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!
Locations & Scheduling
Dog Training and Behavior Modification For Your Best Friend
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!
Let's help your dog achieve greatness!
$440 value for$396
- A full 6 week Obedience 1 Class
- Dog Evaluation & Training Consultation
- 2 Private Training Lessons (in home or at our training center)
- Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Focus, Socialization, and Manners
4 Private Lessons
$450 value for$400
- 4 in-home or on-site private lessons
- Dog Evaluation & Training Plan (consultation)
- Address behavior issues like dog reactivity, fears, phobias, hyperactivity, impulse control, separation anxiety, and more.
- Teach manners and obedience
Wet Nose Blog
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