Monday, November 28, 2011


We're in the holiday issue of Animal Wellness Magazine! Our Charlotte was interviewed for their cover feature on Choosing The Best Boarding Kennel For Your Dog. You can read the article online here!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Stay N Play's Holidays!
Photos with Santa!
Saturday, November 26th from 11am - 3pm
Saturday, December 10th from 11am - 3pm

Photos are just a $10 donation to benefit PAWS Shelter and Humane Society.
Even those who've been naughty can do something nice!

Open House!
Saturday, December 10th from 11am - 3pm
Please join us for a celebration of the season!
Refreshments! Holiday shopping!
Fun new products, toys, and food products!
Plus a gift bag for each of our guests!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Clients Oochi and Zippy are two fun-loving Braque du Bourbonnais, a breed that can be traced back to 16th Century France where they were used to hunt pheasant, upland game and waterfowl of all types. They are known as the French Pointer, a true gun dog but of smaller stature than the typical American pointer breed. They are very sweet, social dogs that love people and each other. Braque du Bourbonnais have very distinct coats and come in many colors. Oochi has been coming to Stay N Play Pet Ranch since she was a young girl. We love watching her walk herself back to her room with her leash in her mouth. She now has a younger sister, Zippy, who keeps her very busy. Zippy is a festive pup who loves to play with the large balls in the yard and run the fence with the other guests in the next yard.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Papillon twins Bella and Beau truly enjoy their time at Stay N Play Pet Ranch and so do we! We've known them since they were 12 weeks old and have watched them grow into fun, loving, playful teenagers! They both learned their puppy lessons at our Puppy Good Beginnings class and are now very well mannered and socialized. We always look forward to their vacation time. Bella and Beau love to run and play chase in the yard and we love when they pose with their ears up -- you truly see the reason Papillons are named for butterflies!

Stay N Play Pet Ranch clients Bella and Beau

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


We will be receiving delivery today of new Pure Vita grain-free products in 3 new flavors. Lately, we are finding more and more dogs developing food allergies to carbohydrates included in many dog foods. Owners are learning that grain-free products work better for their dogs. Given the increased demand, manufacturers are adding different flavors and varieties and we're very excited to begin offering Pure Vita grain-free products in Bison, Turkey and Salmon.

More about Pure Vita products by Nutrisource:

100% Proteinated Minerals
More available for absorption and more active in the body than sulfates and oxides
Marked improvement in coat quality

Digestive Enzymes
Sprayed on the outside of each kibble, to quickly activate in the digestive system

Super Premium Nutrition
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Balanced Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids (Enhanced with DHA)
No by-products and whole corn
Naturally preserved
Protected Vitamin C
Natural Anti-Oxidants

Proven Pet Food Manufacturer
More than 40 years of pet food manufacturing experience
One manufacturing facility creating a consistent product
Family-owned business working to build relationships with our customers

Monday, October 31, 2011


Today is Halloween which is why we introduce you to our client Hobbs, an Orange tabby and one of our favorite cats -- he loves to lounge in the sun and watch the dogs from the cat kurunda bed, but when it's "lights out" at night, he is the the first one to let us know it is time for a treat!

Hobbs is also a trickster as he quietly prowls, investigating if there is anything -- a toy or food or another treat -- he can reach through the kennel and snag for himself.

The handsome Hobbs is also quite mysterious. Listen closely, and you will hear him mumbling under his breath -- no doubt about those crazy, dogs playing outside!

The handsome Hobbs, one of our favorite cats.

Hobbs loves to lounge during the day, but when it's "lights out"
he is ready for a treat!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


We will have a really fun "seminar" on Sunday, October 30, at Stay N Play Pet Ranch from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. This 2 hour, one-meeting seminar introduces you and your dog to the basics of tracking. The cost of the seminar is just $50. This is an excellent opportunity to catch the tracking bug!

Our tracking seminar is geared toward giving your dog a new and exciting challenge in a fun environment - the outdoors! Our seminar is not designed for canines pursuing the AKC TD (Tracking Dog) title, but we hope that taking this seminar will give you the tracking bug and encourage you to pursue tracking - for fun or competition!

