Classes


Group Classes

Basic Obedience and Companionship

Whether you’ve just adopted a new dog or are in need of a refresher, this course will give you the fundamental skills you need for a well-mannered dog. In each class, you will learn tips for building your relationship with and gaining influence over your dog, in addition to basic training skills such as Sit/Stay and Down/Stay, Come When Called, leash walking without the tugging, housebreaking, elimination of jumping, darting, or otherwise undesirable behaviors. Classes are available for both puppies and adults.

Canine Good Citizen

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club,the Canine Good Citizen program was created to “reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.” If you have ever considered working with a pet therapy group or just want official recognition of the progress you have made, our CGC class is for you! We will prepare you for each element of the exam so that you will be confident and ready on test day. We also have several CGC evaluators on staff, making testing opportunities convenient and readily available.

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Stand Alone Classes

If you’ve already mastered the basics, then it’s time to advance your skills by practicing them in real-life situations. This series of classes will have you and your dog working in new environments under new distractions, so that you can feel confident about your basic dog handling skills under any circumstance.

FIDO, COME! Come when called amid distractions.

Are you confident in your dog’s recall? Will he come when you’re at the park or while surrounded by more interesting diversions? In this class, we’ll proof your come when called while surrounded by simulated commondistractions, so you can be confident that Fido will come back, every single time.

Loose-Leash Walking Practice Class

Take the skills you learned a Basic Obedience and Companionship class and learn how to apply them in real life environments. This class is lead by a TCCTB trainer in park or neighborhood settings so you get comfortable in handling your dog amidst some of life’s most common and frustrating distractions without and pulling, tugging, jumping, barking from your or your dog.

If you are planning to take the CGC test, this is an excellent place to polish. By the end of this class you will be walking your dog – not the other way around!

Every Dog Can Learn a New Trick

Bored with the usual “sit” and “down”? Try a trick! Parlor tricks are great confidence builders and frustration relievers for both dog and handler (not to mention a fun talent to show off at parties!). We’ll show you how to shape your dog’s natural mannerisms into a trick that’s sure to please everyone. *no pre-requisite training required for well behaved dogs

Intro to Leash-Free

Yes, it is possible to have your dog off-leash and under your influence! This is a great starting point for those wishing to participate in canine sports, travel with their dog or just play ball in the open. This class will show you how to apply your influence over your dog in any environment and feel confident in Fido running free with his ears in the wind. * there is re-req for this class

The Calm, Sitting Dog

Did you know a dog can be taught to relax so they can wait calmly for instruction? It’s true! This remarkable class is meant for dogs who just can’t seem to sit still, or for anyone who wants to teach their dog to be calm and at the ready. Learn techniques that will calm your dog and make waiting a rewarding experience. This premise is threaded through each of our classes but can be taken as this private lesson and supported with tutoring for those dogs whose exuberance for life just seems to get the better of them. Removing the antsy behavior without the joi de vivre is our specialty.

“All good things come to the calm sitting dog.”

Play: Fun with a Purpose!

Play is not just an outlet for your dog; it is one of the most powerful training tools you can master. Learn what kind of play is appropriate and how to harness it as a way to influence your hound. Fetch? No problem. This class will show you how to be more fun than dirt so that your work in all other classes is successful. Playing ball out in the open is within reach!

Someone Old, Someone New

Whether you’re expecting a new baby or have a new person, dog, or cat coming to live in a home that already has dogs and/or cats, we will teach you how to properly integrate the new addition into your household so that the transition will be as smooth as possible for all involved.

Tots & Pups Seminar: Old Baby, Meet New Baby

For expecting parents, recently new parents, or anyone who wants to know more about dogs and how they see children, this seminar provides an overview of the ways a dog sees a child from infancy through adolescence. Makes a great baby shower gift!

Social Etiquette (included in Basic Obedience and Companionship Skills)

Want a well-behaved dog both at home and in public? We take a “Miss Manners” approach for the canine in a human world. Every class has a component of proper social behavior threaded throughout, or you and your canine can take private lessons on canine comportment.

The Confident Dog Within (Confidence Builders)

Is your dog fearful, shy, or otherwise lacking in confidence? Does she have an injury, physical or emotional challenge that makes her unable to participate at the same pace as other dogs in class?

Created by TCCTB trainers as a way to ensure that all dogs and their owners have an outlet for fun, this class is ideal for the dog who needs to build confidence or who has found it difficult to fully participate in other training classes because of severe arthritis, missing limbs or eyes, balance disorders, past joint injuries, or any other disability that would make agility or other active classes too dangerous or intimidating. We maintain a calm and encouraging atmosphere and customize each class to meet the needs of the participants.

