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Save A Life: 5 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Typically when a family starts thinking about adding a new dog to their household, most people immediately jump to which puppy they want. I totally get it. Puppies are adorable, fluffy, and you really just can’t resist puppy eyes. What people rarely consider is all of the work that goes into raising a puppy into an adult dog, like:

  • Frequent late night restroom breaks in and out of the house
  • Tons of house training and behavior training hours
  • The socialization process for your puppy
  • Possibly having your things torn up as they learn their boundaries

There's a reason people say that having a puppy is like a light version of having a newborn--it's a lot of work. Now, don't get me wrong, all of that work is TOTALLY worth it if you're willing to put in the effort.

However, you can get just as much love, affection, and incredible companionship from a dog that's already passed the puppy phase. And, in general, there's less work involved up front. Adopting an adult or older dog is an amazing way to add a new canine to your family. Here are five reasons why:

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Topics: New Dog, getting a new dog, dog adoption

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

4 Steps for Teaching your Puppy or Dog to be Alone

Posted by Meggan Porter, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Dogs, Puppies, and people can, at times, find it difficult to be alone and content. Unfortunately, for all of us, it is a vital life skill. Most people are not lucky enough to be able to take their dogs with them wherever they go, and are not willing to give up their jobs and social lives to stay at home with their dog.

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Topics: Dog Training, New Dog, dog behavior, dog crating, puppy training

Preparing for Puppy: Bringing Your Puppy Home

Posted by Courtney Emken on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 @ 09:10 AM
When you make the decision to bring home a new puppy, it isn't just a matter of finding the perfect pair of puppy eyes to fall in love with. Preparing for Puppy's arrival beforehand will allow you to welcome him or her into your home with a minimum of fuss so that you can enjoy bonding and spending time together right away.

Finding The Right Vet - The best way for you to find the vet that will fit both your needs and the needs of your new family member is to speak with trusted friends. Don't be afraid to ask the vet any question you can think of. Once you have chosen a vet, take your puppy in for their first appointment within a few days of arrival, and be sure to follow the vet's vaccination schedule.

Make A Schedule- If you live with other people, you will likely find it helpful to sit down and discuss individual responsibilities. Responsibilities may include:
  • Filling the food and water bowls
  • Exercise
  • Puppy clean-up
  • Grooming
Make sure that everyone in your family knows what their responsibility is and post the schedule in a visible place in your home.

Dog-Proofing Your Home

Puppies get into everything and for both your safety and theirs, dog-proofing your home is one of the most important aspects of preparing for Puppy's arrival. Move anything breakable or chewable to a high place out of Puppy's reach and safely secure any electrical cords. If there are areas in your house that you don't want the puppy in, securely block them off. Get rid of any potentially poisonous household plants, or put them in secure areas or up high.

Supplies

At minimum, your new puppy will need:

  • a collar and name tag
  • a leash
  • a crate
  • water and food bowls
  • toys

Your collar and name tag are a must for your new puppy. A name tag will allow your puppy to be returned to you if they manage to get out, even with the extra precaution of a microchip. Be sure it has the dog's name and your cell phone.  More than one phone number is good too!  When choosing a collar, avoid painful collars like choke chains and shock collars. Instead choose a leather collar or nylon Martingale-style collar that will stay on but not choke your new puppy.  Our favorite collar is the Premier Collar.

When buying a leash, choose a leash that is 4'-6' long and non-retractable.  Retractable leashes can cause harm to you, your dog, and the people around you if your dog gets tangled up or causes someone to trip.  A great leash/harness for walking is called the Easy Walk Harness.  It controls pulling naturally, using the dog's center of gravity.

Dogs enjoy having a den that is their 'safety' area.  This is what a crate is for: a place that is solely theirs to eat and rest. Think of your puppy's adult size when buying a crate; they will still use it when fully-grown and need room to stand up, turn around, and lie down.

Non-breakable, dishwasher-safe, non-slip bowls are best for both water and food. Clean both bowls regularly.

From your puppy's point of view, the most important supply you can buy is toys! Look for toys that not only provide a firm surface to chew on but also exercise their minds, such as Kong rubber puzzle toys. Instead of rawhide chews, supply your puppy with hollow bones that you can stuff with cheese or peanut butter.

Training

Training is a must to turn your puppy into a healthy, happy member of the family. DogBoy's offers Foundations class to puppies 5 months and older, where our knowledgeable and experienced staff will teach you as well as your puppy. For the littlest ones, our 5-week Puppy Rotation Class will allow you to start any time.

