Our Offerings Have Changed!
Here at RiverDog, we want to give your dog the best possible experience when they are with us for daycare and boarding. We also want to give you and your pup the tools to have a great time wherever you are, so we now offer a variety of services to help give your furry family the skills and confidence to be the best pup they can be, including one of the only Positive Reinforcement Board-and-Train programs in New England.
Meet Our Trainer
Parisa Daneshmand is a woman with a story. Raised by her father, with the assistance of a menagerie of animals, she excelled under the structure and discipline of martial arts and blossomed with the confidence and comfort that her furry companions imparted unto her. Overtime, she came to realize that the relationship she had with her multi-legged housemates was both beneficial and reciprocated; structure and consistency allowed canine and human to flourish, and their bonds strengthened.
Fascinated by watching dogs learn, she entered the animal care profession in 2012 with the intent to assist dogs in becoming their most confident, knowing that this secure base would allow them to become their best selves; a mission which has continued to this day. Parisa joined RiverDog as an AKC certified trainer and brought with her the vast skills and passion to launch one of the only Positive Reinforcement Board-and-Train Programs in New England. A dream come true, she is now able to work one-on-one to help human and canine companions develop the skills to succeed together, and learn a few tricks along the way!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Positive Reinforcement?
While there are a variety of training techniques out there, positive reinforcement sets firm but loving boundaries for you and your dog. You do not need to dominate your pup in order for them to listen, redirection and reward-based systems create a happy and healthy working relationship between you both. You don’t have to be physical or aggressive to create positive behaviors in humans or animals, a spoonful of sugar, or a handful of liver treats, go a long way!
What Does a Typical Day of Board-and-Train Look Like?
The day begins with breakfast, then segues into socialization with a full day of daycare. Around lunchtime, when your pup is naturally beginning to settling down with the pack, they will have a break from the group and head into their 1.5-2 hour lesson to work with Ms. Parisa. After that, it is back into daycare for socialization and playtime! This book-ending, with play before and after class, works to ensure that pups have expended their excess energy and are ready to focus in class, and then functions as a reward at the end of their lesson; the very structure of the board-and-train functions as a positive-reinforcement. They then play until dinnertime, before snuggling with their friends and human at bedtime! This process is repeated daily with increasing distance, duration, and distraction to ensure the solidification of training cues, making sure that no matter where you go, your pup is always top of the class!
What Age Restrictions Are There for Training?
It is never to early, or to late, to start learning! So long as your pup has received their first round of vaccinations (the first of the Distemper and Bordetella vaccination series must be completed, Rabies is required by 4 months old) they are old enough to begin classes. Unsure if your dog has what they need to enroll, we are just an email away at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What Do I Need To Do To Get Started?
Depending on your dogs needs, and the courses you are looking to enroll in, your pup may need to fill out some paperwork, come in for an evaluation, and/or pass a temperament test before coming in to class. This is a highly individualized portion of our offering, so email us at email@example.com to find out what you need to get started!
What We Offer
Individual Classes: These hour long classes for humans and pups are individually tailored to you and your dog’s specific needs. This option offers parents the benefit of asking questions, and receiving extra tips and tricks in real time- a perk most Board-and-Train parents miss out on. Held weekly at RiverDog Bark and Biscuit in Peabody, these courses set both canines and their biped companions up for success, provided that everyone does their homework and implements their lessons outside of class- Ms. Parisa will know too, dogs are notorious tattlers!
One (1) Week Board-and-Train Program: All dogs looking to participate in this course must have first passed a half-day of daycare or boarding evaluation. This option is a set course for confident and well-socialized dogs, designed for pet parents that do not have the time or ability to complete weekly courses. With the added benefit of friends and trusted humans, your pup get the perks of sleep-away camp, while still learning! This course requires that owners stay for one hour post-pickup for a training session of their own, with an additional followup one week later for any questions or reinforcement that may be needed. Remember, training will only go as far as the pawrents are willing to take it- confidence, consistency, and cuddles are key!
Two (2) Week Board-and-Train Program: All dogs looking to participate in this course must have first passed a half-day of daycare or boarding evaluation. This option is a set course for confident and well-socialized dogs, allowing for the pursuit of more complex cues, and is designed for pet parents that do not have the time or ability to complete weekly courses. With the added benefit of friends and trusted humans, your pup get the perks of sleep-away camp, while still learning! This course requires that owners stay for one hour post-pickup for a training session of their own, with an additional followup one week later for any questions or reinforcement that may be needed. Remember, training will only go as far as the pawrents are willing to take it- confidence, consistency, and cuddles are key!
Home Lessons: Interested? Contact Parisa at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if this is the right fit for you and your pup!
Not what you are looking for, that’s okay, we still know some great trainers! You can call us at 857-998-3343 or email your inquiry to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to point you in the right direction.