I provide behavior modification training for clients which are really struggling with some dangerous dog behavior. My awesomely dedicated clients frequently ask me what they can do before the dog arrives for their scheduled board and train, so I put together a list of items which I believe are important to implement.
Before sending your dog for a behavior modification board and train:
Avoid talking to your dog (whether asking questions, or trying to verbally comfort your dog, it typically just excites and confuses the dog, leaving you feeling frustrated)
Feed your dog in their crate (board & train is VERY effective when the dog is comfortable in their crate)
Avoid playing tug, or fetch with your dog
Reduce your dog's daily amount of food, (many dogs are over fed and that can lead to all sorts of health ailments, as well as behavioral problems)
Avoid giving your dog treats, treats are typically exciting
Create a simple excitement free routine, your dog goes out potty & comes back into the house
Avoid walks, where your dog is allowed to practice those not so safe behaviors (barking, growling, and lunging on leash)
Avoid any off-leash time, potty time, requires a quick leashed potty walk outside.
Embrace the idea that providing your dog with freedom (couch access, sleeping on the bed, freely roaming your home, pulling on leash after animals), excitement (access to playtime where your dog doesn't give up the ball on command), lots of food, and treats... are all things which are just not contributing to changing your dog's behavior for the better. Feeling badly for your dog will also not help him/her transition into behaving more calmly. The foundation of calmness in a dog's life comes from a very predictable routine. After your dog adheres to the calm structure of the board and train, you can slowly add in the elements which excite your dog, because the dog will be fully aware of how to return to a calm state of mind when asked to relax.