Call (512) 894-7387 to register!

Catch the "tracking bug" at our seminar on Sunday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Want to "test run" a class? Want to work with your dog but don't have time for a multi-week commitment right now? Try a rally "drop-in" or our "tracking for fun" mini-workshop at Stay N Play Pet Ranch!

Monday, October 17, 2011, 7:00-8:30 PM ($15)

Available to Austin Dog Sports' students interested in practicing full courses. Open to the public, but instruction is limited. One full Novice course is available for as many run-throughs as time and participation allow. Limited to 6 participants. Pre-registration required!

Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of the Novice Rally behaviors

Sunday, October 30, 2011, 4:30-6:30 PM ($50)

Introducing you and your dog to the basics of tracking(and an excellent opportunity to catch the tracking bug!). Give your dog a new and exciting challenge in a fun environment - the outdoors!

This “Tracking for Fun!” workshop covers:
  • A brief explanation of how the canine nose works
  • An explanation of what tracking is
  • Demonstration and practice of how to handle the line on a tracking dog
  • Demonstration and practice of how to lay a track, both straight legs and turns
  • Demonstration and practice of how to run a dog on a track and teach your dog how to follow a track
Workshop prerequisite: Dogs must be at least nine months of age, and preferably have completed a basic (pet manners) obedience class before beginning tracking. This is not so much for the skills that you learned but more so we know that your dog can remain focused on you in the presence of other dogs. If you have not completed a class, but your dog can remain focused on you in the presence of other dogs and respond to basic commands, that is okay!

Be very, very quiet...we're hunting a good time
at the Tracking for Fun workshop!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Elvis sang about hound dogs, but we have singing hound dogs!

When we hear baying in the distance on Highway 290, we know that Chase and Charlie are checking in for the weekend. As they say hello to each and every guest as they walk back to their room, we know it is time for the games to begin! These gorgeous Bluetick Coonhounds were adopted from a hound rescue group, and are two of the happiest guests we have here at Stay N Play Pet Ranch. They are always ready to play and bay! As leaders of the afternoon singalong, their talents may be ready for prime time -- rumor has it they will be starting an Americanine Idol competition in the near future!

Chase and Charlie are always in a good mood --
ready to play and bay!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Stay N Play Pet Ranch is accepting pet supply donations of dog and cat food, bedding, towels, cat litter, and toys. Local volunteers who work with PAWS Shelter and Humane Society will then deliver the supplies to groups assisting in sheltering and rescuing dogs and cats affected by the Central Texas fires.

UPDATE (9/7/11): PAWS Shelter & Humane Society volunteers spoke with shelters in Bastrop that took people and their pets and pet needs are urgent, so the first donation run will be pulling out of Stay N Play at 1pm today but that will not be the last run. We can continue to accept donations until Noon on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who already donated!

If you have not visited our facility, we are located at 2500 E. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (next to Flores Mexican Restaurant). We will take donations until Noon this Saturday (September 10). We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 5:30pm and 8:30am - Noon on Saturday.

Thank you!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


As we were thrilled to report at the beginning of August, 4 animal/handler teams, that went through the at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, passed their Delta Society Pet Partners therapy dog certification test! As Delta Society certified, these teams will be changing lives for the better visiting hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and physical therapy centers, schools, libraries and many other facilities.

If you think you and your dog would be make a great therapy dog team, we have Therapy Dog Prep Class starting this Saturday, August 27, at 11:30am. The certification prep class meets every Saturday for 6 weeks and includes the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and certification along with the prep for the Delta Society test. Please call for details! (512) 894-7387.

Debbie and Gypsy, foreground. Kevin and Callie, background.
Trained at Stay N Play and therapy dog certified!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Today we broke the old record for most triple digit days, and we’ve all felt the repercussions of this relentless heat. Even with early morning or late evening walks, hot pavement and rough, dry lawns have taken their toll on the precious paws of our four-legged friends.

At Stay N Play Pet Ranch, we use SPA Bubble Bath Paw Treatment to treat and rejuvenate rough and dry pads and feet. The combination of vanilla and milk thistle calms, and the vitamin enriched bath oils soothe. We use the bubble bath for pawdicures in our grooming salon, and we also sell the bubble bath in an 8oz size for just $10.98.

