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So far Courtney Emken has created 341 blog entries.

Are Rawhide Bones Safe For My Dog To Eat?

By | 2017-03-08T13:20:41+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog feeding, Dog Food, Dog Safety, dog toys, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Rawhides are one of the most popular dog treats on the market. You can find them in all the big-box pet stores, and many other pet-supply shops. Naturally, tons of owners assume this means these bones are completely harmless. Unfortunately, this isn’t the [...]

Debunking Dog Myths: Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?

By | 2017-03-06T01:49:39+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, dog breeds, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness, reactive dogs|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Pit Bulls have more controversy surrounding them than any other dog breed. “Pit Bull” is actually an umbrella term that refers to a group of distinct breeds who share similar traits and characteristics. These breeds include: American Staffordshire Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier [...]

When and How To Properly Use A Muzzle On Your Dog

By | 2017-02-20T02:42:00+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog boarding, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Muzzles have become a bit controversial, and present a sort of appearance problem for dog owners. Many people assume they’re reserved specifically for reactive dogs who present a danger or bite risk to other dogs and people around them. In reality, THIS IS [...]

Can My Dog Sleep On The Bed?

By | 2017-02-16T17:22:07+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP So many people tell us about how their dog sleeps in the bed with them. But is it okay? Surprisingly, this is not as simple a question as it may seem. For many, it feels natural and comforting to let their canine companion [...]

Doggie Date Ideas in Austin, TX

By | 2017-02-13T16:13:43+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Dog Behavior, dog dates, Dog Fun, dog owners, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP With Valentine’s Day right ahead of us, we wanted to share some of our favorite date spots in Austin. Of course, none of these places would’ve made our list if they weren’t great for canines too. We aren’t called DogBoy’s for nothing! Here’s [...]

What Do I Do If My Dog Bites Someone?

By | 2017-02-07T20:41:37+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Dog bites are frightening ordeals for everyone involved. It can be difficult to stay focused and calm in the midst of all the panic, commotion, and confusion. As the owner of the biting dog, it’s your job to be prepared to resolve the [...]

My Dog Is Terrified Of Storms, What Do I Do?

By | 2017-02-06T00:50:28+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Storms can be pretty scary, for dogs and people alike. What keeps us calm is that we trust our homes will keep us safe. To many dogs, this doesn’t matter and provides no relief or shelter from the mental storm. While storm phobia [...]

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Allergies? And, What Do I Do?

By | 2017-02-06T00:49:12+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Austin, Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

By Courtney Emken co-written by  Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Dogs are just like us in so many ways: they like belly rubs, they take family photos, their brains are wired similarly….and they suffer from allergies. Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of solutions available for dog allergies. What To Look [...]

My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated, What Do I Do?

By | 2017-01-27T12:05:53+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

By Courtney Emken co-written by Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP While it may sound unlikely, some dogs just aren’t all that excited about their food. Since treats are such an integral part of positive-based training, owners of non food-motivated dogs can run into significant trouble, even while learning the basics. Luckily, there’s something [...]

How to Stop Resource Guarding Behavior

By | 2017-01-25T01:30:19+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Trainers, Dog Training, Dog Training Austin TX|

co-written by Bart Emken, CPDT-KA & Jen Larson, KPA-CTP Does your dog growl when you reach for her dinner bowl? Do they growl and snap at your spouse when they get into bed with you? These behaviors and others like them are often diagnosed by trainers as resource guarding behavior. Resource guarding is when dogs control [...]