Meet the Trainers
Franchise Owner & Trainer
Nate is a very experienced and seasoned dog trainer. He serves as the Director of Training for The Upbeat K9 and has served in that role since 2016. Nate has vast and deep experience in dog training, having served as Owner and Head Trainer of 4 Paws Academy since 2007. Nate has been instrumental in developing The Upbeat K9’s systems, processes, training style, curriculum, and codes of conduct for The Upbeat K9 franchise.
Nate developed the Balanced Training System that is the foundation of The Upbeat K9’s training system. The Balanced Training System that Nate developed for The Upbeat K9 is a holistic approach that not only focuses on training the dog, but also teaches owners how to see the world through their dog’s eyes and how to create an environment that enhances every aspect of their dog’s lives.
Nate is without a doubt one of the most recognized and well learned trainers in the area. The strong bond created by Nathan’s ever evolving “Balanced Training System” will result in behaviors that are consistent and reliable in just about any situation.
Kyra has been an animal lover since she was a young girl. She started down the road toward becoming a trainer when she attended training classes with Nathan Whitehorne a few years ago. After only a few classes she was sold on The Upbeat K9’s Balanced Training System and the amazing results from her own dog. After taking many obedience classes and enrolling in nosework class, Kyra was offered the chance to be a trainer for The Upbeat K9, Rutland, Vermont.
Lauren has been training dogs since her senior year of college. She began by working for Nathan Whitehorne at 4 Paws Academy. While there she was taught The Upbeat K9’s Balanced Training System. She has since developed her dog training skills and become a professional dog trainer. She specializes in canine strength and conditioning and participates in several dog sports including nosework and disc.
Alana’s two passions in life are animals and encompassing a creative life. Working with the Upbeat K9 she has been able to excel as a trainer and use her passion to connect with the dogs on a unique level by the Upbeat K9’s Balanced Training System and photography. Alana specializes in obedience and with her eagerness to learn and evolve with the company she has solidified her talents.
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Programs & Services
Day Training for the Real World
The Upbeat K9 Jumpstart Lite Program is designed to teach your dog the most fundamental obedience principles. You and your dog will leave this program with a good understanding of what is expected of him/her in everyday situations. Basic obedience principals such as jumping, coming when called and walking on a loose leash are a focus of this program. In the Day Train Program, you and your dog will learn the fundamentals of good canine citizenship.
Comprehensive Training for Real Life
The Upbeat K9 Jumpstart Premium Program is designed to teach your dog more advanced and long-lasting obedience lessons. In this board and train program, we take your dog beyond jumping, coming when called and walking on a loose leash and focus more closely on teaching your dog self-control and restraint when faced with challenging and exciting situations and varying stimuli, such as seeing a wild animal or stray cat, meeting other dogs, or simply the excitement of meeting a small child that loves to hug. Jumpstart Premium is a great program for taking your dog from well behaved to becoming the envy of your friends and family.
We Train, You Maintain
Extended Day Training Program
Our We Train, You Maintain Program is designed to help your dog learn and live the fundamental obedience principals that are vital to a healthy and happy relationship with their owner. This facility-based day training program allows us an extended period of time to develop the neutral behaviors, and encourage restraint when it comes to the self-rewarding behaviors. We are able to work on all of your goals in a highly distracting controlled environment to allow for absolute understanding in any environment. After your dog has focused on the fundamental obedience principals, we then help you develop your skills so that those learned behaviors are long-lasting and meet the expectations you have for training.
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting
Our Newest Program!
The Upbeat K9 offers comprehensive dog walking, pet sitting, and dog waste removal services that are designed to support our customer’s need to be a responsible pet owner and their best friend’s need to take a break, eat, exercise and receive attention from a friendly face when their owner is away or unavailable.
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