Beyond's owner/operator is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Beyond's staff are trained in an accurate analysis of dog behavior and humane treatment rooted in positive reinforcement. We have designed our care to safely accommodate dogs of a variety of behavioral needs including dog aggression, resource guarding, nervous/fearful dogs, and dogs with a bite history. We are happy to speak with you about your dog's behavioral needs.
Beyond the Walk is bonded and insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas. Beyond the Walk LLC is a limited liability corporation.
Diane began her career in retail management and progressed to corporate retail in store operations. Diane holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of NJ. She changed career paths to align with her passion for animals and worked in shelter management for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). She earned the certificate of CPDT-KA from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2017. Over her 8 years of experience, Diane has worked with thousands of dogs in a variety of capacities including training, behavior evaluation, behavior modification, owning and operating daycare and boarding, sheltering, and foster/rescue. She has provided training and behavior solutions, evaluations, consulting, and husbandry services to hundreds of dog/client teams and adoptive/foster homes with several rescue groups she consults for. Diane holds a position on the board of directors for Wagon Tails Farm Rescue.
Diane has experience with fearful/nervous dogs, high arousal behaviors, high drive/energy breeds, resource guarding, aggression, dog-dog issues, and dogs with bite histories as well as developing behavior modification plans and advanced canine skills. Diane's five rescue dogs are a variety of breeds and personalities which she has trained to overcome behavior challenges including resource guarding, fear, dog-dog issues, and aggression. She has trained, and continues to train, her dogs in a variety of skills, hobbies, sports, and working capacities including advanced pet manners, competitive agility, and search and rescue as well as certifying therapy dogs and earning titles in Trick Dog and Canine Good Citizen. Diane volunteers with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy and Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County.
Diane's expertise in behavior and training is rooted in the expansive, scientifically documented benefits and effectiveness of reward training. In training and boarding, she uses food and toys to reinforce desirable behaviors. Diane believes in empowering dogs within their comfort level, respecting dogs' communication, and maximizing choice, clarity, freedom, and enrichment. She believes in setting dogs up for success, creating a fulfilled and enriched life for each unique dog, and earning dogs' trust. She works at each dog's pace and bases rewards on their preferences and their humans' goals. Diane passionately seeks modern practices and is dedicated to continuing her education in the canine field.
Danielle went to the University of Rhode Island for her Bachelors in Science then went on to get her Masters in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education. Danielle works full time as a special education teacher teaching second grade students.
Danielle is a proud pet mom of four fur babies; two dogs and two cats. She found her love for dog training four years ago when she got her first puppy, Jaxon, and began training him. Six months later she adopted her second dog, a five year old displaced farm dog named Boss, who was a bit more of a challenge. Through applying positive reinforcement training to the challenges of training a dog who had never lived in a home before, was not potty trained and did not know his name, a beautiful relationship was born.
She enjoys hiking with her dogs and traveling. Since January 2017 Danielle and her dogs, including foster dogs she is caring for, have hiked over 300 hikes over the tristate area, Maine, and Vermont. Danielle is also a dedicated volunteer in rescue through fostering and walking and training dogs at shelters to help them become easier candidates to find their forever homes. Both of Danielle’s dogs are certified therapy dogs through Creature Comfort Pet Therapy, where she also volunteers her time evaluating future therapy teams.
Danielle is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Larissa has worked at Beyond the Walk since November 2018. Larissa has hands on experience with dogs of a variety of behaviors and needs as well as pets of other species. Canines are the foundation of her life, both professionally and in her personal life. Outside of work, Larissa enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her family and pups, training her dogs as a hobby, and making each day the best it can be!
Erin has loved animals all her life and has an especially soft spot for dogs. Erin earned an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts at Sussex County Community College and a Bachelor's of Science Degree at Westchester University. She is currently studying Audiology at Montclair State University. While pursuing medical studies for a career in Audiology, she is a dedicated team member, working within her passion for dogs.
In training, we consider all aspects of you and your dog's lives when evaluating behavior concerns and developing training plans. Our training includes not only provide clear instruction for effective behavior change and development; we also incorporate meaningful enrichment, appropriate exercise, and stress management in every training plan for optimization.
We strategically use food and toys to reinforce behavior. Our training is creative and splits behaviors down to a level your dog can efficiently learn and grow from. Beyond the Walk’s training is reward-based and sets dogs up for success at their pace. We are passionate about continuing our education in the most up to date, progressive practices in the positive reinforcement training and husbandry fields. Diane is excited to help you and your dog excel!
Diane's own dogs have achieved and surpassed so many goals including overcoming multi-faceted behavior challenges. Regardless of your dog’s origin, whether from a rescue or a breeder, we are happy to discuss your training goals. Diane’s dogs have earned titles in AKC Trick Dog, Canine Good Citizen, and Therapy Dog. To explore Diane's dogs' click the group picture!