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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 [...]

Can Dogs And Cats Coexist?

By | 2017-07-07T12:48:32+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Dog Behavior|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP We’ve all seen movies and cartoons like Cats and Dogs, where felines square off against Fido. People tend to get defensive, and fling articles about why cats are better hunters, or how dogs love us more than cats at the other camp. But the question remains, can [...]

Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

By | 2017-04-09T02:12:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Jen Larson, KPA-CTP This week we’re taking on the age-old proverb: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. So, is it actually harder to train an older dog? After decades of training experience with dogs of all ages, we think we can finally put this outdated adage to rest. [...]

Do Dogs Respond Better to Certain Names?

By | 2017-03-28T22:05:35+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Dog Behavior|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Jen Larson, KPA-CTP “What’s in a name?” We name our dogs all sorts of things, ranging from the run of the mill types like Fido, to outrageous titles like Sir HotRod Whoofington (that’s not made up). But, the real question is---which dog actually likes their name better? You may be [...]

Can I Play Music To Relax My Dog?

By | 2017-03-28T21:49:37+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Dog Behavior|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Jen Larson, KPA-CTP We’ve talked before about how important it is to remember that dogs aren’t humans. They often find things that people enjoy troubling or uncomfortable, like hugs. Luckily, they DO like to lay down, relax, and chill out to some pleasant tunes just like us! However, a dog’s [...]

How To Get Your Dog To Love Toys

By | 2017-03-28T11:45:11+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Training|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Most dog owners don’t even think about their dog not loving toys. However, it’s far more common than you might think. Puppies aren’t automatically interested in every kind of dog toy under the sun. Not every dog is going to like rope or chew toys. It’s mostly [...]

What Types Of Food Should I Feed My Puppy?

By | 2017-03-20T23:48:15+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Dog Wellness, Pup Academy|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Congratulations, you’ve just gotten a new puppy! You’ve been reading up on how to crate train puppies, give them baths, and even where you can get them trained, excellent! But now you think: what the heck am I going to feed this frenzied [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Hire A “Balanced” Dog Trainer

By | 2017-03-17T02:47:12+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about so-called “balanced” trainers, and we wanted to address why these dog trainers are the farthest thing from bringing “balance” into your dog’s life. We know a great deal about dog training and dog behavior, and we [...]

How To Make Sure Kids And Dogs Play Safe

By | 2017-07-07T12:43:47+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP As much as we love them, our kids and our dogs don’t always get along. It’s one thing to teach your child how to play with other children, and another thing entirely to teach them how to treat and safely play with a canine! Of course, many [...]

Top 10 New Dog Owner Mistakes To Avoid

By | 2017-07-08T14:37:54+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Pet Interest|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP It’s pretty easy for humans to drive dogs crazy, and even we veteran owners can still make mistakes! Whether you’re getting a new puppy for the first time, or are a cat-lover convert, we’ve compiled this list for all newcomers to the dog [...]