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. [...]

Puppy Potty Training 101

By |2017-07-11T20:01:00+00:00July 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 Train A “Stubborn” Dog

By |2017-06-14T17:39:07+00:00June 16th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We often hear people claim that their dog is “stubborn,” and simply won’t cooperate with them on walks or listen to them during training. Luckily, we have good news. What may seem like hesitancy from your dog is likely due to [...]

Dogs Aren’t Wolves: Debunking Dominance Theory

By |2017-06-09T12:11:55+00:00June 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 [...]

How To Do Food Bowl Exercises With Your Puppy

By |2017-06-02T13:18:41+00:00June 5th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott A few articles ago, Jen and I talked about food bowl exercises as a great way to prevent resource guarding. Since then, we’ve seen some interest in the topic and thought that people might benefit from a more in-depth look at [...]

The 5 Cues Every Dog Should Know

By |2017-05-25T11:06:07+00:00May 26th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We’ve talked about tricks, easy training tips, and teaching your dog sports, but today we’re going to discuss cues that are essential to your dog’s safety and well being. Understanding and quickly answering these cues can sometimes be the difference between [...]

How To Stop My Dog From Chewing Everything

By |2017-09-22T20:56:20+00:00May 19th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Dogs like to chew everything from puzzle toys, our favorite shoes, and even their own paw pads! Chewing is a natural pastime for dogs, and can be an extremely difficult behavior to curb. Here’s our guide to preventing unwanted chewing (Hint: [...]