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: Sundays, February 19 to March 12
Time:
11am
Cost: $150

Trainer:  Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Date: Saturdays, April 8 to April 29
Time:
11am
Cost: $150

Trainer:  Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

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: Saturdays, April 8 to April 29
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

Dog Agility Training - DogBoy's Dog RanchAgility II – FULL

Pre-requisites: Agility Skills, Agility I, or Agility Fun Run

Have you started your Agility journey, and you are ready to take the next step? Then this is the class for you! Over the six weeks of this class, we will focus on building skills on the tricky obstacles, handling skills, and sequencing. The class will start with on-leash work, but by the end of the class you will be running short courses off leash. Each class will run about 75 minutes, and both you and your pup will get a good workout! Come join us for a very fun afternoon.

Date: Saturdays, January 14 to February 25 (no class 1/28)
Time: 1pm
Cost: $250
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Rally Obedience I

In this fun class, you and your dog will work as a team, loose-leash walking with your dog on your left side through a course of specific skills including sits, downs, stands, stays, and turns. You will also learn how to use your body language to communicate to your dog. This class introduces you to some basic signs  you encounter in Rally events, and we also practice at least one course each week. Whether or not you plan on competing in Rally, this class is a fantastic way to watch your dog’s loose-leash, obedience, and attention skills skyrocket while having a lot of fun! Classes will meet both inside and outside depending on the weather and tend to last about 75-90 minutes.

Date: Mondays, January 23 to February 27
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $200
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Rally Freestyle Intermediate

Pre-requisites: Rally Freestyle Class (Novice signs)

This class is the continuation of our Rally Freestyle Class. In this 4-week class, we will continue to build on the skills learned in our Rally Freestyle Class while also introducing some of the intermediate signs. There will be at least one new course each week combining the Novice signs as well as the new Intermediate signs. This class focuses on building leash walking skills and attention while also teaching our dogs some fun tricks.

Date: Saturdays, February 25 to March 25 (no class 3/18)
Time: 2pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Rally Obedience II

Pre-requisites: Rally Obedience I

For those wanting to continue the progress you and your dog achieved in Rally Obedience I, our second class is a great way to continue building those fabulous leash and obedience skills. In this class, we will refine our skills with the beginner signs while learning new advanced signs. We will have at least two fun and challenging courses each week. Courses never repeat, so you and your dog’s skills will always continue to grow. Classes will meet indoors and last between 75-90 minutes. This class is offered to those who have graduated from Rally Obedience I.

Date: Sundays, March 5 to March 26
Time: 1pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Stretch Your Dog Healthy! Includes Intro to Acupressure

With a hands on approach to natural canine care, we can enhance the bond between ourselves and our dogs as well as keep them healthy and happy. Learn how to keep your dog’s muscles supple and flexible, flush toxins from the body, boost circulation, increase range of motion in joints, and allow for proper chemical and nutrient flow. These gentle, effective techniques stimulate spinal fluid flow, increase oxygenation and hydration, and create feelings of calm and contentment in our dogs. Topics include an introduction to Acupressure, how to establish a Canine Baseline to monitor your dog’s health, beginner and advanced stretching techniques including positions and exercises, routines specifically targeted to treat various ailments or emotional conditions, circuit work, discussion of chronic conditions, allergies, and dental problems, Reiki, and more. Ideal for owners looking to keep their dogs flexible and fit, join canine sports, work on handling sensitivity or techniques, treat or prevent health and mobility issues, and deepen the relationship between themselves and their dogs. Great for active dogs, as well as those who are fearful, shy, anxious, elderly, mobility challenged, or have health conditions.