To schedule a rejuvenating pawdicure for your pup, call us at (512) 894-7387 or, to purchase your own SPA Bubble Bath Paw Treatment, stop by Stay N Play Pet Ranch.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


by Lynn Fruchey, DVM

School has started and your children’s stress levels are going up. Homework, presentations, tests, grades and peer pressure all sometimes combine to sabotage a learning environment. Did you know that your dog can help alleviate these problems? Many children see their pets as friends and confidants. Pets provide non-judgmental emotional support and can play a vital role in the development of a child’s learning and social skills.

There are library programs all over the country where groups of children are encouraged to read to dogs. The kids tend to relax and explain the stories to their furry audience. It has been found that these children’s verbal skills and reading comprehension are higher compared to control groups where the kids read out loud in a classroom of their peers. Why not start one at your school? The same technique can be applied at home for practicing presentations, reading assignments and having your children explain concepts that they have learned. Show and Tell is another outlet to celebrate the human/animal bond kids share with their pets.

Before your load up the family dog and take him to school, make sure that you’ve polished his obedience and social skills. At the minimum, your dog should be able to walk nicely on a loose leash, greet strangers politely, sit, stay and settle quietly for an extended period of time. There are several ways to accomplish these goals.

Obedience classes introduce basic commands to you and your dog in a group setting. This is the commonly seen “classroom model” of learning and perfecting skills with many distractions present. For the more advanced dogs, there are AKC Canine Good Citizen classes that focus on your dog’s social skills. Classes are the perfect starting point for a young dog or a trained dog who needs a little polishing.

Private lessons with a trainer affords one on one attention and focus on you and your dog. Results are seen fairly quickly with emphasis placed on learning 1 or 2 specific skills. This “tutor model” is an excellent choice for dogs who know the basics, but are easily distracted by other dogs. They are also good for you as a handler to fine tune your commands.

Training while boarding or day care with training is the “correspondence course model”. A trainer works intensively with your dog on 2 or 3 skills to jump start his training. You then take over at home practicing the commands the trainer has taught. This is a great alternative for a busy household or for a dog who needs to gain confidence around strangers and new places.

Children learn the easiest when they are relaxed and focused. Why not let their best furry friend help with this process?

Stay N Play Pet Ranch offers every level of training for dogs from Puppy Beginnings to Basic Obedience, Canine Good Citizen to Certified Therapy Dog Training. Contact us today at (512) 894-7387 for more information!

Tucker trained at Stay N Play and is now a certified therapy dog!
He will be working with kids helping their reading skills!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Last week, we were thrilled to report that 4 animal/handler teams that went through the therapy dog training program at Stay N Play Pet Ranch passed their Delta Society Pet Partners therapy dog certification. One of the newly certified dogs is Gypsy, who proves that shelter dogs are not broken and how patience, love, and training can change the life of a dog – a dog who will now positively impact the lives of countless others as a certified therapy dog.

After a very rough start in life, Gypsy was rescued from an Orlando, Florida shelter by Vincent and Debbie, who call themselves “the lucky people who got to adopt her.” Gypsy had obviously undergone some terrible mistreatment and was very timid and afraid (particularly of men). She had very few "real world" skills -- did not know how to get in and out of a car, did not know about sliding glass doors (smacked right into her new home’s glass patio door about three times before she figured it out), was not good at playing, and had a hard time with stairs.

But with kindness and patience, Gypsy learned those skills and, through it all, Vincent says, “she has been a beautiful companion to Debbie and myself since the very beginning.” While still living in Florida, Gypsy earned her Canine Good Citizen award in early 2010. When the family moved to the Austin area, Gypsy began additional training at Stay and Play Pet Ranch and she entered the world of being a therapy dog. In July 2011, Gypsy became a certified Delta Society Pet Partners therapy dog. Not one to rest on her laurels, she has already been doing therapy dog work at a local nursing home. She visits residents once a week and garnered a real fan club. She loves to be around people of all kinds. Although many visiting pet groups say to not dress your dog up, Gypsy truly likes her costumes, and they have brought much joy to the patients at the nursing home.

