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5 Easy Ways To Prep Your Puppy For The Real Big World

Posted by Courtney Emken on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

You just got your brand new puppy, and you’re dying to show them off. Good news! Your puppy is excited too! They are curious about their new world and ready to explore. However, we all know the “real world” can be a dangerous place for a new puppy.

Here’s our guide for making your puppy’s big debut to the outside world memorable, rewarding, and safe.

You Don’t Have To Wait Until They Have All Their Shots

Yes, you read that correctly. If you wait until puppies have all their shots administered before taking them out then you’ve missed critical socialization time. If your puppy isn’t properly socialized then they can have:

  • Excessive Fear
  • Avoidance
  • Withdrawal
  • Anxiety
  • Reactivity

According to the AVSBA, behavioral issues are the leading cause of death in dogs under 3 years old. Poorly socialized puppies often end up in shelters and are euthanized.

However, the socialization window occurs when your puppy is most susceptible to infection. You need to be careful and keep them away from dangerous areas. Puppy classes and in-home visits are safe ways to socialize your puppy. You need to wait until they’ve had at least 1-2 rounds of boosters to take them out in the general public.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog boarding, dogs, Pup Academy, puppy training

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

What Kind Of Dog Should I Get?

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

This question gets asked a lot by friends and clients alike. The truth is, it’s a highly personal decision that requires careful consideration of many factors.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog boarding, dogs, getting a new dog

Top 10 Ideas for Doggy Date Night - Destination: Austin

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 @ 09:04 AM
Odd Dog CouplePlenty of people in Austin, TX take their dogs with them for doggy dates. Sometimes we go on doggy dates as play dates with friends' dogs, or romantic outings with significant others and their furry friends. We know how challenging it can be to come up with new and interesting date ideas. Making those dates or outings dog-friendly can be even more work.
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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Park, dogs, dog park austin, dog dates

15-point Checklist You Need Before Getting A New Dog Or Puppy

Posted by Lydia Gytri, CPDT-KA on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

1. How Much Time Do You Have For A Dog?

Before getting a dog, make sure you have the time for one. You should have a clear idea of your family’s activity level, and how much time you have to dedicate to training and enrichment activities. Examples of enrichment activities with your dog include:

You will want to make sure your dog’s energy and needs will be compatible with what you can give. Dog’s age, breed, and upbringing can contribute to their overall behavior.

2. Go Get A Dog Crate Immediately

The dog crate is AMAZING! It’s a great tool to help with housetraining young puppies as well as adult dogs. Crates also help keep your house safe while your new dog is adjusting to their new environment and learning what types of behaviors are acceptable in their new home.  You should treat any new dog in your household as if they aren't house trained initially.

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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Training, New Dog, dog boarding, dogs, dog boarding Austin, getting a new dog, dog adoption, Dog Trainers, Dog training Austin

10 Ways To Connect With A Dog You Love Daily

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

So, you love your dog, and your dog loves you. Actually, your dog thinks you’re the bee’s-knees. Here’s the problem: Your day to day sometimes gets too busy to always connect with your dog.

We get this question a lot from our customers:

“What are some ways to connect with my dog on a deeper level and on a daily basis?”

I want to give you ten tips for how to connect with your dog daily. Dogs need regular interaction. They don't have an autopilot setting. You don’t have to go to great lengths to connect daily, but dogs are very social animals and will definitely benefit from extra interaction with you.

#1 Have them do work or tricks for their food

Dogs love to please and food is a great reward. So rather than just letting them eat out of the bowl whenever they want, you can get some playtime in and make them work for it. You'll both be excited, doing something fun together, and connecting with each other.

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Topics: Dog Training, dog boarding, dogs, Dog training Austin, dog bonding

Does My Dog Have OCD?

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a human anxiety disorder that causes those affected by it to disrupt their daily life by getting caught up in patterns. For example, the urge to turn the light on and off 33 times before you leave any room. It is not a very well understood disorder, and can be very difficult to live with. Oftentimes, you will hear someone make a joke along the lines of “oh yeah, I’m so OCD about that”.

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Topics: Dog Training, dogs, dog behavior, Dog training Austin, sick dogs, canine compulsive disorder

Dog Breeds and Behavior: Are they intricately linked?

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

When this topic came across my desk to write for the DogBoy’s blog, I was very excited. This is a heavily discussed topic among professionals and the public alike, and it also frequently appears in the media.

Back in November, I was lucky enough to attend the Pet Professional Guild’s very first Force Free Summit. While I was there, I was able to attend a seminar presented by Ken McCort on this very subject. It was a fascinating seminar, and it left me feeling much more educated on how breed and behavior inform each other.

It also provided me with an answer to the question. The answer: Yes, and no.

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Topics: Dog Training, dogs, dog behavior, Dog Trainers, dog breeds

Fence Fighting with Neighbor Dogs: How & Why to Stop It

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

Fence fighting between dogs is one of the most common nuisance behaviors that I talk to dog owners about. A lot of owners will shrug it off, insisting that “they just want to play”. Sometimes, that is true. We see it out here sometimes:

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Topics: Dog Training, dogs, dog behavior, Dog training Austin

Stressed Out or Anxious Dog? Try Giving Them Some Tea...

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

You might be thinking, “Give my dog tea? Have you lost your mind?” No, I haven’t lost my mind. Brewing certain types of teas in the correct amounts has been shown to help reduce anxiety in dogs. And, as you probably know very well, a relaxed dog makes for a more relaxed human.

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Topics: Dog Fun, Dog Training, dogs, dog stress, sick dogs, natural remedies, dog anxiety

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