"The Right Decision"
I called Beyond the Dog hysterical because my sweet pup snapped at a puppy over a stick and made him cry. The puppy was fine, the owners even said he was being a baby, Fred was fine, I was NOT fine. Michelle was very kind and compassionate and made me feel I was making the right decision.
"Made Me More Comfortable"

I first made contact with Michelle via email and she directed me through the application process. I had additional questions and spoke to her on the phone and she was knowledgeable on how trainers would train my dog and made me more comfortable giving up a house key for the trainer.

"Very Kind and Compassionate"
I called Beyond the Dog hysterical because my sweet pup snapped at a puppy over a stick and made him cry. The puppy was fine, the owners even said he was being a baby, Fred was fine, I was NOT fine. Michelle was very kind and compassionate and made me feel I was making the right decision.
Ashley’s Story: Private Dog Training and Dog Obedience
  We met Sean and Kristyn at the beginning of 2006 when Ashley, our labrador retriever, was about six months old. We heard about Beyond the Dog from a relative and were very anxious to get started. Sean came to our home and trained Ashley and the rest of the family. This was no easy chore considering that our three year old had her own ideas on how to train the puppy. Ashley adored Sean from day one and the rest of us truly enjoyed our private lessons with him. The commands that we all learned from Sean (down, wait, uh oh, leave it) are still used by us daily. We joked with Sean that all we needed were four Sean masks and we'd have the perfect dog. You could see how eager she was to please him. We didn't get the masks, but with our own work and training, we learned how to get the behaviors that we desired from Ashley. We have recommended Beyond the Dog to our friends and will continue to recommend them to anyone who has a dog. They're great! --The Dunn Family (Shawnee, KS)
Sophie’s Story: Private Dog Training and Aggression
Sophie is a Bichon Frise who joined our family at 8 weeks of age and just 2 days after our first Bichon passed away. Due to our grief, we thought everything she did was cute and acceptable. By about 12 weeks of age, Sophie started barking at people and became very territorial about anything that went in front of our home. As time went on, she became so stressed and agitated when people would come to visit that we began to feel like prisoners in our own home. Opening the front door was virtually impossible! She would even bite friends who would come to the house, at times tearing their clothes or even causing them to bleed. She eventually became so aggressive that even taking her on a walk was a huge challenge. After biting a friend who she knew, we decided it was past time for help. We heard about Beyond the Dog through a friend and called for private lessons. Kristyn arrived at our home to Sophie’s “death bark; however Kristyn was able to settle her down in minutes. It was a miracle to me! We learned that Sophie’s problem was due to a lack of socialization and after restructuring the pack and desensitizing and conditioning Sophie, her stress level changed and she learned that people are not scary. She is now a relaxed dog and enjoys having people come visit. Kristyn made weekly visits to our home where she worked with Sophie as well as us. Kristyn was very professional as well as compassionate to our situation. Kristyn worked with us on how to be the pack leaders and how to re-teach Sophie with positive reinforcement and behavior modification. It has been very rewarding to have our friends comment on Sophie’s change of behavior. She is a much happier dog and we can be social once again due to Kristyn’s skill and expertise. We wish we had called Beyond the Dog sooner. Everyone in our family believes that the extra time, effort and money as been totally worth it. --Cindy, John and Sophie Wyatt (Lenexa, KS) Resource Guarding Sophie is our Bichon Frise who had many issues. After curing her of her people anxieties with the help of Kristyn, I decided to address her problem with resource guarding. Of course, Kristyn was once again contacted. As a puppy we thought it was cute that she would run through the house dragging the toilet paper. As she got bigger she would not let us get the paper from her mouth without growling. She would guard me in the car if someone tried to take her off my lap and any new toy or treat that was introduced was impossible to retrieve from her. There was a definite pattern forming, and since we had a small grandchild, she needed to be cured of the guarding. Kristyn came to our home and we worked for many weeks on the ‘traditional” way to retrain a dog with resource guarding. . I spent a lot of time DAILY with Sophie practicing what we had been taught and we were making progress, although it was very slow. One day, after a few months of training, Sophie decided she did not like having our training item taken away from her when I was done, and she bit me. I was horrified and heartbroken as I had always told myself that she would never bite me. Kristyn was called immediately, as I feared that we needed to put Sophie down. Kristyn calmed me down and we set an appointment. Kristyn had put much thought into a new way to teach Sophie. We started over, practicing slowly and when practice was over Sophie always kept the toy/treat and I would walk away. It again took a ton of work and effort but she is truly retrained and no longer guards. I am at ease when my grandson is around, and confident that she can have things taken from her and does not feel threatened. We still practice periodically each week and friends, neighbors, family and I marvel as she is a different dog. All the time spent working with Sophie has been so worth it! She is happy and content, and we owe it all to Kristyn and her expertise.
