Can My Dog Sleep On The Bed?

By | February 17th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP So many people tell us about how their dog sleeps in the bed with them. But is it okay? Surprisingly, this is not as simple a question as it may seem. For many, it feels natural and comforting to let their canine companion [...]

My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated, What Do I Do?

By | January 27th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP While it may sound unlikely, some dogs just aren’t all that excited about their food. Since treats are such an integral part of positive-based training, owners of non food-motivated dogs can run into significant trouble, even while learning the basics. Luckily, there’s something [...]

How to Stop Resource Guarding Behavior

By | January 25th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Trainers, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

co-written by Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Does your dog growl when you reach for her dinner bowl? Do they growl and snap at your spouse when they get into bed with you? These behaviors and others like them are often diagnosed by trainers as resource guarding behavior. Resource guarding is when dogs control [...]

Aren’t All Austin Dog Trainers the Same?

By | November 30th, 2016|Dog Trainers, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

It’s easy to assume that all Austin dog trainers might be cut from the same cloth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Austin has a diverse array of philosophies and practices when it comes to dog training. Here’s our guide to the Austin dog trainer scene to help you make the right choice for [...]

YOU Determine How Much Dog Training Costs…Here’s Why.

By | June 6th, 2016|Dog Training Austin TX, DogBoy's Staff & Trainers|

The two questions I hear a lot from potential clients are: “how much will training cost?” and “how long will training take?”. These questions are not easy to answer, especially if I haven’t met your dog yet. Each dog has their own unique set of needs that makes giving a blanket answer nearly impossible. However, [...]

Safety Guide: Citronella Collars And E-Collars ARE BAD For Your Dog

By | June 3rd, 2016|Dog Training Austin TX|

Most pet owners and trainers understand the serious danger of using shock collars on their dogs. They have tried several ways to find more humane alternatives. Just like any “get rich quick,” or “lose weight fast” tricks, these collars are not what they appear to be. It’s tempting to turn towards these devices because they promise [...]

Color Card Policy Updates: What You Need To Know

By | May 24th, 2016|Dog Boarding Austin TX, Dog Training Austin TX|

Color Card Policy Update Effective June 1, 2016 Dear Dog Lovers, DogBoy's was created over 20 years ago so dogs could have a safe, fun place to play and board with other dogs. Recent changes in Austin, including the no-kill initiative (which we fully support!), have increased the numbers of orange and red card dogs we see [...]

"When Should I Start Training My Puppy?" Hint: Sooner than you might think

By | May 13th, 2016|Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, puppy training|

This is a commonly asked question by clients at DogBoy’s, and for good reason! Lingering misconceptions that come from the old days of training tell you to wait six months to a year before you begin. While that was true then, the current approach to dog training is more flexible and allows you start right [...]

The Easiest Trip To The Vet EVER–Here’s How

By | May 2nd, 2016|Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

Does your dog love to going to the vet? I would expect if you’re reading this, the answer is probably no. What if I told you there was a way to make your dog love going to the vet and voluntarily submit to shots, injections, and other medical procedures without any fuss? I’m not crazy, [...]

3 Life Skills EVERY Dog Needs To Know (Hint: This Helps You Too)

By | April 29th, 2016|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, dog bonding, Dog Trainers, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

So your dog knows how to sit, down, stay, come when called, leave it, and walk on a loose leash. That's great. Those are extremely important foundational behaviors that all dogs should know, especially when you ask them to. But, what about the behaviors that we'd love our dogs to perform on their own? Generally, [...]