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 [...]

How To Teach Your Dog Impulse Control

By |2018-03-28T15:33:08+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA Self control doesn’t come naturally to canines (surviving on scavenged scraps for thousands of years will do that to you!). Imagine your dog as a little toddler: impulsive, impatient— just living for the moment without thinking of any consequences. If they see some [...]

Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Scratching (And What To Do About It)

By |2018-03-29T16:11:42+00:00March 29th, 2018|Dog Behavior|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Most dogs love a good scratch from time to time, especially from an owner who knows their sweet spots. However, too much of a good thing can be bad— and scratching is no exception. Excessive scratching is a symptom of several serious conditions, [...]

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging

By |2018-03-12T01:25:18+00:00March 19th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Safety|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA The urge to dig is a canine family trait. Wolves, foxes, and coyotes are all known to carve dens and hidey-holes across their territory. However, dogs don’t really act like wolves. So where does this compulsion to litter your yard with miniature foxholes [...]

How To Get Past Grooming Anxiety

By |2018-03-12T01:09:31+00:00March 14th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA One of the most common canine phobias that we’ve seen at DogBoy’s is the fear of groomers and grooming. For many owners, getting their dog groomed can be as harrowing as taking them to the vet. There may be multiple underlying causes contributing [...]