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.

Check back soon for our upcoming classes!

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

DogBoy’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 7 to September 28 (4 week class)
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: $185
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

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: Saturdays, September 14 to October 19 (6 week class)
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $275
Trainer: Clara Scott, CPDT-KA

INTRO TO CANINE SPORTS

Curious about Agility, Rally Obedience, Rally Freestyle, 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, September 7 to September 28 (4 week class)
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $185
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CT

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

LOOSE LEASH WALKING

Walking politely on leash is not a natural behavior for dogs – they yearn to go sniff, explore, and investigate! In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of how to train a loose leash walking behavior that you can rely on. We will focus on building attention and focus, checking in (offering eye contact without being asked), responding consistently and quickly to their name while out on walks, heeling, sits in heel position, new behaviors like “come front” or “get behind”, how to introduce two dogs on leash, and how you can use different management tools and strategies for dogs who pull on leash. We’ll also play fun leash games you can try at home!

Date: Saturday, August 24 (workshop)
Time: 2:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

PATTERN GAMES

Dog Training - DogBoy's Dog RanchLooking to improve your pup’s leash walking skills? Is your dog anxious or uncomfortable about certain triggers in the environment (men, dogs behind fences, skateboards, etc)? Struggling with leash reactivity? Just looking for an interesting, fun way to play and work with your pooch? Pattern Games are here! Within these games, we use a framework of predictable events in order to create a safe, exciting space where your dog can learn new skills, overcome fears, and have a great time. 

 

Date: Saturday, August 24 (workshop)
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Date: Wednesday, September 25 (workshop)
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

RECALL

Does your pup struggle with coming consistently when called? This workshop covers all the essential basics of recall and includes practice time with a certified trainer. We will learn how body language, sound, and tone influences recall, and how you can maximize your dog’s response in a variety of environments or situations. We’ll discuss every day vs. emergency recall, and how to train for both, and play some fun recall games you can try at home!

 

Date: Wednesday, August 28 (workshop)
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

SCENT AND SEARCH

Did you know that dogs have such sensitive noses that they can detect the equivalent of a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool? Celebrate your pup’s amazing sniffer with this exciting, enriching 90-minute workshop. We’ll discuss the mechanics of sniffing, play some fun scent & search games, and cover an Introduction to K9 Nose Work. Looking for a new way to wear your pup out – search no more! Scent games are where it’s at.

 

Date: Wednesday, September 4 (workshop)
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $85
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

TOO HOT TO HANDLE – ESSENTIAL  SKILLS FOR THE GROOMER AND VET

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!

We will have 5 working spots available for dogs and handlers ($85) and 10 observer spots for those who would like to attend but do not wish to bring their dog ($50). All participants will receive a packet of information and personalized advice from instructor.

Date: Saturday, September 22 (workshop)
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $85 for working spot (with dog), $50 for observer (no dog)
Trainer: Sarah Alvarado, 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 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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