Choosing a boarding, training, daycare, or grooming place for your dog is a big decision. As a dog lover and parent myself, I understand. So I’ll try to give you a good sense of who we are. But know, too, that you’re always welcome to drop by for a visit during business hours to meet us and see it all in person.
I’ve been training and caring for dogs professionally for 20 years. I continue to pursue ongoing education and professional development to stay on top of the most recent trends in canine behavioral science. I’ve raised Border Collies for well over 20 years and Anatolian Shepherds for fifteen, and have been honored by several AKC Bred-By Medallions and the American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit Award. I’ve also competed with my dogs in several sports.
My professional memberships include:
- The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- International Boarding & Pet Services (IBPS)
- The Dog Gurus
- Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS)
- American Border Collie Association
- Anatolian Shepherd Dog Association
Why I Started A Stay In The Country
I’m a life-long animal lover. (Aren’t we all?) I wanted to create the kind of place I’d want to take my own dog. A place that treated each dog as an individual, and each client that way, too. A place that didn’t cut corners. A place that valued safety and fun. A place that took everything a step further, a level higher. A place with services that actually sent dogs home happier, healthier, and better behaved.
So my husband Kevin and I started A Stay In The Country in 2006 on our 35 acre home farm. We live here and we work here. It’s heaven.
A Few Other Things About Me
I have a background and degree in social work. I love to share information and help people problem solve. I’m genuinely fascinated by what dogs bring to our inter-species relationships, and what they have to teach us about doing better in our intra-species ones, too. I’m passionate about dogs (does it show?) and want our services to make clients’ lives with their dogs better. I love to find new ways to make A Stay In The Country feel like family to our human and canine clients, because I know how hard it is to leave my own dogs in someone else’s care. On a lighter note, I should also warn you that I have a slightly quirky sense of humor now and then. My sense of humor comes in handy when planning parties and fun activities for our guests!
Our Training Methods
We use only scientifically-sound, force-free, humane training methods sanctioned by leadership bodies such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior.
We want dogs to enjoy the training process. We want you to see positive change in your dog. We want you to have peace of mind about how that change was achieved. With our gentle, positive-based methods, we get it all.
We have the most wonderful people working here. They’re true dog lovers who understand what it means to entrust a four-legged family member to another’s care. So they take their work seriously and strive to make sure each and every dog feels a part of our family.
We believe that passion and education are equally important, so our staff regularly benefit from training and continued education. We take advantage of the best the industry has to offer, including The Dog Gurus’ Knowing Dogs programs focused around group play safety. We proudly take The Dog Gurus group play safety pledge as individuals and as a team.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
“Great care from a knowledgeable staff”
“Our dog Lollie LOVES A Stay in the Country! The facilities are excellent and there’s plenty of room for her to run and play. Most importantly, we know Lollie receives great care from a staff that’s very knowledgeable and truly cares for each pet like it’s their own.” Ken & Robin Hurst
“In great hands”
‘’We are so pleased with your place. It was not only clean and beautiful, but your staff really cares. When I left for my trip, I knew my Goldies were in great hands.’’ Ginny Bayer
“’Harley, do you want to go see Ms. Harriet?’”
“I make Harley sit, and I say, Harley, do you want to go see Ms. Harriet? Harley starts jumping straight up into the air, runs to his “suitcase” to the door and back to me until I finally get him leashed up and ready to go. He can hardly wait. There is no other place he would rather be!” Patsy Lewis