Max’s Story: Private Training and Housebreaking
You might think it was good news when your wife calls and says she is bringing home a new little bundle of joy, in our case it was a nightmare. A cute little 2 pound Teacup Yorkie Terrier named Max was our newest family member. He could sit in the palm of my hand and although he was of such slight stature, Max believed was a Great Dane – he felt like he owned the place. Everything in our home had to be tasted (by chewing not licking) and Max thought every room was his personal bathroom and he used them all quite frequently. We tried every method out there on our own including crating him most of the day. Nothing came close to breaking the strong will of this little guy. We found Beyond the Dog on recommendation of our veterinarian. After discussing our situation with Sean and Kristyn, we chose the Board and Train Program . The day I dropped Max off we had our telephone number blocked for calls so there was no chance they could return him before the three week period. Much to our surprise, Beyond the Dog and the New Year brought us a completely new dog. Max was house broken. He would respond to commands such as sit, stay, place, and lay down. He was responding both verbally and even with sign language. The results were so dramatic; I swear I thought they used a body double. He would highly recommend Sean, Kristyn and Beyond the Dog to any and everyone! --Mike, Susan, Rachel and Sarah Carney
Molly’s Story: Private Dog Training and Aggression
Woof…my name is Molly. I am a very lucky dog. Let me tell you my story. I do not remember the first 6 months of my life; they must have been really bad. My mom says I was in pretty bad shape when she first saw me. She helps out at the animal shelter in Parkville; they are the ones who found me on the side of the road. I was very bony, with sores and dirty from not being able to get up. My rescuers were not sure I would make it through my first night with them. I did though and was with them for a couple of days before Mom came to get me. It was hard in the beginning. For days she fed me every 2 hours and took me outside to potty (I think she was getting very tired). She gave me medicine and made special food for me. She also let me sleep in bed with her (I found out it was because she did not want me messing with the cats). Soon I felt better and things were going pretty good. She was crate training me, which was ok. Someone came over 2-3 times a day to let me out. Mom is a nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy, so she works long hours. I think she felt bad about having to leave me in the crate so much. She would take me for walks when she got home (I think that made her feel better). But one day…I don’t know what happened, something just came over me…we were walking down the street and this lady came up to me with her hand raised, I wasn’t sure what she was going to do, but my Mom and sister were with me and I was scared…so I growled and tried to bite her. Wow…Mom was MAD! I found out later, she was just going to pet me. Turns out, Mom had a lot to learn about me and I had a lot to learn about what she wanted. Then one day, my grandma and aunt, took my cousin (Renegade, he is a German Shepard who also knows Sean and Kristyn) and me out. That’s when my aunt met Sean and Kristyn. Since my aunt was living at my house, they set up a time to come and talk about training for her and Renegade. When Sean got to my house though, boy did he have a lot to say about my behavior, and Mom told him about what happened with the lady I tried to bite. Well let me tell you, my cousin and I were not going to let this person come into the house and start making rules for us…ut uh…no way. We tried to scare him, kept barking at him, but he didn’t budge. He talked to my aunt and my Mom and before I knew it she was signing me up for training. Plus he told her to get rid of certain toys, like the stuffed ones, I loved to tear up. He told her what toys I could play with so that I wouldn’t get them mixed up with other household items that I was not suppose to chew on. Then he told her about PACK RESTRUCTURE! Man, that was it, my life was about to change. Turns out, Sean is not such a bad guy. I think he even saved my life once. Mom got really mad at me once when I ran up barking at a friend my human sister has visiting. Mom was so mad and didn’t know what to do with me; she was thinking she would have to put me to sleep because she was afraid I would bite someone. Sean calmed her down though and increased my training. I had already started going to Sean and Kristyn’s house when Mom was at work. Its fun there, Sean takes me places and teaches me things. Sometimes he comes to our house to teach Mom what I’ve learned. It makes Mom feel better too when they come get me, because she knows I am playing and they take care of me. My hips get pretty sore at times and they make sure I get rest when I need it. My cousin Renegade is also coming for day care too. We have fun playing with all the dogs. Now my Mom says what a great dog I am. I still get in trouble now and then for barking at people walking down the street, but I stop when she tells me too. My human sister also has a new baby now and thanks to Sean, everything went well when she came home. Yep I am a lucky dog, I have a great family, with a sister and a baby and two cats that I live with. We all get along thanks to Sean teaching me and my Mom the best was to work together. My Mom says she has learned so much from Sean, that she can see how dogs like me, end up in bad places because out humans don’t take the responsibility to learn the best way to live with us. Hopefully other humans will let Beyond the Dog teach them, so there won’t be so many dogs dropped off at the shelter.
