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
Date: Wednesdays, April 20 to May 11 Time: 7pm Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Date: Sundays, June 5 to July 3 (no class June 19) Time: 2pm Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Leash Walking & Recall - sorry, this class has been cancelled
Date: Sundays, April 17 to May 15 (no class May 8) Time: 2pm Trainer: Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Date: Wednesdays, June 1 to June 29 Time: 7pm Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Focused Weekly Classes
Canine Good Citizen (Indoors/Outdoors)
In Canine Good Citizen, you and your dog will be introduced to and begin to work on the ten behaviors from the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. 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 becoming confident handling your dog in public. Dogs must have completed Totally Puppy!, Foundations, or have prior permission from the instructor in order to enroll in this class.
Date: Saturdays, March 5 to April 23 (no class March 26 or April 9) Time: 10am Cost: $200 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Rally Freestyle (Indoors)
This class mixes the structure of Rally Obedience with the flair of freestyle! This class focuses on building leash-walking skills and attention while also teaching our dogs some fun tricks. This class is a great follow-up to Rally-O, Novice Trick Dog, or Tricks workshop. If you’re looking for a fun, new way to build your relationship with your dog while developing some of their skills, and just have some plain fun with your dog, this is the class for you! This class tends to last 60 minutes and will be held mostly inside.
Date: Saturdays, February 20 to April 2 (no class March 26) Time: 4pm Cost: $250 Trainer:Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Looking to do something fun and active with your dog? Agility is a great sport for all dogs and is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged friend. Agility can be a great confidence builder for shy dogs as well! This introductory class will focus on introducing your dog to the many different agility obstacles and will begin to teach you basic handling skills as well. Whether you are just looking to have some fun with your dog or you are interested in possibly getting into the sport competitively, this is a great place to start! Dogs must be at least nine months old to enroll in this class. No prerequisites required.
Date: Saturdays, May 14 to July 9 (no class June 4 or June 18) Time: 9am Cost: $200 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Reactive Dog Rehab (Indoors) - sorry, this class is full
Do you have a dog that lunges, growls, or barks at other dogs on your walks? This four-week class will help teach your dog to relax when encountering other dogs.We will show you how to change your dog's behavior, build his confidence, and teach YOU how to relax when coming across a stressful situation.
Date: Saturdays, April 23 to May 14 Time: 4pm Cost: $175 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
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 60-75 minutes.
Date: Sundays, May 15 to June 26 (no class June 19) Time: 5pm Cost: $250 Trainer:Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Rally Obedience II
For those wanting to continue the progress you and your dog achieved in Rally Obedience I, our second class is a great way to continue building those fabulous leash and obedience skills. In this class we will refine our skills with the beginner signs while learning new advanced signs. We will have at least two fun and challenging courses each week. Courses never repeat, so you and your dog's skills will always continue to grow. Classes will meet both inside and outside depending on the weather and tend to last about 60-75 minutes, depending on how many are in the class. This class is offered to those who have graduated from Rally Obedience I.
Date: Mondays, May 23 to June 13 Time: 7pm Cost: $200 Trainer:Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA
Perfect Patient (Indoors)
Class description to come! Check back soon!
Date: Saturdays, May 28 to July 16 (no class June 18 or July 2) Time: 4pm Cost: $200 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Click to Heel Workshop (Indoors)
This two-hour workshop will focus on teaching our dogs to reset themselves into heel position. Basically, this means when our dogs get ahead of us when walking, we can use a cue like “closer” to get them back to our side. This is a great skill for the real world, very useful when walking in crowds, near busy roads, or around anything that may trigger a reaction from or present a danger to your dog. We also use a brain game to develop this skill that’s great for cold, rainy or just plain lazy days. No prerequisites needed.
Are you curious about Treibball? Maybe you aren’t sure what it is, and you’d like to give it a try but you don’t want to commit to a full six week class. Maybe you have taken Treibball and want to work on your dog’s skills a little further. This two hour workshop will introduce you and your dog to this super fun sport. We will cover the basic skills needed to play Treibball, and build them to a perfect starting point. From this workshop you will either be able to play casually at home, or join our Treibball classes to keep learning more.
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.
In this 90-minute workshop, we will focus on good leash-walking skills. Leash walking can be one of the most time consuming and difficult skills to teach our dogs. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools to help make your leash-walking experience a much more enjoyable time. We will work on basic walking and different ways to get your dog back by your side, as well as different techniques to use when they are pulling on the leash.
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 take the actual test by 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.
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! This 90-minute shortened version of our 4 week class, Spot’s Spot, will focus on how to start teaching our dogs a “go to your place” behavior. This is a great behavior for dogs needing to learn a little patience, for the over-zealous greeter, and just as a great basic behavior for your dog to have.
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.
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.