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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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday
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: Saturdays, July 25 to September 5 (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 

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 12 to August 23 (no class August 2)
Time: 1pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $250
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

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 15 to September 5
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

Spot's Spot

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 25 to September 15
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: Tuesdays, September 15 to October 6
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


Focused Workshops

Intro to Disc Dog

 

Rally Novice Coursework

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 90 minute workshop. Beginner level, no prerequisite needed.

Date:  Sunday, August 16
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, 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: Saturday, August 22
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Cost: $60
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Public Skills Workshop (Outdoors, Off Site)

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.

Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 10am-12pm
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: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 7-8:30pm
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.

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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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