Dog Training, Cat Training and Pet Training Professionals

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Beyond the Dog is a professional animal training company that uses behavioral science to train dogs, cats, and other pets.

Beyond the Dog, LLC. was founded by Dr. Kristyn Echterling-Savage and Sean Savage in 2005. Beyond the Dog grew from their love of animals and their passion for helping people and their pets. Beyond the Dog runs on more than passion, though. Dr. Echterling-Savage and Sean are among the leaders in animal behavior in the country. Dr. Echterling-Savage is one of only fifty-three Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB) in the United States–a certification that requires post-graduate education and research in the field of animal behavior. She holds a Doctorate in Behavioral analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Sean, likewise, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and holds a BS in addition.

Sean and Kristyn are not the only highly qualified trainers in the company, though. All of our professional dog trainers hold Bachelor’s degrees in behavior related fields, and are certified or seeking certification as a CPDT-KA through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). The APDT is the largest canine training organization in the United States. Additionally, Beyond the Dog trainers must complete more than 2,000 hours of training under Sean, Kristyn, and a mentor before providing independent consulting and training.

Training Programs

Aside from their outstanding qualifications, Beyond the Dog trainers use the most up-to-date science as the foundation for their training methods. Beyond the Dog has various programs for dogs, cats, birds, and small animals to help your pet achieve your goals. Each program was designed by Dr. Echterling-Savage and Sean Savage, so you can be sure that your pet is getting the very best.

Each of the training programs available at Beyond the Dog are structured to meet your needs, so there are many options to choose from. Dog Programs range from beginner obedience classes, to training for the Canine Good Citizen certification. Cats have their own line of programs too, which are designed to help target problem behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, and litter training issues. Perhaps the most unique are our small pet training sessions. If your rabbit, ferret, bird, or rat has behavioral needs, our trainers are equipped to help you and your pet. No matter the species, breed, or age, our trainers can help you meet your goals for your pet.

Contact us now to see how we can help you and your pet achieve your goals for a happier more peaceful home!

Dog Training by Breed - Houston

Although we have only worked with Xena a couple of times with your technique to address her aggression on leash, we’ve see an immediate change in her behavior.


I have to tell you that you were worth every dime we paid you training Zeus.


Kristyn completely exceeded my expectations!


So nice to speak to someone who understands the underlying causes of behavior.


We can’t say enough wonderful things about Sean.


I can’t think Kristyn enough for her help.


Thank you Beyond the Dog for making our lives so much better in just one visit!


Thanks to Beyond the Dog, our household is more peaceful than its been in months!


Dog Training based on breed