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 After decades of training experience with dogs of all ages, we think we can finally put this outdated adage to rest.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 | 2017-03-13T08:14:55+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 | 2017-03-07T14:34:41+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 [...]

Debunking Pet Myths: Can Dogs Smell Fear?

By | 2017-03-08T13:27:13+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Dog Behavior|

Hey there folks, We were recently featured by Ethics in Animal Care, a blog that we're big fans of. As part of our Debunking Pet Myths series, Bart, Jen, and I tackle the question of whether dogs can smell fear. The answer may surprise you! Feel free to follow the link below and check out [...]

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 [...]