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STAY & LEARN PROGRAMS

TAILORED TRAINING

TRAINING WITH CONVENIENCE

A stay and learn combines the convenience of a boarding stay with the benefits of professional dog training. Your dog will live comfortably in our boarding facilities, where they will receive personalised attention and training to address specific behaviour issues.

You'll receive regular photos and updates on their progress during their stay and when you pick them up, we'll provide you with a training session to ensure your dog's continued success at home.

A stay and learn is the perfect way to set your dog up for a lifetime of good behaviour and obedience.

OUR 10 DAY PROGRAM

POLISH UP YOUR DOG'S SKILLS

Our Basic program is perfect for dogs who need a refresher on basic manners, crate training, and socialisation. Your furry friend will receive everything included in the Standard Boarding option, as well as expert instruction from experienced trainers tailored to their specific needs in a structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement.

Please note that this program does not cover behaviour modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding, etc. Optional extras are available to add on to enhance your dog's stay.

Say hello to a well-behaved and confident dog with our comprehensive 10 day program option!

OUR 2 WEEK PROGRAM

BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION

The Foundation program is perfect for pet owners who want to give their furry friend an intensive training experience. With a focus on essential skills such as sit, stay, down, loose leash walking, recall, confidence building, impulse control, place, and crate, your dog will receive expert instruction from experienced trainers tailored to their specific needs.

This program provides a structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement, giving your dog the foundation they need to be well-behaved and obedient. As with all our programs, the Foundation includes everything in the Standard Boarding option, and optional additional extras are available for a more tailored experience.

OUR 3 WEEK PROGRAM

TRANSFORM YOUR DOG'S BEHAVIOUR

Looking to take your furry friend's training to the next level? Our Lifestyle program is the perfect option for you. Over three weeks, our experienced trainers will work with your dog on obedience, reactivity, calm mindset, loose leash walking, place training, and proofing behaviours in new environments.

Your pup will even get to enjoy field trips for exposure and public outings for real-world training experiences. This program is ideal for pet parents who dream of having a well-behaved dog they can take everywhere, and it empowers you to continue training at home and build an incredible relationship with your dog in new and exciting places.

So, enrol your dog in our Lifestyle program today and start seeing the amazing results for yourself!

OUR 4 WEEK PROGRAM

TACKLE YOUR DOG'S BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES

The Behavioural program is perfect for dogs with mild behavioural issues that require modification, along with lifestyle behaviours. This program is suitable for dogs with aggression and fear issues who are not as progressed in their behaviours as those requiring the 5 week program.

Our experienced trainers will help you get quick results by teaching all the behaviours on your goal list with thousands of repetitions. This program includes everything in the Standard Boarding option, expert instruction from experienced trainers, a structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement, and public outings for real-world training experiences. Optional additional extras are also available to customise your dog's stay.

OUR 5 WEEK PROGRAM

TOTAL TRANSFORMATION

Are you struggling with severe behaviour problems with your furry friend? Our Intensive program is designed to help dogs with issues such as aggression, anxiety, fear, OCD reactions, and more. Our experienced trainers provide a structured home environment to reshape your dog's state of mind, and address issues like dog-to-dog aggression, human aggression, and resource guarding.

During the program, your dog will learn to trust in leadership, rules, and boundaries. This program includes everything in the Standard Boarding option, expert instruction from our trainers, and structured environments for optimal learning and behaviour improvement.

Additionally, public outings for real-world training experiences are included. Transform your dog's behaviour and take the first step towards a happy and healthy relationship with your furry friend. Optional additional extras are also available.

Enroll today for a true behaviour transformation that will foster a harmonious relationship with your furry companion!

OUR 5 DAY PUPPY PROGRAM

PAWFECT PUPPY START

The Puppy Stay & Learn program is the pawfect way to ensure your furry friend starts off on the right paw. During their five-day stay, our experienced trainers will expose your puppy to a variety of experiences, making the most of their critical socialisation period.

This program covers marker training, leash pressure, crate training, place training, socialisation, and basic obedience, along with addressing common puppy problems such as biting, mouthing, and toilet training. Puppies will be crated inside the family home for careful management and supervision. Additionally, our team will provide 1x hydrotherapy trip (if the program falls on a Thursday).

