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Austin Dog Training: Group Classes & Special Events

NOTE: Feel free to call us if you don't know which class is right for you and your dog.  We'd be happy to help you meet your training goals through our variety of training options. Class policies are listed below the class schedule.


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 DogBoys 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 DogBoys! I drive 40 minutes each way to go to DogBoys because I believe there is no better place to take my "kids", whether for training, overnight boarding, or day care. Go DogBoys!"

– Carole Cameron (Bear, Koko and Dakota)


 

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Totally Puppy! Rotation

 

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

Our six week rotating class helps get 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 & people.

For puppies 8 to 22 weeks of age, puppies need to be 16 weeks or younger when they start class.  We also require a Puppy Vaccination Waiver.

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Exposing our puppies to the world without all their vaccinations is always a concern, but we feel that the benefits of socializing our healthy puppies in a safe environment far outweigh the risks. Please read the following link to learn more:

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Meets every Thursday
Time:  7 p.m.
Cost: $180 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding these dates: Thursday, April 17th and May 22nd)
** After six classes, if you'd like to continue, it's only $25/class.
Trainers: Paula Baker Prince, CPDT-KA and Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA, Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Meets every Saturday
Time:
  9 a.m.
Cost: $180 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding these dates: Saturday, February 15th, April 19th and May 24th)
** After six classes, if you'd like to continue, it's only $25/class.
Trainers: Paula Baker Prince, CPDT-KA and Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA, Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Meets every Saturday This class is currently unavailable
Time:
  11 a.m.
Cost: $180 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding these dates: Saturday, February 15th, April 19th and May 24th)
** After six classes, if you'd like to continue, it's only $25/class.
Trainers: Paula Baker Prince, CPDT-KA and Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA, Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA


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Beginner Foundations Classes

Foundations Class 

In our behavioral approach to training using fun, reward-based methods, owners gain a firm understanding of why our dogs respond the way they do, as well as how our behaviors influences our dogs' behaviors. We also incorporate basic obedience in a easy, conversational way that make it easy for you and your dog to achieve success. This is a great class for those who want to grow closer to their dog, learn how she thinks, and improve our dogs' manners. Designed for dog-friendly dogs five months or older, this is the next step after puppy class or if you've never taken any training classes at DogBoy's. Classes last 60 minutes and have 5 to 6 dogs.

 


Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $225
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

 

     

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Other Beginning Classes

Calming, Patience & Crating:Dealing with Frustration & Learning to Love the Crate

Each of our dogs will face frustrations at some point in their lives -- not being able to chase the squirrel when they want, getting impatient when we don't throw the ball fast enough, or barking and scratching to be released from the crate.  This workshop addresses what causes frustration in our dogs and how they may act out when frustrated (barking, becoming hyper, mouthiness, being non-responsive to you when they can't have their way).  In addition, this class helps teach our dogs to enjoy going into the crate and being able to settle once there (think, no more whining, vocalizing and good night’s sleep for all!).  The benefits to our dogs of loving the crate and handling the frustrations they encounter in everyday life include increased focus, responsiveness to you, politeness, patience and calmness.  This class is perfect for dogs and puppies of all ages as well as dogs with no crate experience or years of it. Crates are available for rent, if you don't currently own a crate.

Call to be put on a waitlist fort the next Calming, Patience & Crating Class!

 

Leash Reactivity Class 

It can be embarassing and frustrating to walk a dog on-leash who is reactive and barks and lunges at other dogs -- and we're here to help change that!  This intensive class will help give you the tools needed to make leash walking fun again and less stressful for both you and your dog.  This class includes two private, one-on-one lessons with the trainers, to be scheduled between your first and second classes.  A pre-class consult may be needed to determine if this class is the correct fit for you and your dog. Class size is 3 dogs.

Date:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- Sorry, this class is full
Time: 7 p.m.
Duration: 5 classes + 2 private lessons (class dates: 4/16, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 and 6/4) 
Cost: $425
Trainer:  Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA and Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA

  

Spot's Spot: Teaching "Go to your Place"

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!   Dogs will learn to love hanging out on their special spot, even while other activities are happening around them.  Plus they will learn some problem solving skills, to respect boundaries, and how to relax – skills all dogs should have.

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $125
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA 

 

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Advanced Classes 

Once you've graduated from Foundations Class, our advanced classes will help you keep the success going and challenge you and your dog in new directions.

