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The 5 Cues Every Dog Should Know

By | 2017-05-25T11:06:07+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We’ve talked about tricks, easy training tips, and teaching your dog sports, but today we’re going to discuss cues that are essential to your dog’s safety and well being. Understanding and quickly answering these cues can sometimes be the difference between [...]

My Dog Had Puppies, What Do I Do?

By | 2017-06-02T10:18:07+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, & Amanda Ott DogBoy’s clients know that unless you are a reputable breeder, your dog shouldn’t be having puppies. Instead, they should be spayed or neutered. There are too many dogs dying in shelters and on the streets across the country, and we should [...]

How To Stop My Dog From Chewing Everything

By | 2017-09-22T20:56:20+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Dogs like to chew everything from puzzle toys, our favorite shoes, and even their own paw pads! Chewing is a natural pastime for dogs, and can be an extremely difficult behavior to curb. Here’s our guide to preventing unwanted chewing (Hint: [...]

How To Spot And Report Pet Abuse

By | 2017-07-07T12:24:22+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We wish every dog could have a peaceful life with loving owners, but the unfortunate reality is that many dogs are neglected, ignored, and outright abused. We all have to be on alert for potential signs of abuse and know how [...]

How To Keep Your Dog Off The Furniture

By | 2017-05-05T13:57:37+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Comfy furniture can be a tempting target for dogs to lounge on, much to their owner’s frustration. Once your dog begins couch-surfing, it can seem nearly impossible to keep them off. However, by using redirection techniques and reinforcement, you can easily keep your dog off the couch. [...]

Things To Do With Your Dog Indoors

By | 2017-05-05T13:27:29+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP What does an ice-cold winter, a boiling hot summer, and a storm-filled spring all have in common? —You probably don’t want to take your dog outside during them! While this may seem like bad news, here’s how you can keep your dog fit and stimulated without ever [...]

How To Care For A Senior Dog

By | 2017-08-24T09:32:37+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP When dogs grow older, they require a different standard of care than before. While they may always be that playful puppy in our eyes, their wellness needs have changed entirely. Here’s our guide for helping your senior dog make the most out of their later days. #1 [...]

How To Teach Bite Inhibition

By | 2017-04-24T00:14:39+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Canine bites are a serious issue that any owner would like to avoid. And the best way to avoid bites is to prevent them from ever happening in the first place. For concerned owners, we’ve put together a guide to teaching bite inhibition: the foundation of effective [...]

The 5 Worst Dog Collars And Harnesses

By | 2017-04-20T18:22:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP In the past, we’ve discussed the dangers of retractable leashes, and why we hate choke chains. And today, we want to share our list of the absolute worst collars and harnesses. The list ranges from aversive tools no one should EVER use, to ineffective equipment owners should [...]

What Is Kennel Cough? And How Do I Stop It?

By | 2017-04-17T00:24:33+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP We have a tendency to worry about any little sneeze or cough our dogs have. Most of the time, it’s just allergies or a similar disturbance. But if it’s a persistent cough, with serious hacking involved, your dog may have something known as “Kennel Cough,” more accurately [...]