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 [...]

The Top 3 Ways To Handle An Adolescent Or “Teenager” Dog

By |2018-06-28T01:30:14+00:00June 28th, 2018|Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

Featuring Sarah Alvarado, CPDT-KA & Bart Emken, CPDT-KA Concept by Courtney Emken https://youtu.be/wmixaLW1Odg Once dog owners have gotten through the initial puppy phase, then they end up with an adolescent or teenager dog. And that brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Here's how to deal: Your Adolescent Dog NEEDS Exercise I [...]

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 [...]

8 Fun Canine Sports: How You Can Get Involved

By |2018-04-18T03:45:19+00:00April 18th, 2018|Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA With spring already upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s a perfect time for you and your dog to get your game on! Canine sports are not only a great outlet for energy, but they provide a powerful opportunity to strengthen [...]

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 [...]

How Aversive Trainers Endanger Your Dog

By |2018-03-12T00:47:56+00:00March 12th, 2018|Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​CPTD / KPA-CTP, and Bart Emken, CPTD-KA If you’ve followed our blog, you know that we’ve been vocal opponents of aversive dog training right from the start. We’ve warned about the damages inflicted by tools like shock collars, choke chains, and electric fences, and railed against the harmful [...]