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How To Stop Your Dog From Chasing Everything

By |2018-02-26T02:47:31+00:00February 26th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The age-old stereotype of the mailman-chasing dog exists for good reason. Some dogs are compelled to chase just about anything. While it may be cute to watch dogs run circles around one another, it’s another matter entirely when your dog chases dangerous cars [...]

My Dog Keeps Waking Me Up…What Do I Do?

By |2018-02-21T23:47:44+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Some people are able to snooze through nearly anything, but the vast majority of us need peace and quiet to ensure a restful night. Unfortunately, dogs can often act like canine alarm clocks, barking and causing similar ruckus that disturbs you in the [...]

Does Ear Cropping Or Tail Docking Harm Dogs?

By |2018-01-31T16:58:02+00:00February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​CPTD / KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Many people might not recognize the dog breed in our header picture. If you guessed “Doberman,” then you’d be correct! Most Americans imagine Dobermans with tall ears and short tails, but these are actually unnatural features created by ear cropping and [...]

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, [...]