About Us

Ever dreamed of becoming a professional dog trainer?

See why Starmark Academy is the smart choice in canine careers.

Housing

We offer on-site student housing for those students who prefer to stay on campus for the length of the course. Fourteen manufactured homes are situated on the property. For the convenience of our students, some houses are just a short walking distance from the classroom, training building, and kennels, while the rest are only a one minute drive away. Students using on-site housing will enjoy:

  • All bedrooms are private, not shared
  • Each bedroom has a lockable door, bed, dresser, and closet (bring your own linens)
  • Each house will be shared between 2-4 same sex students
  • Common areas of every house to be shared by housemates and are fully furnished:
    • Large Fenced Backyard
    • Laundry room with one washer and one dryer
    • Living room with TV and Furniture
    • Kitchen complete with cookware, dishes, and silverware, oven/stove, refrigerator/freezer, toaster,
    • coffee maker, microwave, and a common eating area

RV Parking

Starmark Academy has RV parking with electrical hookup and a bathhouse nearby. Parking is located within a short walking distance from the classroom, training building, and kennels. RV Parking is available for $275 per month. This is our most economical on-site housing option.

Classroom

Our climate controlled classroom seats up to 30 students. Approximately 25% of the course time is spent in the classroom for lectures, discussions, videos, and other presentations. WiFi access is available inside the classroom, where you will also find a public student computer and printer, shared student refrigerator and modest kitchen for quick lunch breaks, overhead screen, and whiteboard.  Just outside the classroom is a vending machine, comfortable bathrooms, and our Pro Shop.  Students will have a key and 24 hour access to the classroom.

Training Building

Most of the hands-on training is done in our 9,600 square foot indoor climate controlled training building. In addition to central heating and AC, the building is fully lighted with fans throughout. It features Mondo sports flooring, a rubberized flooring that gives energy back, and has been used for a total of 18 Olympic games. For training, there are 2 full sets of agility equipment, and all necessary equipment for Scent Detection and Search and Rescue, as well as many other props and supplies. In the training building you will find convenient restrooms, a fridge for dog treats and training purposes, a desk area with WiFi access, bleachers for seating during demonstrations, and a white board. Students will have a key and 24 hour access to the training building.

Canine Holding Area

Inside the training building you will find a private air conditioned room that is student-access only. Inside are student-assigned crates and lockers. This room is used to hold dogs for short periods of time during class training periods, to allow for the maximum convenience and the best possible time management for students. Each student will also have an assigned locker to store training equipment or other personal items.

Fenced Sports Field

The outdoor sports field is a specially leveled, fully fenced training area. It is sized at 100 meters x 80 meters. Along the outside of the field there are bleachers for spectators.

Student Boarding Kennels

Our boarding kennels boast 200 indoor/outdoor climate controlled kennels with solid partitions between kennels to allow for maximum privacy and minimum stress for the dogs. Student Kennels are provided for boarding all of the rescue dogs from local organizations who are being trained by students during the program. If circumstances call for it, a “Day Run” may also be provided for students’ personal dog(s). A grooming facility is also available to accommodate students’ dogs.

Pro Shop Discount

Our on-site Pro Shop carries a limited inventory of dog care, training, and recreational products to make life easier for our clients and students. Among the products you will find in the shop are Starmark Pet Products, created by professional trainers here at Starmark Animal Behavior Center. Students receive a 10% discount on all products in the shop.

Activities

Starmark Academy offers many fun activities for you to enjoy with your dog in your off time! The 360 acre ranch has a lake, ponds, and ample space where students can enjoy extracurricular activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, and more! No other school comes close to the accommodations and activities Starmark Academy provides for its students.

  • Beach Club includes fun-agility equipment, a bone-shaped pool for swimming with your 4 legged friend, and space to play fetch, or whatever else your dog likes to do!
  • Dog Adventure Trail is two miles of trail winding through the hills and woods with varying difficulty of terrain.  The most unique feature of the trail is the obstacles along the first half mile loop that were built specifically for dogs, including jumps, tunnels, and bridges.
  • Large Pond with easy entry for the dogs, BBQ area and picnic table.
  • 22 Acre Lure field to exercise, train, and play with your dog!

There are a lot of local choices for the humans as well! Starmark Academy is less than thirty minutes from Austin, Texas, a big city with a small town heart- sophisticated and laid-back at the same time. The Texas hill country, Colorado River, lakes, greenbelts, and waterways make Austin’s natural beauty the pride of those who live here. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, and water sports are a big part of the local lifestyle for you to enjoy.  Austin is rich in attractions, such as: historical sites, the University of Texas, museums, galleries, and theater companies. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” an eclectic variety of music can be seen any night of the week. Austin’s central location allows for easy day trips to Dallas, San Antonio, and the Texas Gulf Coast.

Operations

Starmark is more than just a school- it is the pinnacle of the dog world.  You will see first hand Starmark Animal Behavior Center’s Certified Professional Training and Behavior Specialists working with clients, conducting group classes, and training in-kennel dogs daily. Find out why people from the world over seek training with Starmark. This is your ultimate real-world classroom.

Tours

We invite and encourage those interested in Starmark Academy to tour our campus and student housing, and have any questions answered by one of our instructors. See for yourself why Starmark Academy is in a class of its own.

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