Group Dog Training Classes, Workshops and Special Events 2017-05-22T11:08:33+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, May 6 to May 27
Time: 1:30pm 
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Date: Saturdays, July 8 to July 29
Time: 11:30am 
Trainer: Amanda Ott

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, July 1 to July 22
Time: 1:30pm 
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

Dog Agility Training - DogBoy's Dog Ranch

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

Hide & Seek, an Introduction to Search & Rescue

Have you ever wondered if your dog would make a good search and rescue dog, or want to do something fun utilizing your dog’s natural ability to hunt with their nose? This fun class is designed as an introduction to Search and Rescue to guide your dog through the beginning steps, exactly how real search and rescue dogs are trained, to find lost people in a wilderness setting. Dogs will get the chance to work independently and set the pace of their own training.

Deployed search dogs require very extensive training that extends past the scope of this class. This class will not prepare your dog for actual emergency searches.
There are no age limits, although this class will be primarily off-leash, so a good recall is required.

Date: Saturdays, June 10 to July 1
Time: 9:30am
Cost: $175
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: Saturdays, June 10 to July 1
Time: 11:30am
Cost: $175
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: Saturdays, July 8 to July 29
Time: 9:00am
Cost: $175
Trainer: Amanda Ott

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Loose Leash Walking

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Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Recall – Coming When Called, Every Time

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Date: Monday, June 12
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Orange Card Workshop – Over-arousal and Over-stimulation

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Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Reactivity – On Leash, Behind a Fence, Stranger Danger, & More!

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Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 1:30pm
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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