DogBoy's Dog Blog

Why Is My Dog Shy, and What Do I Do?

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

While dog lovers tend to be more extroverted, many dogs are actually quite the opposite. At DogBoy’s, we like to affectionately call these dogs “wallflowers.” These dogs feel the most comfortable when out of the spotlight.

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Topics: Dog Wellness, dog owners, dog anxiety

I Have Allergies, Can I Get A Dog?

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

Many dog lovers are cursed with pet allergies that get between them and their furry friends. While they may never grab a tissue for you, picking the right dog can help alleviate your allergies immensely.

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Topics: Dog Safety, dog owners

How To Fall In Love With Your Dog AGAIN

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

Bonding with your dog happens through training almost automatically. So, I thought writing this would be a cinch. However, after thinking through how our clients approach training, I realized a lot of dog owners and dog lovers get caught up in the how of training and not the why. It’s understandable, because we think about getting visible results when we invest in training. One result we don’t immediately consider is how we can improve our human-dog bond exponentially by going through dog training together.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog owners, dog bonding

4th Of July Safety: Dogs And Fireworks DO NOT Mix

Posted by Courtney Emken on Sat, Jul 2, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

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.

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Topics: Dog Safety, dog owners, dog behavior

How To: 3 Easy Steps To Introduce a New Dog to Your Current Dog(s)

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Adding a new dog to your home can be a very exciting time. Usually the whole household is happy, but we often don’t think about introducing this new dog to our current one. They’re both dogs so they have to get along… right? Not necessarily.

Here are some helpful tips for making some smooth introductions (with dogs that is).

#1 Keep Your Current Dog In Mind When Picking A New One

For instance, you might not want to adopt an exuberant puppy if you have a 15 year old dog in failing health. Many dogs are very specific about what types of dog’s they’re comfortable with. They could have problems with a new dog’s:

The first step to having a cohesive household is making sure that your dog’s personalities match. Be familiar with your dog’s preferences and steer clear of dogs they won’t get along with. Don’t adopt a hyper-active Vizsla and expect them to be a good fit for your grumpy couch potato.

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Topics: Dog Training, dogs, dog owners, dog health

Pet or Partner? 38% of Americans Choose Their Dog Over Their Partner

Posted by Courtney Emken on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

As Americans, we are very proud of our independence, both as a nation and as individuals. So, it might not be that surprising that many dog-loving Americans have said, in a new poll, that they prefer their dog to their partner. The poll made a big splash on Huffington Post and other news outlets back in August 2015. The survey was originally conducted for, a pet subscription box service.

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Topics: dog boarding, dogs, dog owners, dog behavior, dog bonding

Dog Training: "There are too many options, what do I choose?"

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 18:10 PM

When you are first thinking about training your dog, it’s very easy to get caught up in this cycle of questions:

  • “Is dog training worth the money?”
  • “My dog has no glaring behavior problems, why should I train them?”
  • “What would me and my dog focus on in dog training?”
  • “Does my dog really need dog training?”
  • “There’s too many options, where do I even start?”


It can be difficult to figure out the answers to these questions, for your specific situation, by scouring Google, Yelp, and other internet resources for answers. Even if you do have a specific goal with your dog, where should you start? It can be tricky to make the right choice. The good news is, this week we are going to walk you through the different training service options we offer at DogBoy’s Dog Ranch to help you answer that very question.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Events, dog owners, Pup Academy, Dog Trainers, Private Lessons

A Fresh Perspective on Dog Care

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

The DogBoy’s difference is customer loyalty

I wanted to take some time today to thank our customers, both human and canine, and our team. I had an experience that reaffirmed my belief that two key differences DogBoy’s Dog Ranch has over our competitors is customer loyalty and an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate staff.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working the front desk at DogBoy’s. We have owned this business for 20 years. I started out being the one and only Receptionist. Back then, I still had another full-time job. I would answer calls on the way to work and return calls in the evening after I got home (along with a laundry list of other duties and tasks). Anyone who has gone through the process of starting a business might be familiar with this sort of routine. Since that time, we have grown to around 35 employees.

I stay fairly busy with the logistical side of running the Dog Ranch, so I had completely forgotten what it takes to work the front desk. Luckily, my office manager had agreed to help me. She knew what we needed to do, and I knew some of what we needed to do, so together we made a great team. It was an wonderful opportunity to interact with all of the amazing and loyal DogBoy’s customers.

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Topics: Dog Park, dog boarding, dog kennel, dog owners

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