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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)


 

Puppy Headstart Video

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:

http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf

Meets every Thursday
Time:  7pm
Cost: $180 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding these dates: Thursday, June 5, July 3, and August 28)
** After six classes, if you'd like to continue, it's only $30/class.
Trainers:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA,  Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA , and Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Meets every Saturday
Time:
  11am
Cost: $180 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding these dates:Saturday, June 7, July 5, and August 30)
** After six classes, if you'd like to continue, it's only $30/class.
Trainers:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA,  Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA, Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

 


Beginner Foundations Classes


Foundations Class I

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 an easy, conversational way that makes it easy for you and your dog to achieve success. In this first half of Foundations we will focus on manners and beginner obedience skills that include: Attention, sit, down, stay, and an introduction to basic leash walking skills. We will also begin working on some very basic patience skills, and teach you about dog body language and behavior! This is a great class for those who want to grow closer to their dog, learn how they think, 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:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Time: 5pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Time: 1pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Rebecca Robinson

Foundations Class 2

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 influence our dogs behaviors.  We also incorporate basic obedience in an easy, conversational way that makes it easy for you and your dog to achieve success.  In this second half of Foundations we will build on skills learned in Foundations 1, and introduce new skills that include: coming when called, teaching our dogs a basic leave-it cue, and spend more time working on leash skills.  This is a great class for those who want to grow closer to their dog, learn how they think, and improve our dog's manners.  Designed for dog-friendly dogs five months or older, this is the next step after Foundations 1; classes last 60 minutes and have 5 to 6 dogs.

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Time: 5pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Time: 3pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

 


Other Beginning Classes

Click to Learn I

You will have a blast in this class learning just how smart your dog really is! If you are looking for something a little different from your everyday obedience classes, this is the class for you! Using only clickers, we will get our dogs to do amazing things such as push objects, begin learning directions, distinguish between multiple toys, and ring a bell – the possibilities are endless! 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 class is great for building a stronger relationship with your dog, as well as helping them develop confidence and problem-solving skills. This fun class is offered to all clients as a beginner class.

Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

 


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 direction.

Agility 1 Workshop

Agility 1 is a great way ro have fun with your dog while burning some extra energy and building a great relationship!  Agility is also a wonderful class for the nervous or shy dog: working dogs through obstacles is a terrific way to help build confidence.  In Agility Workshop 1, we will be working on building body awareness and introducing the dogs to a few contact obstacles including the teeter and the dog walk.  You'll have hands on chance to learn how to habdle your dog on the new obstacles.  This fun-based workshop is begginer level and is open to all dogs.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 9am
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA, Rebecca Robinson

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9am
Duration: 1hour 30 minutes
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA, Rebecca Robinson

Agility 2 Workshop

Agility 2 Workshop is a great way to have fun with your dog while burning some extra energy and building a great relationship!  Agility is also a wonderful class for thenervous or shy dog: working dogs through the obstacles is a terrific way to help build confidence.  In Agility Workshop 2 we will be helping you to introduce your dog to various agility obstacles including jumps, the table and the chute.  This hands on fun-based workshop is begginer level and is open to all dogs.  It is NOT necessary to attend Agility 1 before attending this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, August  20, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA, Rebecca Robinson

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 5pm
Duration: 1hour 30 minutes
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA, Rebecca Robinson

Calming the Reactive Dog
Calming
the Reactive Dog

Reactiveness in dogs often has some degree of fear at its root. It could also be a result of the dog guarding resources such as food or toys.  This 3 hour class is an introduction to basic stratagies in desensitizing, counter-conditioning and managing a dog that is reactive to other dogs, people, children or specific objects such as moving cars or bicycles.  This class will instruct participants in positive stratagies to help their dog learn to be calmer around the things that trigger a reaction.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 2-5pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 2:30-5:30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Coming When CalledComing When Called- Reliable Recalls in All Situations

Coming when called is a vital life skill that all dogs need to develop for their safety and for their quality of life.  DogBoy's Training Director Angelo Marinakis will teach you a variety of fun games to play with your dog in order to build a reliable recall in both low and high distraction situations.  This workshop will be teaching recall games using positive reinforcement stratagies exclusively.

