How To Train For Nosework

By | 2017-11-22T12:53:41+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Last summer we talked about Agility training and other fun canine sports. This week we wanted to shed light on a less well known, but equally enjoyable activity: nosework. In this article we’ll cover the basics of training your dog’s nose and show you [...]

Is My Dog Depressed And What Do I Do About It?

By | 2017-10-21T11:19:36+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Although people tend to stereotype man’s best friend as carefree and happy-go-lucky, dogs are much like humans when it comes to sadness, anxiety, and even more serious mental health issues like depression. Canine depression can rob your dog’s desire to play, depriving them of [...]

Should You Use A No Pull Harness? Or – How Do I Stop My Dog From Pulling?

By | 2017-10-15T23:22:16+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Walking your dog provides an essential combo of play, exercise, and bonding that’s key for building a healthy canine relationship. Unfortunately, many owners dread the trip outside due to their dog’s excessive pulling and/or leash reactivity. To make matters worse, “balanced” trainers and big [...]

Why Does My Dog Lick Me?

By | 2017-10-14T18:50:58+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Dog Behavior|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. If you’ve been following our blog, then you know that we love to debunk dog myths and explain the seemingly inexplicable when it comes to canine behavior. This week, we’re going to explain why our dogs like to lick us, and we’ll explore how [...]

DogBoy’s Book Club: 9 Books Every Dog Lover Should Read

By | 2017-09-24T22:22:13+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Dog Training, Pet Interest|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Before we begin, we want to acknowledge that there are tons of great dog books out there- From timeless classics like Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, to kid’s series like Hank the Cowdog and Walter the Farting Dog [...]

How To Play Tug The Right Way

By | 2017-09-16T09:49:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Dog Fun, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Tug is a timeless classic when it comes to dog games. Who knows how long man’s best friend has been playing tug, perhaps since the first time hunter and dog wrestled over a bone, only to find that they enjoyed it! [...]

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

By | 2017-09-10T21:42:46+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Ah, one of the great mysteries of life: why oh why does my dog eat grass? Owners have struggled with this riddle for years. Are their tummies upset? Are they lacking vitamins? Is grass just delicious? If you’ve been puzzling over [...]

What If My Dog Doesn’t Do Well At Doggy Daycare?

By | 2017-08-18T10:15:00+00:00 August 21st, 2017|dog boarding, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. We believe that DogBoy’s offers one of the most unique dog boarding and daycare experiences in the greater Austin area, but we understand that not every dog is ready to hang out at The Ranch. If you think your dog may [...]

Introducing DogBoy’s At Home – Dog Walking Services!

By | 2017-08-18T09:58:57+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Dog Fun, dog sitting Austin, Dog Training|

By Courtney Emken Hello everyone, it’s your resident DogGirl here, and I’m proud to announce DogBoy’s brand new Dog Walking Services! We’ve been hard at work planning this newest venture, so join me as I walk you through the finer points and we’ll see which plan is best for your family. How It Works: The [...]

6 Ways To Reduce Your Dog’s Shedding

By | 2017-08-18T10:27:40+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Throughout the year, and especially during the sweltering summer months, dogs shed their excess fur to keep their coat fresh and clean. Humans actually do the same thing, but we don’t quite create the mounds and mounds of lost hair as [...]