DogBoy's Dog Ranch - Dog Boarding & Training in Austin, TX
Contact Us!
 
Private Dog Training
Group Dog Training
Pup Academy
Meet Our Trainers
Behavior Boot Camp
Day School/Board & Train
Amazing Disc Dog Shows
Calendar of Events

 

Speak to a trainer





















 

 

Group Classes, Workshops & Special Events.

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 listed and feel free to 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 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, 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 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.

Watch the Video!

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: $225 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding holidays)
** 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.

Meets every Saturday
Time:
  11am 
Cost: $225 for 6 consecutive weeks (excluding holidays)
** 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.

 


Foundations Classes - Essential Canine Life Skills 

DogBoy's Foundations 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 Foundations 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, Foundations is the next step after puppy class, or if you've never taken any training classes at DogBoy's. Foundations Classes meet weekly, last 60 minutes and have a maximum of 6 dogs. All Foundations Classes are 6 weeks in length and are $225.

Foundations (Indoors)

Date: Tuesdays, April 7 to May 12
Time: 7pm
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Date: Saturdays, May 16 to June 20
Time:  1pm
Trainer:  Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Date: Wednesdays, June 3 to July 8
Time: 7pm
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA, CTP


Focused Weekly Classes 

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: Mondays, March 16 to April 6
Time: 6pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Trick Dog (Indoors)

Do you love showing off what your dog knows? Do you wish they knew a little more fun stuff? Come and learn some amazing tricks with us! This six week class will teach you and your dog a series of brand new tricks to show your friends. We will teach anything from simple tricks like “High five” to more complicated things, like teaching your dog how to paint! You can take this class over and over, and never learn the same trick twice. So come and have some fun with us, and create the circus dog of your dreams!

Date: Saturdays, April 25 to May 16 
Time: 1pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Click to Learn I (Indoors)

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.

Date: Sundays, April 12 to May 3 
Time: 3pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Intro To Agility (Outdoors)

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, April 25 to June 6 (no class May 16)
Time:  1pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Rally Obedience II (Indoors)

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 our skills from Rally-O and continue to learn new signs. With two new courses each week, your dog's skills will continue to grow. Classes will last approximately 60-75 minutes. This class is offered to those who have graduated Rally Obedience I.

Date: Saturdays, May 2 to June 6
Time: 3pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

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 being confident in 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: Sundays, May 3 to June 7
Time: 11am
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Rally Free Style (Indoors)

This class mixes the structure of Rally Obedience while adding 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 way to build your relationship with your dog while building some of their skills, and just have some fun with your dog, this is the class for you!  This class tends to last 60 minutes and will be held mostly inside.

Date: Mondays, May 11 to June 29 (no class on May 25)
Time: 7pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Out & About (Outdoors)

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? 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 four week class will focus on developing your current skills and applying them to real world situations with your dog. The class will meet at locations around town so that you and your dog can start learning in real life situations. Locations will be decided the week prior, and most will be outdoors.

Date: Saturdays, June 6 to June 27
Time: 10am
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Reactive Dog Rehab (Indoors & Outdoors)

Do you have a dog that lunges, growls, or barks at other dogs on your walk? This 4 week class will help teach your dog to relax when coming across other dogs. We will show you how to change your dog's behavior, build his confidence, as well as teach YOU how to relax when coming across a stressful situation.

Date: Sundays, June 7 to June 28
Time: 3pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA


Focused Workshops

Intro to Disc DogIntro to Disc Dog (Outdoors)

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, equipment, disc handling, building drive, tracking the disc and retrieval games.

Date: Saturday, March 21
Time:
9am-12pm

Cost: 
$99

Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis, CPDT-KA

Date: Saturday, May 16
Time:
9am-12pm

Cost: 
$99

Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis, CPDT-KA

Impulse Control (Indoors)

Dogs have a hard time understanding that they can't always have what they want when they want it!  Most dogs need to learn the importance of impulse control.  We want our dogs to resist their instant wants and instead, listen to our cues. This 2 hour workshop is designed to help your dog learn to have more patience so that life is less frustrating for you and your dog.

Date: Sunday, March 15
Time:
10am-12pm
Cost: 
$75
Trainer:
Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Tricks Workshop (Indoors)

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 two hour 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.

Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Advanced Spot Workshop (Indoors)

Does your dog already have the beginnings of "go to your place" down, but needs a little extra work strengthening this behavior? This 90 minute workshop is a great continuation to our 4 week class, Spot’s Spot, as well as our Beginning Spot Workshop. In this workshop we will brush up on our dog’s “go to your place” cue, and begin adding more distractions. We will also focus on building how long your dog can stay on their spot, while you move away from them eventually moving out of their sight. You must have completed either Spot’s Spot or Beginning Spot Workshop, or have approval from the trainer teaching the course.

Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 5-6:30pm
Cost: $60
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Beginning Spot Workshop (Indoors)

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.

Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 6:30-8pm
Cost: 
$60

Trainer:
Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Confidence Building (Indoors)

Do you have a dog that gets nervous when put in a new situation? Maybe your dog gets alarmed when meeting new people, coming across an object such as a bike or skateboard, or when taken to a new place? This 90 minute workshop is great for dogs that need that extra boost of confidence to help them cope out in the real world.

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time:
5-6:30pm

Cost: 
$60

Trainer:
Kelly Webber,CPDT-KA

Crating Workshop (Indoors)

The crate is a great tool to use with any dog, young and old!  This workshop will help your dog learn to LOVE their crate, while also building skills in patience and calmness.  We will focus on reinforcing polite calm behavior in the crate while also teaching you some fun ways to use the crate to tire out your dog!  Yes!  You read that correctly.  We can use this to actually wear out our dogs.  This 90 minute workshop will include hands on training time, and you will leave with step by step instructions so you can continue the work at home. Crates will be provided for your use during class. Typically our crate of choice for the class is a wire crate.

Date:  Monday, April 20
Time: 6:30-8pm
Cost: $60
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Outdoor Adventure Hound 1: Camping Skills (Outdoors)

Camping with your dog can be one of the most fun things to do, especially in a state that is graced by so many beautiful parks. It can also be a daunting task to consider. Will your dog like the tent? Will they run off while you are sitting by the fire? What if they have to be kept on leash at the camp site? How do you hike along narrow trails? Don’t worry; we are here to help you answer all of those questions! Join Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP, for the first workshop in a series to help your dog learn some adventure manners. This workshop will encompass a series of skills that are useful to have at a campsite ranging from trail leash walking, to happily hopping into a tent. This two hour workshop will take place outdoors, and the tent will be provided.

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 10-12pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Rally Novice Coursework (Indoors)

In this 90 minute workshop, we will be focusing 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 2 hour workshop. Beginner level, no prerequisite needed.

Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Treibball Workshop (Indoors)

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.

Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Tricks Workshop (Indoors)

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 two hour 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.

Date: Sunday, May 31
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Outdoor Adventure Hound 2: Safety on the Trails (Outdoors)

Safety is very important when out on the trails with your four legged friend. Knowing how to bandage a wound, identify a snake, and recognize the signs of heat stroke can save your best friends life. During this two hour workshop you will learn all about these things, and more. Learn how to appropriately pack your dog’s backpack, how to get them loving that backpack, teach your dog a default leave it, and more. This workshop will take place indoors.

Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Coming When Called- Reliable Recall 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 strategies exclusively. 

Date: Saturday, June 20
Time:
9am-12pm

Cost: 
$99

Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis, CPDT-KA

Clicker Work (Indoors)

This 90 minute clicker workshop will focus on teaching our dogs 2 new skills, pivoting into heel position and a forward circle around handler. Both skills work on ways to get your dog back into heel position with a simple verbal cue and are both quite handy when working on leash walking skills. In this workshop we will begin teaching thse behaviors, you will be amazed how quickly your dog will start to pick these skills up!

Date: Sunday, June 28
Time: 12:30-2pm
Cost: $60
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

 


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.

 

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.

Speak to a Trainer


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.


View our Private Dog Training Classes
View our Dog Wellness Seminars & Workshops




 
  Meet the owners of DogBoy's Dog Ranch
Go Local!

Dog Boarding and dog training in Austin, TX DogBoy's Dog Ranch
2615 Crystal Bend Dr., Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-251-7600
Buy a DogBoy's Gift Card Today!
DogBoy's on YouTube DogBoy's Dog Ranch on LinkedIn DogBoy's on Yelp DogBoy's Dog Blog DogBoy's on Flickr DogBoy's on Twitter DogBoy's on FaceBook Get Directions to DogBoys > DogBoys on Twitter DogBoy's on Facebook DogBoy's on LinkedIn DogBoy's on Yelp DogBoy's Dog Blog! DogBoy's on Flickr DogBoy's on YouTube