1. Do you take all dogs?

New Beginnings K-9 is not a traditional kennel. We strive to give each dog what it needs according to personality, age, size and health. That’s part of the reason we’re able to integrate all breeds and most dogs, even those who haven’t been successful in boarding elsewhere.

2. …even those that don’t like other dogs?

We accept all breeds and yes, even dogs who prefer the company of humans over canines. For an additional fee, dogs in our specialized One-on-One Boarding will be exercised and stimulated separately by our boarding team and kept apart from other dogs. We have a separate walking track specially designed for those dogs who cannot be integrated with other dogs in playgroups. Private training is also a good option for dogs with dog-to-dog aggression.

3. What vaccinations and records are needed to enroll?

We require three vaccinations for our canine guests six months and older– rabies, DHPP and Bordetella. Puppies, 9-20, must have their first Bordetella and DHPP vaccines. We do accept titers. All vaccines must be administered at least 7 days prior to enrollment, for the protection and well being of your dog or puppy. We also ask that all puppies 9-20 weeks have a negative fecal within 2 weeks and dogs 21 weeks and older have a negative fecal within 30 days of entering our facility for the first time. All of the dogs in our care will need an updated negative fecal every 6 months thereafter.

4. What should I bring for my dog’s stay?

NBK9 asks that all clients supply enough food for their dog’s stay. Changing foods can create extra strain on the body and can cause digestive upsets. We encourage you to bring your dog’s bedding to help them feel more secure and at home. A t-shirt with your scent on it can help your dog feel at ease while boarding. Treats, toys and other extras are also welcome. We just ask that our clients refrain from packing squeaky toys, as they can upset other dogs.

5. Will you administer medication to my dog?

We are happy to administer topical, ear, eye and oral medications. Please provide a full list and schedule on the boarding questionnaire at the time of check-in to help us help your dog. Unfortunately, we cannot give injections.

6. Is NBK9 open on holidays?

Our boarding team is here to provide best-in-class care for your dog 365 days a year. However, we are closed for drop-offs and pick-ups on New Year’s, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


1. What are the benefits of bringing my dog to daycare at NBK9?

Our set schedule of group playtime, mental stimulation and rest creates a calmer, more relaxed furry family member. Group playtimes can increase socialization, and decrease stress and excitability. We base our daycare program on the science of canine behavior and use our knowledge to build healthy relationships between dogs and caretakers. Dogs in our care are given best-in-class service and commitment, and their human counterparts are given peace of mind.

2. What vaccinations and records are needed to enroll?

We require three vaccinations for our canine guests six months and older– rabies, DHPP and Bordetella. Puppies, 9-20, must have their first Bordetella and DHPP vaccines. We do accept titers. All vaccines must be administered at least 7 days prior to enrollment, for the protection and well being of your dog or puppy. We also ask that all puppies 9-20 weeks have a negative fecal within 2 weeks and dogs 21 weeks and older have a negative fecal within 30 days of entering our facility for the first time. All of the dogs in our care will need an updated negative fecal every 6 months thereafter.

3. How does the structured daycare program work?

We find that the dogs receive the best care when we have a schedule for attendance. Dogs in our daycare program are scheduled for two to five set days each week, that way we can plan their playgroups and social time accordingly. So if Mondays and Thursdays work best for you then we’ll schedule Fido for those days for the whole month.

4. What if I  can’t commit to a Daycare program due to scheduling conflicts?

Dayboarding is a great alternative to daycare. Dayboarding combines the socialization benefits of daycare with the convenience of boarding. You can schedule dayboards as frequently as you’d like without a preset agenda. Dayboards give dogs the benefits of both daycare and boarding by offering socialization in playgroups, and the comfort of a boarding suite. Dayboards are also great when you have daytime plans and don’t need to leave your dog overnight.

5. Is structured daycare right for my dog?

Most dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs and people can be incorporated into our daycare program. We administer a daycare test run before enrolling a dog, just to make sure we’re the right fit for him. This will give us a better idea of your dog’s preferences and personality as well. Take a look at our daycare checklist for more information.

