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Available in-person or via phone/video call
Actionable steps to progress your dog's training and resolve behavior challenges
Unprecedented open line of communication with your trainer between sessions during training
No reputable dog professional can or should "guarantee' results; dogs are living creatures. We do though "certify" our results - we will support you and your dog for their lifetime relating to the skills or behaviors worked on and achieved.
Initial Session $250/hr
following sessions: 4 Hour Package $600 || 9 Hour Package $1350
In order to set our clients up for success in meeting their goals with their dog, we suggest the quantity of sessions that would likely be needed. Each session can range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the case. However, we don't want to over work your dog or use package time unnecessarily so time used is deducted from your package as we go; a 4 hour package may be more or less than 4 sessions. Package commitment is required at the time of further booking after the initial consult. Select cases may not require a package.
additional travel cost/session: under 30min no cost, 30-60min $15, 1hr $30, 2hr+ $60+
No reputable dog professional can or should "guarantee" results; dogs are living creatures. We do though "certify" our results - we will support you and your dog for their lifetime relating to the skills or behaviors worked on and achieved in board and train.
Programs offered include Reliable Offleash, In Home Skills, Community Skills, and Behavior Modification. We are very excited to help you and your dog. Reach out today to reserve your dog’s opportunity. equipment included up to a $300 value. limited spaces available. transportation services available. please specify the type of board and train you are seeking using the training inquiry form.
All board and trains include a mid-board and train zoom touchbase, a go home transition session, and a 2 week and 4 week-post board and train follow up session. These four sessions are scheduled at the time of board and train booking and are required for our "certified results" and any future sessions.
Reliable Offleash $4650 | 4 weeks
behaviors: offleash reliability, recall under all circumstances, recall to heel, heel for short distance, wait
week 1: settle in, motivation, verbal cue introduction
week 2: electronic training collar positive conditioning, ecollar layering with verbal cues
week 3: moderate environmental situations (on longline then offleash)
week 4: challenging environmental situations (on longline then offleash)
In Home Skills $5200 | 4 weeks
behaviors: sit, down, implied stay with release cue, come (in house/fenced yard), leash walking (short duration heel on cue with a focus on loose leash walking), casual relax on place, "off" furniture/people/counter, drop it (nonfood)/leave it (food on counter supervised), crate on cue, auto waiting for release to exit crate, auto-wait at door for leash walk
resolutions for: counter surfing, stealing objects, mild barking in the home,
custom developed weekly enrichment plan tailored to your dog's specific needs
Community Skills $5200 | 4 weeks
trained to access standard for therapy dogs
behaviors: sit, down, wait, implied stay with release cue, leash walking in crowded environments, heel in indoor public environments and crowded type of outdoor environments (not deep woods), leave it (food on ground on leash), drop it (nonfood), in/out of car and auto-wait to exit (no car anxiety), dropped leash stay (short duration)/tethered stay (moderate duration)
resolutions for: positive conditioning to stimuli (carts/public sounds), ignore people and focus on handler, greeting on release cue, not pulling to people/dogs, no jumping for greetings, casual relaxation in public
both in home and community skills follow similar instruction with different focuses. add offleash reliability for $3400 (additional 3 weeks; must be combined for savings)
week 1: settle in, reinforcement marker, lure/shape skills, reinforcement for desirable behavior, manage/prevent undesirable behavior
week 2: fade lures, establish verbal/contextual/environmental cues, build reinforcement history for reliable responses, intro to electronic training collar for skill layering if needed
week 3: remove management, generalize reinforcement markers, capture desired offered behaviors/choices for previously difficult situations, increase challenges
week 4:present increasingly advanced scenarios, solidify cue/reinforcement strategies, strategically adjust reinforcement for go home transition
Reliable offleash and community skills are only available to dogs without fear/aggression towards people - these programs can be available after training for behavior modification.
Behavior Modification $6000 and up | starts at 4 weeks
Board and train for behavior change relating to moderate to significant or selective reactivity, fear, or aggression. Will consider dog to dog issues with dogs living in the home together on a case by case basis.
Dogs must be basket muzzle conditioned to book behavior modification board and train (individual private virtual sessions available for this to prepare).
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 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 tailored to each client's specific desires in training methods and goals. We are passionate about continuing our education in the most up to date, progressive practices in the training and husbandry fields. We are excited to help you and your dog excel!
Beyond's trainers' 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! To learn more about our team, click the link below.
*Our approach to behavior concerns follows the flow of:
4. Positive Reinforcement
5. Negative Punishment
6. Reevaluate behavior concerns and goals; possibly advise a consultation with a behavior veterinarian
Some to most dogs' training plans will not go beyond this point. Beyond the Walk may consider aversive tools (prong or electronic training collar) ONLY for specific training situations. We consider the dogs' overall risk, realistic goals, cognitive ability, and potential for psychological fallout before making any recommendations to move to other training methods beyond this point. We are also happy to never include the following methods in training and simply work with the previous 6 steps. We never implore a client to use aversive training though we may explain that with a client's goals and timeline, the options may be to either reduce expectations/increase timeline or incorporate aversive training for some behaviors (with limits).
7. Negative Reinforcement
8. Positive Punishment
We understand that dogs and clients live in the real world with real world behavior complications. While all behaviors can be taught with treats and toys and a client's training plan can include exclusively positive reinforcement methods, our over arching mission is to successfully achieve clients' goals with their dogs with the responsible use of any training method used. After thorough conversation with a client, if it is determined that the use of a prong or electronic training collar would aid a client in their particular situation, we will include such tools in the training plan with owner consent.