Cheers to Gypsy, you make all of us very proud!

To learn more about therapy dog training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, contact us today.

Gypsy is a certified therapy dog and an absolute angel to
the nursing home
residents she visits each week.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Cheers to our Stay N Play Pet Ranch staff for their completion of Knowing Dogs 101 and Knowing Dogs 201 – a two-stage training program developed by pet care industry leaders Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs. The Stay N Play Pet Ranch staff, from pet care technicians to the front office administrators, participated in 16 classes of study that included at-home book study and classroom sessions to learn more about dogs, dog breed temperaments, and body language. The program is not yet available to the pet care industry, but the Stay N Play Pet staff was specially selected to participate in the program as part of the “beta test” before the program is rolled out.

We’ll be sharing more about this groundbreaking program in the future, but, for now, a big thank you to the Stay N Play team for your hard work and dedication to setting the highest standards for our clients!

You think you know me, Stay N Play? Okay, maybe you do!

Monday, August 1, 2011


We are thrilled to report that 4 animal/handler teams, that went through the therapy dog training program at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, passed their Delta Society Pet Partners therapy dog certification test on Saturday. And another team that also passed used private sessions by our trainer Laura Harvey to prepare for the test. An exciting and rewarding day for Stay N Play and these remarkable teams!

As Delta Society certified, these teams can visit patients/clients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and physical therapy centers, schools, libraries and many other facilities. Today, there are over 10,000 handler/animal teams bring joy, comfort and compassion to those in need. These dedicated volunteers and their pets have been credited for helping people forget about their pain, providing distractions so nurses can perform medical procedures on pediatric patients, inspiring patients recovering from strokes to perform more physical therapy exercises than when they work with just their human therapists, and even bringing people out of comas!

If you are interested in learning more about therapy dog training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, contact us today.

Melody and Tucker.
Trained at Stay N Play and therapy dog certified!

Debbie and Gypsy, foreground. Kevin and Callie, background.
Trained at Stay N Play and therapy dog certified!

Gail and Bear.
Trained at Stay N Play and therapy dog certified!

Jennifer and Abby received private sessions
by our trainer Laura Harvey to prep for the test.
Therapy dog certified!

Friday, July 29, 2011


During the month of August 2011, all Wednesday evening classes at 6:30 PM instructed by Darla Buckner at Yoga for You will benefit PAWS Shelter and Humane Society. The Yoga for You studio is located approximately half-way between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs at 12009 Highway 290, Suite 5. The Wednesday evening class instructed by Darla is normally $15 for a 1 hour 15 minute class, but during the month of August any contribution will be accepted and donated to PAWS.

Many of you no doubt remember Darla as one of the friendly faces in the front office here at Stay N Play Pet Ranch.

“I’m so excited to be able to combine my love for animals with my love for yoga,” said Darla. “PAWS Shelter and Humane Society does such a tremendous service for Central Texas animals and the community; we’ll certainly feel that spirit in these benefit classes.”

For those interested in the Yoga for You Wednesday evening classes in August benefiting PAWS Shelter and Humane Society, there is no need to pre-register, just show up. Walk-ins are welcomed. For more information call (512) 301- YOGA (9642).

Friday, July 8, 2011


Stay N Play Pet Ranch has always been proud to carry Flint River Ranch products because it is healthy, all-natural food. But seeing their efforts to help animals affected by the recent natural disasters in Japan, Alabama, and Georgia just makes us even more proud. Flint River Ranch has shipped tons upon tons of food to these devastated areas. We are grateful and thankful for their efforts and so pleased to be a supporter of a company this caring!

Flint River Ranch dog food at Stay N Play Pet Ranch

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


What a great time we had at our booth at the Red Arena Round Up on June 4th! The kids got to train a dog to do an agility task -- weave through the orange cones, run through the tunnel, jump over a hurdle and more! Great fun and for such a great cause.

