DogBoy's Dog Blog
Who doesn’t love the dog park? You get to hang out with fellow dog lovers, get some exercise in, and let your pooch have some playtime. However, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Dog parks are no exception.
Have you ever wondered what your dog is up to while they spend a rainy day at the Ranch? Just like any other day, we focus on safety, health and fun for our client dogs.
Hiking with your dog is a great way to exercise, explore, and enjoy nature. Whether you were inspired by some awesome pictures of dogs camping, or just want to try something new that your dog will enjoy, here are some tips for how to hike safely with your dog.
Agility was created in 1977 by John Varley as a spectator sport intended to fill downtime at dog competitions. Now, Agility has its own world championship and is the fastest growing dog sport in the United States.
Teaching your dog new tricks is fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding. Training your dog is also the first step towards building a strong human-dog bond
It may be tempting to toss your dog a treat when you just want to show them some love. Unfortunately, if your dog isn’t working for their treat, then you’re missing out on valuable training time. Even worse, your dog may begin to expect treats and develop unwanted demanding behavior.
Here’s our motto for treats: nothing for free.
Your dog won’t be upset at you for making them earn their treat, they’re going to love it. Using treats this way allows you to reinforce positive behaviors and enables your dog to have fun learning how to get that next treat.
The Key To Effective Treat Giving: Random Variable Rewards
You don’t want to give your dog the same treats for the same behaviors repeatedly. Think of yourself as a (generous) dog treat slot machine. Sometimes the treat is a ball or a pat on the head instead of a normal treat. Sometimes the treat is a bit of chicken, bologna, or cheese. Sometimes there’s just no treat.
Exercise is crucial to your dog’s health, in more ways than you might expect. Even something as basic as walking doesn’t simply manage your dog’s weight, it also helps to reduce hyperactivity and social anxiety as well.
However, just going on walks can be a bit boring for you and your dog. Here’s our list of interesting and challenging exercises that will get your dog moving, thinking, and having fun!
# 1 Agility
Dog agility is a dog sport where you direct your dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. In competitive agility, dogs run off leash without food or toys as incentives, and the you can't touch the dog or the obstacles. One reason we like it so much is that it doesn’t just work your dog’s muscles, but it works their brain too. Your dog is not only physically tired, but mentally exhausted from figuring out how to tackle all the different obstacles.
Agility is great for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds. There are indoor and outdoor courses and many of the obstacles are adjustable. At DogBoy’s we do “Fun-gility” where there’s no competition and dogs are free to go at their own pace. However, if you want to take it to the next level, the AKC has registered events and competitions you can compete at.
The best thing about Agility is how it strengthens your bond with your dog. You’ll watch your dog slowly gain confidence and even overcome their fears right in front of you. It’s one of the most rewarding ways to exercise with your dog.
It's the summer, yay! However, dog owners are faced with a difficult dilemma during this season:
On one hand, it’s absolutely vital that your dog gets outside to socialize with other dogs and humans. On the other hand, soaring summer temperatures cause dogs to become overheated rapidly.
Here’s our guide for how to handle the heat this summer.
Be Aware Of Your Dog’s Potential To Overheat
Certain dogs are at a much higher risk for overheating, and it can happen quickly if you’re not careful. These types of dogs must be monitored closely and their exercise and exposure must be regulated accordingly:
- Older Dogs
- Overweight Dogs
Even in the shade, dogs can easily overheat. Being obese or older increases the risk for heat stroke immensely, so it is incredibly important that you be careful with these dogs. Brachycephalic Dogs have a harder time controlling their temperature and staying cool because of their smaller snout. Some examples of dogs that are Brachycephalic include:
- Boston Terriers
These breeds get hotter much faster than other dogs and you have to pay extra attention to them.