Expert Advice From Our Certified Appplied Animal Behaviorist

How to Stop your Cat from Scratching Furniture 

Scratching is a natural cat behavior, however while it is natural that does not mean that everything in your house needs to be fair game! Your furniture does not need to be sacrificed because of your cat’s behavior. Follow our training tips below on how to stop your cat from scratching your furniture-     […]


Socialization during a Pandemic

Socialization and pandemic typically aren’t words associated with each other, but for dogs, socialization is still just as important! Pups of any age require frequent socialization around people, dogs, and noises to maintain a friendly confidence around everyone. Nowadays, this can be a tricky thing to accomplish, but there are still plenty of ways to […]


How to Prepare your Dog for the 4th of July

The 4th of July may look a little different this year, but unfortunately for most pets, fireworks are still expected! To help keep your dog safe and comfortable, follow these easy steps! 1. Identify your Dog Ensure your dog has a properly fitting collar with identification tags attached. If you have moved recently or changed […]

Anxiety in Dogs

Becoming a Beyond the Dog Trainer – Ashley’s Story

While advancing through college, I realized there is not a lot of information about animal-related professions outside of becoming a veterinarian. I took classes, shadowed as a veterinary technician, and eventually worked under a veterinarian but was never passionate about my clients or the work. I felt similarly after accepting a position at a swine […]


Teach Your Puppy These 5 Things First

You’ve just brought a new, cuddly pup home, but now what do you do with him?! We are here for you! We have compiled a list of the top 4 things you should start with your puppy as soon as you bring them home. Housebreaking The key to any potty-training plan is to careful supervision. […]

Puppy Training

What to do about shock collars?

The Dangers of Shock Beyond the Dog focuses on training that builds positive relationships. In general, we avoid the use of harsh aversive stimuli. In fact, using aversive stimuli such as shock collars, prong collars, or choke chains can be detrimental to the animal’s overall wellbeing, and more effective (and humane) training methods lead to […]

Training an Adult Dog

Training the Easy Way – Shaping (3)

Now that we have introduced shaping and talked about how to shape new behaviors in our animals, we are going to spend some time on WHY Beyond the Dog focuses on shaping appropriate behaviors.  Shaping uses positive reinforcement – rewarding the behaviors we want to see. These behaviors are more likely to occur if they […]

Obedience Training

Training the Easy Way – Shaping (2)

If you have been following along our blog, we have been talking about shaping to teach new behaviors! It is one way dog trainers teach obedience skills to your puppy or dog.  To shape a new behavior, pick a target and provide treats for anything that resembles that target. As your dog gets better at […]

Obedience Training