STAY & LEARN PROGRAM PRICING

    10 DAYS

    BASIC

    $1,600

    FEATURES

    • Perfect for polishing up on basic manners, place training, crate training, and socialisation

    INCLUDES

    • Everything in the Standard Boarding option
    • Expert instruction from experienced trainers, tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs
    • Structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement

    EXCLUDES

    • Pricing does not cover behaviour modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding etc

    OPTIONAL

    • Additional extras

    2 WEEKS

    FOUNDATION

    $2,000

    FEATURES

    • Areas of focus include sit, stay, down, loose leash walking, recall, confidence building, impulse control, place, and crate

    INCLUDES

    • Everything in the Standard Boarding option
    • Expert instruction from experienced trainers, tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs
    • Structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement

    EXCLUDES

    • Pricing does not cover behaviour modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding etc

    OPTIONAL

    • Additional extras

    MOST POPULAR

    3 WEEKS

    LIFESTYLE

    $3,000

    FEATURES

    • Focuses on obedience, reactivity, calm mindset, loose leash walking, place training, proofing behaviours in new environments, field trips for exposure, and more
    • Ideal for those who dream of having a well-behaved dog they can take everywhere
    • Empowers you to continue training at home and build an incredible relationship with your dog in new and exciting places

    INCLUDES

    • Everything in the Standard Boarding option
    • Expert instruction from experienced trainers, tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs
    • Structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement
    • Includes public outings for real-world training experiences

    OPTIONAL

    • Additional extras

    4 WEEKS

    BEHAVIOURAL

    $4,000

    FEATURES

    • Designed for dogs with mild behavioural issues requiring modification, along with lifestyle behaviours
    • Suitable for aggression and fearful dogs who are not as progressed in their behaviours as those requiring the 5-week program
    • Ideal for getting quick results by letting our experienced trainers do the work for you
    • Focuses on teaching all the behaviours on your goal list with thousands of repetitions

    INCLUDES

    • Everything in the Standard Boarding option
    • Expert instruction from experienced trainers, tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs
    • Structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement
    • Includes public outings for real-world training experiences

    OPTIONAL

    • Additional extras

    5 WEEKS

    INTENSIVE

    $5,000

    FEATURES

    • Designed for dogs with severe behaviour problems such as aggression, anxiety, fear, OCD reactions, etc
    • Addresses issues like dog-to-dog aggression, human aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and more
    • Provides a clean slate and structured home environment for reshaping your dog’s state of mind
    • Can take a few days to a week for dogs to begin trusting in leadership, rules, and boundaries

    INCLUDES

    • Everything in the Standard Boarding option
    • Expert instruction from experienced trainers, tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs
    • Structured environment for optimal learning and behaviour improvement
    • Includes public outings for real-world training experiences

    OPTIONAL

    • Additional extras

    HAVE A PUPPY?

    Our dog Leo is an anxious and complex boy, and these guys have been great with him and his journey. We booked him in for a 4 week stay and learn package late last year and it really helped build his confidence and has taught him how to be calm and is now a happier dog overall.

    Ryan Hagemann

    Great customer service. Fantastic value for money. Experienced staff. Positive outcome every time.

    Michelle Le Leu

    I'm so delighted that this business exists and the trained dog professionals in charge are very detailed to understand your dog and behaviours... Kelly also gives this five stars!

    Vanessa Dingle

    After completing a day assessment, Take the Lead recommended a five week stay and learn for our very nervous dog Koda to help her work through her nervous energy... I can't even begin to express how much of a difference this experience has made for our dog, and take the lead deserves all the praise for offering such a fantastic service.

    Jacinta Towson

    You guys have changed our lives, Luca and I cannot thank you enough for what you’ve achieved with Mikey. Our American Staffy (2.5yrs) just came home yesterday from his 5 week stay and learn... the best part is watching how much he engages during his training, you can see how much he enjoys it and how beneficial it is for a dog with so much energy... all of those who trained Mikey a big big thank you, we are so grateful for the time, effort and patience you gave Mikey.

    Jessica Adam

    Pre Take The Lead I could not take Bella for a walk as she was too strong pulling and lunging on the lead. Bella then did a 4 week stay and learn, and the change in her was amazing...We cannot thank the team at Take The Lead enough for working with Bella so we now all have a calmer time together...I recommend the team at Take The Lead without hesitation for training and boarding.

