We spend a lot of time helping clients understand the importance of picking a dog that is a good fit for them. When people are looking for their perfect pet, they usually want a dog that mirrors their own nature. If you’re energetic and a real go-getter, you might want an athletic dog who can keep up with you.
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Everyone knows how important it is to make a good first impression. This counts just as much for our canine friends as it does for other humans. Just like us, dogs are social creatures. We need to know how to make a polite greeting for them too.
Have you ever wondered whether your pooch loves your praise or that tasty treat more? Well a recent study seems to suggest that it may be a soothing voice that your dog really wants.
Humans do a lot of things that just drive dogs insane. We try to make our dogs act like humans, BUT they’re dogs.
Submissive urination is a fairly common problem, especially with smaller dogs and puppies. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine if the urination is caused by other issues, such as:
Leashes are a necessity if you're a dog owner. Choosing the right leash is nearly as important as making sure you are feeding your dog the right food or getting them the right training. Almost every dog I know will chase anything new and exciting that moves, if given the opportunity.
Sometimes that adorable curiosity can land them in big trouble though. That's where the tried and true dog leash comes in handy. So, it’s extremely important to make sure you're using the right leash for your dog, and avoiding the ones that might harm them.Here’s DogBoy’s three simple steps to guide you toward the right leash for your dog:
First: DON'T Use These Dog Leashes
Before we discuss our recommendation on the right leashes for your dog, let’s make sure you know the wrong ones first.
I understand completely why someone would want to use this leash at first glance. They're inexpensive, have a nice handle, and it seems like it gives your dog a sense of freedom while you maintain control. However, the Flexi Leash is a long, thin line that can easily wrap around a person and trip them up or cause injury. It has caused burns, cuts, and other serious injuries to dogs and humans alike.
You also don’t want to use any leash that cinches your dog’s neck or body. These leashes can actually cause permanent damage to your dog’s trachea and neck. It’s difficult to control the tightness of the leash and accidents can easily happen with an over-enthusiastic dog.
This is a re-post (with some changes of course) of our article about the dangers of mixing Dogs and fireworks on New Year’s Eve and some ways to help. These all are equally true for Independence Day! Here’s our guide for keeping your dog safe and sound this July 4th.
Independence Day is a fun time for a lot of people. They love to go out, watch the fireworks and have a great time with all of their friends. For many dog owners, their dogs are their best friends, so they take their dog along to holiday festivities without hesitation, including to watch fireworks on July 4th.
This is a bad idea.
Here’s why you should avoid fireworks with your dogs on the holidays, and some options for you if you intelligently choose to enjoy the fireworks without them:
1. Fireworks Are Incredibly Stressful For Dogs
On July 4th humans see fireworks and understand the context of these explosions. So, the stress response in the average person has been desensitized and our brains do not sense the need to shift into survival mode. Some people may be more sensitive to the sound, but most of the time, barring extreme or traumatic circumstances in certain individuals, they still understand that fireworks do not present an immediate danger.
Dogs do not understand the context of human holidays or fireworks - they just see and hear big explosions in the sky and fear the worst.
Figuring out how much to feed your dog is something that many dog owners struggle with. Dogs are great at convincing us that they are starving to death using those big puppy eyes. It’s very tempting to cave in and give them more food. But, you have to be careful about how much you feed your dog, and be vigilant with their portion sizes.
Approximately 58% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity causes tons of problems in our dogs, ranging from health-related joint issues, diabetes, and even behavioral issues.
OK, So How Much Should I Feed My Dog?
Unfortunately this question is completely subjective. The easy approach is to follow the guidelines printed on whichever bag of food you buy. Be careful that you feed the recommended amount for your dog's ideal weight, not their current weight.
The higher quality food you buy, the less you need to feed. Higher quality foods are more nutrient-dense and have less filler in them, therefore your dog needs less in order to get their required nutrition.
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 away. Force-free methods let puppy training begin at just a few days old, if needed.
Starting Puppy Classes as Soon as Possible is Vital
Puppy classes are some of the most important and effective means of early development. We recommend starting these basic courses as soon as you get your new puppy.
You and your puppy will learn vital skills. More importantly, you will learn how to communicate with each other and develop a bond that will carry into their adult life. Beyond personal growth for you and your puppy, classes expose them to new people, new places, new objects and new dogs, giving them invaluable socialization skills and experience.
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, when we think about what a dog should know, we go to those usual basics. While knowing these skills is vital for your dog and you to have an enjoyable relationship, there are some skills that we tend to not think about, or overlook:
This is something that I put a large amount of stock in. It is extremely important for dogs to be able to self-soothe and self-settle. This means that a dog who is not being directly interacted with can simply hang out without trying to do a million things at once. You would be surprised at how few dogs have this skill.