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 2-5pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 2:30-5:30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Intro to Disc DogIntro to Disc Dog

Join world class disc dog competitor Angelo Marinakis for a 3 hour seminar that will introduce you to the fun and exciting sport of Disc Dogging!  This seminar will teach you how to safely exercise your dog's body and mind with disc play.  We will discuss safety considerations, equiptment, disc handling, building drive, tracking the disc and retrieval games. 

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Time: 4-7pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 3-6pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

I've Adopted a Dog, Now What?

When you get a new puppy, everyone knows what to do.  You go to Puppy Class!  But what about when you bring a new dog home who is too old for puppy class?  What if you still have questions about house training?  Whatif it's your first dog and you aren't really sure what to do? Join Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP, for this 3 hour workshop.  This workshop will discuss all of the challenges you face when bringing home a new adult dog.  From housetraining, to basic leash walking skills.  We will discuss how to set up your home for this new dog, and teach you how to communicate.  It's puppy class, for adult dogs!

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time:
3-6pm
Duration:
3 hours
Cost: 
$99
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Out & About

Do you wish your dog could go everywhere with you?  Are you looking for the type of dog that can walk nicely down SoCo and hang at a coffee shop?  Perhaps you'd enjoy the type of dog that can go shopping with you?  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP, has been training "cool Austin dogs" for over a year now, and she wants to pass that knowledge along to you and your dog!  This two hour workshop will focus on developing your current skills and applying them to real world situations with your dog.  The workshop meets at locations around town so that you and your dog can start learning in real life situations.

Date:
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time:
1-3pm
Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
$75
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time:
1-3pm
Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
$75
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time:
9-11am
Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
$75
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time:
6-8pm
Duration: 
2 hours
Cost: 
$75
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Rally Obedience I

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 introduces you to some basic signs you encounter in Rally events and we also practice at least one course each week.  Whether or not you plan to compete in Rally, this class is a fantastic way to 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 60 minutes. You must have completed a Foundations class in order to sign up for Rally Obedience I.

Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Time: 12pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Date:Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Stay, Wait & Effortless Leash WalkingStay, Wait and Effortless Leash Walking

Does your dog's leash pulling make going on walks an unhappy experience?  Does your dog need help understanding the behaviors "stay" and "wait"?  Join DogBoy's Training Director Angelo Marinakis for a 3 hour workshop that will help you teach your dog impulse control and to walk on a loose leash in both low and high distraction situations.  This workshop will be using positive reinforcement stratagies exclusvely.

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014 
Time: 2-5pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014 
Time: 2-5pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 
Time: 2:30-5:30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA


Treibball 1

Are you looking for a fun new activity to do with your dog?  Does your dog need a job to do that they can do in your own backyard?  Have you thought about giving herding a try, but don't know where to find the sheep?  Well now you don't have to!  Join Meggan Porter, KP-CTP, for a fun introduction to the new sport of Treibball.  In this class you will learn the foundational skills necessary to teach your dog how to herd large pilates balls, and work their minds as well as their bodies.  This class is an energy buster designed for dogs of all ages and sizes to learn a fun new sport.

Date:
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time:
5pm
Duration: 
4 weeks
Cost: 
$175
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP


Date:
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time:
1pm
Duration: 
4 weeks
Cost: 
$175
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP


Tricks Workshop

Tricks are a very fun way of working with your dog and doing something outside the norm.  Tricks are fun for us, for our dogs, and are a great way for us to show off to friends and family.  This 90-minute workshop will introduce you to some basic principles around training tricks, and you will learn a few new tricks in the process!  This is a fun way to spend some time with your dog, and to get your dog's brain working.  Come and join us and have some fun!

Date:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time:
8:30-10am
Duration: 
1hour 30 minutes
Cost: 
$55
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Novice Trick Dog

Do you wish your dog knew all the tricks in the book?  Do you want to have some fun and earn a title with your dog?  Well this will accomplish both of those goals!  This four week class will introduce you and your dog to some easier tricks.  This will give you a clear introduction to the world of trick training, and by the end of class you will be able to test for and earn your Novice Trick Dog Title!

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time:
5pm
Duration: 
4 weeks
Cost: 
$175
Trainer: 
Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

 


 

Other Classes We Offer

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.

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

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 all clients as a beginner class.

Call to be placed on our waitlist for Clicker 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.

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

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!

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!

Spot's Spot: Taching "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

Call to be put on the waitlist for the next Spot's Spot Class!


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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