Group Dog Training Classes, Workshops and Special Events 2017-07-19T10:33:37+00:00

Group Dog Training Classes

Group dog training - DogBoy's Dog RanchWe offer a complete schedule of training classes from puppy training to focused behavior modification to specialized and fun sport training classes. All classes are taught by our team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers using cutting edge, force free training methods. We believe dog training should be FUN and we are committed to helping you build a GREAT RELATIONSHIP with your dog. Please review our class and workshop options and call the office if you have any questions about which class is right for you.

Confessions of a Training Junkie

“Yes, I must admit it, I just can’t seem to let a “semester” go by without taking another training class at DogBoy’s Dog Ranch! As one class draws to a close, I eagerly scan the website for new postings and opportunities to bond and train with my dogs. We’ve taken puppy classes, basic and advanced obedience, and fun classes like agility and rally-obedience. When I jokingly told the director of training that I was running out of classes, I promptly found fresh offerings to consider. They LISTEN at DogBoy’s! I drive 40 minutes each way to go to DogBoy’s because I believe there is no better place to take my “kids,” whether for training, overnight boarding, or day care. Go DogBoy’s!”

– Carole Cameron (Bear, Koko, Shaman and Dakota)

TOTAL PUPPY! – CONVENIENT AND ESSENTIAL

Puppy training - DogBoy's Dog RanchBuilding a deeply rewarding relationship with your puppy based on trust, cooperation, encouragement, and love will set you up to have a wonderful companion for life. The fundamental skills we will practice in this class are an indispensable resource for the future for every behavior you’ll ever need from your dog. Training will be gentle and fun and will teach proper positive reinforcement techniques to ensure that you create a confident, healthy, well-mannered puppy. Topics will include: socialization including play time with other puppies and adult dogs, successful house training, mouthing/biting/chewing, basic obedience skills such as sit, down, walking on leash, and coming when called, and how to build structure in your puppy’s life to help them become a happy and well-adjusted teenager and adult dog.

For puppies 8 to 22 weeks of age; puppies need to be 18 weeks or younger when they start class. We also require a Puppy Vaccination Waiver. Watch the Puppy Headstart Video »

Date: Saturdays, August 12 to September 2       (4 week class)
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: $150

Trainer: Jen Larson

 

 

Exposing our puppies to the world without all their vaccinations is always a concern, but we feel the benefits of socializing our healthy puppies in a safe environment far outweigh the risks. Please read this PDF to learn more.

THE BASICS – ESSENTIAL CANINE LIFE SKILLS

Dog Training - DogBoy's Dog RanchDogBoy’s Basics Classes are essential for those who want to grow closer to their dog, learn how they think, and teach their dog the basic life skills he/she will need to function successfully in a human world. Our Basics classes are FUN and will teach you how to train your dog using positive, reward-based methods. You will also receive assistance with patience skills and foundational concepts about canine body language and behavior. Designed for dog-friendly dogs five months or older, Basics is the next step after Puppy Class or the first if you’ve never taken any training classes at DogBoy’s.

Date: Sundays, August 6 to September 10  (6 week class)
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: $200

Trainer: Tina Zarate

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

Dog Agility Training - DogBoy's Dog Ranch

Intermediate Agility

Now that your dog has been successful with all the agility obstacles, in the intermediate class we will switch the focus to learning how to sequence together multiple obstacles. In this 6-week class, we will practice obedience and handling required to successfully navigate small courses while keeping the game fun and motivating for the dogs.

Date: Thursdays, July 20 to August 24  (6 week class)
Time: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $200

Trainer: Amanda Ott

Introduction to Nose Work

K9 Nose Work is an easy to learn search and scenting activity that builds confidence and focus while keeping your dog fit and having fun through mental and physical exercise! The best part? Your dog’s nose is portable, so you can practice anywhere! No previous experience needed. We will use your dog’s natural “hunt” drive to teach basic skills in different elements of searching and build their independent problem solving skills. Want a new way to wear out your dog that is stimulating, calming and tiring all at the same time? Let’s start sniffing!

Date: Wednesdays, August 2 to September 6  (6 week class)
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $200

Trainer: Amanda Ott

Beginner’s Agility

Beginners Agility is an introduction to the fascinating and fun canine sport.  We will utilize positive training techniques to help your dog feel comfortable and safely learn obstacles to start their agility careers off right.  Agility is a great way to expand on your dog’s relationship and build teamwork skills with you while having fun!  No previous training is required although a basic manners class is suggested.  There is not an age limit for this class but for dogs under one year old obstacles may be modified as to not put any stress on their joints.  Come join us to weave, jump, run, and play!

