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So far Courtney Emken has created 341 blog entries.

Should You Train A Dog For Home Defense?

By | 2017-08-06T14:50:52+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. At DogBoy’s, we frequently get asked about how to train a guard dog, or which breed is best for protection. Today, we’re going to go in-depth about the misinformation surrounding this issue. We’ll break down why you don’t want a “guard” [...]

Top 7 Most Famous Dogs In History

By | 2017-07-24T19:18:09+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Pet Interest|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Before we begin we’d like to give a tiny disclaimer. This list represents the opinion of DogBoy’s staff and is by no means a definitive list. So if we leave off a beloved movie dog or forget to cover one of [...]

How To Use Calming Signals With Dogs

By | 2017-08-11T13:35:24+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Us humans often drive dogs crazy when we ignore their “dogspeak.” Fortunately, knowing how to recognize and use calming signals allows you to both listen to your dog better, and speak to them in a language they understand. It also comes [...]

So Why Do Puppies Need Training?

By | 2017-07-17T12:39:43+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. As a dog (and puppy) training facility, we’re obviously going to advocate that you get your puppy trained by yourself, a professional, or a combination of the two. We think that training is an integral aspect of a healthy dog-owner relationship. [...]

Puppy Potty Training 101

By | 2017-07-11T20:01:00+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Puppy Potting Training: Management And Prevention Puppies are gonna go when they need to go and it’s your job to prevent it from happening on the living room floor. It can take a few weeks before your puppy understands to only potty outside. To make this transition [...]

How To Care For A Formerly Abused Dog

By | 2017-08-23T15:43:34+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP & Amanda Ott Last month we discussed how to spot and report pet abuse, but today we’d like to discuss taking the next step: fostering an abused dog. Here’s how to give these poor souls the tender love and care they’ve always deserved, but [...]

Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Summer Heat

By | 2017-06-14T18:08:40+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. It’s that time of year again! The temperature is soaring as the sun bears down on Austin, Texas. Despite the heat, many people want to take their dog outdoors for some quality exercise like hiking, walking, or running. Here’s how you [...]

How To Train A “Stubborn” Dog

By | 2017-06-14T17:39:07+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We often hear people claim that their dog is “stubborn,” and simply won’t cooperate with them on walks or listen to them during training. Luckily, we have good news. What may seem like hesitancy from your dog is likely due to [...]

Dogs Aren’t Wolves: Debunking Dominance Theory

By | 2017-06-09T12:11:55+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Thanks to a certain celebrity dog “trainer,” dominance theory has risen from the dead and spread across the country. Modern trainers who use positive methods are fighting an uphill battle against the resurgence of these outdated, ineffective, and cruel aversive training [...]

How To Do Food Bowl Exercises With Your Puppy

By | 2017-06-02T13:18:41+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott A few articles ago, Jen and I talked about food bowl exercises as a great way to prevent resource guarding. Since then, we’ve seen some interest in the topic and thought that people might benefit from a more in-depth look at [...]