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    About Unleashed Joy

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    Call Beth Joy at 410-404-6492 or use that big shiny contact button to send us an email

  • Feel the Love!

    At Unleashed Joy, we have a very specific way of doing things. All of our dog daycare, dog boarding, and dog training operations are managed directly by a certified, purely positive dog trainer/behaviorist. That means no “guessing” about what dog behavior means, no outdated notions of “dominance” or showing your dog “who’s boss.” These are flawed concepts based on logically untenable research. Instead, we use purely positive training techniques that have been proven to be more effective. We apply this purely positive approach in all situations, from group classes and private training to daycare play groups and when interacting with our boarding guests. Our business is built upon three basic tenets of caring for and training dogs:

  • 01. Be Safe

    Our trainers and daycare / boarding associates are pet CPR and first aid certified. Dogs attending our daycare play in small, controlled play groups and are always under the supervision of our highly-trained staff. We also limit our boarding to just 6 dogs each evening!

    02. Be Positive

    All of our dog training, daycare, and boarding services are based on the tenets of purely positive training. This means that we use only positive techniques, and NEVER use aversive techniques like prong collars, e-collars, spray bottles, etc.

    03. Have FUN!

    If you don’t have fun while you’re training your dog (and if he doesn’t have fun), what’s the point? When you attend a class at Unleashed Joy, or send your dog for daycare or boarding, you can rest assured that you and your dog will have a good time. We guarantee it!

  • President

    Beth Joy

    Beth Joy

    Lead Trainer (CPDT-KA, PMCT)

    Our lead trainer, Beth Joy, has apprenticed with and taught classes for world-renowned dog trainer and author Pat Miller. Beth is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer (PMCT) , a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), and is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. She also serves as an on-call dog trainer and assessor for various animal rescue organizations and service dog organizations. Beth continuously attends educational seminars and workshops to broaden her scope of knowledge in the field of dog behavior and training. She works regularly with her Border Collie, Belle, and Miniature Pinscher, Roxie.

  • Meghan Rockwood

    Meghan Rockwood

    Dog Boarding Associate

    Dog boarding associate Meghan Rockwood has been with Unleashed Joy since January, 2015. Meg is Unleashed Joy’s resident dog sitter, and makes overnight stays fun for all our furry clients! She is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and often helps with dog training classes. Meg lives in Woodstock, Maryland – right in the Unleashed Joy daycare and boarding facility – with her long-haired Chihuahua Cujo. When she’s not cuddling with “Cuji” or one of her overnight charges, Meg likes to read and play video games.

  • Legal Mumbo Jumbo (you know…because we have to)

    Please view our privacy policy for complete details on our zealous protection of your contact information and your use of this website.

    Unleashed Joy” is a registered Trade Name of Insource Solutions, Inc., a Maryland corporation. Use of Unleashed Joy services, visits to the “Unleashed Joy” facility, interaction with “Unleashed Joy” officers, employees, and contractors, and use of this website and all social media accounts of “Unleashed Joy” are governed by the bylaws of Insource Solutions, Inc. Contracts and/or Agreements entered into with “Unleashed Joy” are between you and Insource Solutions, Inc. Interaction with “Unleashed Joy” officers, managers, employees, and contractors is not, and should not be considered, a contract or agreement with any individual, but with Insource Solutions, Inc.

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    Good Homes

    One of our goals at Unleashed Joy is to help good dogs stay in good homes. Every day excessive numbers of pet dogs are taken to shelters because they just never learned to communicate well with their humans, and thus never learned what was expected of them. We want to assist in helping dogs and their humans learn to better communicate with each other, creating a stronger human/canine bond to ensure a long, happy relationship. After all, don’t we have dogs in our lives for enrichment and to be a member of the family?

    We teach you how to learn to communicate better with your pet by using a marker or “Clicker.” This marks the behavior that your dog does, and then is followed by a treat or toy. (Don’t worry, you won’t have to carry a clicker and treats around forever! We also teach you how to eventually fade out both.) The sound of the click travels directly to the amygdala of the brain to indicate to the dog that the behavior he just did is the one you are looking for. It is highly efficient and effective.

    We strive to offer our students the most comprehensive and up to date training methods available. In using these methods, you will not only have fun with your dog, you will also feel good about what you are doing!