Stay N Play Pet Ranch has several training classes coming up in the next few weeks. Canine Boot Camp starts June 27th, both Puppy Beginnings and Basic Obedience start July 2nd, and we have a Fungility starting July 6th.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Our summer newsletter is out the virtual door! Tips for the hot weather, traveling with pets, and more. Read it online now here!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Stay N Play Pet Ranch is proud to be a Silver Horseshoe sponsor of, and participant in, the upcoming RED Arena Round Up at Harrison Ranch Park in Dripping Springs on Saturday, June 4th. The event will feature an inclusive rodeo, silent auction, pony rides, fair booths, and petting zoo. RED Arena is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through equine assisted activities and therapies. Learn more about RED Arena and the June 4th Round Up at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Congratulations to JoAnne Inscore and Sam “The Man" as the grand prize winner of our Founders Day Raffle of a Platinum Package. Sam, a handsome chocolate Lab, will enjoy a 3 night pet boarding stay, a 30 minute pet massage, three 15 minute playtimes everyday, a 15 minute walk daily, 1 hour dog training and, of course, pupsicles, served daily by our room service staff! Sam has been coming to Stay N Play Pet Ranch since he was a puppy in 2006. We love how he is always happy to see us, running from the car to our front door. Can’t wait until your next visit Sam, and this one is on us!

Monday, May 9, 2011


Meet other Boxer owners and their dogs at the Austin Boxer monthly meet up at Stay N Play Pet Ranch this Sunday, May 15, from 10am - Noon. We have a great agenda set up for fun and education on many topics including training tips, grooming tips, and a massage demo. Come join us for a fun filled day with your 4 legged friends!

Monday, March 28, 2011


We had a great time with Austin Yorkie Meetup earlier this month! It was a gorgeous Hill Country day at Stay N Play Pet Ranch and an adorable pack of Yorkies enjoyed a packed day of fun.

Massage demo.

Through the tunnel!

Al fresco pedicure.


Friday, March 25, 2011


We're looking forward to the Austin German Shepherd Meetup tomorrow! We'll have training, grooming, massage demos and EVO food rep will do a quick seminar on nutrition. The fun starts at 2:30pm!

Monday, February 28, 2011


There wasn't a dry eye on the pet ranch yesterday as we watched Lynn Helton's dog, Luc, become a Certified Therapy Dog. After many months of hard work by Luc and Lynn to achieve a last important step toward certification, Penny's From Heaven Foundation founder, Patsy Swendson, administered Luc's final test which he passed with flying colors. We could not put this accomplishment into any better words than the moving post Patsy just published on her blog, Patsy's Pockets of Peace. Click here to read about Lynn and Luc's journey to this final certification that will allow this special dog to change lives.

Lynn Helton and her Certified Therapy Dog, Luc!
Photo courtesy Lynn Helton.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


With winter behind us, and a definite increase in beautiful Hill Country days, there's no better time to spend time with your dog. The upcoming Stay N Play Pet Ranch training classes, starting in March, are a great way to enjoy spring and improve life for you and your four legged family member. Our upcoming spring training classes include:

Fungility: Class begins Wednesday, March 2 (6pm)
Have fun with your dog while learning games through obstacle courses. Dogs and people of all ages will enjoy this active program. This is agility in a non-competitive arena. Note: Your dog must be at least 6 months old and have completed Canine Good Citizen (CGC). If CGC was not completed at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a CGC evaluation by the trainer is required. Cost for 5 week class is $145.

Canine Good Citizen: Class begins Thursday, March 3 (7:45pm) or Saturday March 5 (11am)
This six week class is recognized nationally by the AKC and designed for dogs that want to continue polishing good manners, public behaviors, and gain national certification. Note: Your dog must have attended Basic Obedience first. If Basic was not attended at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a quick evaluation by the trainer is required. Cost for 6 week class is $145.

Canine Boot Camp: Class begins Monday, March 7 (7pm)

Bring calm focus to your out of control dog with the lifestyle change and training exercises learned in Canine Boot Camp. Cost for 6 week class is $145.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please call (512) 894-7387.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Recognized nationally by the AKC, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training is for dogs that want to continue polishing good manners, public behaviors, and gain national certification. To participate in CGC at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, your dog must have attended Basic Obedience first. If Basic was not attended at Stay N Play Pet Ranch, a quick evaluation by the trainer is required. Meet some of our recent graduates!

