We are able to care for dogs that prefer to be separate from other dogs.
Yes, certain vaccinations are required and must be current. Other vaccinations are recommended. The expiration dates for vaccinations varies per dog and per vaccination. We'd be happy to discuss your dog's vaccinations and expiration dates with you.
The required vaccinations below must be administered at least 10 days prior to your dog's stay to ensure vaccinations are effective.
DPP (Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
Flea and tick preventative must also be administered to your dog at least 48 hours prior to his stay if he has not received preventative in the past. If your dog will be due for re-administration of this medication during his stay, please bring a dose when he arrives for his stay.
CIV (Canine Influenza Virus)
Heartworm preventative is recommended.
Dogs displaying fleas, injury or clinical signs of illness cannot be boarded. Any dogs that present medical concerns during their stay will be brought to Andover Animal Hospital or Newton Veterinary Hospital at the owner's expense after attempts are made to reach the owner. We have not had any medical issues occur in the past, but are prepared to address emergencies.
A deposit of 20% is due at the time of booking to reserve your dog's spot (this can be processed via credit card or cash can be provided in person at our location).
Deposits will be refunded with at least the following advanced notice prior to your reservation start date:
Daycare - 24 hours
Boarding - 1 week
Board and Train - 2 weeks
Any cancellations after the previously stated windows will result in your deposit being non-refundable and non-transferrable. A deposit for a completed stay will be applied to the cost of your dog's stay and any outstanding payment is due at the end of your dog's stay at pick up. We can accept cash and major credit cards (card must be processed at or before pick up). Unfortunately, we are not able to accept checks at this time.
I have experience with nervous and fearful dogs (see Riley and Puppy, two of my own dogs). I will work with your dog to provide basic needs (feedings and potty breaks) using reward-based motivations as they work through their fears. I will work to earn your dog's trust by giving the dog space and allowing them to come to me when they are ready. Some nervous dogs feel more comfortable as they watch the other dogs in our home interact in the environment and with us.
Our home includes a gate at the front patio and the back deck. Dogs that are known to dash through doorways have an added layer of protection with these barriers. However, we are very careful when opening and closing doors. We cannot board dogs that have a history of digging under, jumping over or climbing fences or gates, or breaking out of their crate. Dogs are always supervised in the yard, however the fence is 4 feet high. If you feel this type of enclosure would not contain your dog, alternative boarding is preferred.
We are able to board more dogs at one time that are crate trained. Dogs that cannot be crated still need to be separated from other dogs during feedings, sleeping hours and the occasional times that no one is home. Therefore, we are limited to one household (or dog family) of "uncrated" dogs at one time. Crates are also the preferred method of separating dogs for safety purposes.
Board and train dogs must be crate trained.
Please provide information on interactions your dog has had with other dogs recently, if any. Dogs that are not normally exposed to other dogs must come visit for a meet and greet so that their comfort level around other dogs can be assessed. Dogs that are not normally around other dogs may become overwhelmed in our home and may do better boarded solo elsewhere.
We do understand that dogs can be sensitive of other dogs "stealing" their toys or food. For these reasons, all dogs eat separately and no toys or bones are available while dogs are together. These items can be enjoyed while they are crated or separated in their area of the home.
Yes, we offer a reward-based board and train program for basic manners and some unwanted behaviors. Click below for details on our board and train program and the skills your dog will learn.
Things to know about our board and train program:
Beyond the Walk’s Board and Train program is 100% reward-based and force free. We will never use prong, choke, or shock (electronic) collars, fear, force or intimidation to train your dog. We accept only one board and train dog at a time so that we may dedicate the attention necessary to training. When your dog is not training, they live in our home like our own dogs.
Our program provides a foundation for basic manners and resolving unwanted behaviors. We do not “guarantee” any behaviors or training as behavior is a product of a dog’s environment and reinforcement history. Therefore, we cannot guarantee results because maintenance of a dog’s skills and behavior is dependent on support from their owner. There is the added step of teaching you, the owners, the behaviors the dog has learned at the end of the board and train. You will be fully prepared to succeed and we are available to assist in troubleshooting post board and train.
Board and train dogs may be "untrained" (they are here to learn basic manners after all!), but must be crate trained for eating, sleeping and when unsupervised. We are happy to help you crate train your dog prior to their board and train reservation.
It can be difficult for a fearful dog to learn in a new setting and without their humans who they know and love. Therefore, a meet and greet is required to determine if your dog is a good fit for our board and train program. We are unable to accept dogs with severe aggression towards humans or dogs for board and train nor do we offer board and train to resolve dog-dog issues. Our home is not a great place for a dog that is afraid of dogs for any length of time and doing so may increase your dog's fear of dogs and cause undue stress.
Things to know about OTHER board and train programs:
Frankly speaking, other board and train programs almost always feature some type of aversive training (typically electric shock collars) to cram in lots of difficulty and achieve "guaranteed" results. This type of training and these instruments are extremely detrimental towards you and your dog's relationship and your dog's psyche. There will be trainers and board and train facility employees that will try to convince you otherwise, but don't be fooled!