6. What if I want to keep my dog home on a holiday?

Our structured daycare program is offered year round Monday-Friday. We do observe New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that our clients can spend these important days with their furry family members.


1. What type of training do you use?

We use only positive reinforcement techniques and operant conditioning. We believe that training should be fun for everyone involved, both human and dog. Positive reinforcement techniques give us the tools we need to create a happy, healthy learning environment, which can create eager and motivated students that are excited to learn. Whether you’re looking for some basic manners or work with more serious issues, positive, reward based training is the best method.

2. What types of tools do you use?

Positive reinforcement training is all about rewarding the dog for good behaviors. Our primary tool is always the reward that your dog is most fond of, whether that’s food, praise, petting or a playtime. Other tools that we use are six foot non-retractable leashes, treat pouches, clickers and harnesses. Every tool we use is designed to be friendly and effective, which is why we cannot allow choke collars, pinch collars or shock collars on our premise or in conjunction with any of our classes. Why subject your dog to the pain of these tools if you’re able to teach him without using them? The use of pinch collars, choke collars and shock collars can have such serious negative side effects as fear and aggression.

3. Should I sign up for a group class or private training?

Group classes are a great way to work with many dogs on skills such as basic manners, tricks and loose leash walking. These classes, however, are not for every dog. Dogs with severe phobias of new environments, people or dogs may prefer private training, where the trainer can get to know the dog in the comfort of his or her own home. Additionally, dogs with severe aggression are not permitted in group class settings, for the safety of themselves and those around them, but can make great strides in the one-on-one setting that private training allows them. Check out our group training checklist to learn more. 

4. What vaccinations and records does my dog need to attend class?

We require three vaccinations for our canine guests six months and older– rabies, DHPP and Bordetella. Puppies, 9-20, must have their first Bordetella and DHPP vaccines. We do accept titers. All vaccines must be administered at least 7 days prior to enrollment, for the protection and well being of your dog or puppy. We also ask that all puppies 9-20 weeks have a negative fecal within 2 weeks and dogs 21 weeks and older have a negative fecal within 30 days of entering our facility for the first time.

5. At what age should I begin training and socializing my dog?

You should begin training your dog (with realistic expectations in mind) the moment you bring him into your house. Additionally, early socialization is critical to the health and behavior of your dog and your relationship with him. We adhere to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position on puppy socialization, which recommends socializing your dog before he is fully vaccinated.

6. Can I bring a family member to training class with me?

Yes – Training is a family affair! If you’re working to stop your dog from begging for food while someone else in the family is feeding him chicken under the table, your training is not going to be effective. Inviting the family, even young children, to be involved in the training of your dog is a great way to get the whole family on the same page. Many times children can be the quickest learners when it comes to dog training. We do ask, though, that all children (18 and younger) be supervised by an adult, that way they are not disrupting another dog’s learning or putting themselves or a dog in harm’s way.

7. What should I expect as a result of my time in group class?

We’ll give you the tools, skills and knowledge you need to continue working with your dog at home. A few short weeks of class can go a long way – they cannot, however, magically erase years of unwanted behavior. Expecting too much from a class can put too much pressure on you and your dog- and take the fun out of training. Instead, come to class with an open mind and absorb everything you can. Take the skills from class and continue to work with your dog. Any of our trainers will tell you that their dogs are not perfect and that training is an ongoing, never ending process.

