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Board & Train Programs
in Sammye's Home!  


 *Deposit required for booking; payment upon day one of services is due in full; there are no refunds once services have started; scheduling during client travel not recommended*

Super STAR Puppy Socialization 


Proper socialization is CRUCIAL to puppies before the 16 weeks of age! We follow the Puppy Culture curriculum & Sophia Yin's Socialization Checklist

Some example cues are:

  • Sit 

  • Down

  • Kennel

  • Off

  • Focus / Watch me 

  • Wait, Stay & Free

  • Go to Bed / Place 

  • Come

  • Loose Leash Walking 

  • Go Potty


  • a FREE one-on-one private

       training session

  • a FREE AKC STAR Puppy test

Basic Obedience 


Some example cues are:

  • Sit 

  • Down

  • Kennel

  • Off

  • Focus / Watch me 

  • Wait, Stay & Free

  • Go to Bed / Place 

  • Come

  • Loose Leash Walking 


  • a FREE one-on-one private

       training session

Intermediate Obedience (obedience only)

Some example cues are:

  • Sit-Stay

  • Down-Stay 

  • Stand

  • Heel

  • Leave it

  • Go in / Under

  • This way 

  • Touch


  • Three (3) FREE one-on-one private

        training sessions

Obedience + Problem Modification 


Some issues address are: 

  • Not listening in general

  • Jumping

  • Pulling on leash

  • Over excitement

  • Not coming when called

  • Leash biting 

  • Tugging on clothing

  • Not giving an item or running

      away with it

  •  & many more


  • Four (4) FREE one-on-one

       private training sessions


Advanced Obedience 

Some example cues are:

  • Back

  • Tug

  • Paws up

  • Stand-Stay

  • Retrieve: Get it Give

  • Leash

  • Chin

  • Heeling


  • Four (4) free one-on-one private

       training sessions

Service Dog / Therapy Dog Specific 

(program duration varies drastically by individual case and is a 21 day minimum)


  • AKC Canine Good Citizen level+ training 

  • Advanced obedience - long term Stay, Drop Down from a distance, 30+ft recall, Targeting onto objects

  • Public access - all stores, offices, buildings, restaurants, parks, etc.

  • Task training - 1-3 specially trained service dog tasks that help with client's psychiatric and/or physical disabilities (ex. interruption, retrieval, deep pressure therapy, space and distance making from people, hearing alert, diabetic alert, seizure response)

  • LIFETIME support & advocacy 

  • FREE AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test & title awarded upon passing (optional)

  • Seven (7) FREE one-on-one private training sessions

  • Certificate of Service Dog Program Completion

  • FREE Written Letter of Affirmation

  • Sammye's Service Dog Patches

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Frequently Asked Questions on
Board & Train

What should I bring?

  • Vaccination records 

  • Instructions of your routine or notes 

  • A list of items you packed so I can be sure to return them to you

  • Emergency contact besides owner 

  • Dog food (please pack more than needed, sometimes stays are extended or sometimes kibble is used as treats)

  • Dog treats (if your dog is picky or has allergies)  recommended:

    • Bil Jacs’ Little Jacs, Peanut Butter or PB Nanas

    • Zukes

    • Freeze dried liver treats

  • Harness (generally recommend Rabitgoo or PoyPet on Amazon style hardness and may make new suggestions upon completion of program)

  • Flat leash

  • An old t-shirt, blanket, or some fabric that smells like you and your home

  • Medications or supplements needed such as heart worm and flea/tick preventatives (small fee may apply)


We ask that you provide more food than you normally feed the dog. This is because your dog will be very physically active during their time here. Throughout the day we provide them with scheduled downtime naps in their crates to encourage rest and recovery, but their training sessions are frequent and often long. In addition to training, the dog-friendly dogs have the option of playing with a pack of dogs in our yard between training sets. Most people’s dogs are used to lounging about the house all day, sometimes going for a short leash walk after their owner gets home from work. Naturally, these dogs need to be eating higher calories to account for the higher energy output here, so make sure you pack more food than you would normally feed. Keep in mind dogs can experience digestive upset for a few days when switching environments or food abruptly without transitioning slowly, sometimes resulting in diarrhea while they adjust to the new diet. For this reason, whenever possible, we do strongly recommend that the owner provides their own food and a lot of it to keep it consistent for their dog. We monitor your dogs eating habits very closely while they are here to ensure they are eating all of their food at each mealtime. 

