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Since 2005 Dancing Creek Farm has provided the highest standard of care in the dog industry.  Our 32 acres have been designed to provide long­term care, short­term dog boarding, grooming, dog training, dog retirement and holistic dog nutrition.  Our goal is clear – To provide love and support for families and their dogs.  

Dog Training

Our head trainers Sheril Carr and Heather Ragsdale have over 33 years combined experience in professional dog training, certified veterinary technicians and canine holistic massage. We specialize in behavioral issues with dogs as in resource guarding, fear aggression, leash pulling, no social skills and basic obedience.
Tamara Burton, Founder of DCF has 13 years experience in Canine Holistic Health. In addition to behavior training we also help your dog to feel good and look great.

Here at Dancing Creek Farm we work as a team to lay down a foundation for your dogs to succeed in all aspect of life with consistency, repetition and lots of praise, we have made a substantial difference working with numerous dogs on several behavioral issue, We have the highest standard of care for your beloved pets. We offer Dog training 8weeks and 3 weeks board and train packages, weekly massage, private cabins, holistic health care and a huge fenced in play yard.

We support the emotional and physical wellbeing of your dogs with consistent training, love and a wonderful holistic diet. Training is offered in 3 week sessions, 8 week and ongoing board and training during a long term stay at the farm.ustIts is also possible to hire a trainer over video chat to work with you and your dog(s).

Please email for quotes and detailed information

What you can expect form our B/T programs


  • You are assigned a primary dog trainer to watch over your dog’s physical and emotional wellbeing during your dog’s stay here.
  • All dogs will work with different trainers while here to continue to understand the concept and generalization that they must listen to anybody, not just the trainer
  • Once your dog leave DCF we don’t just stop helping you as every dog will go thru many changes in their life. Follow visits are private lessons with a personal trainer.
  • Training will happen at least 3 times a week but maintained throughout the week by staff.
  • Socialization and manners: dogs will be leashed at all times and get to work on having manners thru out the day and getting used to new people, and their environment.

Example of an 8 Week Board and Train Program


  • Getting your dog’s attention/ focus –correct any behavioral issues- leash pulling, jumping etc.
  • Begin placing.  Emphasizing dog attention alone and with distractions
  • Begin the heel command- introducing sit
  • Perfecting the placing and heeling and begin a automatic sit whenever owner stops- introducing down
  • Continue the place, sit, and down. Leash should be loose or dropped with no hands
  • Continue the down and stay and introducing the word COME.  The number 1 key command COME when called even with distractions
  • Long distance stay 2 to 5 minutes and begin off leash training
  • Off leash place, heel, sit, down, stay, and come- graduation!!!!

All dogs are different in their training and after a complete evaluation our head trainer will sit and discuss all option at hand.


In-Home Training

In addition to board and train we can also send a trainer to your location. If you are out of town they will stay at a hotel close to your home. Over a weekend the trainer will visit your home twice a day working with you and your dog.  Please email for quote


Different tools used for training

Flat nylon collars with chain in middle is an effective tool in training as is the E-collar.E-Collars reinforce commands and corrects your dog unwanted behaviors, e-collars use a form of stimulus they provide subtle stimulation that many people equate to a “STIM” pad by a physical therapist.  It does not cause harm it is more unpleasant to the dog. As a rule we use very low stimulation levels barely perceivable humans. All training sessions with a e-collar are taught with it on and off and it is used a minimal of 15 minutes from week 1 to week 3 then as training progresses up to an hour.All dogs acquire habits through repetition, not duration.E-collars do not burn your dog some dogs may have an allergy to the metal in which we will exchange metal to brass probes.



Highly Recommended!

  • Long overdue 5 star review for DCF: My husband and I left our fur baby Tashi in the loving hands of the staff here for 4 months while we were overseas. I was very anxious as we had never boarded her here before and never boarded her anywhere for this long. My anxiety didn’t last long though. As soon as I started to see the great pics and videos of Tashi on FB that Tamara posted regularly I was totally relieved and comforted. I got to see the cabin and outdoor area that was her home there, all the grounds of the big beautiful farm, the staff working with her and loving her each day, see her playing in all the different weather... My stress was gone and I could focus on the business of our trip without worrying about her at all. DCF was like a miracle for us. We researched a ton of places before deciding where we would leave her and none of the places seemed good enough, we started to think we would never find the right place, until we found DCF... Tamara responded quickly and thoroughly to all our questions and concerns, and was totally upfront about pricing for all the options we had to choose from. We were so impressed with what they offered that we drove from Chicago to take Tashi there, a long drive!! DCF is like heaven on earth for dogs, we honestly think she had a perfect life there, the only thing missing was us but she was so happy there I doubt she even missed us! The staff really does go above and beyond any expectations of a boarding facility, from the high quality food/supplements to the daily play time in the big field to the lavender towel treatments at bed time. We did the training program and I have to do a special shout-out to Sheril for the amazing work she did with Tashi and for the hour she spent with us when we picked her up. She showed us the techniques she used and the new things Tashi had learned, and made sure we understood everything so we could continue with that training when we took her home. Thank you Sheril!! There was no doubt in our minds that Tashi was a better dog when we picked her up, the training helped immensely and the diet they use made her lose excess weight, even her coat looked better. She looked so healthy and happy. If anyone reading this is trying to decide on where to board your dog, you don’t need to do any more research, just call DCF right now. You will have no regrets. HUGE THANK YOU to all the hardworking and loving staff at DCF for taking such good care of our baby!! If we need to board her again we will not hesitate to bring her back. It is so comforting to know that there is a place we can trust 100%. Highly recommend!!

    Anikka Norton

  • Danielle McConnell Wild

    We’ve had our dogs here for over a year and couldn’t imagine leaving them anywhere else. The staff is always very responsive whenever I’ve had questions or made requests. When my dogs first arrived they were not eating great (which is not atypical for them), and DCF contacted me to let me know they were making special meals to increase caloric intake. Sure enough they were back to their normal eating patterns. I just can’t say enough positive things about Dancing Creek Farm!
  • Awesome place for your loyal friend. The staff are wonderful. They take such good care of harley when he is there. Feel very confident leaving my boy there!

    Denise Esposito

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