Group Training Classes

At DogBoy’s, we believe dog training should be fun and we are committed to helping you build a great relationship with your dog. We offer a rotating schedule of classes from puppy training to skill-specific workshops to canine sports. We’ve got it all! Our classes are taught by our team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers using science-based, force-free, positive reinforcement training methods and tools. Positive Reinforcement Training is modern, based on scientific research, and utilizes smart, gentle training techniques in order to create and maintain positive behavior and eliminate undesirable behavior. We will never use or recommend any kind of aversive or “balanced” Training for your dog – if any training method or tool uses fear, pain, shock, choking, prongs, intimidation, or physical force, it’s not good for you or your dog!

Please review our class and workshop options and call us at 512-251-7600 or email us at training@dogboys.com if you have any questions about which class is right for you.

Benefits of Online Dog Training

PUPPY POWER! – CONVENIENT AND ESSENTIAL

Building a deeply rewarding relationship with your puppy based on trust, cooperation, encouragement, and love will set you up to have a wonderful companion for life. The fundamental skills we will practice in this class are an indispensable resource for the future for every behavior you’ll ever need from your dog. Training will be gentle and fun and will teach proper positive reinforcement techniques to ensure that you create a confident, healthy, well-mannered puppy. Topics will include: socialization including play time with other puppies and adult dogs, successful house training, mouthing/biting/chewing, basic obedience skills such as sit, down, walking on leash, and coming when called, and how to build structure in your puppy’s life to help them become a happy and well-adjusted teenager and adult dog.

For puppies 8 to 22 weeks of age; puppies need to be 18 weeks or younger when they start class. We also require a Puppy Vaccination Waiver.

This class will be held outdoors on the DogBoy’s Agility Field. Face covering and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other attendees are required for class participation.

Date: Saturdays, October 24th to November 14th (4-week class)
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Cost: $195
Trainer: Cris Burton

 

Exposing our puppies to the world without all their vaccinations is always a concern, but we feel the benefits of socializing our healthy puppies in a safe environment far outweigh the risks. Please read this to learn more.

THE BASICS – ESSENTIAL CANINE LIFE SKILLS

DogBoy’s Basics 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 Basics 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, Basics is the next step after Puppy Class or the first if you’ve never taken any training classes at DogBoy’s.

This class will be held outdoors on the DogBoy’s Agility Field. Face covering and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other attendees are required for class participation.

Date: Saturdays, October 24th to November 14th (4-week class)
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $195
Trainer: Cris Burton

FOCUSED WEEKLY CLASSES

MANNERS AND IMPULSE CONTROL

Building and maintaining calm, polite behavior for dogs can be challenging, especially in distracting or exciting environments. By teaching, practicing, and reinforcing calm behavior that we like, we make it more likely to occur again, and we can ask for it when we need it! In this class, we’ll cover how to build patience, manners, and impulse control by working on important foundation behaviors like waiting at doorways, polite greetings (instead of jumping up), relaxing on a mat on cue, going to a “place”, polite loose leash walking, and more! This is a fun and interactive class for dogs 5 months and older. A dog is never too old to learn how to be polite and patient!

This class will be held outdoors on the DogBoy’s Agility Field. Face covering and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other attendees are required for class participation.

Date: Saturdays, September 19th to October 10th  (4-week class)
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $195
Trainer: Whitney Spence, CPDT-KA

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. We will focus on the ten skills that are a part of the CGC test. The last class in the 6-week series will include a CGC test with one of our AKC CGC evaluators. The CGC is a prerequisite for programs such as therapy work and leads well into many other activities such as rally, agility, competition obedience, etc. This class is designed for dogs who have some previous obedience training and are able to focus in a group setting. This class is not a good fit for reactive dogs.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Cost: $215
Trainer: TBD

WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

agilityHave you taken a class somewhere else and not sure which class may be best for you? We recommend you start with the Basics Class. Our Basics Class 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 Basics 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 Agility, Introduction to Search and Rescue, or any other class.

Contact our training team for more information at 512-251-7600 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

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Payment in full is due when you sign up for a class.

Class Expectations
Our classes are usually made up of 4-6 dog and handler teams. We’ll set up a station for you inside our temperature controlled large training room in our Training & Wellness Center with chairs, a blanket on the floor for your pup, and a water bowl. Each dog/handler station is spaced out around the area, so everyone will have enough room to work.  The Training & Wellness Center is surrounded by fenced in play yards that are accessible from the main training area, so you can take breaks with your dog whenever needed. Restrooms and filtered cold water are available for the human half of your team. We welcome whole households and families to attend, including older children, but please be attentive and keep distractions to a minimum during class. Due to limited space, if you’ll be bringing more than one other person, please let us know in advance. Most of our classes are indoors only, but some of them use areas of our property like our play yards or agility field when the weather is nice, so dress appropriately!

We recommend that you bring:

  • A collar or harness (back clip or front clip)
  • A nylon or leather leash (we don’t recommend retractable leashes for class)
  • A baggie of treats or kibble cut up into small pieces – figure out in advance what your dog really likes and will work for
  • Anything you think may keep your dog more comfortable during class (a favorite bed or blanket, chewing items for down time)

Please do not feed meals right before class – we want your pup hungry and ready to work! You are welcome to bring your dog’s kibble to see if they’ll work for it during class. We have treats on-site available for use or purchase in case your dog does not like their treats or you forgot to bring them.

We do not allow any aversive tools on the property, so please no choke chains, shock collars, prong or pinch collars, “shake cans”, squirt bottles, etc. We also do not permit any aversive methods such as hitting, kicking, yelling, “leash corrections”, hanging on leash, squirting, or “Pet Corrector”.

Please feel free to arrive 10 minutes before your class time so you can choose a station and get settled in. We often have classes and lessons in the building prior to and after classes, so please keep arrival and departure times as close to scheduled as possible. If you’d like to speak with your instructor in more detail about class, please let them know and they can set up a convenient time with you.

Cancellation
In the event you need to cancel, your payment is non-refundable but transferable until 72 hours before your first scheduled class. Within 72 hours of class, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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 a class you will be refunded the entire amount or you may choose to transfer your money to another DogBoy’s class or 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 Basics Class and cannot be made up at another time.

Housemates
For Basics Class, it has 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
Because of 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.