The Basic Process of Desensitization & Counterconditioning For Your Dog

By |2018-09-04T03:58:51+00:00September 4th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/ylF1z_gp6B8 The basic process of desensitization and counterconditioning is a procedure that we use often with a variety of behaviors and issues. When a dog is "over threshold”—they are reacting to stimuli in an over-the-top, intense way. In this state, they’re not able to [...]

The 9 Weirdest Dog Laws in Cities Across the U.S.A

By |2018-08-24T00:24:28+00:00August 24th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Fun, Dog Safety, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Courtney Emken & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/epGH3MBHkO0 The internet has all sorts of strange things to find when you plumb the depths. We decided to go on a hunt to find some really WEIRD dog laws. Check out some of the ones we found! You can't make this stuff [...]

Learning to Work With Your Dog’s Conflict Appeasement Signals (and not work against them)

By |2018-08-17T01:47:29+00:00August 17th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/gZUjIXUcC6c "Conflict Appeasement Signals", also known as "Stress Signals" or "Calming Signals", are used by all dogs to avoid conflict. Dogs use these conflict appeasement or stress signals, which are movements or sounds, to avoid conflict with us and with other dogs. Learning to [...]

How To Improve Your Dog’s Recall: Training for a reliable recall and emergency recalls

By |2018-08-07T17:19:35+00:00August 8th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/mwAT5qeItCU   “Recall” is your dog’s ability to come consistently when called. Recall is not a natural behavior for dogs. It is something that we have to teach and practice and really reinforce and reward. Let us show you some pro tips, fun games, [...]

Resource Guarding Prevention 101: Understanding What Your Dog Values

By |2018-07-30T22:07:37+00:00July 30th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Jen Larson, KPA-CTP & Courtney Emken Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/qkO03btsAZk Resource guarding is when an animal acts reactively, aggressively, or defensively over a valued resource. We see resource guarding in dogs when they feel anxious or stressed about either the approach of someone approaching their valuable resource or that resource might be taken [...]

Dog Aggression Vs. Dog Reactivity: Part 2 – The Continuum

By |2018-07-19T10:53:18+00:00July 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety, Dog Training|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/p2uSgGyj-0Q The most dangerous thing about aggression is actually the label of aggression. Most dogs with behavioral issues ARE NOT aggressive, they are more often reactive--meaning they are reacting in an over-aroused manner to a particular situation. Watch to find out more [...]

Dog Aggression Vs. Dog Reactivity: Part 1 – The Difference

By |2018-07-15T01:41:29+00:00July 16th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/gWyfBuTP9P8 Many dog owners wrongly believe that they have an aggressive dog, when in reality they simply have a reactive dog that can be easily trained to behave better. This misunderstanding of the huge difference between aggression and reactivity in dogs is [...]

How To Survive Your Puppy’s Teething Phase

By |2018-06-05T17:00:06+00:00June 13th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken "OUCH! My puppy won't quit biting me!" The puppy teething phase can be a NIGHTMARE! Puppies tend to bite or chew because they are teething and are trying to relieve their pain. Our dog experts explain how you can manage a [...]

Does My Dog Need A Yard To Be Happy?

By |2018-06-05T02:36:08+00:00June 6th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

Featuring ​​Sarah Alvarado, CPTD-KA & Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Concept by​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken We started a Dog Vlog! And, we would love it if you would follow along for the ride. Our dog experts and dog trainers will be teaching you all sorts of things to help strengthen the bond between you and your [...]

Why Is My Dog Whining, And How Do I Stop It?

By |2018-04-09T01:23:49+00:00April 9th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA If you’re not fluent in doginese, it can be easy to interpret your dog’s whining as, well... simply whining. However, just like with human babies, not all cries and whines are made equal. Depending on the tone and the context, your dog may [...]