Traveler the Yellow Lab began her training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch as a 4 month old puppy. She has taken various classes and worked privates along with group classes. She is shown here with her owner and handler Rose Vonz at her AKC Canine Good Citizen graduation ceremony.

Kevin Scragg and Cali, a Golden Retriever, are shown here with their CGC certificate. Kevin and Cali also graduated from the Stay N Play Therapy Dog Prep Class that day completing both the CGC test and the Therapy Prep Class test! Congratulations to Kevin and Cali.

Lynn Fruchey, CGC evaluator, and Laura Harvey, Stay N Play Pet Ranch trainer, with Tucker, a PAWS Shelter and Humane Society Cell Dog graduate at his CGC graduation. Tucker is hoping to be placed shortly with a returning vet from Afghanistan or Iraq suffering from PTSD as part of the TADSAW program.

Lynn Roudebush and her Golden Retriever Bear after they completed their CGC test and passed with flying colors!

Traveler the Yellow Lab began training at Stay N Play Pet Ranch as a 4 month old puppy. She has taken various classes and worked privates along with group classes . She is shown during her exam in the down stay separation from owner segment with Laura Harvey, Stay N Play Pet Ranch trainer.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Does your dog jump, pull, bark, and bolt?

Do you long for a calm, relaxed pet enjoying life?

Then check into our CANINE BOOT CAMP!

Just six 1 hour sessions will make all the difference!

Bring a calm focus to your out of control dog with lifestyle change and training exercises. Call for our March classes -- (512) 894-7387.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


February is National Pet Dental Health month, and while we all want our animals to have clean teeth and healthy mouths, many of us can't put our dogs "under" for a teeth cleaning, and others have tried (and failed) to use a toothbrush on our pet's teeth. But we have found hope in a bottle! Stay N Play Pet Ranch is now offering Tropiclean's Clean Teeth Gel in our retail. You just rub the gel on the dog's teeth and gums -- no toothbrush needed. You do a daily application for the first 30 days, then once or twice a week. Melody, our Director of Business Operations, has used it to remove tartar on her dogs, Roscoe and Sadie, with great results. Because the Tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel kills germs, it also freshens breath. The “kit” we sell is less than $16 and comes with a sample of the Tropiclean's oral care water additive. The gel supply lasts about 2 months for 2 dogs (1 dog = 4 months). It really is a great deal.

We have used the Tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel with great results.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Stay N Play Pet Ranch’s Owner, Charlotte Biggs, Trainer, Laura Harvey with her Certified Therapy Dog Weasel, and Penny’s From Heaven Foundation Board Advisor, Leslie Cox, recently had the pleasure of sharing the tremendous work being done in our community by the Penny’s From Heaven Therapy Dog program. The presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary was highlighted by Weasel, the undisputed star of the show, who was more than happy to show the “tricks” that she does for nursing home residents.

The Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Therapy Dog program allows owners, with their personal pets, to go through training to become Certified Therapy Dog Teams. This training is conducted at Stay N Play Pet Ranch with most of the classes being held at the Hill country Care Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Dripping Springs. Charlotte, Laura, and Leslie also shared information on the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW) program. This program selects dogs from shelters, and trains them as Emotional Support Dogs for veteran’s suffering from (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PAWS Shelter and Humane Society has joined forces with the Penny’s From Heaven foundation and will be training the dogs that go through their tremendously successful Cell Dog program for the TADSAW program.

It is always a privilege to be able to share the life-changing work being done by the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation, and gratifying to see the interest generated. Our local business representatives in attendance requested additional information on how the business community, as well as individuals within the community, can help.

Certified Therapy Dog, Weasel, was the star of the show at the presentation to the Dripping Springs Rotary Club.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Many people think that their dog is being bad when actually they are just bored. Dogs are pack animals and need attention, either with other dogs or with humans. The need for a "job" is in their genetic code. Most dogs were bred to herd, watch a flock, or protect property or people. Dogs get bored when they have not had the daily exercise or interaction they crave; they need jobs to keep their brain motivated, and stimulation to avoid boredom. When dogs don’t get enough to keep them busy, they will dig, shred, or chew anything available. That can mean indoor or outdoor furniture, shoes, and clothes – in short, anything they can get their mouth on.