Tali’s Story: Private Dog Training and Fear
I bought a Bullmastiff puppy on April 11, 2006. I named her Talia, which means “Dew from Heaven” in Greek. After a few days, I was sure she was “Dew from Hell”! I have always called her Tali, which means “Confident” in Hebrew. But not until very recently has she been able to live up to that name. Tali was afraid of almost everything, especially people. On our walks together, she would freeze in her tracks with fear and suddenly turn and run for home, pulling me behind her. I knew I wouldn’t be strong enough to hold her much longer. I often held her down so people could pet her – she was terrified! I thought that if I “socialized” her a lot, she would get “cured”. I tried everything I could think of to help her overcome her fear. She was getting worse and I was losing hope and patience. In late July I heard about Beyond the Dog and gave them a call. If they couldn’t help us, I was going to find Tali a new home. Kristyn came over to our house to observe Tali’s behavior. She told me Tali was the second shiest dog she had ever worked with. She gave me homework and two books to read. Her training methods were new to me and I was skeptical at first. But within 24 hours, my husband, daughter and I saw that Tali was more relaxed. It took a lot of work every day. Kristyn and Sean encouraged me to call for help and give progress reports. They even took Tali into their home for a few days for further evaluation and training. Tali and I attended an 8 week training class that Beyond the Dog offered. We learned a lot and had fun too. After only three months of working with Kristyn and Sean, Tali is so much better (and me, too)! Even my friends and family are amazed at the changes they have seen in her. I have learned how to help her become a more confident (Tali) dog. I wish all dog owners could know about the training techniques taught by Beyond the Dog. They saved Tali’s life in many ways. Thank you Kristyn and Sean! Sincerely, Anita Vaglica (and Tali)
Sadie’s Story: Private Training and Puppy Training
The last thing we needed was a puppy. My husband and I already had our hands full with demanding careers and a feisty two-year-old. Our dear friend decided, however, that an 8-month Miniature Schnauzer would be just the thing to help us move on from grieving the death of our much beloved Buster. So here came Sadie for a trial weekend with her dancy eyes and spunky little prance. Little did we know that we were being placed under some kind of crazy magic spell. The dog was absolutely perfect that weekend. How dare her previous owner insinuate that she was annoying and lacking in intelligence. We were seeing the real Sadie - the Sadie that only needed the loving environment of our home to allow her best self to emerge. By say, Tuesday, the honeymoon was over. We were now the proud owners of a yapping, chewing, jumping, pooping-all-over-the-house monster. I knew when my husband commented that Sadie could stay but he was considering moving out of the house, it was time to get help. Luckily, I found Kristyn and Sean. We opted for the Three Week Drop and Train program, because we were honestly giddy at the idea of having Sadie out of the house for a month. Heck, we were kind of hoping it might go badly, so they’d need to keep her a few extra weeks. Lest you feel sorry for the little devil, keep picturing in your mind shredded toilet paper, chewed up baby toys, and barking nonstop at a pitch so high it raised concern about permanent damage to one’s eardrums. At the risk of seeming overly dramatic, Sadie was really a different dog when she returned from her time with Kristyn and Sean. Not only had her behavior improved, but she had a new sense of calm and (dare I say?) politeness about her. I’ve never really been sure how they did that part. Kristyn came over for the follow-up sessions and taught us (with lots of patience and kindness and humor) how to apply at home what Sadie had learned. As a psychologist, I was immediately impressed that the training methods being used were based on well-established, scientific principals (as opposed to our methods which had consisted mostly of yelling and repeating the same commands over and over again). We also loved Kristyn’s ability to keep modifying her recommendations until we had the most ideal solutions for our particular household. I can’t say strongly enough how great these guys are. While Sadie has not quite made it to sainthood, she is now a very well-mannered (and still vivacious) dog. Maybe the best thing is that now, thanks to Beyond the Dog, we have a number of gentle, effective tools we can use to manage any undesirable behavior. It’s like she’s been to “finishing school.” We’re wondering if Kristyn and Sean will take our toddler next