Date: Thursdays, August 2 to September 6  (6 week class)
Time: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $200

Trainer: Amanda Ott

Canine Good Citizen

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. We will focus on the ten skills that are part of the CGC test. The last class in the 6-week series will include a CGC test with one of our AKC CGC evaluators. The CGC is a prerequisite for programs such as therapy work and leads well into many other activities like rally, agility, competition obedience, etc.

Date: Thursdays, August 3 to September 7  (6 week class)
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $200
Trainer: Amanda Ott

Barker’s Anonymous- Reactive Rehab Program

Reactivity can be scary, frustrating, and overwhelming for both dogs and their owners. Have you been told your dog has “leash aggression” or “stranger danger”? Do you have a “fence fighter?” If your dog barks, lunges, and/or growls at people and other dogs when on leash, behind barriers, or when meeting a new person or pet, Barker’s Anonymous, our Reactive Rehab Program is for you!

Meet with our certified professional dog trainer, Tina Zarate, CPDT, for a private 60 minute initial consultation at Dogboys to discuss your dog’s individual behavior modification and training plan. Initial consultations need to be scheduled prior to August 3rd. Then, attend classes on Sundays, starting August 6th, for six weeks for group training. Your dog will learn how to remain relaxed around other dogs, people, and other triggers of reactivity. After the third week of classes, you’ll meet with Tina again for a private, in-home session to ensure the transfer of your dog’s skills to your home environment.

The cost is $495, which includes a 60 minute initial consultation, 6 weeks of class, and a 30 minute in-home private lesson, as well as personalized attention with a unique training and behavior modification plan tailored to your dog’s individual needs.

Contact Tina at tina@dogboys.com for more details or to sign up for the program.

Date: Sundays, August 6 to September 10  (6 week class)
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $495
Trainer: Tina Zarate

Introduction to Canine Sports

Curious about Agility, Treiball, Disc Dog, and other canine sports? Wonder no more! This four week class will cover the basics of canine sports and will give you a better idea of what will be a good fit for you and your dog. Expect this class to be active, fast-paced, and fun! Weather depending, we will meet inside and outside, and you and your dog will be able to “try” each sport. Looking for a new way to wear out your pet? Look no further! With this introduction to a wide range of canine sporting activities, you and your dog will be on the way to some wonderful new athletic experiences.

Date: Saturdays, August 12 to September 2  (4 week class)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Cost: $175

Trainer: Jen Larson

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Reactivity Workshop

Reactivity can be scary, frustrating, and overwhelming. Have you been told your dog has “leash aggression” or “stranger danger”? Do you have a “fence fighter?” If you’re uncomfortable, embarrassed, or afraid to take your dog places, or to allow them in certain environments or around specific people or dogs because of their reactive behavior, you’re not alone. Many dogs experience reactivity while on leash, behind barriers, or when meeting a new person or pet. In this workshop, we will develop an understanding of reactivity, why and where it occurs, how to prevent, decrease, and manage it in your daily life, and how to train new, positive behaviors in its place.

Date: Saturday 7/22
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Jen Larson

WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

agilityHave you taken a class somewhere else and not sure which class may be best for you? We recommend you start with the Basics Class. Our Basics Class is behavioral-based and the starting point for our other classes. Our positive, relationship-building approach — which includes guidance about setting up households, information about diet and insight into how our behavior affects our dogs’ behavior –is fundamental to getting the most out of our advanced classes.

If you have taken classes elsewhere, you’ll have a head start in our Basics Class, but it will still be challenging and rewarding for both you and your dog.  It’s a great chance to polish your obedience skills before moving on to Agility, Introduction to Search and Rescue, or any other class.

Contact our office for more information at 251-7600 or training@dogboys.com. Because we keep our classes small, you are guaranteed more individual attention and instruction from our trainers. Classes fill up quickly so sign up as soon as you can.

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CLASS POLICIES

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Payment in full is due when you sign up for a class.

Class Size
Most classes require a minimum of 4 dogs for class to take place. In the event that you are signed up for a class with fewer than the minimum required dogs, class may be delayed or cancelled. If DogBoy’s cancels the class, your payment will be refunded.

Cancellation
In the event you need to cancel, your payment is transferable until 72 hours before your first scheduled class. Within 72 hours of class, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. If DogBoy’s cancels a class you will be refunded the entire amount or you may choose to transfer your money to another DogBoy’s class or service.

Class Make-up
We understand circumstances happen that cause you to miss a session. We may be able to arrange your attendance in another class, or you may schedule a make-up appointment with your trainer for $35. Please note that attendance is mandatory for the first session of Foundations Class and cannot be made up at another time.

Housemates
For Basics Class, it has been our experience that housemates do better when attending separate classes. For advanced classes, requests for housemates taking classes together will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Weather Cancellations
Because of inclement weather, we sometimes have to cancel class. If a session is cancelled, trainers will contact you approximately two hours before the class and an additional session will be added.
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