What should I expect, how does it work?


At drop off or the evaluation, we will ask you what specific problems, if any, are you having with the dog outside of the realm of normal obedience training. You can expect a dramatic improvement in these behavior areas, more control under distraction, and a much more pleasurable dog to live with. Each board and train has a baseline curriculum of the standard obedience commands, but beyond this it is completely tailored to whatever you communicate to us you need help with.


What we expect from you is to adhere to our recommendations, and that every family member be consistent. Dogs relate behavior to both environment and individual people, so training must be enforced with these people and in those specific environments (the home) in order for the training to transfer. To get the full benefit of the training work we put into your dog, you must utilize all of the private lessons provided with the purchase of the board and train program in a timely fashion. The importance of owner education through lessons cannot be overstated.


At the pickup lesson, the first portion is us demonstrating the training level the dog has achieved for each command. The remainder and majority of the lesson is to train you, the owner, how to work towards achieving the same level of focus and response you see the dog offering to us. This is something that is earned. If you pick the dog up and follow none of the advice, and do not practice, your dog will not follow commands for you to the high level it will still perform them for us. However, if you pick the dog up, follow recommendations closely, and work with your dog through the end of the owner training period, your dog will only continue to improve beyond where we were able to bring it during the board and train duration. The dog’s success during the board and train program is up to us. Ultimately, the long-term success and maintenance of training is up to you, the owner.


How will I know how my dog is doing while at training?


Owners are welcome to check in as often as they like on how the dog is doing health wise, if they are eating, and handling stress well. You will receive photos and/or videos frequently. Requests for training updates, however, are best spaced a few days apart so that enough time and training sessions have passed in order to have something new to discuss. We strive to return all emails and voicemails within 24 hours. The vast majority of our day is spent with the dogs, often outside in our yard or trails, and sometimes at dog friendly places. 


Because of how much time we spend with the dogs in different areas, the phone may go unanswered unless I am utilizing the indoor training space, or working at the desk drafting an email to another client. Email is the best way to get in touch with us. Most of the time I have access to the business email on my cell phones and can answer quick questions while in the middle of training with a dog. However, sometimes with text messages, because they do not remain “unread,” it could go unaddressed. Please resend the text after 24 hours if that is your preferred method of contact!

Especially with behavior modification cases, our previous clients can attest to the amount of explanation and detail provided in updates to educate the owner. These types of responses take time to write and sometimes a phone call might be quicker and easier. Quality communication is very important to us and we appreciate patience during training as we work to keep you educated and informed on your dog’s progress.


Where does my dog sleep?


Your dog will come stay at my house with my family, unlike many other kennels or facilities. Each dog has their individual secure crate with bedding, and fresh water bucket clipped to the side. My home feels and looks like your home—just with more dogs!


How often is my dog training? What will a typical day look like for my dog?


The dogs get at minimum formal morning and afternoon obedience sessions. Throughout the entire day, there is constant behavior training going on at an informal level. This is a huge benefit to the board and train because the dog is literally living with trainers. Everything your dog does throughout the day is automatically addressed from a trainer’s perspective. We are always monitoring their behavior in each situation for whether it is acceptable or not. A lot of the magic happens outside of formal sessions, during the group play, the leash walks, the feeding times, the downtime to rest in crates, we are asking ourselves—do I like how the dog is behaving right now? This is where your dog learns the important things beyond obedience and formal behavior work: boundaries, respecting space, manners, independence. How is the dog going through doorways? Is he calm, or over excited/manic to be the first one through? How is the dog behaving in the play yard? Is she guarding toys from other dogs, or playing well? How is the dog when he greets us? Is he jumping on staff and pulling on the leash, or is he sitting calmly and accepting a leash being put on? How is the dog behaving during meal times? Is she demanding and pushy or able to wait while the bowl is prepared and then invited to go ahead and eat? It an approach that allows to make transformations in a short period of time.



Up to ~30 min travel time & 20 mile radius service zone of zip code 77536 

  • Deer Park

  • La Porte

  • Pasadena

  • Seabrook

  • Friendswood

  • Kemah

  • League City

  • Clear Lake City

  • Webster


There is a $20 surcharge for cases beyond 20 miles such as Houston Heights, River Oaks, Medical Center. *With unexpected gas and inflation changes, prices are subject to change without notice; placing a deposit for service locks in rate.

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