Immersion Dog Training

Our Immersion Training Program for Dogs and Puppies is designed to
create a happier, more confident, and Well-behaved Dog in a short period of time.

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Transform Your Dog or Puppy into an Obedient and Amazing Dog!

If you’re here because you want the very best for your dog or pup, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to IQ K9 Training, where we teach your furry companion all the important skills, they need to be well-adjusted and well-behaved. Whether your dog struggles with rowdy behavior, anxiety, chewing, barking, jumping, biting, or any other unwanted behaviors, our series of 2, 3 and 4 week immersion dog training programs are designed to fit their unique needs and abilities. At IQ K9 Training, we truly believe there is no one-size-fits-all solution to effective training.

In our immersion dog training programs, we teach your pooch all the basic commands and behaviors, but they will also learn how to be calm in specific situations both in and outside the home. Our calming technique will provide more safety for your dog because they won’t be slipping and sliding all over the house or bumping into furniture and people, and it will also provide you with more freedom and peace of mind when you have guests over; it’s always nice to know that your friends and family can come to your home and have positive interactions with your calm, well-mannered, and obedient dog.

Transform Your Dog or Puppy

Professional Training for your Puppy, Peace of Mind for You

We also back up our “4 week Board and Train Program” with our IQ K9 Training Lifetime Guarantee. That means you have the opportunity to schedule future private lessons for you and your dogs with one of our professional certified K9 trainers at no further cost to you.

In order to provide the highest level of quality and care to all our canine clients, we limit the number of dogs in our immersion program which results in spots filling up very quickly. We are usually fully booked 1-2 months out which is why we strongly encourage you to reserve a space a couple of months ahead of time. Reservations are written in pencil and your dates can be changed with a $500 deposit to hold your spot.

2-week Immersion Program

2-week Immersion Program

With 2 fun-filled weeks of immersion training at our home facility, your dog will receive professional training to boost what they already know as well as learn new commands in obedience.

3-week Immersion Program

3-week Immersion Program

In just 3 weeks, we’ll work closely with your dog to correct their undesirable behaviors and teach them new, valuable skills to improve your connection. You will also receive our 1-year guarantee with this program!

4-week Immersion Program

4-week Immersion Program

Be prepared to be amazed at just how intelligent, calm, and well-mannered your dog is when they finish with our 4 week Immersion Program. This program includes field trips to train in public, follow-up lessons in public, and our lifetime guarantee!

What Our Clients Are Saying…

Let these amazing dog training success stories inspire you

“ Love them. Brett is so amazing with our puppy, I could not be happier. They are awesome- and you see results quickly. ”


“We just finished our last one on one lesson last Friday and couldn’t be happier with the way Bret taught us to train our stubborn olde English bulldog pup! I… read more love how Bret gave us the tools to make Cap so well behaved. You can really tell his passion for animals. This was such a rewarding experience. We cannot wait to get him in the CGC class next year. Thanks again, Bret!! Woof!”



Photo Gallery

Belows are some photos of clients dogs training and having fun on our property and in our home


Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our most frequently asked dog training questions are answered here.
If you have any questions not covered, please Contact Us.

Will my dog forget who I am?

No. Your dog will be more than excited to see you when you pick him up for his “go home” lesson.

It may seem difficult, but one of the best things you can do for your dog is have him stay with someone else. It will give him the experience and confidence to live with someone else in a different environment. An example of a dog who has not been shown this picture, an issue we see, is some dogs will only go to the bathroom in their own personal backyard. This is concerning, yet easily remedied by having them stay with someone else.

Another benefit is your dog will be comfortable boarding with us, just in case a real-life hurdle comes your way and you have to leave your dog somewhere, its good to know your dog will be confident, staying with us or someone else, while you are away.

How many dogs do you train at a time?

Boarding and training is the fastest and most intensive training program we offer. Your dog is kept very busy learning behaviors, exercising and playing everyday during their Board and Train stay.

We commonly have 4 to 9 dogs consistently staying with us for Board and Train. We have 4 trainers and we begin our days at 6:30am. The dogs are on a constant rotation throughout the day. They work on commands and behaviors around distractions as well as bathroom breaks, play sessions and hikes. Their last potty and walk is about 9:30pm and they go to bed at 10:00pm. We are fully staffed 7 days a week including all holidays.

What is your guarantee?

Your dog will have the knowledge and will perform the commands for someone who has the knowledge and will to enforce them. Basically, as long as you follow our instructions, which are very easy and user friendly, you and your dog will do fantastic.

We back up our programs with reinforcement lessons. Some of our programs include multiple reinforcement lessons including a year of lessons or lifetime lessons, depending on the program you choose. This gives you the privilege of scheduling future private lessons for you and your dog, with an IQ K9 Professional Dog Trainer, at no further cost to you. We are here to help and support you with your dog training needs!

Does training occur 7 days a week?

Yes. All Board and Train dogs undergo several lessons per day, 7 days a week.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Paypal.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are not set up for payment plans. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Paypal. We collect a $500 deposit in order to hold your dates. Full payment in advance must be received on the day your dog arrives for training.

What if I have to cancel my dogs training?

If you cancel and do not reschedule your dog’s training, your deposit ($500) is forfeited.

What if I need to change my training dates?

Changing training start dates is usually not a big issue and your deposit is not forfeited. Please give us as much advance notice as possible. We only take in a handful of dogs at a time, so space is limited.

What will my dogs day look like?

Your dog will wake at 6:30am and begin their day. Throughout the day, your dog will be learning commands and marker words, playing relationship games and practicing around distractions. In addition, your dog will be going on hikes and have plenty of potty time as well. The training lessons and playtimes vary in duration and times of day depending on your dog’s motivation, drive, and interest. In addition, your dog will be able to spend some time in our backyard areas throughout the day to take in the fresh air and watch everything that is going on around them. Last potty break is around 9:30pm and bedtime is 10:00pm.