We used Karen and New Beginnings when we got our first dog 11 years ago. He had numerous behavior problems and she helped us understand what he was going through. With consistent training and support for both us and our dog, he is still happily with us today. So when we found ourselves unexpectedly with another puppy, Karen was the first person I called for help with training. Her patience and support have been above and beyond, always. Whatever type of situation you find yourself in with your dog, from normal puppy training and socialization to anything more difficult, Karen is able to help. She loves our dogs as much as we do and wants our success.read more
Ann Wittmer
20:22 25 Mar 18
Karen is very knowledgable. Her methods work! She is patient with me and my dog. 😊Addendum March 2018: What a change in my dog. She is calmer, eating well, mostly house broken, and fun! She now loves her crate where before she was terrified of it. And she is learning to use the treadmill! How about that?! I admit the training is as much for me as it is for the dog. (Ha!) Karen has been so wonderful to work with. I highly recommend her.read more
julie ossege
23:32 06 Mar 18
New Beginnings and Karen have been wonderful! I love that they love my pup as much as me AND I love that they encourage good behavior too! I feel fully confident and relaxed when she's there and know she's getting the exercise and socialization that she needs. I love that they treat each dog with individual love and care. This is clearly so much more than a business- its a calling. I am so very sad that they had to close. My pup will miss them immensely and so will we. I look forward to see what the next generation NBK9 is. With Karen at the helm, I'm certain that it will be ground breaking and dog-wonderful!read more
Emily Long
12:43 29 Sep 17
Love everything about this place. We started with training for our dog 4 years ago. We quickly fell in love with the team, everything they were teaching us and our dogs positive response to their training methods and them. We started doggie daycare soon after that and can't imagine our life without it. Our high energy boxer goes there 2 days a week and has the biggest smile on her face when we pick her up. Karen and her team are caring and knowledgeable and I wouldn't trust my dog to go anywhere else.read more
Earnest Jackson
00:15 23 Aug 17
The owner and staff at New Beginnings K-9 Training are hands down the best in the area. Finley our five month old GSD has been going to New Beginnings since we adopted her at eight weeks of age. After adopting Finley, I looked high and low for the best training and boarding facility in our area. Several people recommended New Beginnings K-9 and shortly after orientation, a tour of the facility, and meeting the owner, it was easily the best decision for our new addition to the family. For the past several months Finley has been attending puppy and obedience training two days a week and the classes our paying off tremendously. Finley would not be the dog she is today if it was not for the in-depth training she has received from the highly trained owner and staff at New Beginnings K-9. In addition to the training, we also utilize the boarding services for Finley at New Beginnings when away on family vacations. It's nice to leave home knowing our puppy is having fun and most importantly in caring hands. I know Finley is always excited to see us when we return home, but I also know she loves to spend her days at New Beginnings K-9. I can't thank the owner and the staff enough at New Beginnings for all of the work they have done to coach and train Finley to be the amazing puppy she is today and providing her the best care when we are away from home. It's so good to know Finley has a second home in New Beginnings K-9 Training.read more
David Schmauch
13:58 22 Aug 17
When we got our lab puppy, we thought we could handle the training on our own, but soon we realized we needed help. Thankfully we found New Beginnings. We were just looking for training, but now Willow is in daycare twice a week and has boarded when we can't take her with us. She loves Karen and all the amazing people that take care of her. She is thriving in training and so are we. We went through an intense training with our last lab and I knew I wanted a different approach. This is more than positive reinforcement, Karen shows you how the dogs think and how to read their body language. She has given me the confidence that I need to make Willow a better and happier dog.read more
Tina Slaght
01:23 22 Aug 17
This place is nothing short of incredible! I was so nervous about taking our dog to a kennel after all of the bad things you hear. They treat him like he is their own. They love these dogs so much and they are well taken care of! I am never scared to leave him here because I know I don't have to worry!!!read more
Jennifer Wetzel
21:34 14 Aug 17
