Dogs Aren’t Wolves: Debunking Dominance Theory

By | 2017-06-09T12:11:55+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Thanks to a certain celebrity dog “trainer,” dominance theory has risen from the dead and spread across the country. Modern trainers who use positive methods are fighting an uphill battle against the resurgence of these outdated, ineffective, and cruel aversive training [...]

How To Do Food Bowl Exercises With Your Puppy

By | 2017-06-02T13:18:41+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott A few articles ago, Jen and I talked about food bowl exercises as a great way to prevent resource guarding. Since then, we’ve seen some interest in the topic and thought that people might benefit from a more in-depth look at [...]

The 5 Cues Every Dog Should Know

By | 2017-05-25T11:06:07+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Dog Safety, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott We’ve talked about tricks, easy training tips, and teaching your dog sports, but today we’re going to discuss cues that are essential to your dog’s safety and well being. Understanding and quickly answering these cues can sometimes be the difference between [...]

How To Stop My Dog From Chewing Everything

By | 2017-09-22T20:56:20+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott Dogs like to chew everything from puzzle toys, our favorite shoes, and even their own paw pads! Chewing is a natural pastime for dogs, and can be an extremely difficult behavior to curb. Here’s our guide to preventing unwanted chewing (Hint: [...]

How To Keep Your Dog Off The Furniture

By | 2017-05-05T13:57:37+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Comfy furniture can be a tempting target for dogs to lounge on, much to their owner’s frustration. Once your dog begins couch-surfing, it can seem nearly impossible to keep them off. However, by using redirection techniques and reinforcement, you can easily keep your dog off the couch. [...]

Things To Do With Your Dog Indoors

By | 2017-05-05T13:27:29+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Dog Fun, Dog Training, Dog Wellness|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP What does an ice-cold winter, a boiling hot summer, and a storm-filled spring all have in common? —You probably don’t want to take your dog outside during them! While this may seem like bad news, here’s how you can keep your dog fit and stimulated without ever [...]

How To Teach Bite Inhibition

By | 2017-04-24T00:14:39+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

By​ ​Courtney​ ​Emken co-written​ ​by​ ​​Jen​ ​Larson,​ ​KPA-CTP Canine bites are a serious issue that any owner would like to avoid. And the best way to avoid bites is to prevent them from ever happening in the first place. For concerned owners, we’ve put together a guide to teaching bite inhibition: the foundation of effective [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]