders at a time, we’re able to safely work on a thorough behavior plan for your dog’s issues.


How long does a dog stay for board and train?

Unlike many board and train programs, not only do we use only humane and positive training, but we do not have a required period for dogs to stay.  In order to make effective training changes, we do suggest at least a two-week stay. 

How long does training take?

It depends! The length of training will depend on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to):

  • The severity of the behavior issue
  • Underlying causes for the behavior
  • Your dog’s temperament and personality
  • How long your dog has been displaying these issues
  • Underlying health issues
  • Genetic and breed factors

That said, most dogs make great progress in a board and train setting and we’re able to reliably set their families up for success at pick-up. We’d love to discuss your particular situation!

Where will my dog sleep?

We believe that dogs are family, and should be treated as such. There are no kennels at Sirius Positive Dog Training.  Depending on your dog’s temperament and your preferred routine, your dog will sleep in a crate or dog bed in our home, and we’ll create a structured routine for enrichment, exercise, and most importantly, training.