“What Foods Should I Feed My Dog?”– Hint: DON’T ask the vet

By | 2017-08-23T17:20:26+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog diet, dog health, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

  It’s Between You and Your Dog Deciding what to feed your dog is a very personal decision. At DogBoys, we see everything from people cooking every meal for their dog, to dogs that are on a raw food diet, or even dogs that eat some bottom of the barrel brand their whole life and [...]

The Top 5 Reasons You Should NEVER Use Prong Collars

By | 2017-08-24T09:39:53+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog care, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, Dog Wellness|

There are lots of aversive training tools out there, and pinch or prong collars are among my least favorite. Prong collars have metal spikes turned inward that pinch a dog's neck. If used inappropriately, they can actually put holes in a dog’s skin and cause major damage to a dog's neck. A lot of people [...]

Does My Dog Have OCD?

By | 2017-08-15T16:48:00+00:00 March 9th, 2016|canine compulsive disorder, Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, dogs, sick dogs|

  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a human anxiety disorder that causes those affected by it to disrupt their daily life by getting caught up in patterns. For example, the urge to turn the light on and off 33 times before you leave any room. It is not a very well understood disorder, and can be [...]

10 Tips: The Perfect Nail Trim For Your Dogs

By | 2017-08-23T17:15:21+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog care, Dog Fun, dog grooming|

  It's no big secret, most dogs don't like getting their nails trimmed. Many dogs, especially dogs that might be on the spoiled side, will do everything they can to keep you from clipping their nails. We recommend gathering up a little bit of patience, a lot of treats, and this list of tips. If [...]

Dog Breeds and Behavior: Are they intricately linked?

By | 2017-08-23T17:13:11+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog breeds, Dog Trainers, Dog Training, dogs|

  When this topic came across my desk to write for the DogBoy’s blog, I was very excited. This is a heavily discussed topic among professionals and the public alike, and it also frequently appears in the media. Back in November, I was lucky enough to attend the Pet Professional Guild’s very first Force Free [...]

10 Easy Steps to Give Your Dog (or Puppy) A Bath

By | 2017-08-15T17:04:09+00:00 February 26th, 2016|dog bath, Dog Behavior, dog boarding, dog boarding Austin, Dog Fun|

  Bath time with your puppy can be very stressful. It can be stressful for you, but it can be especially nerve wracking for your dog. There are several reasons for this: Some dogs don’t like getting wet. Some dogs won’t get in the tub. Some dogs had a bad experience with the tub previously. [...]

Fence Fighting with Neighbor Dogs: How & Why to Stop It

By | 2017-08-23T15:49:43+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, dogs|

  Fence fighting between dogs is one of the most common nuisance behaviors that I talk to dog owners about. A lot of owners will shrug it off, insisting that “they just want to play”. Sometimes, that is true. We see it out here sometimes: Dogs will engage in fence fighting ferociously along the fence. [...]

Is Your Dog (Mis)Behaving in Public? Don’t Worry. Here’s Why.

By | 2017-08-25T10:33:38+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Dog Behavior, Dog Trainers, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

  Dog owners worry WAY too much about their dog’s behavior in public. It’s understandable though. If there is one thing most people have in common, it’s that we wish we cared less about what other people think of us. The vast majority of us care a lot about how we are perceived in public. [...]

Pet or Partner? 38% of Americans Choose Their Dog Over Their Partner

By | 2017-05-07T13:13:54+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, dog bonding, dog owners, dogs|

  As Americans, we are very proud of our independence, both as a nation and as individuals. So, it might not be that surprising that many dog-loving Americans have said, in a new poll, that they prefer their dog to their partner. The poll made a big splash on Huffington Post and other news outlets [...]

The “Help! My dog is biting and snapping at people!” Problem

By | 2017-08-15T17:21:09+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog biting, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, reactive dogs|

  Dog biting is one of the most common behavior topics that come up when you have a general conversation about dogs and dog behavior. Which, given some of the real data behind dog bites, is a little strange. However, anything that presents a danger to humans will usually be a high priority to deal [...]