Will you be able to feed my dog their own, regular food during their stay or do you change their diet?

We prefer to feed the food your dog is used to. We don’t want to risk them getting an upset stomach from a diet change. From kibble to raw, including supplements and medication, it is no problem for us. We have a fully equipped kitchen, freezer, fridge and safe food storage.

Will my dog listen to me or will they only listen to the trainer?

Our style of training is very transferable to you and everyone in your family. Once your dog completes their Board and Train stay, we do a series of reinforcement lessons with you and your family, this is when we transfer the leadership role over to you. We typically continue lessons until your dog is listening better to you than to us. This is our goal. On average, this will take 2 to 5 lessons.

How do the follow-up reinforcement lessons work and how often do you do those?

Typically we meet with you for a lesson a week, but it is a case-by-case basis, depending upon the dogs needs and the clients needs. The first “go home” lesson (this is when you pick your dog up), lasts about an hour and a half to two hours. Further lessons last about 45 minutes to an hour and usually occur weekly after that.

Where are the follow-up reinforcement lessons located?

Lessons are held at our facility in Valley Center.

We offer lessons in the public included with some of our Board and Train programs. These lessons can take place at your home or many different locations in public and there are many options to suit your needs.

Do you train around real-life distractions?

Yes, in all of our programs we train around distractions with outstanding success. Each day, your dog will be immersed in dog and people distractions as well as training in different environments (both indoors and outside).

We pride ourselves on field trips out in public, which are included with some of our programs. This means, we will be taking your dog on field trips to train in the public around people, noises, dogs, basically, all real-life distractions.

Also included with some of our programs are public follow-up lessons and these can take place here at our facility, at your home and also at many locations in public. If you, the client, find yourself especially nervous training your dog in public environments, we can coach you through that in your follow-up lessons. We will meet you, for your lessons, in public places.

Do you use treats for training my dog?

Engaging your dog’s food drive is extremely effective in dog training, and dogs love having a job and working for a “paycheck”.

The foundation of our training is marker training. Marker training is a simple way of dog training that communicates with the dog what behavior is correct and desired by the handler. We use the word “yes” when your dog is correct and we follow that with a food or toy reward.

In addition, initially, to teach your dog specific behaviors, we will use treats to help lure them into position. After a number of repetitions, we will fade out this lure. There are some commands/behaviors where we use treats and others where we do not. For example, we use treats (and sometimes toys) for recall training (the come command), because the recall should be high energy and fun for your dog. For heel (walking politely at your side, much like a service dog), we typically do not use treats as we want your dog in a calmer state of mind. A calm dog will be able to go more public places and be easier for you to control.

May I visit my dog while he is in your Board and Train program?

We don’t recommend it. We have found that it is best for the dog to limit visits. Dogs learn best when they are calm and focused, so we don’t want visits to get them overly excited and possibly impede their training. Your dog will be learning lots of new things, and I know that’s exciting. We will send you updates/photos during your dogs Board and Train stay.


May I call IQ K9 Training during my dogs stay to see how my dog is doing?

Yes. Rest assured, we will send you updates and photos every 3 to 5 days. If we have ANY concerns about your dog’s training progress, health or overall well-being we will contact you right away.

What is unique about IQ K9 Training?

We are solely a training based facility. That means that our IQ K9 dog training team concentrates 100% of our efforts on various facets of dog training. We do offer boarding, yes, however, it is only for dogs that we have trained and even then, we refresh all of their training during their stay.

Our training programs are very personalized.
Your dog lives in our home with us.
We live on 2 and a half acres (fully fenced).
We have a fully fenced training field which is great for your off-leash games and recalls.
Our environment is safe and controlled.

What time do I drop my dog off for Board and Train?

All board and train drop-offs are by appointment only.

Since all of our programs are set up in 7 day increments, we recommend that you drop off on your day off or a convenient day for you. That way your dog goes home on that same day off and your not rearranging your schedule.

You will need to spend about an hour and a half to two hours with us for your dogs “go home” lesson upon pick up.

What days may I drop off for my Board and Train program?

Dogs can be scheduled to arrive every day of the week/weekend to begin their program. We do not offer appointments on major holidays.

What do I need to pack in my dogs “to-go” bag?

Please bring enough food to last your dog’s stay, plus extra.
Current immunization records which can be emailed from your vet (
Any medication or supplements your dog may need to take while with us (heartworm meds, etc.).
Flat collar with ID tags

What forms are required?

The IQ K9 Training service agreement must be completed prior to drop off. If you are unable to access the electronic form (jotform), a hard copy may be completed when you arrive.
You will need to schedule your first “go home” lesson with us.
A copy of your dog’s current immunization forms must accompany your dog before he/she can be left with us. Immunizations required are: Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella. The records may be emailed from your vet if you do not have a hard copy. (

Will I receive updates during my dogs stay?

Yes, absolutely. We will send you updates and photos every three to five days. If you need an update in the meantime, just reach out to us, we’d be happy to speak with you at any time.

Which Board and Train program is right for my dog?

This question can only be answered by your IQ K9 Professional Dog Trainer and will depend on your dog’s age, experience, previous training history, your goals, schedule, budget and family situation.

Call us today for a FREE Dog Training Consultation & learn more about how we can help you make your dog amazing. Contact us at (760) 227-5505.

Do you have any specials or discounts?

Visit our Dog Training Specials page to see our latest specials.

Your Dog Will Enjoy Our
Fully Fenced 2.5 + Acre Property

We are located in Valley Center (North San Diego County).
IQ K9 Training features a fully fenced 2+ acre property on of some of the best
land on which to train dogs here in North County San Diego.