Group Training Classes and Workshops 2017-11-22T14:24:42+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)

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.

Date: Saturdays, November 18 to December 16       (4 week class, no class the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $150

Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

 Date: Saturdays, January 6 to January 27       (4 week class)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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 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, January 6 to January 27      (4 week class)
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $150
Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

Dog Agility Training - DogBoy's Dog Ranch

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, January 6 to January 27    (4 week class)
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Cost: $175

Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Intermediate Agility

Now that your dog has been successful with all the agility obstacles, in the intermediate class we will switch the focus to learning how to sequence together multiple obstacles. In this class, we will practice obedience and handling required to successfully navigate small courses while keeping the game fun and motivating for the dogs. This is an ongoing class that is offered every week. You can sign up and pay for four classes, and attend any four days of class that you’d like.

Date: Mondays, starting November 13     (ongoing class offered every Monday)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $150 for any 4 classes
Prerequisite: Basics class
Trainer: Amanda Ott, CPDT-KA

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.

Date: Tuesdays, January 2 to February 6     (6 week class)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $200

Trainer: Amanda Ott

Tricks, Games and Sports!

Are you looking for a new way to wear out your pup? Try working their brain! With these exciting tricks, games, sports, and other enrichment activities, you’ll be able to stimulate your dog’s mind, improve behavior, and most importantly, have a blast together! In this class we’ll cover topics like sensory stimulation, shaping games, targeting, K9 Nose Work at home, canine sports like Agility and Rally Obedience, Search & Rescue training exercises, fun ways to practice recall, and more! Impress your friends at parties with your dog’s new tricks, watch your dog’s confidence grow as they learn new skills, and deepen your relationship with your pup through positive reinforcement and fun!

Date: Wednesday, January 3 to January 24     (4 week class)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $175

Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

Total Wellness-Training, Enrichment and Health

Your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health depends on you! Take a more active role in keeping your dog well-trained, mentally enriched, and healthy with Total Wellness. Topics covered will be canine communication and body language, common behavioral problems and solutions, how to help our dogs practice calm, polite behavior and manage stress and arousal levels, how to accurately measure and monitor our dog’s physical health, stretching and canine massage, training games and exercises, and more. This class will be relaxed, engaging, and will help you learn ways to increase your dog’s quality of life, health, and happiness.

Date: Mondays, November 27 to December 18     (4 week class)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $175

Trainer: Jen Larson, KPA-CTP

FOCUSED WORKSHOPS

Recall + Leash Walking 

Does your pup struggle with coming consistently when called and pulling on leash? This workshop covers all the essential basics of recall and loose leash walking training 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. We will focus on building attention, checking in, and response to name while out on walks, and how you can use different management tools and strategies for leash pulling. This workshop will help you start enjoying your walks, trusting your dog off leash, and will create a deeper bond between you and your pup. 


Date:
 Coming soon!
Time: TBD
Cost: $75

Reactivity Workshop

If your dog barks, whines, pulls, lunges, or growls at the approach of a “trigger” while they are on leash (another dog, a person, bikes, cars, etc) or has a tendency to get reactive when they are behind a barrier (barking from behind a window, barking from behind a fence), or “fence-fights” – running up and down a fence-line barking/whining/growling…this is the workshop for you. Reactivity (over-aroused response to a trigger) is one of the most common problem behaviors there is. In this workshop, we will cover the causes of reactivity, prevention + management strategies, over-arousal, loose leash walking, and how to begin to de-sensitize and counter-condition your pup to their triggers. Sick of being embarrassed, frustrated, overwhelmed, or scared by your dog’s reactivity? Let us help you. 

Date: Sunday, November 19
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Cost: $75

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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