DogBoy's Dog Blog

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Doggie Bad Breath

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 @ 09:12 AM

We love our dogs, but that doesn’t mean we love dog breath. While it’s true that some breeds are naturally more prone to having bad breath, you can take steps to reduce most dog’s foul breath.

Here’s the DogBoy’s guide for healthier and fresher doggie breath!

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Topics: Dog Wellness, dog care

How To Combat Common Pet Odors

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

Typically, a stinky pooch just needs a good bath to smell good again. However, many odors that dog lovers deal with on a daily basis are more difficult to remove, such as:

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Topics: Dog Wellness, dog health, dog care

3 Easy Ways To Soothe Your Dog's Upset Stomach

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

The first step towards soothing your dog’s upset stomach is to pay close attention to their symptoms. Every situation is different, and requires different methods to remedy the problem. So make sure you are keenly aware of what symptoms your dog is displaying in addition to their upset stomach.

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Topics: Dog Wellness, Dog Food, dog health, dog care

3 Reasons Invisible Shock Collar Fences Are Hazardous To You & Your Dog

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

Disclaimer: In this article we are discussing the use of invisible perimeter fences that shock dogs through an electronic collar. However, this is not a comment on the specific brand Invisible Fence.

Also, we want to say that we understand why some people see a need for using invisible shock collar fences in some very special circumstances. Some dogs just cannot be contained, and invisible shock collar fences are often looked to as the last resort for a desparate owner.

Finally, for the person that argues that you can use these types of "fences" with the collar only on a vibration mode, please note that most owners will "turn up the heat" in frustration when the more humane mode doesn't bring the desired result.

These fences are NOT recommended. In fact, invisible shock collar fences will more likely do your dog harm than good, and here’s why.

 

#1 Invisible Shock Collar Fences Confuse And Frighten Your Dog Instead Of Protecting Them

An underground electric fence administers a shock when the remote shock collar crosses the perimeter. You may understand why this shock is happening, but your dog won't.

Dogs lack the context to comprehend why they’re being shocked. All they know is that they are in pain for no apparent reason, and this creates fear and confusion in your puppy. Your dog may eventually start to associate the fence line, or the perimeter of your home, with pain and anxiety. This combination almost always leads to unwanted displacement behaviors in dogs.

Invisible shock collar fences can cause unanticipated behavioral and health problems that are difficult to reverse because of their reliance on fear and pain. An owner may forget to take the remote collar off before a trip, and their dog will be accidentally shocked as they leave. This sort of thing actually happens a lot more often than you might think.

If a dog is repeatedly subjected to pain without an apparent cause they will start to fear whatever they’re looking at, or sensing, when the shock occurs. It could be anything from:

  • The car itself
  • Grocery bags
  • Your cologne
  • You

Now, your dog may submissively urinate when they smell that cologne or they might be hesitant to get in the car (which will complicate every vet visit!).

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Topics: Dog Wellness, Dog Safety, dog boarding, dog care

3 Easy Ways to Stop Your Dog From Begging for Table Scraps

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

We’ve all had this problem before. Your dog gets a wiff of some tasty human food, and now they’re glued next to the table at dinner time. Whether their begging is cute or not, the table scraps your dog wants are often unhealthy and possibly dangerous for them to eat.

Here’s how you can protect your dog from dangerous people food and get them to quit begging once and for all (even if it’s adorable).

# 1 - Don’t Ever Give Your Dog "Table Scraps"...Period.

The best way to stop your dog from begging is to never give them a reason to beg in the first place. Any time you feed your dog from the table, couch, counter, or wherever you prepare and eat your meals, you increase the likelihood of begging in the future. If you don’t ever feed them scraps from your plate, they’re less likely to think they can beg for food at all.

If your dog has started begging regardless of being fed from the table, the best thing to do is ignore them. It may seem cold or mean, but if you give your dog attention then you’re reinforcing the begging behavior. Moreover, if you continuously give in to their begging, they see the food as a reward for the behavior you don't want.

The better option is to just ignore them, and realize that it's better for you and your dog to not give in. Eventually, your dog will understand that the cold shoulder means no food and no attention. Then they will quit begging.

But, what should you do with the leftovers?

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Topics: Dog Wellness, dog health, dog care, dog diet

Respect vs. Reward? Why Treats Are NOT Bribery

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

We’re doing something a little different for this blog post. We have a lot to say about this topic, but it’s all been said pretty well by the article linked below.

However, this article uses some harsh language and could be taken the wrong way, so we ask that you please read our preface below before you dive in. Remember that you can always contact us if you wish to know more (or just want to hear our personal opinions on the matter).

