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Beyond the Dog offers professional pet training services for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, and beyond! View each of our services and program details below.

Houston Puppy and Dog Training

Dog Training Programs

With nearly 15 years of experience and locations in Kansas City, Houston, Austin, and St. Louis, Beyond the Dog is the best option for you and your pet. We offer a wide range of training programs for your cat, dog, or other pet’s specific needs. Our programs are specially designed by our founders, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Dr. Kristyn Echterling-Savage and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Sean Savage.

Programs vary in price, length, and focus. Our trainers will help you choose the best program for your specific pet’s needs. Below is a list of our program options. Check out our options and see how to get started today!

All-Inclusive Dog Training

This program is our most intensive training option for your dog. With our All-Inclusive Dog Training program, your dog will meet with a trainer 5 days a week for 4 weeks. For the first four sessions each week, the trainer will work one-on-one with your dog for an hour each day to learn and practice commands and behaviors. On the fifth day of each week, our trainer will meet with you and your pup, so you can learn the training procedures and see your dog’s progress.

Board and Train

Our Board and Train program is another intensive option for your pet. Your dog will stay in one of our trainer’s homes for 3 to 4 weeks. The Beyond the Dog trainer will work with your dog for several hours each day as they go about their daily routines. Once your dog is back in your home, our trainer will meet with you for several sessions to show you your dog’s new commands and provide training techniques to maintain your pup’s success.

Executive Dog Training

The Executive Dog Training program is an excellent choice for owners who only want to focus on addressing a few specific behaviors. A Beyond the Dog trainer will meet with your dog 3 days each week for an average of 3 weeks. For the first two sessions each week, the trainer will work with your dog one-on-one for an hour. On the third session of every week, you will join in and learn the techniques and commands, as well as receive an update on you’re dog’s progress.

Private In-Home Dog Training

Another area our trainers excel in is resolving housebreaking speed bumps, separation anxiety, aggression, and other highly specialized behavioral issues. Our Private In-Home Dog Training provides tailored sessions to help your pup overcome these challenges. Typically, clients enroll in two or three sessions a week for multiple weeks. During each session, the trainer will assess the progress of the training and address any additional questions or concerns.

Maintenance Program

Clients who have already completed one of our other training programs qualify for our maintenance program. This program helps reduce the use of rewards, improves off-leash obedience, and adds on more advanced obedience commands that the owner would like to see. These sessions are generally twice per week, but can be modified to your individual needs. Sessions may include the owner or may be one-on-one with the dog, depending on the desired objective.

Video Chat Dog Training

For those who live outside of our four major service areas, we offer training via video chat. We know it can be hard to find effective and qualified trainers, and we’re here to help. Video programs are generally two or three sessions where the trainer will observe the dog, address questions, and provide assistance. Written protocols will also be provided.


Houston Kitten & Cat Training

Cat Training Programs

At Beyond the Dog, we are more than just dog trainers. Our cat training programs are the best available. Like our dog programs, each of our cat training programs is designed from scratch by Dr. Kristyn Echterling-Savage and Sean Savage. Their extensive experience, knowledge, and understanding of animal behavior is built into each protocol. So, you can feel confident knowing that each of our trainers uses science-backed techniques and ethical strategies.

Our cat programs are completed in your cat’s natural setting–your home! Whether you need help introducing a new kitten to your other cat or your kitty is struggling with aggression, we’re here to help.

Executive Kitten and Cat Training

This program is the most intensive program for cats. Executive Kitten and Cat Training focuses on resolving aggression and other more challenging behavioral struggles. Our trainers will work with your cat three days a week. The length of executive programs will vary from cat to cat, depending on their particular needs.

Each session lasts an hour, and during the first two, our trainer will work one-on-one with your kitty. During the third session, the Beyond the Dog trainer will work with both you and your kitty to go over progress and the techniques we’re using to help your kitty out.

Private In-Home Cat Training

Private In-Home Cat Training programs are designed for cats who have a few minor behavioral problems, such as furniture scratching or house soiling. Typically, these programs are one hour-long and occur every two or three weeks. The length of the program will depend on your cat’s individual needs.

Video Chat Cat Training

If you are outside of our four major training areas, our Video Chat Cat Training is right for you! We’ll help you address your cat’s problem behaviors with a unique curriculum for you and your cat.  Further, we will provide written feedback and tips. Typically, sessions are weekly or bi-weekly with the program length depending on your cat’s individual needs.


Houston Small Pet and Rabbit Training

Other Pet Training

Beyond the Dog’s extensive knowledge of animal behavior extends beyond cats and dogs. We work with a variety of pets including rabbits, ferrets, birds, pigs, and more. Each of our trainers can offer obedience or behavioral training to pets of all species.

Pet owners can take advantage of our three training programs, which are similar to our other training programs. Each program is performed in your home–where your pet is most comfortable. Just like in our cat and dog programs, we focus on a multitude of behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, fear, obedience, and more.

Executive Pet Training

The Executive Pet Training is the most intensive program we offer for your pet. A Beyond the Dog trainer will work with your pet 3 days a week. For the first two days, the trainer will work one-on-one with your pet pal. During the third session, we’ll bring you in and go over your pet’s progress and our training techniques. Your pet’s program length will vary, depending on their particular needs.

Private In-Home Pet Training

Private In-Home Pet Training is designed for pets who have a few minor behavioral problems such as damaging furniture, soiling the house, or vocalizing excessively. Typically, these programs last an hour and occur weekly or bi-weekly. The length of the program will depend on your pet’s individual needs.

Video Chat Pet Training

We realize how hard it can be to find trainers who are familiar with your pet and their unique needs. That’s why we proudly offer Video Chat Pet Training for those who live outside of our Kansas City, Austin, Houston, and St. Louis areas. In addition to video chat lessons, trainers will provide you with written protocols to help you continue training even between sessions.


Houston dog training by breed

Dog Training by Breed

Here at Beyond the Dog, we know that each dog is different and breeding can play a role in an animal’s behavior. That’s why we offer breed-specific training programs so your dog will flaunt best-in-show behavior all the time.

We train all dog breeds according to their needs, but some of the most popular are:

Each of our four locations trains all dog breeds, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best quality training for your dog.


Houston dog training by breed

Support Animal Training

Support animals are an important aspect of many people’s lives. At Beyond the Dog, we want to help you get the best training possible for your support animal. Whether you are looking for a support animal or already have one, Beyond the Dog can help teach your companion the necessary behaviors required to do their job.