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 [...]

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 | 2017-07-07T12:43:47+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]