(The) Canine Good Citizen

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club,the Canine Good Citizen program was created to “reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.” If you have ever considered working with a pet therapy group or just want official recognition of the progress you have made, our Canine Good Citizen class is for you! We will prepare you for each element of the exam so that you will be confident and ready on test day. We also have several Canine Good Citizen evaluators on staff, making testing opportunities convenient and readily available.

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Canine Sports

You love to stay active, and so does your dog! Canine sports are a great way to give your dog the ongoing mental and physical stimulation he needs. With a variety of options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the right match for both of you.

Agility

Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a seasoned competitor, you will discover that our agility classes offer something for everyone. Learn how to direct your dog through an obstacle course while maintaining speed and accuracy, and build a better, stronger relationship along the way. We have a fully equipped agility field on-site and offer beginner, intermediate, advanced classes and practice sessions * Offered as group class and stand alone practice sessions.

Fieldwork

If you have ever considered participating with your dog in herding, tracking, air scenting, or gun dog training, this is your first stop. In this class, we will cover the basics of fieldwork, giving you the skills you need to successfully transition into air scenting, tracking, gun dog work, herding or agility. * Offered as group class and stand alone practice sessions.

Air Scenting

You don’t have to join a search and rescue team to teach your dog how to use her nose! In this class, your dog will learn how to detect scents in the air to find a “missing” person. As training progresses, she will learn how to return to her handler and lead him or her back to the lost person. Experience the reward of watching your dog use her innate scenting abilities! * Offered as group class and stand alone practice sessions.

Tracking

If your dog constantly has his nose to the ground, then this is the sport for you! Train your dog to hone his natural skill and find “lost” items. This class is a great way to channel you dog’s natural drive and have some fun at the same time. * Offered as group class and stand alone practice sessions.

Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience, or “Rally-O,” as it as commonly referred to, uses basic obedience commands to create a choreographed precision drill exercise. Watch your relationship with your dog grow as you practice mutual focus, body awareness, and dual communication. * Offered as group class and stand alone practice sessions.

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Canine Adventures

At TCCTB, our mission is to assist you in finding new ways to invite your dog into your lifestyle. If you like to run, hike, camp, or hunt, then join us for one of our specialized classes, workshops, and trips in the Canine Adventures series. We promise you’ll come away having a new appreciation for, and better relationship with, your dog!

Running With Your Dog

Translate the basic handling skills you already have into the ability to jog
with your dog. Learn how to teach your dog to go faster, slower, change sides, and ignore distractions.

Intro to Hiking With Your Dog

Learn the basic rules, techniques, and commands for hiking with your dog. This course will also cover proper equipment, canine nutrition, and safety. You will be able to translate your newfound knowledge into a short hike that will take place over a 1-mile easy trail. This class is recommended but not required to take the Hikes With Dogs series.

Hikes with Your Dog Series

Ready to start exploring your surrounds with your dog, but not quite ready to go solo? This series is lead by a trainer who will coach you through training hikes that meet at varies trail heads in Austin. Pack is optional and not provided. Hikes last 1-2 hours over 2-5 miles and are of easy to moderate difficulty. Appropriate for ALL LEVELS so long as dogs know basic commands.

Camping With Your Dog Trips

Join us for trainer-led adventures to beautiful campgrounds across the
southwest, where you will apply your hiking skills and create a bond
with your dog that you never knew was possible. Enjoy delicious food, new friends,
and memorable locations. Come and camp with us!

Canine Weekend Camp

Just like summer camp, only better! Join us for long weekends at summer camp locations where we offer all of our classes in a fun, relaxing environment. You will meet new friends, eat great food, and discover that you and your dog are capable of so much more! A team-based game is held at the end of camp, utilizing all of the skills you have learned. And, of course, there are prizes to be won!

Hunting With Your Dog – coming Fall/Winter 2011

Calling all hunters and retrievers! Apply your positive, rewards-based gun dog training during one of our weekend adventures at prime hunting locations. Led by expert trainers and hunting guides, these trips include primitive or hotel accommodations as well as three delicious meals a day. A happy, tired retriever is also guaranteed.

Kayaking with Your Dog

You have seen it, and you think your dog can’t do it. Let us show you one more way how to have fun with your dog and the Austin lifestyle. This one can go on vacation with you!

Skijoring – Coming spring 2012

Why leave your canine companion at home when you go on a ski trip when you can have double the fun by using some of your time going cross country, towed by your dog. Shari and Jane can show you how to train in your own environment in practice to take a Canine Adventure with us to do it on the snow. Look at the faces of those dogs! (picture to the side)

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