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5 Tragic Mistakes People Make When Leaving Assets to Their Pets

By |2018-01-21T19:24:50+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

by Courtney Emken For many of us, our pets are members of the family.  And while many of us have planned for our pet’s care while we are alive, it is equally important to plan for our pets in the event our pet outlives us.  This is true whether you expect to outlive your pet, [...]

The 7 Best Jobs For Dog Lovers, And Should I Go That Route?

By |2018-01-08T01:44:03+00:00January 8th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott, CPDT-KA Bart knew when he saw a guide dog save a blind man from falling down a flight of stairs that he wanted to help dogs help people. Since then we’ve built a community around loving dogs and spent over twenty years in the [...]

Is Fostering a Dog Right For Me?

By |2017-12-22T00:20:51+00:00December 26th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, dog owners|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott, CPDT-KA Sometimes you know you need a dog in your life, but aren’t sure whether you’re ready to adopt just yet. Adoption is an incredible commitment. You’re signing on to be an animal’s caretaker for the foreseeable future, and many of us simply aren’t [...]

How To Clean Your Dog’s Eyes And Ears

By |2017-12-18T01:06:31+00:00December 18th, 2017|Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Just like us, dog’s eyes and ears need an occasional cleaning to flush out gunk and to help prevent possible infections. Unfortunately for our canine pals, they lack the opposable thumbs necessary to perform this delicate task, so it’s up to us owners to [...]

Why Positive Dog Training Always Works

By |2017-12-06T23:27:52+00:00December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Due to its popularization by the Monks of New Skete and The Dog Whisperer, dominance theory influenced training has often become pictured as the “traditional” or “old school” method of dog training. However, humans have actually been using positive reinforcement methods to train their [...]

Why Does My Dog Howl, And What Can I Do About It

By |2017-12-06T17:22:44+00:00December 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Dogs may not use complex words or symbols like humans, but they definitely have a language of their own. Howling is just one of many vocalizations dogs use to communicate their emotions, feelings, and intentions. Even though howling is a natural expression for dogs, [...]

Positive Dog Trainer Profiles: Patricia McConnell

By |2017-12-01T15:02:02+00:00December 4th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Today on the blog, we’re excited to bring our readers a brand new column: Positive Dog Trainer Profiles. Over the years, we’ve been inspired by many amazing trainers like: Dr. Sophia Yin Turid Rugaas Victoria Stilwell We’ve mentioned their names, linked to their articles, [...]

How To Train For Nosework

By |2017-11-22T12:53:41+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Last summer we talked about Agility training and other fun canine sports. This week we wanted to shed light on a less well known, but equally enjoyable activity: nosework. In this article we’ll cover the basics of training your dog’s nose and show you [...]

Is My Dog Depressed And What Do I Do About It?

By |2017-10-21T11:19:36+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Although people tend to stereotype man’s best friend as carefree and happy-go-lucky, dogs are much like humans when it comes to sadness, anxiety, and even more serious mental health issues like depression. Canine depression can rob your dog’s desire to play, depriving them of [...]

Should You Use A No Pull Harness? Or – How Do I Stop My Dog From Pulling?

By |2017-10-15T23:22:16+00:00October 16th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott. Walking your dog provides an essential combo of play, exercise, and bonding that’s key for building a healthy canine relationship. Unfortunately, many owners dread the trip outside due to their dog’s excessive pulling and/or leash reactivity. To make matters worse, “balanced” trainers and big [...]