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.
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:
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.
Date: Saturdays, July 18 to August 22 (no class August 1) Time: 1pm Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA
Date: Sundays, August 23 to Sept 27 Time: 2pm Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA
Date: Saturdays, September 12 to October 17 Time: 3pm Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA, CTP
Focused Weekly Classes
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 13 to July 11 (no class July 4) Time: 10am Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP
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, July 5 to August 16 (no class August 2) Time: 1pm Duration: 6 weeks Cost: $250 Trainer: Kelly Webber, 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: Mondays, July 6to August 10 Time: 7pm Duration: 6 weeks Cost: $250 Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA
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 some sheep? Well now you don’t have to! Join Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP, for a fun introduction to the new sport of Treibball. In this class you will learn the foundation skills necessary to teach your dog how to herd large pilates balls and work their minds as well as their bodies. These include targeting skills, impulse control, building distance behaviors, and off leash control. This class is an energy buster designed for dogs of all ages and sizes to learn a fun new sport.
Date: Saturdays, July 11 to August 8 (no class August 1) Time: 3pm Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer: Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP
Agility Skills (Indoors)
Interested in giving Agility a try, but you don’t want to melt in the hot sun? Come give our Agility Skills class a try! This four week, indoor agility class take the time to focus on building the more complicated skills of Agility. Focus will be put on the teeter, weave poles, the table, handling skills, and jump sequencing. This class will be fun, fast-paced, and air conditioned, so give us a call and sign up now!
Date: Saturdays, August 8 to August 29 Time: 5pm 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: Tuesdays, August 16 to September 6 Time: 9am Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA
Date: Sundays, September 13 to October 4 Time: 4pm Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer:Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA
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 basic problem solving skills, to respect boundaries, and how to relax – skills all dogs should have. This class focuses on one basic skill, settling on their place, while also working on keeping our dogs calm when faced with distractions, such as tennis balls, squeaky toys, and other everyday distractions. This class is offered as a beginner class and tends to run 60 minutes.
Date: Tuesdays, August 18 to September 8 Time: 7pm Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer:Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA
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: Wednesdays, September 2 to September 30 (no class September 16) Time: 7pm Cost: $175 Trainer:Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP
Click to Learn (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 to 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: Saturdays, September 12 to October 10 (no class September 26) Time: 1pm Duration: 4 weeks Cost: $175 Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA
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.
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.
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!
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, July 11 Time: 1-2:30pm Cost: $60 Trainer: Kelly Webber,CPDT-KA
Leave it, Drop It, and Off (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.
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.
Reactivity 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 strategies 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 strategies to help their dog learn to be calmer around the things that trigger a reaction.
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.
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.
Having a dog you can take everywhere with you is an amazing thing. The task of teaching the necessary skills, however, can be very daunting. Let us take some of the pressure off with this workshop! Meet with trainer Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA, in a dog friendly location to practice taking your skills into the real world. This two hour workshop will focus on transferring leash walking skills, spot work, and basic obedience into a regular relaxing outing with your dog.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.