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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)


 

Puppy Headstart Video

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, and Rebecca Robinson

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, and Rebecca Robinson

 


Foundations Classes Part 1 and 2

Foundations Part 1 and 2 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. Classes last 60 minutes and have a maximum of 6 dogs.

Foundations Part 1

4 Week Class Focus: Attention Skills, Sit, Down and Stay.

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 6pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 There is no class November 26th
Time: 8pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 There is no class November 30th
Time: 1pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Rebecca Robinson

 

Foundations Part 2

Four Week Class Focus: Touch / Targeting Behaviors, Coming When Called, Leave It, Loose Leash Walking.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 8pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 There is no class November 25th
Time: 7pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 There is no class November 30th
Time: 3pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Lydia Yancey, CPDT-KA


Focused Weekly Classes 

Canine Good Citizen1

In Canine Good Citizen 1, 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, October 5, 2014
Time: 5pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Rebecca Robinson

Click to Learn I

You will have a blast in this class learning just how smart your dog really is! If you are looking for something a little different from your everyday obedience classes, this is the class for you! Using only clickers, we will get our dogs to do amazing things such as push objects, begin learning directions, distinguish between multiple toys, and ring a bell – the possibilities are endless! 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 class is great for building a stronger relationship with your dog, as well as helping them develop confidence and problem-solving skills. This fun class is offered to all clients as a beginner class.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Time: 6pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,CPDT-KA

Heelwork

Everyone has seen the obedience shows with the beautiful heeling.  That motion where dog and person are one and the same, and it almost seems like the dog is glued to his owner's leg at the shoulder.  And we are jealous!  It is so beatiful, and seems so much better than being dragged down the street by your dog, right?  Good News!  Now you can.  This 4 week class will focus on heeling, and teaching you and your dog to walk perectly in sync.  Dogs will also learn some rear end awareness, and targeting skills to help build this perfect heel.  If you aren't searching for perfection, but just want to have some fun with your dog, we can work with that too.  You will also get some nice walking out of it either way.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 6pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Introduction 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: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 8pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Rebecca Robinson

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Time: 7pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer: Rebecca Robinson

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, October 4, 2014
Time: 1pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $175
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 There is no class  November 29th
Time: 1pm
Duration:  4 weeks
Cost: $175
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 Obedience I.

Call to be placed on our waitlist for the next Rally Obedience 1 Class!

 

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 your 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: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 8pm
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 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: Saturday, November 8, 2014 There is no class on November 29th
Time: 3pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

 

Spot's Spot: Teaching "Go To Your Place"

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 problem solving skills, to respect boundaries, and how to relax – skills all dogs should have

Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 6pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $150
Trainer: Lydia Yancey, 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.

Call to be placed on our waitlist for the next Treibball Class!


Focused Workshops

Agility 1 Workshop

Agility 1 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 the nervous or shy dog: working dogs through obstacles is a terrific way to help build confidence.  In Agility Workshop 1, we will be working on building body awareness and introducing the dogs to a few contact obstacles including the teeter and the dog walk.  You'll have hands on chance to learn how to habdle your dog on the new obstacles.  This fun-based workshop is begginer level and is open to all dogs.n

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next Agility 1 Workshop!

Agility 2 Workshop

Agility 2 Workshop 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 Workshop 2 we will be helping you to introduce your dog to various agility obstacles including jumps, the table and the chute.  This hands on fun-based workshop is begginer level and is open to all dogs.  It is NOT necessary to attend Agility 1 before attending this workshop.

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next Agility 2 Workshop!

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 stratagies 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 stratagies to help their dog learn to be calmer around the things that trigger a reaction.

Calming the Reactive Dog

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next Calming The Reactive Dog  Workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

Crating Workshop

The crate is a great tool to use with any dog, younf 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 the to acyually wear out our dogs.  This  2 hour 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: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 3-5pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Lydia Yancey ,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.

Coming When Called

 

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 9-12pm
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis DC,CPDT-KA

 

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 9-12pm
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis DC,CPDT-KA

 

Intro 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.

Intro to Disc Dog

 

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $99
Trainer: Angelo Marinakis,CPDT-KA

 

 

I've Adopted a Dog, Now What?

When you get a new puppy, everyone knows what to do.  You go to Puppy Class!  But what about when you bring a new dog home who is too old for puppy class?  What if you still have questions about house training?  Whatif it's your first dog and you aren't really sure what to do? Join Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP, for this 3 hour workshop.  This workshop will discuss all of the challenges you face when bringing home a new adult dog.  From housetraining, to basic leash walking skills.  We will discuss how to set up your home for this new dog, and teach you how to communicate.  It's puppy class, for adult dogs!

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next I've Adopted A Dog  Workshop!

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, October 11, 2014
Time: 3-6pm
Cost: $99
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 4:30-7:30pm
Cost: $99
Trainer:  Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP

Loose Leash Walking

We all want to be able to walk our dogs without them pulling us.  This 2 hour workshop will give you the skills to have your dog walk nicely without pulling or straining.  We will discuss why our dogs pull on leash, and go over different training equiptment and tools that are available while learning how to address this common problem.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: $75
Trainer: Kelly Webber, CPDT-KA

 

Out & About

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?  Perhaps you'd enjoy the type of 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 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.

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next Out & About Workshop!

 

Nose Games Workshop

Did you know dogs can have up to 300 million scent receptors in their noses?  Dogs are capable of sensing and interpreting smells at least one million times better than we are!  In this workshop you will learn how to play fun and stimulating scent games with your dog.  This is a great way to work your dog's nose, body, and mind all while having a good time.  This workshop is ideal for all types of dogs including shy or reactive dogs as these games can help to build confidence and strengthen your bond with your dog.

Date: Sunday, Decemver 7, 2014
Time:  9am-12pm
Cost: $99
Trainer:  Rebecca Robinson


 

Polite Greetings Workshop

Does your dog get overexcited when he or she goes to say hi to someone?  Maybe they jump up, bark, or whine?  This 90 minute workshop will focus on teaching your dog appropriate greeting behavior.  You will be provided with the tools you need to show your dog how to say hello in a calm and polite manner.  This workshop is open to all dogs regardless of prior training experience.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 6- 7:30pm
Cost: $60
Trainer:  Rebecca Robinson

 

Stay, Wait & Effortless Leash WalkingStay, Wait and Effortless Leash Walking

Does your dog's leash pulling make going on walks an unhappy experience?  Does your dog need help understanding the behaviors "stay" and "wait"?  Join DogBoy's Training Director Angelo Marinakis for a 3 hour workshop that will help you teach your dog impulse control and to walk on a loose leash in both low and high distraction situations.  This workshop will be using positive reinforcement stratagies exclusvely.

Call to be placed on the waitlist for our next Stay, Wait, and Effortless Leash Walking Workshop!

 

 

 

 

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 90-minute 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

 

 


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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