Preparing for Puppy by following these steps will be easy and stress-free, so enjoy your new family member!

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Topics: Articles & Info, New Dog

New Beginnings

Posted by Community User on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 @ 00:10 AM
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I'm new at this word press thing - blogging is fun, but I'm no expert. So I hope you like the new look. And I'm planning more fun things for the blog so check back soon and often.

Last week, we said goodbye to a dear friend - our old boy Pepper, aka Sam from the Austin Humane Society.  He was our Nervous Nelly, our T-storm dog, with the mystery hack, his own stress bucket, and near the end, a bit of Doggie Alzheimer's.  We'd find him barking into the closet, pacing all night, sleeping all day, and falling down was unfortunately an all too familiar site.  But through it all, he got 11 good years with us (15 total) to stretch his legs and be free, and we got one helluva great dog.  We'll miss you, Boy.

DogBoy Jr. was a complete and total trooper.  He wanted to be a part of saying goodbye every step of the way.  So at his request, we took him out of school, and he said goodbye his way, with lots of love, tears, and a heavy heart.  I can't tell you how proud I was of him for being so grown up about it.

DogGirl Jr. was another story.  She had been wanting a new dog for months (after we said no to a hamster, a horse, and a miniature horse), and our excuse was always that we couldn't - because we had to take care of Ol' Pep Pep.  Well, once Pepper was gone, she wasted no time pulling up every local rescue site she could find online.  She was determined to get her new dog now!  Thankfully, we're bigger fans of delayed gratification than DogGirl Jr.  After thoughtful consideration, and much support from friends, we decided that a 3 month period of doing her chores - consistently, would earn her our undivided attention and help finding the perfect furry fit for our household.

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Not just any old dog will do, mind you, as our canine clan already comes equipped with it's own set of quirks.  First there's Tessa, the butter eater, our sweet old Yellow Lab, who gets along with everyone but puppies.  As long as you're not jumping up tugging at her ear, she will let you do almost anything to her.  Just the hint of her name, and she comes running - Did you want something, Mom?  You want to pet me, don't you?  But behind that uber-loving personality, you'll see her true nature.  Trash eater, fence fighter, counter surfer, and UPS van chaser, this lovable fur ball won't let you stay mad long, because she's just so damn sweet.

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Next comes our Dane/Lab mix Rebel who deserves an entire blog post all to himself.  Like our other two pups, Rebel was found on Crystal Bend Drive, but his story is a wee bit different.  We didn't just find him; we found his owner dumping him - at the age of only three months!  Apparently, he was rebellious (No, a puppy - rebellious?), and his owner thought he was better off on the street than at a shelter.  After we had words with his former owner (and after I called the cops on him), we decided to keep the poor guy.  Mr. Handsome, aka He Who Barks at the TV, is gloriously soft and hopelessly sweet, but can be a real turd with other overly enthusiastic dogs.  At the Dog Ranch, he is fondly referred to as an Orange Card dog, which means he can't be put with just anyone...But when you see him sit pigeon-toed, and tuck his little nub of a tail under when he sits on cold tile, you can't help but love the Marmadukian qualities in him.

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And last, and actually least in size and stature, is my little angel Noodle.  Our little 9 pounder, the Chiweenie - Senor Schnitzel, as we like to call him, is one tiny bundle of trouble.  This one wandered right up to the driveway, and was too small to throw back into the wild...Oh yes, he's a snuggler, and quite the french kisser, I might add (ewww!), but at night when the family sleeps, he is busy eating childrens' library books, and chewing holes in leather furniture.  In a group, away from his bad mommy, he seems to do fine with other dogs.  On a leash, however, he becomes a Napoleonic Kujo, and then squeals like a stuck pig when a dog says he's not afraid.  What a big baby - but I love him like I have never loved a dog before.  He is my little hero.  And you should see him on the agility field - amazing!

I know how this looks - the family of a dog trainer with imperfect pups?  You remember the pastor with the wild children, right?  Or the teacher who's kids can't spell?  So here's your proof - we're human...and we're working on it!  The point is, that finding the perfect fit for our family won't be easy, and yes, I'm sure our new dog will come with their own little set of paw-printed baggage.  But we will love her (yes, it will be a her) with all our hearts, big, small, and fur-covered.  The countdown begins!
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Topics: Uncategorized, DogBoys Family, New Dog, DogBoy's Staff, getting a new dog, rescue, death of a dog

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