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Texas’ private
training club

Traction Dog Training Club trains the classiest and the rowdiest dogs in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. We can help you get on the right foot with our intensive training programs, then make sure you stay on the right path with our ongoing club membership options.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Trainer!

Home: Welcome
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the original
varsity membership

Lifelong support from a Texas community

committed to exceptional dogs.

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how it works

Homeschool: How it Works

2: select a training program

If you’re looking for a more intensive training program, we have 3 to choose from. The main considerations in selecting a training program are your level of interest in the training process, the amount of time you have to put into training, and the complexity of your training goals. 

We’ll help determine the complexity of your training goals and make a program recommendation during your free phone consultation.

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3: join the club

Most dogs graduate from their intensive training programs onto Varsity, our club membership program that ensures you keep building on the momentum gained during your training program.

Varsity includes members-only extracurricular classes like Agility Play-Days and swim classes as well as regular in-home training sessions and even access to overnight boarding in our trainers’ homes!

1: free consultation with a trainer

Schedule a free phone consultation with a trainer in Austin. We'll give you immediate training advise and customize a training plan for your dog.

Our trainers are top in the industry, from Special Ops handlers to lion trainers and Ne Po Po® Gold grads. Whether it’s obedience, behavior, or sports, or service work, we’ll build the perfect program for you.

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$45 - 345 monthly


This monthly training program provides regular in-home training sessions, stimulating extracurricular classes, and access to overnight boarding in our trainers’ homes while you’re away!

Pricing varies based on how many in-home training sessions you want each month.

jumpstart programs


5 week in-home program that begins with an in home consultation, then consists of one 1:1 training session and one coaching session with the parent(s) each week for 4 weeks.

Best for:

People who want a light jumpstart to their dog’s training while still being hands on in the process.



3 week in-home program with a 1:1 training session between dog and trainer each Monday through Thursday, and a coaching session with the parent(s) each Friday.

Best for:

People who have busy schedules or large families.

Dogs who fence fight, struggle at the front door, or have separation anxiety.


Study abroad

2 week program during which your dog lives with their trainer, allowing perfect consistency throughout multiple training sessions each day.

Best for:

People who want a big-picture approach to their dog’s learning plan or live outside Austin.

Dogs in off leash/advanced programs or who lack socialization.


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Continued Education Programs
varsity membership perks

Free Training Events

Participate in free events like agility group classes and 

paw-ttery classes where you can practice manners and get to know your neighbors!

Help Local Rescue Dogs

Many Texas rescue dogs struggle with behavior issues that deem them unsuitable for new homes. With each Varsity membership, we donate the training these dogs need to stay here and have a forever home.

Boarding Access

Board your dog in a Traction Trainer's personal Texas home to live the life of a trainer’s dog.  Keep training consistent even while you're away.

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Meet the Trainers

meet the team

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mara soo
lion, bear & elk trainer

  • Trained upper-level competitive sport horses across the US, working with trainers up to the Olympic level

  • Trained mountain lions, bears, elk, bald eagles, otters and owls professionally

  • Competes in APPDA and PSA (protection and patrol working dogs)


christie branch
primate behaviorist

  • Developed protocols for behavior and obedience training at dog training facilities across San Diego, coaching the facilities’ trainers and overseeing the most intense behavior cases

  • Trained and cared for over 1,000 neotropical primates, addressing complex behavior concerns

  • Holds Animal Sciences B.A. degree and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator title


kayla liddington
paw-ffice manager

  • Oversaw a team of 70 trainers and veterinarians at a Syracuse, NY veterinary facility for 8 years

  • Led canine behaviorists and veterinarians in incorporating behavior management and training practices into veterinary handling protocols used for for over 15,000 vet visits per year

  • TDTC certified to conduct training consultations and behavior evaluations

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service area & faq
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Service Area & Out-of-Service-Area Protocols

Our service area includes any address within a 20 minute commute from 6203 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78731.

If you are outside this area, no worries!

You can meet us in Austin for training, or pay extra fees and we'll come to your home anyway.

Schedule a phone consultation to get an exact quote if you are outside our service area.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I enroll more than one dog in a training program?
    Yes, although in most situations the length of each training session as well as the price of each program increases by 50%. This allows ample time to be spent with each dog without doubling the price of the program. We offer a detailed consultation to determine the best approach for training your dogs together.
  • What training methods do you use?
    Our trainers are skilled in multiple science-backed training methodologies and apply any methods that will be safe and effective for your dog. Most training programs primarily rely on positive reinforcement training and will be supplemented with balanced dog training methods. View a detailed outline of our training methods here, and specific approaches to different goals from the menu of our website.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    Yes. You will have the option to choose a payment plan through Affirm after signing up for a program. Affirm offers payment plans from 2 to 36 months long. Learn more about payment plans through Affirm here. Varsity members simply pay $95 or more per month for training with no upfront costs.
  • Could my dog be too young or too old for training?
    We find that old dogs are the easiest to teach new tricks! However, we recommend that puppies under 16 weeks of age train on Varsity and complete a more intensive training program when they’re over 16 weeks of age. This ensures you have a sound plan for potty training, crate training, socialization, and preventing bad habits from day one. Schedule a phone consult with a trainer to get started today.
  • Can I cancel Varsity at any time?
    Yes! You can pause or cancel your Varsity membership at any time.
Schedule a Consult

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