Group Training Classes and Workshops2018-09-14T13:10:21+00:00

Group 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)

PUPPY POWER! – CONVENIENT AND ESSENTIAL

Building 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.

Date: Saturdays, September 15  to October 6 (4 week class)
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $175
Trainer:  Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Date: Sundays, November 11  to December 2 (4 week class)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Cost: $175
Trainer:  Whitney Spence

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 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, September 15 to October 6 (4 week class)
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $175
Trainer:
Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Date: Thursdays, October 18 to November 8 (4 week class)
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $175
Trainer: Whitney Spence

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

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 a 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 such as rally, agility, competition obedience, etc. This class is designed for dogs who have some previous obedience training and are able to focus in a group setting. This class is not a good fit for reactive dogs.

Date: Sundays, October 7 to November 11 (6 week class)
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $225

Trainer: Cali McAffrey

SEMINARS

Aggression, Reactivity and Resource Guarding

*This seminar is for people only – please leave your pups at home!

Canine aggression, reactivity, and resource guarding are dangerous problems with serious consequences for people and their pets – unfortunately, all three are extremely common. In this seminar, we will discuss what aggression, reactivity, and resource guarding looks like as well as causes, prevention strategies, management techniques, and treatment protocols. Other topics included are canine communication and body language, managing dog interactions, how to break up a dog fight, different types of reactivity – leash reactivity, “stranger danger”, fence-fighting, and more. You’ll leave with knowledge and techniques, exercises, a packet of information to take home, and the motivation and determination to help your dog succeed.

Date: Thursday, October 4 (seminar)
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $50
per household
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Back to School Brain Games

The kids are back in school learning, and our dogs can learn too! Join us for this workshop as we explore puzzles, toys, and games we can use with our dog to keep their brains active. Games build on our relationship with our dogs, teaching them that we are fun to be around and good things happen when they interact with us. Puzzles keep them challenged in order to alleviate boredom, which can reduce or eliminate potentially destructive behavior. Mental enrichment drains excess energy that they can’t burn off through physical exercise alone.

Dogs of all ages, skill levels, and fitness abilities can benefit from mental stimulation, so this workshop is great for puppies through seniors!

Date: Friday, September 14 (workshop)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $75

Trainer: Clara Scott

Too Hot to Handle! Essential Skills for the Groomer and Vet

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This 90 minute workshop will cover essential skills that your dog needs to be confident and comfortable with the type of handling that occurs at the veterinarian, at the groomer, and every day at home.  Visiting the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for both ends of the leash, especially if your dog has had poor experiences in the past.  If you or your veterinary team have struggled to give your dog medications, clean your dog’s ears, or trim your dog’s nails, this class is for you.  We will discuss the concept of choice in your dog’s life and help you prepare your dog for a lifetime of happy trips to the veterinarian or groomer.  We will teach our dogs to happily wear a muzzle, to enjoy having their collars touched, how to be still while equipment (such as a leash) is put on, and to be happy when you pull out the nail trimmer or bottle of ear cleaner rather that running the opposite direction.  This class is also ideal for puppies or younger dogs as these skills are essential for the lifetime of your dog.  This class is all about having fun while teaching our companion animals to be active participants in their own care!

Date: Sunday, October 7 (workshop)
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $75

Trainer: Sarah Alvarado, CPDT

Crate Games

Crate training takes advantage of your dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. If we condition our dogs to have a positive association with their crate, we can create a safe space for our dog to retreat to. We can use crates when we are not able to fully monitor our dogs to limit the potential for practicing undesirable behaviors such as chewing on shoes or furniture or soiling the carpet. We can make this a fun experience for our dogs by playing crate games! Join us for this 60 minute workshop as we discuss how you can incorporate these games in your home! Recommended for any dog, and can be extremely beneficial to families with puppies.

Date: Thursday, October 11 (workshop)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Clara Scott

Tricks for Treats

Check back soon for more details!

Date: Sunday, October 28 (workshop)
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: $75

Trainer: Whitney Spence

Assistance Dogs of the Future

What’s the difference between a service dog, an emotional support animal, and a therapy dog? In this workshop, you will learn what each term means, how to prepare your dog for training, and where training services are offered. This informative workshop will provide you with everything you will need to know. Additional topics covered will be: tasks to help out in everyday life, such as, retrieving objects, targeting (example: so they can turn on and off light switches), body blocking, and DPT (deep pressure therapy). This is not a workshop that will “certify” your dog, but it will provide deeper insight into the assistance dog world.

Date: Thursday, November 8 (workshop)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $75

Trainer: Whitney Spence

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.

SPEAK TO A TRAINER

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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