Working Together For the Best Results

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Helping our clients and dogs better communicate and understand each other is both a professional goal and personal joy for our highly-qualified trainers at Houston Dog Ranch. We offer multiple training options to best provide the specific need or skill you’re looking to achieve with your dog.

Be sure to check our Calendar for training classes not listed here, and contact us with any questions or to discuss custom, one-on-one training sessions!

“They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I now know you can.

My dog Beringer and I attended Colleen's Basic Skills class when Ber was 8 years old. In addition to the new and improved skills, the enjoyment of bonding with each other and our human and canine classmates was wonderful for us both. Last month Beringer and I attended a class to prepare for the AKC Good Citizen test, and I am happy to say that Beringer passed the test with flying colors two months shy of her 9th birthday! We’re looking forward to the next class we can take at Houston Dog Ranch.”

Cheryn P. & Beringer

Growing and learning at the ranch

Boarding School

In today’s hectic world sometimes there’s no time to teach your dog the basics.  Don’t worry, the knowledgeable trainers at the ranch can help.  Your dog can bunk with us and learn the foundations of basic commands.  A trainer will customize a program that is right for you and your dog.

Some skills focused on may include:

Coming when called

Go to mat/bed/crate

Loose leash walking

Leave it

Wait at doorways/curb/car

Polite greetings (instead of jumping up)

Requirements: Vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Dogs must be current on Rabies, Bordetella, Parvovirus/Distemper/Parainfluenza combination (i.e. DHLPP or DA2PP), and Canine Influenza.

Day School

Ideal for owners who don't have as much time as they like to work on manners at home.  During Day School, your dog can learn some basic manners, brush up on old skills, or just get the mental stimulation they're missing while you’re at work.  We can work with your dog while she is here for daycare or day boarding.

Customizable packages are available.

Requirements: Vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Dogs must be current on Rabies, Bordetella, Parvovirus/Distemper/Parainfluenza combination (i.e. DHLPP or DA2PP), and Canine Influenza.

“I have never, ever been disappointed in the training that Lotus and I have received!

Lotus (King Charles Cavalier Spaniel) was eager to learn and I wanted to find the ‘right’ place that used gentle and loving training techniques. Colleen is a gracious and conscientious teacher and made each class important in our lives. Thank you everyone at the Ranch!”

Diane W. & Lotus

Experience Dock Diving at Houston Dog Ranch

Come join us for the exciting sport of Dock Diving! This sport involves dogs leaping as far as they can into a pool to catch and retrieve a toy thrown by their owner. As dogs progress, they can also participate in Extreme Vertical (measuring height) and Speed Retrieve (measuring speed).  Whether you want to compete or just have fun and bond with your dog, this is the sport for all dogs and owners!


Pre-Evaluation – 30 minutes

Private and Semi-Private Lessons – Individual or packages available

Intro to Dock Diving – This is a four -week class that meets for one hour weekly. Prerequisite: Basic obedience, including sit and stay

Group Classes – Coming Soon!

Rules and Policies for Dock Usage

We require proof of current required vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian

All dogs must be leashed or crated except when on the dock; four-foot leashes are recommended

No flexi-leashes or training collars (pinch, choke, electric, head-collars) are allowed on the property at any time

Owners must pick up after their dogs and dispose of waste in proper receptacles

Owners are only allowed in the pool to assist their dog, no humans may dive or jump into the pool, owners must use the pool ladder to exit and enter the pool

Children under 14 are not allowed on the dock or in the pool at any time, children must have an additional adult supervising them at all times

Dogs may only potty in the designated potty area prior to entering the pool area, ogs are not allowed to potty in the barn, parking area, pool area, or dock

Dogs in heat are not allowed on the property

Do not feed your dog for three hours before swimming

No glass bottles, alcohol, or smoking on the premises at any time

Do not bring your dog to the pool if your dog has had diarrhea or vomiting in the 24 hours prior to your appointment

Things to Bring with You

Water and bowl for your dog (and you)


Your dog’s favorite floating retrieval toy


Weather Policy

For you and your dog’s safety, HDR reserves the right to cancel pool usage due to inclement weather including heat, thunder, lightning and/or rain.