    Joanna Rosa

    Willow just got home from a 3 week stay and learn, due to aggression with other dogs, and some anxieties she has picked up from previous homes. I was very nervous about sending her off for 3 weeks, but the team were fantastic, sending regular updates, challenging her, and helping her reach a point where she no longer shows aggression to other doggos (something I didn't think was possible)...Highly recommend Take The Lead as they treat all dogs as if they are their own😀😀

    Lennon McCormack

    Aimee and Take the Lead are honestly the best thing that has happened to our family! Our big rottie boy Sid is a changed boy since visiting for a stay and learn! I honestly can't recommend enough. They took such amazing care of him, provided incredible updates throughout his 3 week stay and learn, and you can tell the love they have for dogs is next level. Thankyou SO much for providing such an amazing service 💕

    Crystal Karim

    FAQs

    When I am enrolled in the stay and learn, how do I maintain the newly learnt behaviours?

    Upon completion of the stay and learn program, you will be scheduled in for a two-hour handover with one of our trainers. They will go through a theory component and a practical component, so you have all the information to go home and continue on with the training. It is a lot of information to take in, so don’t worry – we send you home with a detailed 21 day training plan, a training booklet, and access to our private training group on Facebook.

    Are there any additional fees incurred in the training program?

    No. We do have equipment that we recommend post training. This is the only additional fee incurred.

    Can I extend if my dog requires the extra time?

    Absolutely, this will be discussed with you throughout your dogs updates. We will request a call with our training leader to discuss the progress.

    What does an average day look like for my dog during a stay and learn?

    Every dogs stay is different as we cater the stay to the individual dog. If they are social, they are able to participate in our day care setting in the morning before training starts. Dogs sessions vary dependant on what they are working on over their stay. Some sessions are quick, fast paced, more tiring sessions whereas some are longer duration based sessions.

    Is there a guarantee for training?

    No. We do not provide any type of guarantee because every dog is an individual and the work that goes in post training is what makes it stick. We always recommend reading our social media reviews on Facebook and Google. This is a great way to see people’s experiences here at the farm.

    I want my dog to be good in public, what program do I select?

    We only perform off-site training in our 3+ packages. We do not take dog off site in our 10 day or 2 week packages unless the dogs have been a regular client of the farm for training services.

    I don’t want to board my dogs, can we do day trains?

    Absolutely, but the results can be slower and require the owners to perform a lot of homework between each session. We recommend weekly day trains to maintain good behaviour.

    My dog has anxiety, I am so worried about how they will cope...

    Our team are trained to make all dogs feel as comfortable as possible in our care. If needed, we have quieter housing areas for nervous and anxious dogs. This can also include being crated in the home for extreme cases. Our goal is to take it slow with anxious dogs to build up trust and a solid relationship, so longer packages are normally recommended.

    What do I need to provide?

    We provide everything for your dogs stay… From bedding, to treats, to toys – you name it, we provide it! If your dog has an absolute favourite toy, we do recommend bringing that along for training.

    How do I keep up to date with their progress over their stay?

    We have a training leader who is responsible for keeping all owners up to date with their dogs progress. We have two set updating days which are Tuesdays and Fridays. This allows you to receive a detailed email break down with an online photo gallery. Your dog will also be included in our professional photo shoots and you will receive the photos from that session too!

    Do you have a set training program or is it catered to my dog?

    We do have set tasks that we perform in each dogs training program, but the programs itself is catered to the individual dog. This might mean a bigger focus on socialisation, public outings, relaxation etc.

    My dog has a bite history, how will you manage that?

    Our team are highly trained in dealing with dogs who have a bite history. We have a great drop off procedure which makes not only the dogs feel as comfortable as possible, but the owners too. It is as stress-free as possible, and the staff will take the dogs for a large paddock walk to distract them whilst you leave. We do recommend the use of a muzzle when required.

    Can I come visit my dog?

    Unfortunately, we do not allow visits whilst the dogs are on-site training. It can really disrupt the dogs training plan if you are coming and going, and we want to keep everything as routine as possible. If you come, you may be inadvertently reinforcing behaviours we are trying to curb, therefore setting us back. Rest assured, the updates and photos will make you feel warm and fuzzy!

    Can I walk my dog as soon as we get home?

    This is a big one. It takes us about 2 weeks to set the new foundations before we start heading out into public. We highly recommend that you follow the 21 day training plan and this means, you do go into public settings until day 14. We are trying to create new patterns of behaviour and break prior associations with you as the owner, so this is crucial to the success of the dogs training plan.

    I would like to utilise your stay and learn service, but how do I know what program is best?

    Our friendly team are accessible over the phone and are able to discuss your dogs behavioural needs. They will make recommendations for a package, or they will be able to get you booked in for a day assessment package so your dog can come for a day visit on the farm.