Agility

Agility is a great way for you and your dog to do something together in a controlled manner, all while having a terrific time! You'll have a hands-on chance to train your dog through beginning agility obstacles, basic commands and the use of body language.  Our agility classes are behaviorally based and are for those who want to have fun with their dog. This class is offered to those who have graduated from our Foundations Class.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014   Sorry,This Class if Full
Time: 7 p.m.
Duration: 5 weeks
Cost: $185
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA, Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

                                               

Click to Learn

You will have a blast in this class learning just how smart your dog really is!  Using only clickers, we will get our dogs perform amazing things like push and pull objects, play soccer, bowl, be able to distinguish between multiple toys, and ring a bell – the possibilities are endless at what your dog will be able to do.  You will also be able to use the skills and techniques you learn in class and apply them in your everyday life with your dog.  This fun class is offered to graduates of our Foundations Class.

Call to be put on the waitlist for the next Clicker class!


Framework: Building upon Foundation Skills

If you enjoyed the amazing obedience your dog started in Foundations class, then this is a great next step.  This fun and fast-paced class takes your dog's obedience to the next level by teaching more responsivenss when at a distance, working with your dog in an outdoor setting, increasing levels of distractions, and developing off-leash skills. The success you achieve in this class will help prepare you for Canine Good Citizen and Out & About.

Call to be put on the waitlist for the next Framework class! 

 

Out & About

Show off all those great skills you and your dog know in our popular Out & About class!  This class takes place all over the Austin area at restaurants, parks and stores.  We will focus on good manners in the car, on the trail as well as in public places.  So, let's get Out & About and show everyone how great our dogs are! Offered to those who have graduated Foundations Class and one other training class at DogBoy's. Class size is limited to 3 dogs.

Call to be put on a waitlist for our next Out & About class!


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Rally Obedience 

In this fun class you and your dog will work as a team, loose-leash walking with your dog on your left side, through a course of specific skills: sits, downs, stands, stays and turns.  You will also learn how to use your body language to communicate to your dog.  This class covers the signs you encounter in Rally events and we also practice courses.  Whether or not you plan to compete in Rally, watch your dog's loose-leash, obedience and attention skills skyrocket while having a lot of fun! Classes will meet both inside and outside depending on the weather and tend to last about 90 minutes.

Call to be put on a waitlist for the next Rally Class!

 

Rally Coursework

For those wanting to continue the progress you and your dog achieved in Rally Obedience, our coursework class is a great way to keep up with those fabulous skills.  In this class we will refine our skills while practicing fun and challenging courses each week. Courses never repeat, so you and your dog's skills will always continue to grow. This class will meet mostly outside.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 -- Sorry, this class is full
Time: 1 p.m.
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $165
Trainer: Paula Baker Prince, CPDT-KA

 

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Rocket Recalls Workshop

Having trouble getting your dog to come when called? We're here to help! This three week workshop will help get your dog back to you no matter what the situation may be. You and your dog will work through different distractions as well as different areas around the DogBoy's property. This class is for dog-friendly dogs who need a refresher on the importance on coming when called.

Call to be put on a waitlist for the next Recall Class!

 

Social Skills: Canine Good Citizen

This class expands and strengthens all the great skills our dogs learned in Foundations Class. We work specifically on the ten American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test items, including loose leash walking past other dogs, appropriate greetings with friendly people, and the ability to confidently handle the sounds and movements that are common in daily life. And in the last class, we evaluate our progress with the CGC test. This class will give you the tools and skills to handle your dog in public.


Call to be put on a waitlist for our next Social Skills class!

 

 

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Which Class is Right for You?

Have 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.

Below are client comments about our Foundations Class:

"[I] was given tips and instructions personalized to me and my particular dog"

"Our goals were beyond met"

"[My dog] is a much better dog today than she was three weeks ago"

"[Our trainer] provided a customized approach based on each dog's strengths and circumstances"

"We had a blast!"

"I went in with the goal of improving my relationship with my dog and it exceeded my expectations"

Taking a basic obedience class somewhere else does not exempt you from taking Foundations Class with us. Come join a Foundations Class and see what sets us apart!

Contact our office for more information at 251-7600 option 2 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

Payment
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 class or DogBoy's 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's 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
Due to 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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