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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2017-09-24T22:22:13+00:00September 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+00:00September 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! [...]

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

By |2017-08-18T10:15:00+00:00August 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+00:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

Should You Train A Dog For Home Defense?

By |2017-08-06T14:50:52+00:00August 7th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. At DogBoy’s, we frequently get asked about how to train a guard dog, or which breed is best for protection. Today, we’re going to go in-depth about the misinformation surrounding this issue. We’ll break down why you don’t want a “guard” [...]

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 [...]

So Why Do Puppies Need Training?

By |2017-07-17T12:39:43+00:00July 19th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. As a dog (and puppy) training facility, we’re obviously going to advocate that you get your puppy trained by yourself, a professional, or a combination of the two. We think that training is an integral aspect of a healthy dog-owner relationship. [...]