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Our Board & Train dogs get to spend their stay learning and living in one of our amazing trainers homes! We are excited to offer our Board & Train programs to dogs all the way from puppyhood to adulthood, and to work with all kinds of behaviors from basic obedience to reactivity. 


Board & Train

Open to puppies 12 months and under.

This program will focus on teaching

  • Good household manners

  • House training

  • Crate training

  • Ability to settle around the house

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Starting, stay, leash walking skills, and coming when called


Field trips out into the world will be focused on creating positive interactions with the world and socialization. 

For each week of the stay, you will get one follow up lesson to transfer your pups new skills to your home. 


($2550 for two weeks)


Board & Train

Open to dogs over 1 year.

This program is highly customized. In general we will focus on 

  • Good household manners

  • Polite greetings

  • Counter surfing and door dashing prevention

  • General obedience skills

 and anything else you need help with!


Field trips will be focused on extending your goals out into the real world, and creating real world focus in your dog. 

For each week of the stay, you will get one follow up lesson to transfer your pups new skills to your home. 


($2250 for two weeks)


Behavior Board & Train

This program is for our dogs dealing with reactivity, or any other serious behavior issues. Training plans will be entirely customized to your dogs needs.


Field trips may be utilized to expand your dogs world a little further, and give them the opportunity to work with neutral triggers. 

For each week of the stay, you will get one follow up lesson to transfer your pups new skills to your home. 


($2700 for two weeks)

It is important to remember that a Board & Train is a jump start. There will still be work to do when your pup comes home to reinforce the training and make sure that everything transfers. Transfer lessons will help with that and we are happy to continue to support you as much as we can after a Board & Train to make sure that everything transfers smoothly. If you are concerned about the transfer process, make sure to let us know and we can help you come up with additional plans to make it as smooth as possible.

The Booking Process

The first step, of course, is to reach out to us and see if we are available! Whether you have specific dates in mind, or are open to availability, we will start by learning a little bit about your dog and goals and match you up with the trainer who is the best fit for you.

Once you have selected your dates and those have been confirmed with your trainer, we will ask you to pay your deposit to hold the dates. We require a 50% deposit to hold dates. That deposit should be paid within 48 hours, or the dates will be opened up again. 

Before your stay, we will have you chat with your trainer as well! We usually suggest an Initial Virtual Lesson before a Board & Train, but we require at least a complimentary phone consultation. Whichever one you set up with your trainer will be where you discuss your goals and outline the details of your pups stay, including drop off and pick up details.

Then, all you have to do is wait for your pups stay to start!

Meet our Board & Train Trainers

Sarah Alvarado


Sarah discovered a passion for training and behavior when she took her first dog home from a local shelter while attending Texas A&M University.  Throughout college she worked in a veterinary office.  She graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 2007 and began teaching group puppy and obedience classes in 2010.  In 2014 she began working with service dogs.  For three years she worked with female inmates in the Texas prison system teaching service dog training and handling.  Sarah is committed to continuing education and regularly attends seminars and conferences to improve her knowledge and skill.  In September of 2017 she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.  She shares her home with her husband, an 8-year-old Catahoula, a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and two 12-year-old cats.

Sarah is currently accepting Board & Trains for puppies, adults and behavior cases.


Giulia Giuffre


Giulia has been working with dogs, cats, and pocket pets in some capacity for over 10 years. Her professional experience started in a vet clinic and boarding facility and continued to grow in an animal shelter. Her passion for animals started long before this work. As a child, Giulia wanted to learn everything she could about wild and domestic animals. Determined to turn this passion into a career, she studied Animal Behavior at Southwestern University. Then, like many dog trainers, she had a troubled pup that needed some extra attention. Giulia wanted to spend some time helping him to build confidence and teaching him to make better choices. She was so happy when the training really clicked for her dog, their communication and relationship grew and his stress decreased. The more Giulia learned, the more she noticed other dogs' struggles and wanted to help them as well. She took every opportunity to learn and practice dog training and behavior modification. From this, Giulia earned her Shelter Behavior Affiliate with the IAABC, CPDT-KA and Certified CGC Evaluator.


Giulia is always learning and striving to improve her training skills. She loves attending seminars and conferences featuring top behavior experts. Learning about learning and training takes up much of her free time. When not working on continuing education, Giulia spends her time with her dogs; Dristi and Pilot. They get to be guinea pigs for practicing new training and enrichment games! They also enjoy going on hikes and watching TV.    

Lydia Yancey (she/her)


Lydia has been working in the animal field for over 10 years and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. She is a professional member of the Pet Professionals Guild as well as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is influenced by many well known trainers, such as Karen Pryor, Pat Miller, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Patricia McConnell, Rise Van Fleet, Sue Sternberg, and Robin Bennett. She found her love for the animal industry when working as a vet tech at Manchaca Road Animal Hospital in South Austin. There she picked up  basic husbandry skills, as well as basic dog and cat behavior. She then worked as a kennel technician at DogBoy’s in Pflugerville before becoming Kennel Manager and then a professional trainer.


Lydia has gained extensive knowledge regarding dog body language, behavior, and learning theory. Her experience over the last 10 years has helped her better address the needs of each individual dog and client. She attends multiple seminars throughout the year as well as annual conferences, to ensure she is always growing and learning with the industry. She believes in teaching our dogs to make choices for themselves by using methods that are fun and engaging for both dog and their person. Having a highly reactive dog herself, she really enjoys helping those struggling with a fearful/anxious dogs as well as the hyperactive dog. She does not believe one technique will work on all dogs but believes we need to understand where the behavior is stemming from to address each individual case.

Taylor Cox (she/her)


Taylor has cultivated a lifelong passion for caring for and learning about animals and their behavior. She began professionally working with animals after hiking the Appalachian Trail with her dog in 2017.


While working at her first boarding facility, she began to deepen her knowledge and skills around dog training by taking group trianing classes and utilizing what she learned to help teach foster dogs new life skills. Since then, she has worked at boarding and training facilities and has earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed.


Taylor enjoys working with all types of cases, as she believes every dog has something to teach us. Her goal is to help build harmonious relationships by helping bridge the gap between human and canine communication through a better understanding of our dogs behavior and needs. 

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