Welcome to Wind River Tails & Trails

Partnership Dog Training & Quality Boarding


08/29/2015 Update

We are kicking off a new Group Course series! Orientation is on Saturday, 9/19/15 at 12PM here at the ranch. Remember, our skill-specific mini-courses allow you to learn the skills you want and need at your own pace, and the shorter time frames allow those with busy schedules to avoid long-term commitments. Call or email to register!

Our 9/12/15 AKC STAR Puppy Class is FULL! Thank you to all who registered, we are so excited to have you! Our next STAR Puppy class will start Tuesday, 9/29/15 5:30-6:30PM!

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Monte needs a home!

Monte is healthy, athletic, and loves all people. He has been DNA-tested and is half American Staffordshire Terrier and half Kuvasz (a livestock guardian breed similar to Great Pyrenees, Akbash, and Maremmas). Do not let his gray muzzle fool you–he is only 2.5 years old! Monte weighs about 70 lbs., is current on all shots and is micro-chipped. His previous owners will also send him to his new home with an extra-large Kong wire crate if desired.

Please read this letter carefully before calling.

Read Monte's Adoption Letter

 Monte was rescued by his family from a shelter in Montana. Unbeknownst to them, happy, playful Monte had selective dog aggression issues. He went through a period between 1-2 years of age where he instigated several dog fights, resulting in serious injuries to both dogs.

His family is not able to keep Monte, but still believes he would make a wonderful family pet. In order to give him the best chance in a new home, they have sent him to an 8-week intensive board-and-train program at Wind River Tails and Trails (windrivertailsandtrails.com) in Florence, MT.

Wind River is known worldwide for their work in rehabilitating problem bears and training Wildlife Service Dogs. At Wind River, Monte has been trained under the same program as the Karelian Wildlife Service Dogs. He has learned to love his “job” – a full spectrum of Home and Field commands - and has made significant progress with his dog aggression. While an ideal home would not have another dog, with careful introduction and progressive, structured socialization Monte might be able to go to a multi-dog home in the right situation.

Until Monte has a proven track record disengaging with other dogs, he will need to be on leash outside the home. He has been trained to be very predictable on leash so that his behaviors can be managed. Included in Monte’s adoption are eight owner transfer lessons valued at $1,000 for his new owners paid for by his previous family. This is an amazing opportunity to gain both a new companion and dog handling skills.

Monte is a perfect gentleman with all humans, children and babies included! He is gentle, calm, and loves to be petted, brushed, and rubbed. His previous family had a newborn, toddler, and an elderly dog and he was perfect with all three. He is housetrained and sleeps soundly through the night.

Monte is a playful, high-energy dog and would make an enthusiastic companion for someone interested in hiking, biking, and running (he can run for miles!). He enjoys all kinds of play, including fetch, but probably wouldn’t make a good hunting dog. Monte loves to please and is highly trainable.

Monte has finished his board-and-train program and is now eagerly awaiting his forever family so he can be given lots of attention and love. If you are interested in meeting this sweetheart of a dog, please call 406-207-7997, or contact Wind River Tails and Trails at 406-273-4899, to speak with his professional trainer. Thank you!

Passionate about Dogs!

“Our mission is to conduct meaningful work in the realm of animal to human communication and coexistence, with the end result of improving human-wildlife and human-canine relationships…” (Read more)

Our Mission

Leave your dog some place you can trust and they love

Reserve a private “backyard suite”


Broaden your dog’s world and vocabulary

Join our “Partners in Life Program”

Partnership Training

Change how your dog sees the world

Give them a PAWSITIVE outlook on life

Partnership Training


This is the only facility that you can reserve the equivalent of a private backyard for your dog!
Leave your dog someplace you can trust, and they can enjoy being a dog.

  • Individual & group boarding
  • Stress-free, natural environment
  • Outside of the city
  • HUGE, grassy yards
  • Nightly “snuggle-downs”


  • Break 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 group lessons, private lessons, and board & train!

Board & Train

  • Your dog will stay at our facility while we change more than just superficial bad habits,
  • Our goal is to create a fundamental understanding for the desired behavior that we want out of the dog.
  • Your dog will be around trained staff that provides a consistent environment for the duration of its training
  • An effective and extensive training option.

Support a Cause

Join a family related by Dog that values the daily presence of four-legged friends…

Our Mission: “To conduct meaningful work in the realm of animal to human communication and coexistence…”

(Visit the Wind River Bear Insitute)

Located Just 12 Minutes South of Missoula

between Lolo and Florence, in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley!

Call Us Today- Let’s Talk Dog!

  Board, Train, & Love your best friend! Call us today: (406) 273-4899.

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