Shady Mountain Pet Retreat
Pet Boarding and Training
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Masks required in all indoor spaces, or when in close proximity to others outdoors.
All door knobs and surfaces disinfected multiple times per day.
Hand sanitizer is available in the pet shop.
SMPR Masks are available in the pet shop.
There's no better way to practice social distancing than to spend time with your pet.
We offer private lessons. We can remain outdoors and more than 6' of distance as we help you train your dog.
Boarding and Training is a great option, too. No need to come into contact with others at all.
We are also offering distance learning - We can do lessons via cell phone!
Where Pets Go To Get Away From It All...and Learn, Too.
What do people say about their experience?
* A retreat that changes lives. What a great home away from home!
MaryJane Dolan, Mayor of Lynchburg
* To anyone considering SMPR, there is no better place to bring your loved ones when you cannot be with them (or just need training). SMPR really cares about the wellbeing of your loved one. It’s not just a boarding facility, but a pet care facility. Highly recommend to anyone (and we do frequently).
Tracy Hicks, Gov't/Military Contractor
*What a comfort to know Zorro and Roux are taken care of like family while staying at Shady Mountain Pet Retreat. I really appreciate the love and care they receive from Miriam and her wonderful team.
Leland Melvin, NFL player/Astronaut/Author/Motivational Speaker
* Thank you for your superior care of our pup and grand pup earlier this month. This was our first time boarding with you, and we were so pleased with their total experience from your outstanding boarding facility to your expertise as a dog trainer and handler. You create a home away from home environment and know how to work with all dogs including those who have individual needs. It is clear you love your canine guests. Looking forward to our next visit!
I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with Izzy.
We have been working on her training and she is doing well.
The thing I appreciate the most is how calm and well behaved she is. She is a joy to be around.
July 7, 2021 Netflix will premier Dogs. Featuring our friend Leland Melvin and his dogs Zorro and Roux. The film will also feature Shady Mountain Pet Retreat and Miriam Fields-Babineau. Please watch and let us know what you think. Meanwhile, here's a teaser...
Her clients range from high level Government officials, to celebrities, and tech giants. Pet parents who want to have a relationship with their pets, one where they can communicate with each other, bring them to our facility. (We respect people's privacy, so we won't name drop!)
Miriam has worked in the production industry since 1983; providing trained animals of many different species (dogs, cats, birds, horses, tigers and elephants) for movies, television programs, commercials and print ads.
No other trainer in the area can work with multiple species of animals and teach others to do the same. Besides offering pet training, Miriam does Honorariums for the local universities. Her books, and other written work, are used in class rooms at Harvard University, Animal Behavior College, UC Davis, Univ. of Texas, Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Colorado and other Universities (in their vet schools and animal behavior programs).
We do not produce frightened robot dogs via e-collars. We proudly produce happy, well-adjusted pets, who perform with a smile and wagging tail, via positive reinforcement methods.
Miriam's latest book, Doodle Dogs for Dummies, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. will be available on Oct. 12. For a preview of the information in the book, go to www.allaboutdoodledogs.com.
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Click here to view our YouTube training videos. Here you will see us working with a variety of animals.
To view more pictures of Shady Mountain Farm - click here.
Shady Mountain Pet Retreat is the ultimate luxury pet resort.
From the log exterior blending with the Virginia Mountainside, in which it is nestled, to the large indoor/outdoor suites, with community play yards. Your dog will be indulged with exercise, training and lots of attention. Dogs go home happy and in great condition – mentally and physically.
We are here 24/7. Your dog is never left alone all night!
Please Note: As of Jan. 1, 2018, all K9 visitors must have received the Canine Influenza vaccine. This is a highly contagious virus. It is becoming more prevalent in our area.
All visitors must show proof of current vaccinations, including Bordatella ( See Boarding Agreement and read thoroughly) and be on heartworm and flea preventative. We will refuse service to anybody who does not provide proof of vaccinations and negative fecal test results, without refund of deposit.
Dogs with any sign of parasites will not be allowed out of their vehicles.
As all our play yards are stone dust (with some gravel mixed in) we cannot accept dogs who eat rocks, or other inappropriate objects. The dogs often play together, unobserved (to get maximum exercise), and pet parents must be comfortable with this scenario.
Absolute requirement: Proof of Negative fecal test (bacteria, flagela, and parasites) within 14 days of arrival! Dogs currently being treated for any infection or infestation are not allowed to visit.
Here's a great article discussing parasites: http://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/evr_dg_intestinal_worms_in_dogs
Unneutered male dogs over the age of 8 months are not allowed to stay at SMPR.
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ID Code: 34080
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