New 6 week Classes on the schedule!

It is that time again! We have many new classes on the schedule for fall! We hope you all had a great summer, here is our line up to help get your dogs ready for the fall events in Austin.

We do not allow shock or prong collars in our classes, we teach without force! Email us at to reserve a space in any of the following:

Reactive Walkers

This course is 6 weeks and I personally designed 4 years ago. In this class I help clients gain confidence in handling their reactive dogs in public. We see huge success in this class because we teach our owners how to protect their dogs instead of correcting them constantly. Nothing is “forced”, your dog learns that you can be the calm confident and fair protector so they do not need to be concerned with protecting themselves. We teach you how to stop your dog from lunging, we teach your dog how to show avoidance, we show you how to protect yourself and your dog from aggressive dogs, and we teach you and your dog that sharing affection and high value items is possible. The course is an outdoor class that is limited to 4-6 dogs and the cost is $200 per team.  Pre-requiste for this class is a leadership session or basic obedience class through our company. 

When:  Saturday 10/31 at 10:30am    Trainer: Tara

Reactive 1 greeting other dogs

This class is a 6 week up close and personal greeting class between your dog and my pack. We teach you how to control greets and protect your dog from rude dogs and pressure. It is an outdoor class and limit 4 teams. $200 per team. Pre-requiste for this class is a leadership session or basic obedience class through our company. 

When: Saturday October 3rd at 12pm        Trainer: Tara


Basic obedience

By far our most sought after class due to the number of commands we teach! 23 commands are taught in 6 weeks. This course pretty much teaches you the basics plus extras to keep your dog constantly working and challenged. Class is limited to 4 dogs, it is held inside with AC and the cost is $180.


Saturday 10/3 at 1pm with Nicole

Sunday 10/4 at 11am with Lisa

Tuesday 10/13 at 10:30am with Tara


Intermediate obedience

This class is held indoors with a 4 dog limit and the cost is $180. This class is based on self control and focus. Our graduation test is your dog off leash, and you recall them from an out of sight position, past a plate of food and the other class dogs. Yes, this is achieved every class!

When:           Saturday 10/17 at 10am with Nicole


Triebball Basics

One of our favorite classes! Triebball is basically canine soccer and herding all in one fun sport! This can be done in your backyard or even inside with just a smaller ball! We have used this class to help owners overcome reactiveness, lack of focus, and for those high energy dogs that need to be mentally worn out. This is the secret to Tara’s herding dogs calmness. Shhh don’t tell anyone. 🙂 This is an outdoor class and costs $180

When:        Tuesday 9/29 at 9am or Saturday 10/10 at 9am with Tara

We look forward to seeing you! Remember, protect first!

Email us at to reserve your space!

Tara and the pack.

About Training by Tara, dog training and behavior modification in South Austin tx

I am a Canine Aggression and Behavior Specialist here in Austin Tx. I have researched canine aggression and pack behavior for the last 20 years and will never stop learning from the best teachers out there, the dogs themselves. It is my passion in life to help rehabilitate dogs who are deemed “un adoptable” or help owners keep their dogs instead of surrendering them to the shelter because of behavior issues. My own pack is made up of dogs who would have otherwise been killed due to behavior problems. They now live happy and peacefully with each other and help other dogs and their owners overcome many obstacles. All of my pack, even the Chihuahua, work on a daily basis. A working and exercised dog is a happy dog! I base my dog training and behavior modification programs on body language, and gaining the respect and trust you and your dog need to live happily. I am a firm believer that a human has to be a calm, confident pack leader and not one that places fear in their dogs by physically challenging them to show dominance. 

  I currently help mutliple rescue groups by rehabilitating the dogs in their care, so they can find happy loving homes. I belong to a few breed boards where I try to help people outside of our area, live happily with their dogs as well.   I have dedicated my life to these unfortunate dogs and I will never stop.  There is no better feeling then to see a dog who was set to be killed, find a new home and walk away with their tail wagging and their new owners smiling and hugging them.

Please help Austin become a no-kill city. Thousands of dogs are killed each year, and there truly is an answer to this. I urge you to visit to see how you can help. It is possible. Thank you Ryan Clinton, founder of fixaustin, for your work in helping these animals!