The Upbeat K9 Dog Training Rutland, VT
Rutland, VT 2019-04-07T03:21:11+00:00

Meet the Trainers

Rutland VT Nathan Whitehorne

Nathan Whitehorne
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.

Rutland VT Kyra Raymond

Kyra Raymond

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.

Kyra is well versed in all aspects of pet obedience. Kyra specializes in basic and advanced obedience, aggressive behavioral, fearful behavior and problem solving for unique issues.

Rutland VT Lauren Cabanaw

Lauren Cabanaw

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.

Erin King

Erin has been a dog lover as long as she can remember. She started working with dogs at age ten when she got her first pup. As the two of them grew up they got interested in canine sports and spent most of their time working and training together. Erin had the opportunity to work with trainers from the Purina ProPlan Performance Team and developed a great appreciation for the human canine bond. Erin is now working with her new pup using The Upbeat K9’s balanced training methods and is seeing great results. She is excited to help you achieve your obedience goals through building a great relationship with your dog. 

Muffie Sterling

Muffie has owned & trained German Shepherds in various methods since 1982. In 2013, she met Nathan & started training her puppy, Gretl, with him at 4 Paws Academy, using his balanced method. She has been associated with 4 Paws & The Upbeat K9 ever since in varying capacities, including teaching nosework. She loves being a mobile trainer and especially the private lessons where she can work one-on-one with owners and their pets to achieve their desired goals.

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Programs & Services

Day Train

Day Training for the Real World

The Upbeat K9 Day Train 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.

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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.

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Lesson Program

Private & Group Training

The Lesson Program offers both private and group lesson options to our customers. The goal behind the private lesson program is to provide your dog with the one-on-one time they need to develop the behaviors and skills you want him/her to have. We use a balanced and open-minded approach that is based on industry best practices and the learning style of the dog in front of us.  Because we understand that not all dogs learn or retain information the same way, we develop a training approach with your dog’s needs in mind. Our goal is to not only help your dog internalize the training principals, but to help you and your dog develop a deeper and closer bond.

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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.

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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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Additional Programs & Services

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Bodie and Belle

Working with The Upbeat K9, Rutland VT changed my life.  A little under a year ago my life was dictated by worry about how my dogs would react.  I feared my mastiff’s reactivity would lead to my loosing him.  I did not have the tools to keep him, let alone myself safe.  I was to the point I couldn’t walk both my dogs at the same time for fear another dog might walk by and I would end up face down in the street.  Every decision I made was informed by the time I needed to put into “tiring” my dogs out so I could relax at home.  Now, I have no fears, and my dogs don’t need to be tried to behave.  My confidence in my training and my dogs has grown exponentially! I walk both my dogs ANYWHERE with no concerns.  I have the tool box to deal with negative behaviors my dogs exhibit and reactive behaviors are beginning to disappear.  I could not have accomplished any of this without Nathan and the UpBeat K9 staff! I have never gone longer than 36 hours without an email response and each time I call someone is available to speak with me.  The UpBeat K9 makes and INCREDIBLE effort to help owners/handlers succeed in raising confident, obedient, and balanced dogs, I truly believe they are as committed to the success of my dogs as I am.


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