Sam, our year-old Australian Shepherd, is a very intelligent, high-energy, and loving dog. After his Board-and-Train session, he was much more attentive to commands. His “place” command and “down” have saved our meal times no matter where we eat, and our daily walks are always at “heel” and well-behaved. --Ken with Sam
Why Choose Training at Taurus?
We believe that every dog, owner, and household is unique. Our training goes well beyond basic obedience, and embraces what dogs and owners specifically need to live together more happily. We have a large toolbox of training techniques and teaching tools to draw from, although we certainly utilize the most gentle, positive, and effective methods. At Taurus every pack member is a dog trainer, so your dog will be training every moment with us. Please note that our board and train program requires an evaluation day. We want to make sure your dog knows Taurus is a happy, fun place, and that Mom or Dad will come back for them, so a day or more of daycare ensures that your dog is ready to start learning right away!
What We Do
We have worked with thousands of households over the last 17 years, and have developed programs that fit a variety of lifestyles and personalities. We can tailor a program that helps you find more harmony in your home.
Our programs build a solid foundation of obedience, and include:
- Attention: teaching your dog to check in with you and respond to requests for attention
- Basic commands: walking nicely on the leash, sit, down, stay, come, etc.
- Manners: Such as polite greeting behavior—sitting politely rather than jumping
- Social Skills: facilitated play that promotes polite behavior among the dogs
Private Training and Behavior Consultations
Private training sessions are a good alternative for dogs who are more comfortable in the home or owners who prefer to be even more involved in their dogs’ training.
Private training sessions are a good alternative for dogs who are more comfortable in the home or owners who prefer to be even more involved in their dogs’ training. We are flexible about location, and will make suggestions depending on your dog’s skill level and focus and your goals.
Private behavior consultations are for dogs and owners needing help with more serious behavior issues, such as separation anxiety, fear of people or dogs, leash reactivity, adult housebreaking issues, etc. These issues take time to address. As a result, one session is rarely enough to turn these issues around.
Package discounts for multiple sessions are available. Extra charges may apply outside the Austin metro area.
From a behavior standpoint, this is the most valuable thing you can do for your new puppy and your household.
From a behavior standpoint, this is the most valuable thing you can do for your new puppy and your household. If you get started on the right paw, numerous behavior issues can be avoided. We discount this consultation to make it as accessible as possible.
This one hour visit addresses:
• How to socialize properly (includes a free day of daycare!)
• How to deal with common puppy issues such as jumping, nipping, and chewing
• Basic obedience commands, such as sit, down, and come
Board and Train
Many of our clients call this program “doggy Bootcamp.”
Many of our clients call this program “doggy Bootcamp.” It is an intensive 2-week program where your dog will stay with us and learn better behavior every waking moment, whether it’s in our play yards, during obedience lessons, or even on field trips around town. After the two weeks, it’s your turn to learn in four private lessons. The first private lesson is at our facility, followed by two at your home, then usually one in a public place such as a park, the trail, wherever you want your dog to behave!
• One Play day evaluation
• Boarding fees
• Training sessions throughout the day
• Trainer-assisted socialization in the play yards
• Four private lessons: 1 at the facility, 2 in the home, and 1 most likely in a public place
*Payment plans are offered. Please call a facility for details.