Emmie’s Story: Basic Dog Obedience Training
  Emmie is a nine month old Shetland sheepdog.  She was just seven weeks when we brought her home.  Although she is very loveable, we had trouble understanding each other at first.  Having little experience with training dogs we were grateful to find Beyond the Dog.  At first Emmie was very shy when attending Puppy Kindergarten and playtime was definitely not her favorite.  With Sean and Kristyn’s excellent guidance we were able to successfully socialize her and work on good behaviors.  She now loves to play with other dogs. Recently, we were very proud to see her graduate from Beyond the Dog’s Basic Obedience class in which she has learned multiple commands.  The experiences have been great for us and we now feel more confident in our dog handling skills as well as being able to speak the same language. Sean and Kristyn made training so fun, that Emmie loved going to classes each week.  We greatly appreciated how knowledgeable they are on all dog behaviors and coaching us as we learned to train Emmie. We highly recommend these classes to all dog owners.
Della’s Story: Private Training and Puppy Training
  Della came to us when she was 2 months old, from South Dakota by airplane. She is Havanese, a new breed from Havana Cuba. She is an adorable fun loving puppy and weighed 2 pounds 13oz the next day at the vet. We tried for several weeks to train her, but since we had not had a dog in a long time nor much time or patience any more, we went to the Vet who gave us several recommendations. He suggested we try Kristyn and Sean first, as he was very impressed with their presentation to him. We did, and instantly fell in love with them, their experience, and the fact that they train in their home and in natural surroundings, not in an institution. Della was very comfortable with them from the start. I was concerned she would forget us since we had only had her for a month, and we opted for the full board and train experience. We stopped by several times to visit Della for a very short stay and found she did not forget us at all. The training has worked very well. Joe and I especially appreciated the hour weekly visits after her 'camp' experience to transfer her commands to us in the home. Practicing all week long and then being able to follow up with them the next week was invaluable. We now have Della "place” at dinner in her bed in the kitchen, and she stays there all through our meal. It has been a wonderful experience for Della and for us. We highly recommend this warm and loving couple to help you with whatever you need to accomplish with your pet. It is definitely a Win-Win situation!! -Jackie, Joe, & Della Kelley
Sunshine’s Story: Private Training and Dog Obedience
What we were looking for was a home away from home where our dog could learn without losing her personality--what we found in Beyond the Dog was a positive and caring 4-week program designed by Kristyn and Sean--two people who really know dogs--now Sunshine follows directions, is more fun to be with, and hasn’t lost one ounce of her playful spirit.” -Sean and Christina Hogan (Mission Hills, KS)
Blondie’s Story: Private Dog Training and Aggression
We adopted our German Shepherd puppy, Blondie, at the too young age of 6 weeks old. She was our first dog and we treated her more like a child than like the dog, often fawning over her. We tried to do everything right with Blondie and socialized her frequently. At the age of 6 months, Blondie started barking at strangers, especially large men but even the elderly. Her outbursts became so shocking, we feared that we would either need to give her away or worse put her to sleep. However, we adored our puppy and decided instead to find a solution. We heard about Beyond the Dog through a friend and called for Private Lessons. Sean arrived at our home and Blondie greeted him with a barking tirade; however, he was able to befriend and handle her within minutes. It was magic. We have since signed up for sessions and they have turned Blondie around. Sean and Kristyn are both wonderful positive dog trainers, but furthermore are brilliant and compassionate human trainers. My only wish is that I would have called Beyond the Dog sooner. -Jon and Ali (Lenexa KS)
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