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 RanchJoin DogBoy’s Puppy Class as soon as you get your new puppy. You can start any Saturday and attend the next three consecutive weeks to cover all the topics, but please remember to sign up before your first class!

Our four-week, rotating class gets puppies and owners off to the right start. Class covers how to best communicate with your puppy, gets you started on basic obedience, and tackles common puppy issues. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your pup to socialize with other dogs and people.

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 »

Meets every Saturday*

Time:  11am
Cost: $150 for 4 consecutive weeks (excluding holidays)
Trainers:  Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA, Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
*A minimum of 3 sign-ups is required for class to be held

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.

Basics Classes meet weekly, last 60 minutes and have a maximum of 6 dogs. All Basics Classes last four weeks in length and cost $175.

Sit, Down, Stay

We are not currently offering Sit, Down Stay.

Leash Walking & Recall

We are not currently offering Leash Walking & Recall.

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

Dog Agility Training - DogBoy's Dog RanchAgility Skills (Indoors/Outdoors)

Looking to do something fun and active with your dog? Agility is a great sport for all dogs and is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged friend. Agility can be a great confidence builder for shy dogs as well!  This introductory class will focus on introducing your dog to the many different agility obstacles and will begin to teach you basic handling skills as well. Whether you are just looking to have some fun with your dog or you are interested in possibly getting into the sport competitively, this is a great place to start! Dogs must be at least nine months old to enroll in this class. No prerequisites required.

Date: Saturdays, October 22 to November 12
Time: 1pm
Cost: $200
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Rally Freestyle

This class mixes the structure of Rally Obedience with the flare of freestyle! This class focuses on building leash-walking skills and attention while also teaching our dogs some fun tricks. This is a great class to follow our Rally-O, Novice Trick Dog, or Tricks workshop, although it is not required. If you’re looking for a fun new way to build your relationship with your dog while building some of their skills, and just have some plain fun with your dog, this is the class for you! This class tends to last 60 minutes and will be held mostly inside.

Date: Sundays, October 16 to November 20
Time: 1pm
Cost: $200
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Rally Obedience II – Indoors

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 both inside and outside depending on the weather and tend to last about 60-75 minutes, depending on how many are in the class. This class is offered to those who have graduated from Rally Obedience I.

Date: Saturdays, November 12 to December 10 (no class 11/26)
Time: 3pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Beginner Spot’s Spot Workshop – Indoors

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 2 hour shortened version of our 4 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, October 9
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

 

Tricks Workshop – Indoors

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, and you will learn 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.

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

 

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, October 9
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday, November 13
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday, December 11
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

 

Advanced Spot’s Spot Workshop – Indoors

Does your dog already have the beginnings of “go to your place” down, but needs a little extra work strengthening this behavior? This 90 minute workshop is a great continuation to our 4 week class, Spot’s Spot, as well as our Beginning Spot Workshop. In this workshop we will brush up on our dog’s “go to your place” cue, and begin adding more distractions. We will also focus on building how long your dog can stay on their spot, while you move away from them eventually moving out of their sight. You must have completed either Spot’s Spot or Beginning Spot Workshop, or have approval from the trainer teaching the course.

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 7-8:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

 

Recall Workshop – Indoor/Outdoor

Having your dog come when called is one of the most important skills you can teach. Whether in a dangerous situation or calling them back inside from the backyard, a solid recall is a valuable skill that every dog can benefit from. In this workshop you will learn how to successfully get your dog back to you every time!

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA

 

Stay Workshop – Indoor/Outdoor

Stay is a tricky behavior for our dogs to learn, but a very important one. In this workshop we focus on building the foundations for a solid stay under distractions. To take this workshop your dog should know sit or down, or both. We will focus on building up the amount of time your dog can hold position, how far away you can move, and what distractions can happen around them. We will practice this both inside, and outside. Some come join us to start towards a rock solid stay!

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 3-4:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

 

Reactivity Workshop – Indoor/Outdoor

Leash reactivity is a daunting behavior to work through alone. This workshop will provide you with a structured environment to work on your reactivity, and connect you with others who are living with the same struggles. To be eligible for this workshop you must have taken at least one private lesson with one of our trainers. We will work at each dog’s own pace, and against each dog’s specific triggers.

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

 

Leave It, Drop It, Off Workshop – Indoors

Undeniably, these are three of the most important behaviors for our dogs to know. Don’t pick that up, now that you have it, drop it, and get off that stranger! This three hour workshop will focus on teaching your dog key impulse control behaviors and discuss how to apply them to your daily lives. Leave it will include dropped items, items you come across on a walk, and items in your hand. We will also teach a cue, ‘take it,’ to counter the leave it and drop it. Off will teach your dog to get off people and counters alike. Come and join us for an intense, and valuable, workshop!

Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 1-2:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

 

Leash Walking Workshop – Indoor/Outdoor

Loose Leash Walking is one of the most difficult behaviors for our dogs to learn. In general humans are pretty boring walkers, and our dogs want to run and sniff everything in sight! This workshop focuses on giving you the tools to make walking on a loose leash worth it for your dog. We will give you the tools to create nice loose leash walking in your dog as you move forward together. We will practice under distractions, and with some distance, and will practice both inside and outside.

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 1-2:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 2-3:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Gytri, 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 down SoCo and hang at a coffee shop? The dog that can go shopping with you? Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA, has been training “cool Austin dogs” for over a year now, and she wants to pass that knowledge along to you and your dog! This four week class 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: Saturday, December 17
Time: 10-11:30am
Cost: $85
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

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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