Guests enjoy multiple opportunities for play, exercise, and elimination, basic enrichment, feedings, scheduled quiet time to promote restorative rest, and safe, separate sleeping accommodations.
Our Specialized Services enhance your dog's stay for optimal wellness.
Please request these services in the "Notes" section when booking online.
A non-restrictive walk through nature provides your dog the opportunity to just be a dog - walk, sniff, and explore where they'd like, at their pace. We have seen the benefits of these walks first hand - there is nothing else like a "Decompression Walk" - not even dog playgroup.
Your dog will be attached to a 100 foot long line and back-clip harness for safety.
Learn more about the "Decompression Walk" using the links below.
While daily meals may also be provided in enrichment form, your dog will love a frozen enrichment snack tailored specifically to their mental stimulation and dietary needs.
We can help your dog learn basic manners during his daycare or boarding stay!
What's cuter than a dog that goes home with a few tricks up his sleeve? Not much!
Whether you're working towards a Trick Dog Title or would just like to impress family and friends, we offer a long list of tricks that are sure to get a laugh! Some tricks can even get your dog started with agility obstacles.
We offer a reward-based by Diane Orenchuk, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed). We use food and toy rewards to train dogs and praise and clickers to facilitate learning. Behavior that is rewarded will repeat in the future leading to a dog that is eager to learn and is a willing participant in the behaviors you like! Our basic manners and trick training will teach your dog new skills or improve upon skills they've learned in the past.
Beyond the Walk’s training is reward-based and sets dogs up for success at their pace. We will never use prong, choke, or shock (electronic) collars, fear, or intimidation to train your dog. Repeat training sessions may be required for desired results. Results are not guaranteed - we train at your dog's pace. Also, training/behavior is a product of a dog’s environment and reinforcement history - a dog's skills rely on maintenance and support from their owner. You will be provided resources to maintain and continue your dog's skills at home.
Every trick is not for every dog. We cannot guarantee your dog will learn a skill/trick as obstacles may arise relating to past history, physical ability, and your dog's personal preferences. We will advise if we feel your dog should not be taught a trick/skill or provide advice on how you can reach your training goals.
While we no longer offer Board and Train, we are pleased to share the training successes of our Board and Train Graduates!
Rye came to Beyond the Walk’s Board and Train for loud vocalizations as visitors approached her home, jumping on visitors, learning sit, down, and wait without having to see a treat in the owner’s hand, “implied stay” and release, leash walking, and more! Rye would drag her owners during a majority of their walks and could only be handled on a Gentle Leader, still pulling.
Rye learned that holding a cue until released (sit, down, wait, walking nicely) is highly rewarded. Rye was taught where she should be on a leash walk (by the human’s side) using strategic reward placement and LOTS of repetition plus practice and sessions with Beyond’s resident dogs as distractions. Watching people walk up to the house went from a stressful, barking frenzy to a calmer experience as Rye learned that quiet and calmness are rewarded. We taught Rye to sit (and stay!) away from the door as visitors came in and to keep all 4 paws on the floor when she greeted them.
Rye's training transitioned well with her family post board and completed a touchbase session 2 weeks later. Her family looks forward to additional privates in the future to take her training to the next level as well as vacation stays at Beyond where we will uphold her training.
Congrats, Rye! We are very proud of your success!
Update! Rye's owner says, "What a wonderful experience. When my husband and I went to pick up Rye at Diane’s house our pup was so happy. I can tell she was very comfortable and felt safe in Diane’s home. I missed my girl but Diane sent me videos, pictures and daily reports to let us know her progress! She came home last night and when I got home from work today she was greeted me calmly. Walking her has been much easier as well. I’m so excited to continue Ryes training. She has an awesome foundation. I couldn’t have done it without BEYOND THE WALK."
Pixie, a 6 month old Maltipoo, came to Beyond's Board and Train for potty training* as well as some basic skills - down, "place", and wait. Despite her young age, Pixie was quick to pick up on the basic skills and we were soon adding duration, distraction, and distance to each. During Board and Train, we partnered with a local animal hospital to ensure medical conditions could be crossed off the list of reasons why Pixie was struggling with potty training. Pixie was given a clean bill of health. Potty training continued with consistent management and a strict schedule. All of Pixie's potty events were documented and rewarded highly. We even used doggie playtime as a reward for Pixie going to the bathroom outdoors! Pixie began to show true understanding that outside was the only appropriate potty spot. Upon the conclusion of Board and Train, Pixie had excellent cue recognition for the skills learned and could remain in cue at a her beginner level until released. Pixie and her owner were set up to continue her potty training success at home.
We also provided Pixie's owner with information on crate enrichment, nutrition, and holding off on daycare while potty training.
Congrats, Pixie, our youngest Board and Train graduate!
Update! Pixie's owner says, Pixie is "doing amazing on potty training"! With summer in full swing, this dog team has been having fun in the sun, but plans to continue practicing Pixie's skills.
*no longer offered in board and train
Lexi attended daycare with us prior to her board and train program. We loved Lexi's bright spirit and willingness to engage from the start. However, her high energy and some of her behaviors were not desired by her family.
While in board and train Lexi excelled at leash walking. As soon as she learned that walking by the human's side lead to lots of her favorite things - FOOD and getting to check out sniff spots - it was like she'd been "leash walking" all her life. Lexi picked up not jumping very quickly as well. She met many new people in board and train who helped her generalize that not jumping on anyone also produced food. Lexi's family was amazed by pictures of her laying down. Lexi certainly can lay down, but we struggled with putting the behavior on a verbal cue. In getting to know Lexi better, we determined that creating a brand new verbal cue for "laying down" was the key to success. We advised Lexi's family to create daily enrichment opportunities for her to keep up with this active girl's mental and physical stimulation needs.
We look forward to following up with Lexi's family through complimentary lessons either in their home or in daycare to wrap up her "lay down" lessons and address a few more training questions.
Congrats Lexi and family! We had so much fun working with you!
Update! Lexi's owner says, "She is much calmer. And doing very well with her training and the boys. Not too much jumping either... She really is much better."