Date: Mondays, March 27 to April 17
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

K9 Nose Work – Level One

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 start with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out favorite toys or treats, and then we will expand the practice and introduce target odors. 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: Tuesdays, April 4 to April 25
Time: 7pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Canine Massage & Intro to TTouch

Massage not only feels great – it greatly enhances longevity, health, and happiness! The simple act of touch itself is healing – and you can learn techniques of massage to elicit specific responses in the body including balanced energy, reduced muscle soreness, improved range of motion and postural realignment, toxin release, increased muscle hydration, and improved circulation. Learn how to properly massage your dog’s mandible to release facial pressure and tight muscles, or how to find the calming point near your dog’s brows that may make him fall asleep! Discover how to use scent and aromatherapy to create a relaxed state for your dog. Includes an Introduction to TTouch Bodywork – a gentle approach to influencing behavior, health, and performance, as well as ability to learn. Method used by veterinarians, trainers, breeders, and owners world-wide. The program uses a combination of specific TTouches, Leading Exercises, and a Confidence Course to enhance quality of life, assist with recovery from illness or injury, and to strengthen the emotional connection between you and your dog. Topics include: how to perform the encyclopedia of TTouches, leading exercises such as The Balance Leash, and Using the Wand, and the Confidence course, which features The Labyrinth, and more! Ideal for owners looking to establish a deeper connection with their dog, provide calm and comfort, and learn techniques to improve their dog’s physical and mental well-being. Great for dogs involved in canine sports, dealing with health or mobility issues, recovering from illness or injury, fearful, shy, or anxious dogs, senior dogs, for puppies to learn to be comfortable with being handled, and for active dogs who need a little TLC!

Date: Mondays, May 1 to May 23
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Introduction to Canine Sports

Curious about Agility, Rally, 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 pup – look no further! With this introduction to a wide range of canine sporting activities, you and your dog will be on your way to some wonderful new athletic experiences.

Date: Saturdays, May 6 to May 27
Time: 11am
Cost: $175
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Rally Obedience Workshop – Indoors 

In this 90 minute workshop, we will be focusing on basic leash walking skills in the heel position, while also working on some simple turns and obedience skills. This is a great workshop for those with Rally experience or who want to see what Rally is all about, and for the dog and handler who just want to brush up on their leash walking skills. This workshop will incorporate one or two Rally courses using the signs learned during the 90 minute workshop. Beginner level, no prerequisite needed.

Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 4pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Tricks Workshop

Tricks are a very fun way of working with your dog and doing something outside of the norm. Tricks are fun for us, for our dogs and are a great way for us to show off to friends and family. This 90-minute workshop will introduce you to some basic principles around training tricks, while learning a few new tricks in the process! This is a fun way to spend some time with your dog, and to get your dog’s brain working. Come and join us and have some fun! In this Tricks Workshop we will start building the foundation to teach our dogs to get us a drink from the fridge!

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 4pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Out & About Workshop – Outdoors

Do you wish your dog could go everywhere with you? Are you looking for the type of dog that can walk nicely through the Domain and hang at a coffee shop? The dog that can go shopping with you? Or are you looking for a few ways to spice up your park and neighborhood walks? This two hour workshop will focus on developing your current skills and applying them to real world situations with your dog. The class will meet at locations around town so that you and your dog can start learning in real life situations. Locations will be decided the week prior, and most will be outdoors.

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 2pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 1pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Agility Workshop

Whether you are looking to fine tune your Agility skills, or you want to give the popular sport a try, this workshop is the right place for you. Over two hours, we will touch on every obstacle and make sure that you and your dog know the correct way to approach, and conquer, each one! This workshop will adjust to the skill level of the students, and we will make sure to spend time on the thing that you are struggling with. This workshop is limited to 4 students, so make sure to sign up before you miss out!

Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 1pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Beginner’s Spot’s Spot Workshop

We are all impressed by dogs who can settle on their beds when visitors come over, lie quietly during meal times, and just hang out at the coffee shop… and now your dog can too! This two hour shortened version of our four week class, Spot’s Spot, will focus on how to start teaching our dogs a “go to your place” behavior. This is a great behavior for dogs needing to learn a little patience, for the over-zealous greeter, and just as a great basic behavior for your dog to have.

Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 4pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Recall and Leash Walking Workshop

Check back soon for a description!

Date: Sunday, April 9
Time: 11am
Cost: $75
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

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 Foundations Class. Our Foundations Class, taught by Certified Professional Dog Trainers, 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 Foundations 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 Social Skills, Distance Skills, Rally Obedience, 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 Foundations 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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