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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 and Dakota)


 

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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.

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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 ,  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.

 


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 

Date: Saturday January 10 to February 14
Time: 3pm
Trainer: Lydia Yancey CPDT-KA

Date: Tuesday January 20 to February 24
Time: 7pm
Trainer:  Kelly Webber CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday February 1 to March 8
Time: 3pm
Trainer:  Kelly Webber CPDT-KA

Date: Wednesday February 18 to March 25
Time: 7pm
Trainer: Meggan Porter KPA-CTP

Focused Weekly Classes 

 

Intro To Agility

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: Tuesday,January 6 to February 10
Time: 7pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Meggan Porter KPA-CTP

Agility 2

Agility 2 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 2 we will be helping you to introduce your dog to various agility obstacles including jumps, the table and the chute.  Pre-requisite-Intro To Agility .

Date: Monday, February 2 to March 9
Time: 7pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Canine Good Citizen

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: Sunday, January 4 to February 8
Time: 11am
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Kelly Webber ,CPDT-KA

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: Saturday, January 3rd to February 14 (No class on Saturday January 31st)
Time: 1pm
Duration:  6 weeks
Cost: $250
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.

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

Rally Free Style

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: Monday, January 5 to January 26
Time: 6pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

Reactive Dog Rehab

Do you have a dog that lunges, growls, or barks at other dogs on your walk?  This 6 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: Saturday, February 21 to March 28
Time: 1pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Kelly Webber, 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: Saturday, February 21 to March 28
Time: 3pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Meggan Porter,KPA-CTP

 


Focused Workshops

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 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.

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time:
9-12pm
Cost: $99
Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis DC,CPDT-KA

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 stratagies exclusively. 

Date: Saturday,January 24
Time:
9-12pm

Cost: 
$99

Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis DC,CPDT-KA

Cofidence Building

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,January 10
Time:
5-6:30pm

Cost: 
$60

Trainer:
Kelly Webber,CPDT-KA

Crating Workshop

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: Sunday, February 8
Time: 5-6:30pm
Cost: 
$60

Trainer:
Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

Impulse Control

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:
10 am-12pm

Cost: 
$75

Trainer:
Kelly Webber,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: Saturday, March 21
Time:
9am-12pm

Cost: 
$99

Trainer:
Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

Leave it, Drop It, and Off

Undeniably, three of the most important behaviors for our dogs to know.  Don't pick that up, now that you have it, drop it, and get off that stranger!  This three hour workshop will focus on teaching your dogs key impulse control behaviors, and discuss how to apply them to youe daily lives.  Leave it will include dropped items, items you come across on a walk, and items in your hand.  We will also teach a cued 'take it' to counter the leave it and drop it.  Off will teach your dog to get off people and counters alike.  Come and join ud for an intense, and valuable workshop!

Date: Saturday,February 7
Time:
4-7pm

Cost:
 $99

Trainer:
  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Beginning Spot Workshop

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: Sunday, January 11
Time: 5-6:30pm
Cost: 
$60

Trainer:
Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

Treibball Workshop

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, January 17
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Tricks Workshop

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: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 3-5pm
Cost: $75
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

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


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.

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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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