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 [...]

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 [...]

The Landscape Of Dogs Is Changing: What That Means For You

By | 2017-08-18T10:29:23+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. It’s been over 20 years since DogBoy’s Dog Ranch first opened its gates to the Greater Austin canine community. In that time, we’ve made amazing stories, met some awesome dogs, and built our entire lives around loving dogs. It’s truly been [...]

How To Use Calming Signals With Dogs

By | 2017-08-11T13:35:24+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Us humans often drive dogs crazy when we ignore their “dogspeak.” Fortunately, knowing how to recognize and use calming signals allows you to both listen to your dog better, and speak to them in a language they understand. It also comes [...]

Puppy Potty Training 101

By | 2017-07-11T20:01:00+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Puppy Potting Training: Management And Prevention Puppies are gonna go when they need to go and it’s your job to prevent it from happening on the living room floor. It can take a few weeks before your puppy understands to only potty outside. To make this transition [...]

How To Care For A Formerly Abused Dog

By | 2017-08-23T15:43:34+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP & Amanda Ott Last month we discussed how to spot and report pet abuse, but today we’d like to discuss taking the next step: fostering an abused dog. Here’s how to give these poor souls the tender love and care they’ve always deserved, but [...]

Dogs Aren’t Wolves: Debunking Dominance Theory

By | 2017-06-09T12:11:55+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Thanks to a certain celebrity dog “trainer,” dominance theory has risen from the dead and spread across the country. Modern trainers who use positive methods are fighting an uphill battle against the resurgence of these outdated, ineffective, and cruel aversive training [...]