What’s Wrong With Services Like Wag And Rover?

By | 2018-04-30T23:56:51+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Before we begin, we’d like to say that DogBoy’s isn’t in the business of bashing other companies or people. We do have strong opinions, however, and dog safety is one of our foremost concerns, both at the Ranch and elsewhere. That’s why we [...]

8 Fun Canine Sports: How You Can Get Involved

By | 2018-04-18T03:45:19+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA With spring already upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s a perfect time for you and your dog to get your game on! Canine sports are not only a great outlet for energy, but they provide a powerful opportunity to strengthen [...]

Why Is My Dog Whining, And How Do I Stop It?

By | 2018-04-09T01:23:49+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA If you’re not fluent in doginese, it can be easy to interpret your dog’s whining as, well... simply whining. However, just like with human babies, not all cries and whines are made equal. Depending on the tone and the context, your dog may [...]

How To Teach Your Dog Impulse Control

By | 2018-03-28T15:33:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Self control doesn’t come naturally to canines (surviving on scavenged scraps for thousands of years will do that to you!). Imagine your dog as a little toddler: impulsive, impatient— just living for the moment without thinking of any consequences. If they see some [...]

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

By | 2018-03-29T16:11:42+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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 [...]