About Us

Every Dog is Unique

When Leaps N' Hounds owner, Crystal Dunn, found herself job hunting in the software industry in 2006, she decided to make a change. Working with dogs wouldn't come easy or without sacrifice, but it was worth it! A few years passed and Crystal was teaching upwards of 14 full obedience classes per week, becoming one of the most sought after relationship-based trainers in Houston. She built a reputation as a fun and effective teacher, and a compassionate activist for dogs of all types. She ventured out on her own, starting Leaps N’ Hounds in 2008, and moving to Austin shortly after. The goal was to develop a team of adaptable and experienced trainers that could address the unique needs of a dog and family. With dog owner shaming becoming more popular in dog training, Leaps N' Hounds also wanted to create a more positive experience for the owner, supporting and motivating them in a judgment-free atmosphere. No gimmicks or formulaic approaches, just solid dog training by people who truly love dogs. Now our select team of trainers specialize in just that. We emphasize the importance of training the dog in front of you and using their unique home environment to work for them. We are advocates for communication, adaptation, and progress. Our relationship-based approach builds the friendship that our clients desire with their dogs while achieving their goals. And, our human students enjoy the process too! Like us, each dog is an individual and they all deserve an understanding mind and an empathetic heart to guide them. We help our clients be that person for their dogs, so that their dogs can be great for them!

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Dog Training and Behavior Modification For Your Best Friend
Group Classes

Obedience, Manners, and Canine Good Citizen courses! Real world training for raising social, happy, confident dogs. Puppies, adults, and all breeds welcome!

Private In-Home Training

Puppies and reactive dogs rejoice! We travel to your home or on-site to work in the environment your dog needs.

Private Dog Training

Behavior consulting and training customized for your dog & your schedule. Meet us at the LNH Training Center behind Yard Bar.

Sports & Specialty Classes

Nose Work, Tricks, Hikes, and More! Get out, explore, and never stop having fun with your dog!

Training Packages

Let's help your dog achieve greatness!
Consult & Private Lesson

$210 value for$135

  • In-home or wherever you need it.
  • Dog Evaluation & Training Consultation
  • Custom Training Plan
  • Obedience and Behavior Modiication Included
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4 Private Lessons

Custom training for you and your dog

$450 value for$400

  • Dog Evaluation & Training Plan (consultation)
  • 4 in-home or on-site private lessons
  • Address behavior issues like dog reactivity, fears, phobias, hyperactivity, impulse control, separation anxiety, and more.
  • Get faster results with private lessons.
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8 Private Lessons

Long term solutions for complex issues


  • Dog Evaluation & Training Plan (consultation)
  • 8 in-home or on-site private lessons
  • Address complex or repetition-centric behavior issues like aggression, severe anxiety, fears, and more.
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Our Team

Allyssa Golden
Allyssa Golden
Office Manager and Training Assistant
Allyssa is an obedience trainer, proud dog mom of Eli the Heeler, and the person that keeps us all organized and sane. When you contact us, you’ll find Allyssa there to answer your questions and get you set up for the training service that best suits you.
Crystal Dunn
Crystal Dunn
Training Director & Founder
Leaps N’ Hounds founder, Crystal Dunn, has been training since 2006. She’s creative in her approach and genuinely fun to work with. She offers private training and behavior counseling, and trains & manages an award winning therapy dog team. Specialties: Obedience, Behavior Consulting, Therapy. Certifications: CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator. Crystal is the Training Director for Leaps N’ Hounds
Jess Wilson
Jess Wilson
Dog Trainer
Jess is a walking dog encyclopedia, with extensive knowledge in the behavioral science, veterinary, and companion animal nutrition fields. She is a fun, easy going trainer who excels at setting clients (and dogs) at ease. Jess is a Certified Dog Trainer (Starmark Academy) with over 10 years experience. Specialties: Behavior Modification, Obedience (household and competition), Canine Good Citizen, Agility, Reactivity, Fear Behaviors, and Compulsive disorders.
Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn
Technology Guru
Jason is the great and powerful Oz behind the curtain. As keeper of our website and all things technology related, us dog folks couldn’t survive without Jason’s support and dedication to our company. Oh, and did we mention he gives a great dog massage?

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