DogBoy’s Is Passionate About Positive Reward-Based Training

Unfortunately, our passion can sometimes get us into trouble. We find ourselves walking through dog parks and watching people using choke chains, pinch collars, or prong collars on their dogs and it riles us up! It makes us sad for the poor dog and angry at the dog owner because we think that they should know better by now.

However, to be honest, not everyone who uses these methods actually understands the mental and physical damage that they're inflicting on their dogs. Some of them have even paid good money to a “well respected” trainer who has told them to use those methods, and the sad truth is that those methods do work. They just work for the wrong reasons.

These dog training methods are effective because the dog is scared of being hurt by you instead of being excited and happy to please you. They create obedience from fear and trade a loving relationship for a dominating one…

Is that really what people want for their dogs? We certainly don’t think so.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog health, dog care

5 foods you NEVER feed your dog (and a HELPFUL diet guide)

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

As responsible dog owners, it is crucial to pay attention to what we can and can’t give our dogs. Some of this information you might already know, and some of it may serve as a necessary reminder. The foods listed in this article can cause anything from just a little vomiting or diarrhea, to liver or kidney failure!

Here’s the five foods that you should never share with your dog, and a helpful diet guide so you can remember what you should be feeding your dog.

#1 Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in chewing gums and some peanut butter brands, and it’s deadlier than chocolate. While Xylitol is great for human teeth, it causes vomiting, seizures, and liver failure in dogs.

Make sure you check the ingredient list of certain foods and dental products to see if Xylitol has been added. Some products that commonly include Xylitol are:

  • Toothpaste
  • Vitamins
  • Mouthwash
  • Chewing Gum
  • Peanut Butter
  • Breath Mints

It takes as little as one pack of sugarless gum to kill your dog. Make sure you hide anything with Xylitol as far away from your pooch as possible.

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Topics: dog health, dog care, dog diet

Quick Dog Tips: “Should I Shave My Dog This Summer?”

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, May 9, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

People love getting their dogs' coats shaved for all sorts of reasons. In Texas, a lot of people get their dogs shaved because they think they’re doing them a favor during the summer. The problem is the science and anatomy of dogs doesn't back up this commonly held belief. We put on layers in the cold, and take them off in the heat. Dogs don't work the same way as humans though.

It’s easy to assume that a dog with less fur is a cooler dog. So, people naturally assume that shaving their dog will help when it's hot outside. However, depending on the breed, you could be hurting your dog’s health instead of helping them.

A Dog’s Coat Acts as Insulation

Haircuts make complete sense for us humans. But, it’s important to know that dogs don’t control their body temperature in the same way. We can lower our temperature through sweat, as the moisture cools our skin down. Dogs only sweat around certain areas like their paws, and must rely on other methods to cool themselves. If you want your dog to be able to beat the heat then you should help them groom their coat, not take it away completely.

Most thick-coated breeds are insulated by their fur, which protects them in the cold and the heat. When you shave a breed like a Husky or Golden Retriever you’re actually taking away the system that regulates their temperature. In the cold months, their undercoat traps warmth close to their bodies keeping them nice and toasty. When the temperature starts to climb, dogs shed this undercoat and rely on their overcoat to keep their skin from absorbing too much heat.

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Topics: dog boarding, dog care

The Top 5 Reasons You Should NEVER Use Prong Collars

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 @ 09:04 AM
Cute Dog Without Prong CollarThere 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 use them because they're old school tools used to teach a dog to behave and not pull on the leash. The owner simply has to jerk on the leash and the dog goes “OW! I'll stop whatever I’m doing!” Often times the poor dog doesn’t even know what they did wrong.

There are so many reasons to not use these terrible devices, so I decided to outline just a few of them. If you know anyone who still uses prong collars on their dogs, please send this article to them right away.

1. Prong collars are an OUTDATED and ineffective dog training tool.

There are still dog trainers out there using prong collars, but that doesn’t make it right! There are still several trainers that use a variety of aversive training techniques and tools. I just saw one recently. A local animal shelter had a video on their social media page of a trainer who was proudly showing off a shelter dog's leash walking skills. Here’s the problem, the dog had a prong collar on.

It shocked me, to say the least, especially because it was being used in a shelter environment, where dogs are supposed to be SAFE FROM HARM. And all I could think, besides feeling terrible for the poor dog, was: “Of course he’s going to walk nicely for you on a leash, you have a prong collar on! As soon as you take it off, he's going to run away from you!” If someone tells you that prong collars are perfectly safe for the animal, it’s not true. Even those with the best intentions get frustrated while dog training, and then that gentle tug they claim to use turns in to a rough jerk, which can really cause damage and serious behavioral consequences.

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Topics: Dog Wellness, Dog Training, dog behavior, Dog training Austin, dog care

10 Tips: The Perfect Nail Trim For Your Dogs

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

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.

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Topics: Dog Fun, dog behavior, dog care, dog grooming

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