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 [...]

The 7 Best Jobs For Dog Lovers, And Should I Go That Route?

By |2018-01-08T01:44:03+00:00January 8th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott, CPDT-KA Bart knew when he saw a guide dog save a blind man from falling down a flight of stairs that he wanted to help dogs help people. Since then we’ve built a community around loving dogs and spent over twenty years in the [...]

Is Fostering a Dog Right For Me?

By |2017-12-22T00:20:51+00:00December 26th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, dog owners|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott, CPDT-KA Sometimes you know you need a dog in your life, but aren’t sure whether you’re ready to adopt just yet. Adoption is an incredible commitment. You’re signing on to be an animal’s caretaker for the foreseeable future, and many of us simply aren’t [...]

How To Train For Nosework

By |2017-11-22T12:53:41+00:00November 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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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 [...]