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Oct 2018
A Simple Guide to Feeding Raw

Feeding raw doesn’t have to be complicated. When feeding raw, you want to stick with the 80/10/5/5 Rule: 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% secreting organs. This formula represents a balanced raw diet and is the ‘jumping off’ point for feeding raw. You don’t need to grind meat and you don’t have to thaw meat. You can feed it whole and raw or thawed. There’s no need to cook either – that actually diminishes the nutrients. My motto is “K.I.S.S.” (Keep It Simple Stupid).   Here’s what I feed......

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19
Oct 2018
Rehabbing Reactive Dogs

When I work with dog reactive dogs I use a simple 4 step process. Each step takes approximately one week of Board & Train or 1-3 lessons, depending on the individual dog’s behavior history, age and temperament. Step 1 is foundation training to establish a working relationship with the dog, to build confidence and to teach basic skills such as focus, place, art of doing nothing and heel with auto-sit. Step 1 also includes basic obedience commands, treadmill training, agility, sheep herding and other confidence building and obedience exercises. Dogs are not......

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02
Jul 2018
Valor K9 Academy's 8 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is supposed to be a time of celebration, but it can quickly become a stressful experience if your pet goes missing. July 4th and 5th are the two busiest days of the year for shelters across the country. Not all dogs find their way back to their owners again. Don’t let your dog become a statistic: Play it safe and be smart. Now is not the time to work on your dog’s fear of loud noises or fireworks. Keep your dog in the house and when you take......

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01
Jul 2018

 VK9 Owner Education Handout “Behind every well-trained dog is a well-educated owner.” –Amy Pishner A big part of what we do here at Valor K9 Academy involves owner education. Our goal is to not only train your dog, but also teach you how to better understand and communicate with your dog. While owners are sometimes part of the problem, you are a big part of the solution too! We have all our new clients read this post to explain key terms and concepts so everyone is on the same page in training.......

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21
Jun 2018
But My Dog's Not Food Motivated: Training an un-motivated dog

Hey guys! One of the questions we get asked a lot is “How do we train dogs that aren’t food motivated?” Dogs who are fed on a regular schedule or who have 24/7 access to food in a bowl tend to be unwilling to work for food. They’re thinking, “Why work for something I get for free?” But just because a dog isn’t willing to work for food doesn’t mean we don’t train. There’s a lot of training you can accomplish with a dog who’s not food motivated! We’ve compiled a list......

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19
Apr 2018
Marker Training: The Fundamentals of Good Communication!

Marker training uses words or sounds to communicate or signal to the dog that he is doing something correctly or incorrectly. The words or sounds mark a specific moment in time when the dog performs an action or behavior. It’s feedback for the dog in its simplest form. Verbal marker words clear up and improve communication in training and streamline the training process. We use classical conditioning to teach marker words. For optimal conditioning, give the cue then follow-through within .5-2.3 seconds (1 sec is ideal). We use four marker words: Yes,......

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03
Apr 2018
Dog Trainers In Spokane Logo

valor noun   val·or   \  ˈva-lər \ Definition of valor : strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery I chose the name “Valor K9 Academy” for the business name because “Valor” is another word for courage and represents bravery and fearlessness. It’s the state of mind with which I approach new challenges and obstacles both personally and professionally. Valor also represents my military background and pay tribute to the men and women in blue who defend our safety and security. The thin blue line in the logo is a......

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01
Apr 2018
March Books in Review

Happy Easter, everyone! This month I read one new book and re-read five old books. Lots of people keep asking me for my top recommended books, so I’m re-reading old books to update my list of favorite books! I hope you enjoy these reviews and are able to add value to your dog training library based on my recommendations. Book #11 “Franklin” by Matthew Duffy This is hands-down the most inspirational working dog book I’ve ever read! “Franklin” is a fascinating account of Jeffrey Scott Franklin, the man behind the United States Commando Dogs.......

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Mar 2018
When it Comes to Come

Awhile back I shared a video on Instagram where I was in the sheep pen with Havok, and I gave the command to go herd the sheep. Mid-run, I said “Havok, Come” and he stopped on a dime and came back to me. He had an e-collar on, and I rewarded him for coming with a ball on string. The question I posed was: “How reliable is your dog’s recall?” I explained that when I do recall, I do it using almost all positive reinforcement and smart planning to set the dog......

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04
Mar 2018
February Books in Review

Hi Everybody! This year I plan to read and review 52 books on a variety of topics: dogs, dog training, entrepreneurship, finances and more. If you missed the January Books #1-6 in Review, click here. Below you’ll find the books I read this month. Comments and questions welcome! Book #7 “The Amazing Afterlife of Animals” by Karen Anderson This is a fantastic book. It has solid background information and good content with an easy flow that’s enjoyable to read. Regardless of your personal beliefs in regards to the afterlife, I think it’s important to open......

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