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How To Use A Clicker To Train A Dog

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 @ 09:12 AM

Using ‘clickers’ in animal training has been around since the 1940’s, but they didn’t catch on in popularity until recent years. In the 1990’s, Karen Pryor, one of the most respected figures in dog training, popularized their use as a positive training tool.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Trainers

Aren’t All Austin Dog Trainers the Same?

Posted by Courtney Emken on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

It’s easy to assume that all Austin dog trainers might be cut from the same cloth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Trainers, Dog training Austin

How To Crate Train My Puppy

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

We’ve previously discussed why crates are like comfy caves for your dogs. Now we want to tell you how to properly crate train your puppy, so they fall in love with their little cave.

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Topics: Dog Training, Pup Academy

Treats Or Praise: What Does Your Dog Love More?

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 09:10 AM


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.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog behavior

Evil Cage vs. Comfy Cave: 5 Reasons to Crate Your Puppy

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

Crates are “Comfy Caves” to your puppy, NOT the “Evil Cages” that they can be portrayed as. When crate training is done properly, there are tons of benefits it can provide for both dog and owner.

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Topics: Dog Wellness, Dog Training

The Quick and Easy Guide To Agility Training For Dogs - Let’s Play!

Posted by Courtney Emken on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

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.

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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Training, dog play

The 5 Easiest Tricks To Teach Your Dog

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

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

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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Trainers

Dog Training Classes: 4 Factors To Consider

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

At DogBoy’s we offer a wide variety of training types, including, but not limited to:

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Fun, Dog Training

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

3 Rules For Giving Your Dog Treats

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

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.

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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Training, dog boarding

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