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.
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. Each of our programs are designed from scratch by co-founder and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Dr. Kristyn Echterling-Savage and co-founder and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Sean Savage.
Programs vary in price, length, focus, and more. Our trainers will help you choose the best program for your specific pet and needs. Below is a list of our program options. Click the options that interest you for more information and to see how to get started!
This program is our most intensive training option for your dog. In this program, your dog will meet with a trainer five days for four 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. The fifth day of the week is for the owner as well, so that you can learn the training procedures and be kept up-to-date on your dog’s progress.
Our Board and Train program is another intensive option for your pet. Your dog will stay in a trainer’s home for a minimum of three to four weeks. Your dog will receive several hours of training each day as they go about their daily routines. One your dog is back in your home, trainers will meet with you for several sessions to work with owners on their dog’s new commands and training techniques to maintain their progress.
The Executive program is an excellent choice for owners who only want to focus on a small set of behaviors. Trainers will meet with your dog three days each week for an average of three 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, you will join the session to learn the techniques and commands and be updated on your dog’s progress.
If you are struggling with housebreaking or separation anxiety, our private in-home training is a great option. Trainers develop individualized programs for owners to use. Typically, clients enroll in two or three sessions a week or two apart. During each session, the trainer will assess the progress of the training and address any additional questions or concerns.
Clients who have already completed one of our other training programs qualify for out 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.
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 want 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.
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 with all of their expertise and understanding of animal behavior built into each protocol. You can be comfortable and confident knowing that each of our trainers is just as experienced and knowledgeable about cats as they are about dogs.
Each of our cat programs are done in the cat’s natural setting–your home! Whether you need help introducing a new kitten to your older cat or your kitty is getting aggressive, let us help you get your cat on track to be your favorite family member again.
This program is the most intensive program for cats. Executive cat training focuses on aggression, severe problem behaviors, and numerous less severe behaviors. Trainers work with cats one-on-one twice a week for an hour, with the third hour-long lesson involving the owner as well. The length of executive programs will vary from cat to cat, depending on their particular needs.
Private In-Home 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 session every two or three weeks. The length of the program will depend on your cat’s individual needs.
If you are outside of our four major training areas, we offer video chat cat training to help you address your cat’s problem behaviors. Trainers will develop a unique curriculum for you and your cat, and will provide written feedback in addition to the video chat. Typically, sessions are weekly or bi-weekly with the program length depending on your cat’s individual needs.
Beyond the Dog’s extensive knowledge of animal behavior extends beyond cats and dogs. Pets such as rabbits, ferrets, birds, pigs, and beyond can benefit from training. Each of our trainers has experience with a variety of pets and can offer obedience or behavioral training to pets of all species.
Non-traditional pet owners can take advantage of three training programs similar to our cat training programs. Each of these programs are performed in your home where your pet is most comfortable. Just like in our cat and dog programs, we focus on behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, fear, obedience, and more. Check out our programs below to decide which is best for your pet!
This program is the most intensive program for your pet. Trainers work with your pet one-on-one twice a week for an hour, with the third hour-long lesson involving the owner as well. The length of executive programs will vary from animal to animal, depending on their particular needs.
Private In-Home programs are designed for pets who have a few minor behavioral problems such as furniture scratching, house soiling, or inappropriate vocalizing. Typically, these programs are one hour-long session weekly or bi-weekly. The length of the program will depend on yours and your pet’s individual needs.
We realize how hard it can be to find trainers who are familiar with your pet and their unique needs and behaviors. We are happy to offer video chat pet training for those 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 when you aren’t in session.
Here at Beyond the Dog, we know that each dog is different. But we also know how breeding can play a part in animal behavior. Because of this, we offer specific training programs tailored to your dog’s breed-specific behaviors so that your dog can have best-in-show behavior every time.
We train all dog breeds according to their needs, but some of the most popular are:
- Labrador and Golden Retrievers
- German Shepherd
- Pit Bull
- Yorkie, Chihuahua and Toy Poodle
- Boxer and Doberman
- French and English Bulldogs
- Australian Shephard
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.
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.