I am happy to speak with you further regarding training methods and our board and train program.
For further training support, we highly recommend It's Your Dog School for Dogs in Hamburg, NJ (click link below) for a wide variety of classroom, specialty and private training options.
Select dogs can have their meet and greet waived. However, this is not a commitment to board. Dogs with a current history of socializing nicely with other dogs and are crate trained can be booked without a meet and greet if there are scheduling or distance issues. If upon arrival there are issues that cannot be accommodated in our home, alternative boarding arrangements will need to sought by the owner.
Owners must provide their dog's food for their stay. Please also include feeding instructions. We can provide treats and food enrichment such as Kongs stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese and puppy pops (dog food or treats frozen in water ice cubes). Marrow bones and other fun edibles are available for purchase during your dog's stay (see Services page). However, if your dog is particular about their food or has a sensitive stomach or food allergies, please provide treats and other food enrichment items that your dog likes and is allowed to eat.
If your dog has an ID tag, ensure that it is affixed to his collar. If your dog does not have an ID tag, a Beyond the Walk ID tag with our phone number will be affixed to his collar during his stay. If your dog is crate trained, you can bring your dog's crate. We have several crates from extra small to large that we can use during your dog's stay so that you don't have to transport it - just check with us first to ensure there is one available. If your dog has a favorite bed, blanket or toy, bringing those items may help him feel at home and are welcome to come with him. We do have many dog beds and blankets that can be used as well.
No, your dog does not need to be potty trained. We also understand that in a new house, dogs may have accidents. We are able to provide frequent potty breaks and during good weather, dogs spend much time outside in the yard with us. House soiling is cleaned up promptly and the area sanitized using dog-safe cleaning agents.
Dogs will be provided frequent access to the fenced area of our yard to relieve themselves. We pick up and discard of fecal matter as soon as the dog has eliminated. During good weather, dogs spend much time outside in the yard with us.
I am experienced with using many types of equipment for helping to walk dogs including front clip harnesses such as easy-walk and sensation harnesses and head halters such as haltis and gentle leaders. I have used these items personally to assist walking dogs that pull or react prior to training the dog to walk nicely on leash or to help a reactive dog. I have also used chain leashes for dogs that enjoy chewing their leash when bored to prevent dogs from chewing through their leash and becoming loose.
I do not believe in the use of prong collars, choke chains or choke collars, slip leads, vibrating, shock, electric or spray collars or bark collars. I will not use any of these items while dogs are boarded or in daycare with us. Prong and choke chains may get tangled and twisted during dog-dog play and can cause serious injury and even death. Electronic collars used during dog-dog interaction can incite and escalate dog fights as dogs aren't always able to discern that the shock or vibration came from the collar and may think the other dog caused this discomfort/pain which can lead to a dog aggressing towards the closest other dog. Likewise, any discomfort from these collars can cause a dog to redirect on the closet other dog.
These items are meant to cause discomfort, pain or fear to quell behaviors and I do not want any dog to feel any negative emotions while at Beyond the Walk. I also will not put other dogs at risk of being aggressed towards due to a dog wearing an e-collar. I am a reward based trainer and believe in motivating a dog through treats, toys, praise and access to the environment to "get the dog to do things". This is how my dogs and my foster dogs are trained and I have been very successful with these methods.
If you are interested in learning more about the types of equipment I will not use or about reward based training, I would be more than happy to speak with you further.
Side note - You may have seen my husky, Kane, with a chain collar in my pictures and videos. Kane wears a chain collar because (in typical husky fashion) he chews his collars off when bored. This type of collar is to ensure that he has his tags in the event that he needs to be identified. Kane's chain collar does not tighten and is loosely fitted to slip off easily if caught during play. There is a thin keychain that holds the ends in a loop that can easily be pulled open by Kane if he were ever stuck on something. This collar is removed while he is in his crate and when sleeping. Kane is never walked on his chain collar and uses a martingale (no-slip) collar or harness during walks.
It is important that I understand more about your dog. Separation anxiety (SA) is a blanket term used to describe dogs that display stress or discomfort during times of isolation. There are many facets to SA and SA varies in severity in each dog. I'd be happy to discuss your dog's history of SA behaviors to determine if we'd be able to provide care to fit your dog's needs.
Unfortunately, we cannot care for dogs with aggression toward dogs or humans. Dogs that are dog aggressive would be very stressed in our home due to the sight, smells and sounds of other dogs. Although we do have the ability to separate dogs while not supervised, we are unable to board dogs that need to be separate from other dogs for the full duration of their stay.
We are happy to speak with you to address any additional questions you may have!
We are also quick to respond to owners' questions while their dogs are with us and send photo updates during their stay.
*ABANDONED DOG DISCLAIMER*
A dog will be considered abandoned if the dog is not picked up after their stay and there is no communication from the owner or emergency contacts. Dogs will be relinquished to township animal control after any holding period required of our facility. We do not encourage anyone to abandon their dog, however we will do our best to ensure any dog relinquished to animal control is taken in by reputable rescue.