Wind River Tails & Trails

We are a one-of-a-kind facility for service dog and pet dog training, as well as providing a natural, comfortable environment for our boarding clients. We offer a unique Service Dog training program, and work to create a lasting partnership between all dogs and their human companions through our groundbreaking approach to training. We are the supporting arm and headquarters of the Wind River Bear Institute, where we raise and train our Karelian Wildlife Service Dogs for work in three countries!


12/30/2016 Update

We are looking for someone new to join our team! We are hiring for a part-time kennel technician.

Please visit our employment page to view job details! Thanks for looking! CLICK HERE



  • Private & group boarding
  • Stress-free, natural environment
  • Outside of the city
  • HUGE, grassy yards
  • Nightly “snuggle-downs”
  • Staff on site all night


  • Break the routine of an everyday hike and try something new: “Partnership Training.”
  • Improve communication with your dog and better the quality of both your lifestyles.
  • We train in real-life situations to teach you and your dog practical skills.
  • Based upon our 20 years of proven techniques training our Wind River Bear Institute Karelian Bear Dogs.
  • Offering Private Lessons, Board & Train, and Group Classes!

Service Dogs

  • Train your own dog or adopt a temperament-assessed shelter dog
  • Training for physical and psychiatric disabilities
  • Owner Training through private lessons AND Board & Train available
  • Accessible & affordable, with a great support system

Support a Cause

  • Join a family related by Dog that values the daily presence of four-legged friends.
  • All proceeds from our training and boarding services go to support our wildlife-saving work with our Karelian Bear Dogs
  • Our Mission: “To conduct meaningful work in the realm of animal to human communication and coexistence…” (Visit the Wind River Bear Institute)

Located Just 12 Minutes South of Missoula

between Lolo and Florence, in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley!

Wind River Tails & Trails


5353 E. Carlton Creek Rd.

PO Box 1299

Florence, MT 59833

Phone: (406) 273-4899

Fax: (406) 273-4752


Boarding Hours: 

Drop Off & Pick Up Hours – 8-10AM & 6-7PM

Training Hours: 

By appointment. Call or email to schedule!

Office Hours: Variable. We are in and out training and supervising the kennel. Please leave a voicemail or shoot us an email if you don’t reach us and we will return messages as quickly as possible!