Classes

Classes are a great option for training your dog.  Our classes are focused on having fun with our dogs and developing new skills in higher distraction environments. Even if the specific skills in the class aren't exactly what you need to work on, group classes can be a great way to continue working on your dogs existing skills.

Usually the popular place to start is a Basic Manners or Foundations class. But committing to six consecutive weeks of classes can be difficult, and trying to learn so much in a short period of time can mean not getting a thorough understanding of the behaviors. We have decided instead of holding a weekly class, to break our Foundations class into a series of workshops. This gives our students the ability to take things at their own pace and really dig in deep to each set of skills.

As well as our Foundation Workshop Series we also offer some advanced workshops and some fun extracurricular's. You can find all the details for the different group sessions we offer below. 

Remember, we do not have a location! Final locations for our classes will be set closer to the dates, but you will find general locations for each class below.

Foundation Workshops

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Beginner Basics

$50/session

Our Beginner Basics workshop is all about the first two skills you think about when you think about Basic Obedience: Sit and Down. In this workshop we will go over how to teach sit and down if your dog doesn't know it yet. If they do, then we will go over next steps! How to make your dog's skills snappier and stronger, and how to generalize them so that your dog will reliably respond to cues. We will also work on starting a very helpful skill that we don't often hear about, Touch. Touch is a great skill to teach our dogs how to greet people politely, as a backup recall, and a foundation for fun tricks!

Class Times

Wednesday, 9/28 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Tuesday, 10/18 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Sunday, 11/6 at 10am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Saturday, 12/17 at 1pm [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

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Come Here!

$50/session

A strong recall, or coming when called, is one of the most important skills your dog can have. Not only could it save your dog's life in a dangerous situation, but it can also allow your dog the freedom to truly enjoy off leash spaces. 

Maybe your dog comes to you when you're in the house, but as soon as there are any distractions it's like they can't even hear you. Maybe you dream of taking your dog on off leash likes or to dog friendly beaches, but you know they would take off out of sight as soon as you unclip the leash. Or maybe your dog has a blast in the backyard, chasing squirrels and barking at the neighbor, but they don't want to come back inside.

Regardless of your dog's current skill level, this workshop will build the foundation so that you can reach your goals. We will cover why your dog may not be coming when called currently, how to get your dog to "check in" with you, how to build a new recall from scratch, and what to do in the meantime when your dog is still learning. We will make coming when called fun for the dog, so they turn on a dime and get back to you as quickly as they can!

Class Times

Sunday, 9/25 at 10am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Sunday, 10/9 at 10am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Sunday, 11/13 at 11am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Sunday, 12/4 at 11am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Level 2

Sunday, 10/23 at 10am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

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Just Relax

$50/session

A patio dog is in high demand, especially in Austin. It's so fun when our dogs can accompany us to a coffee shop or brunch with friends. But how do we ensure our dogs are comfortable and skilled enough to join us? Though there are a few things to consider, this class is a great first step. In this workshop, we'll focus on different skills to help our dogs settle and relax around distractions. These skills can also transfer to the house and social situations. They are a must for our enthusiastic and jumpy greeters. Beginners and well practiced pups are welcome to attend. 

 

Please bring a mat or blanket with you to class!

Class Times

Wednesday, 10/19 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Wednesday, 11/2 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/3 at 3pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Stay There

$50/session

In this workshop, we're focusing on our Stay and Place skills. We'll cover the basics of a sit and down stay and begin building a stay under different conditions. Our Place practice will focus on an implied stay with a boundary. This workshop is great for students just starting their stay and place skills as well as those looking to up their game with more distractions. Students who already have sit and down skills are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Please bring a mat or bed to class!

Class Times

Wednesday, 10/5 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Wednesday, 10/26 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 11/19 at 3pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/10 at 3pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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What Do You Have

$50/session

Leave It and Drop It are two skills that can be really difficult to teach, and get mixed up a lot. We spend this workshop making sure that our dogs understand both skills: 'don't pick that up', and 'put down the thing you picked up'. We will spend time working through the beginning stages of leave it with food, and using toys to work on drop it. For this workshop you will need to bring two of your dogs favorite toys with you to practice! 

Bring your pups favorite toys to class!