In the last few years, many dog toy manufacturers have invented new toys for dogs that stimulate their brain and make it a challenge to keep the dog busy when eating or playing. For example, the Kong is a hard rubber cone made with a hole in the bottom designed to stuff food inside, which forces the dog to work to get it out. Most dogs are food motivated, so they quickly figure out the treasure that is buried inside, and they will do anything to get to the treat. By making these toys pliable, the dog can toss it, roll it, and throw it in the air, and out comes the jackpot. Trainers also use peanut butter or yogurt with the dog kibble to make the challenge of retrieving the treat even harder and more time consuming. For a great, cool summer treat, stuff your Kong in advance and toss in the freezer.

As the suburbs and homes with big back yards have grown, so have the numbers of lazy dog owners. Just because a dog has a back yard, does not mean it is getting needed stimulation. Utilizing interactive toys is a great distraction for the dog during the day while you are hard at work. Stuff Kongs, or hollowed out bones, and hide them in various places in your yard. This will keep the dog stimulated by the treasure hunt. For dogs that are diggers, create a sand box where you can bury toys and treats to distract them from digging in other parts of the yard.

Another item that has become very popular over the last couple of years is the hard plastic oversized balls. Because these balls are too large for the mouth, your dog cannot “possess” them, leading to a push and pull game. This stimulates the prey drive, becomes a fun game, and a great cardiovascular workout -- a perfect “job” for the herding breeds. This is also a great way to keep two dogs occupied by creating an interactive game they can play together. These oversized balls are readily available online, as well as in most big pet retail stores.

Interactive dog toys are made by wide range of companies, but the Stay N Play Pet Ranch team recommends the Kong brand, which is durable and guaranteed. We also like the Premier Tug a Jug, which comes in two sizes. Many people use this type of toy to actually feed their dogs every day, making the feeding experience a workout -- make your dog work for his food as he would in the wild. Keep in mind there was a time these domesticated animals had to hunt for their food, so there is no reason not to make them work for a meal now.

Stop by Stay N Play Pet Ranch and check out our selection of interactive toys that will keep your four legged friend busy and boredom at bay!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Tired of being dragged down the street by your dog when you go out for a nice leisurely walk? Tired of being turned into a human Maypole by your dog and his leash? Then the loose leash walking clinic is for you! This quick 30 minute free clinic will give you the tips to turn your dog into a dog with “power steering”. Through positive reinforce training, your dog will learn to walk without pulling if the tips and tools introduced at the seminar are followed and are practiced each and every time you go for a walk with your dog. Consistency is key and the trainer can also recommend tools for seeing quicker results.

The clinic is Saturday January 22 at 10:30am, call (512) 894-7387 to reserve a spot!

Turn your dog into one with "power steering." Learn how at our free loose leash walking seminar on Saturday, January 22!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Save the date! The Austin Yorkshire Terrier Meetup Group will meet at Stay N Play Pet Ranch on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 1-3pm. For more information on the group visit

Never too early to start getting ready for the Austin Yorkie Meetup in March!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


As we posted during the holidays, training is the gift that keeps on giving. That spirit continues in the new year as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) celebrates January 2011 as National Train Your Dog Month. This annual campaign promotes the benefits of positive training and socialization and to let everyone know that training your dog can be simple and fun! January was selected as the perfect month because so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Along with our fellow APDT members, we believe that a better understanding of dog behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households for humans and canines.

At Stay N Play Pet Ranch we want to help new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible, and to encourage those making new year resolutions for their older family pets. Puppy Beginnings, Basic Obedience, Therapy Dog Prep Training, and more are all gearing up in just about a week, we hope you'll join us! Get our training class details, meet our trainers, and check out the schedule on our dog training page.

For even a bit more fun, as part of National Train Your Dog month, APDT is having photo and video contests to celebrate. Take photos of or video your darling in a training class at Stay N Play Pet Ranch and upload on the APDT contest page for a chance to win a basket of pet products or an Amazon gift card. For more information visit