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Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Scratching (And What To Do About It)

By |2018-03-29T16:11:42+00:00March 29th, 2018|Dog Behavior|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Most dogs love a good scratch from time to time, especially from an owner who knows their sweet spots. However, too much of a good thing can be bad— and scratching is no exception. Excessive scratching is a symptom of several serious conditions, [...]

What Is Barrier Reactivity And How Do I Stop It?

By |2018-03-23T16:23:04+00:00March 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Reactivity comes in many forms. For some dogs, wearing a leash is all it takes to trigger the urge to lunge and bark. Some pups with react fiercely when other people approach their owners, or enter their homes. For others, they may get [...]

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

By |2018-03-12T01:25:18+00:00March 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The urge to dig is a canine family trait. Wolves, foxes, and coyotes are all known to carve dens and hidey-holes across their territory. However, dogs don’t really act like wolves. So where does this compulsion to litter your yard with miniature foxholes [...]

How To Get Past Grooming Anxiety

By |2018-03-12T01:09:31+00:00March 14th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA One of the most common canine phobias that we’ve seen at DogBoy’s is the fear of groomers and grooming. For many owners, getting their dog groomed can be as harrowing as taking them to the vet. There may be multiple underlying causes contributing [...]

How Aversive Trainers Endanger Your Dog

By |2018-03-12T00:47:56+00:00March 12th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​CPTD / KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA If you’ve followed our blog, you know that we’ve been vocal opponents of aversive dog training right from the start. We’ve warned about the damages inflicted by tools like shock collars, choke chains, and electric fences, and railed against the harmful [...]

My Dog Brought Fleas Inside: What Do I Do?

By |2018-03-02T22:15:38+00:00March 5th, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA We’re quickly heading towards peak flea season here in Texas. Fleas thrive in hot and humid conditions; sound like our summers to you? As the temperature and precipitation steadily rise, dog owners need to be on guard for any and all signs of [...]

How To Stop Your Dog From Chasing Everything

By |2018-02-26T02:47:31+00:00February 26th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The age-old stereotype of the mailman-chasing dog exists for good reason. Some dogs are compelled to chase just about anything. While it may be cute to watch dogs run circles around one another, it’s another matter entirely when your dog chases dangerous cars [...]

My Dog Keeps Waking Me Up…What Do I Do?

By |2018-02-21T23:47:44+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Some people are able to snooze through nearly anything, but the vast majority of us need peace and quiet to ensure a restful night. Unfortunately, dogs can often act like canine alarm clocks, barking and causing similar ruckus that disturbs you in the [...]

Does Ear Cropping Or Tail Docking Harm Dogs?

By |2018-01-31T16:58:02+00:00February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​CPTD / KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Many people might not recognize the dog breed in our header picture. If you guessed “Doberman,” then you’d be correct! Most Americans imagine Dobermans with tall ears and short tails, but these are actually unnatural features created by ear cropping and [...]

5 Tragic Mistakes People Make When Leaving Assets to Their Pets

By |2018-01-21T19:24:50+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

by Courtney Emken For many of us, our pets are members of the family.  And while many of us have planned for our pet’s care while we are alive, it is equally important to plan for our pets in the event our pet outlives us.  This is true whether you expect to outlive your pet, [...]