Class Times

Sunday, 10/23 at 12pm [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Sunday, 11/20 at 10am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Sunday, 12/11 at 11am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

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Lovely Leash Walking

$50/session

Beautiful loose leash walking is the goal for all of us. No one enjoys being dragged along on a walk and getting their shoulder pulled out of it's socket. It is also one of the most frustrating things to teach our dogs. In this workshop we will go over the best techniques to get started on the right foot with your dog's leash walking skills, and spend some time going over which tools will be your best friends through this journey.

During the level two workshop we will focus on refining the skills learned in the first workshop and creating some truly lovely leash walking.

Class Times

Saturday, 9/24 at 10am [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 10/15 at 12pm [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 11/19 at 5pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Sunday, 12/18 at 11am [South Austin]

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Level 2

Saturday 11/12 at 3pm [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Advanced Workshops

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Canine Good Citizen

$50/session

The Canine Good Citizen is a title that you can earn from the AKC. In order for your pup to earn the title they have to pass a 10 item test that demonstrates their good manners. They need to be able to politely greet a stranger, walk through a crowd without jumping, tolerate being handled by a stranger, walk on a loose leash through a course, ignore other dogs, display the ability to sit, down, stay, and come when called, and be calm around distractions. They also need to be able to do all of this without treats!

 

These workshops are designed to help you prepare to take the test. During each workshop you will work through the test items and identify the areas where you need to practice with the help and direction of a trainer to support you. There is no limit to how many prep sessions you can attend! 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/17 at 5pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/4 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/11 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/25 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 11/1 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Take the Test!

Saturday, 11/19 at 1pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/3 at 1pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Out & About

$50/session

One of the best things about Austin is how dog friendly the city is. You can pretty much take your dog anywhere! Provided, that is, that your dog has the skills needed to function well in those spaces. Our Out & About workshops are all about helping you find places to practice your dogs skills in public, with the support of a trainer along for the ride.

 

To attend this workshop your dog should be able to perform basic obedience skills (sit, down, stay, loose leash walking) and be able to respond to them outside of the home. We will explore all kinds of different places together! Stores, shopping areas, parks, and maybe even some off leash trails. Learn how to feel confident really enjoying all that Austin has to offer with your four legged sidekick. 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/24 at 3pm [The Domain]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 10/15 at 10am [Butler Park]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 11/12 at 10am [Off Leash]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Wednesday, 12/7 at 6pm [Night Life]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

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Heel

$50/session

When we think of "heel" most people tend to picture their dog walking nicely at their side on a loose leash. That is a great behavior to aspire to in your leash walking, but a true heel is a lot more intense. A competition level heel is a super fun and flashy behavior to teach your pup! It is a great advanced skill to have some fun with, and it can come in super handy in certain situations. Not only is it fun to show off with, but you can use it to more easily navigate tight spaces in stores and on restaurant patios, or tight trails. 

 

Ideally for this workshop your dog should already have strong leash walking skills and enjoy walking loosely at your side. We will be working with props, but they will be provided by us.

Class Times

Saturday, 12/17 at 10am [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

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Canine Good Citizen

$50/session

The Canine Good Citizen is a title that you can earn from the AKC. In order for your pup to earn the title they have to pass a 10 item test that demonstrates their good manners. They need to be able to politely greet a stranger, walk through a crowd without jumping, tolerate being handled by a stranger, walk on a loose leash through a course, ignore other dogs, display the ability to sit, down, stay, and come when called, and be calm around distractions. They also need to be able to do all of this without treats!

 

These workshops are designed to help you prepare to take the test. During each workshop you will work through the test items and identify the areas where you need to practice with the help and direction of a trainer to support you. There is no limit to how many prep sessions you can attend! 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/17 at 5pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/4 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/11 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 10/25 at 6pm [South Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tuesday, 11/1 at 6pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Take the Test!

Saturday, 11/19 at 1pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/3 at 1pm [North Austin]

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Out & About

$50/session

One of the best things about Austin is how dog friendly the city is. You can pretty much take your dog anywhere! Provided, that is, that your dog has the skills needed to function well in those spaces. Our Out & About workshops are all about helping you find places to practice your dogs skills in public, with the support of a trainer along for the ride.