Being a new dog owner as of last fall, we were fortunate to find such a great dog care facility. New Beginnings has been a much needed source of guidance and confidence with allowing us to raise a well-behaved yorkie. As a puppy, our dog, Scout, had ringworm and was unable to attain social skills that majority of other dogs had already gathered by that time. In taking our pup to New Beginnings, he was able to slowly get acclimated to the normal sociability of his age. New Beginnings has truly made a difference in our pup's life and has been a tremendous blessing to our entire family. We don't know what we we do without doggy daycare and boarding! Our dog loves all the playtime with his pup friends, and we know he is safe and well taken care of at New Beginnings.read more
John Martini
01:15 14 Aug 17
NBK9 is a top notch doggy daycare and boarding facility. They treat the dogs with the utmost respect and are completely open and forth coming with everything that happens in the facility. I also love the set pick up and drop off hours. As the owner of a dog with high anxiety I know how stressful it is for my dog to see people and animals coming and going all day. At NBK9 SHE gets to actually relax as she would at home. Anytime I bring my dog there she can't wait to run in the door, which is her way of telling me she loves it there!!read more
Stephaney Theobald
15:38 05 Jul 17
As a new dog owner, K9 Beginnings has been amazing. Karen and her staff set the bar extremely high for how a boarding and training facility should be operated. With scheduled drop off and pick up times, dogs are treated to a routine and scheduled day. This helps establish a secure and anxiety-free environment for all pets. Dogs are treated to a pristine facility, trained employees, and safe AND supervised play times. Facebook and Instagram posts will also allow you to see all the fun your furry friend is having while you can enjoy your daily routine or vacation. Our dog will not be boarded anywhere else. The competition??? There is no competition because no other facility is ran the same way as Karen and her staff.read more
18:33 03 Jun 17
I have been taking my dog to New Beginnings for over 3 years now. She has day care three days a week and boards on occasion. Karen, Mark and all the staff have always been so helpful, attentative and especially wonderful to Xena. The structured program they have developed and follow really sets them apart from any other day care in this area. I visited several, tried a few and when I finally found New Beginnings, we have been huge fans ever since. Xena absolutely enjoys every day and every stay.I highly recommend New Beginnings to anyone looking for quality daycare.read more
Terry Frey
15:52 01 Jun 17
New Beginnings has been absolutely wonderful. Karen and her staff are well trained professionals who only want the best for each and every dog. They have worked with us and given us plenty of advice and training tips for our overly hyper dog. New Beginnings genuinely cares about our dog and will be honest about anything that needs to be addressed. Before we decided on New Beginnings for day care and boarding we looked at other places, however, New Beginnings far exceeded our expectations. The environment keeps the dogs anxiety low and also gives them a place to play on real grass. The facility is top notch and exceptionally well maintained. New Beginnings has helped us better understand our dog and worth every penny. Our dog is a better dog because of new beginnings. We would not trust our dog with anyone else.read more
Sami Phillips
00:30 13 May 17
We take our 4 yr. old grand dog, Joey, to day care at New Beginnings. He is a Golden Retriever. He was also a bit skittish and shy. The Staff at New Beginnings called me his first day of day care around noon to come & pick Joey up. School is supposed to be all day. Karen, the owner, greets me at the door & informs me Joey is not a happy camper. She suggests we start Joey at half-days as she wants him to be more comfortable with his new surroundings & friends. She was looking out for our beautiful dog’s best interest. We did half-days for two weeks. He began to trust & love the staff at New Beginnings. They were only concerned about what was in the best interest for Joey.We then enrolled him in obedience school, which they reinforce at day care. It was a blast taking these classes every Saturday morning. They encourage the whole family to participate!But don't kid yourself. The training is really as much for the humans as the dog! Through the Holidays we put him in boarding for a day, as we had so many people in from out of town. The staff member greeted me & exclaimed “Oh great! Joey is here. My dog is here today & they are great friends!” The minute I say to Joey, “We have school today,” he runs to the door! I take him to school & he doesn't even look back at me. He cannot wait to get in there & see his friends! The staff couldn't be any nicer to our dog! They are always engaged and aware of how he is doing.When Joey gets home he is one tired dog! I cannot begin to tell you how much more confident, friendly, and, it goes without saying, better behaved pet we now have!New Beginnings goes above and beyond anything I could have hoped for in a day care program for our Joey.Thank you New Beginnings for the love and trust you have brought to our family!Cindy & John Careyread more
Cindy Carey
00:42 31 Dec 16
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