We 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)
Totally Puppy! - Convenient and Essential...
Join DogBoy’s Puppy Class as soon as you get your new puppy. You can start any Saturday and attend the next three consecutive weeks to cover all the topics, but please remember to sign up before your first class!
Our four-week, rotating class gets 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 and people.
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.
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 the following link to learn more:
Time: 11am Cost: $150 for 4 consecutive weeks (excluding holidays) Trainers: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA, Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA *A minimum of 3 sign-ups is required for class to be held
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. Basics Classes meet weekly, last 60 minutes and have a maximum of 6 dogs. All Basics Classes last four weeks in length and cost $175.
Sit, Down, Stay (Indoors)
Date: Saturdays, August 20 to September 10 Time: 2pm Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Leash Walking & Recall (Indoors)
Date: Wednesdays, August 31 to October 5 (no class September 14 or September 21) Time: 7pm Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Focused Weekly Classes
Obedience Skills (Indoors/Outdoors)
Does your dog already know the basics? They can sit, down, stay, leave things alone, and walk on a slack leash? Are you looking for new ways to challenge your dog and build on those skills? Then this is the class for you! This four week class will expand on your dog’s foundational skills and take their knowledge to the next level. Your dog will learn to listen to cues at a distance, build up to more difficult stay scenarios, more precise leash walking skills, and begin working on some off leash control. Come join us, and take your dog’s skills to the next level!
Date: Tuesdays, August 23 to October 11 (no class September 13 or September 20) Time: 7pm Cost: $200 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Rally Obedience I (Indoors)
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 60-75 minutes.
Date: Sundays, August 14 to September 18 Time: 2pm Cost: $200 Trainer:Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Rally Workshop (Indoors)
In this 90-minute workshop, we will focus on basic leash-walking skills in the heel position while also working on some simple turns and obedience skills. This is a great workshop for those with Rally experience or who want to see what Rally is all about, and for the dog and handler who just want to brush up on their leash-walking skills. This workshop will incorporate one or two Rally courses using the signs learned during the workshop. Beginner level, no prerequisite needed.
Ever wondered if your dog has what it takes to be a Canine Good Citizen (CGC)? In this two-hour workshop, you and your dog will practice all ten of the CGC test items, and at the end of the class you will be able to schedule the actual test with one of our evaluators. The test items include behaviors such as stay, loose-leash walking, coming when called, succeeding in a distracting environment, and much more! This class is the next step toward being confident in handling your dog in public. The workshop is also great for a dog that has already completed our Canine Good Citizen course and needs to retest or a dog that needs a good refresher on the test items. Dogs must have completed Totally Puppy, Foundations, or have prior permission from the instructor in order to enroll in this workshop.
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? The dog that can go shopping with you? Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA, 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.
This class mixes the structure of Rally Obedience while adding a flare of freestyle to the mix! This class focuses on building leash walking skills and attention while also teaching our dogs some fun tricks. This is a great class to follow our Rally-O, Novice Trick Dog, or Tricks workshop, though it is not required. If you’re looking for a fun new way to build your relationship with your dog while building some of their skills, and just have some plain fun with your dog, this is the class for you! This class tends to last 90 minutes and will be held mostly inside.
Are you dying to take advantage of the awesome off leash areas all around Austin? Or do you wish they were just a little more enjoyable? Join us for an amazing workshop to help you build amazing off leash skills with your dog. This two hour workshop will cover recalls, off leash walking, distance cues, and more skills that are vital to good off leash behavior. Dogs will begin working individually, and may practice some work in groups if appropriate. This workshop will begin on the Agility Field, and will be all outdoors.
Having your dog come when called is one of the most important skills you can teach. Whether in a dangerous situation or calling them back inside from the backyard, a solid recall is a valuable skill that every dog can benefit from. In this workshop you will learn how to successfully get your dog back to you every time!
Tricks are a very fun way of working with your dog and doing something outside of 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, while learning 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!
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.
Contact our office for more information at 251-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 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.