 

To attend this workshop your dog should be able to perform basic obedience skills (sit, down, stay, loose leash walking) and be able to respond to them outside of the home. We will explore all kinds of different places together! Stores, shopping areas, parks, and maybe even some off leash trails. Learn how to feel confident really enjoying all that Austin has to offer with your four legged sidekick. 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/24 at 3pm [The Domain]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 10/15 at 10am [Butler Park]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Saturday, 11/12 at 10am [Off Leash]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Wednesday, 12/7 at 6pm [Night Life]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

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Heel

$50/session

When we think of "heel" most people tend to picture their dog walking nicely at their side on a loose leash. That is a great behavior to aspire to in your leash walking, but a true heel is a lot more intense. A competition level heel is a super fun and flashy behavior to teach your pup! It is a great advanced skill to have some fun with, and it can come in super handy in certain situations. Not only is it fun to show off with, but you can use it to more easily navigate tight spaces in stores and on restaurant patios, or tight trails. 

 

Ideally for this workshop your dog should already have strong leash walking skills and enjoy walking loosely at your side. We will be working with props, but they will be provided by us.

Class Times

Saturday, 12/17 at 10am [North Austin]

with Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

Extracurricular's

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Parkour Class

4 week class, $200

You may have heard of Parkour. It might strike images of young adults jumping between roof tops or bounding off walls. That is just one side of Parkour. The founders of the International Dog Parkour Association (IDPKA) have brought the principles and philosophy of human parkour to the dog world. In this class, your dog will learn the foundation skills for dog Parkour and prepare to earn dog Parkour titles. These skills include putting two and four paws on a variety of objects, as well as moving over, under, in, and around objects smoothly.


More than skills, your dog will gain confidence in exploring and interacting with their environment. Dog Parkour, when taught with IDPKA's philosophy, helps dogs gain confidence in their choices and communications with their owner. Most importantly, it is a lot of fun. Dog Parkour adds a new element to every day walks and activities. We hope you will join us for this new adventure.

Class Times

Novice

Saturdays, 10/1 - 10/29 at 3pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Advanced

Completion of Novice class required to join Advanced. Due to increased impact involved dogs must be 18 mos or older.

Saturday's, 10/1 - 10/29 at 4:30pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Parkour in the Park

$50/session

When you first start learning Parkour skills it is best to start with a safe and secure setup. But Parkour is all about exploring the world in a new way! To qualify for titles with the International Dog Parkour Association (IDPKA), as well as get the true full enjoyment of the sport, we have to be able to demonstrate the skills in different locations and with real world obstacles. This can be a challenge to navigate on your own.


In our recurring Parkour in the Park workshops, we will visit different local parks to help each other find safe and appropriate Parkour obstacles! We will practice advancing our skills in the real world, and we can even film title qualifying submissions. A park will be chosen before the workshop that is centrally located to everyone who has signed up for that particular workshop. You must have completed a Novice Parkour class before joining this workshop. 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/17 at 3pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 11/5 at 11am

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/10 at 1pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Parkour in a Store

$50/session

When you first start learning Parkour skills it is best to start with a safe and secure setup. But Parkour is all about exploring the world in a new way! To qualify for titles with the International Dog Parkour Association (IDPKA), as well as get the true full enjoyment of the sport, we have to be able to demonstrate the skills in different locations and with real world obstacles. This can be a challenge to navigate on your own.


In our recurring Parkour in a Store workshops, we will visit different local dog-friendly stores to help each other find safe and appropriate Parkour obstacles! We will practice advancing our skills in the real world, and we can even film title qualifying submissions.  A store will be chosen before the workshop that is centrally located to everyone who has signed up for that particular workshop. You must have completed a Novice Parkour class before joining this workshop. 

Class Times

Saturday, 9/10 at 11am

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 11/12 at 1pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/17 at 1pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

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Tricks Class

4 week class, $200/$50/session

Who doesn't love a good trick? They are cute, fun for both you and your pup, and can have some great unexpected benefits.

Trick training helps strengthen your bond and your communication skills in a low pressure setting. Tricks are also great for mental stimulation, confidence building, and even building physical strength!

 

Each week we will cover 3 new tricks and have time for you to practice the previous week's tricks. Your pup will shake, spin, crawl, weave, and more! You will also learn the foundational skills of how to teach any trick, so you can continue the fun after class is over. 

Class Times

4 Week Class

Sundays, 9/18 - 10/9 at 12pm

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

Test for a Title!

Saturday, 11/12 at 3pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Saturday, 12/17 at 3pm

with Giulia Giuffre, CPDT-KA SBA

Tricks for Treats Workshop

Sunday, 10/30 at 1pm

with Lindsey Thompson, CPDT-KA

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