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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

Owner Education “Behind every well-trained dog is a confident, 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 also a big part of your dog’s training and behavior solution. In this blog post, we’re going to explain some key terms and concepts to make sure we’re all speaking the same......

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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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19
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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Feb 2018
FAQ: About Feeding Raw

I am a firm believer in feeding a raw meat diet to dogs. Here’s how I got started: Growing up, I fed my dog Iams dog food. Then when I became a dog trainer, I realized Iams was junk so I started researching kibble and switched over to Blue dog food. After seeing all the recalls, I switched again to Taste of the Wild but when their prices went up, I did some compare vs contrast with other brands and found that Canidae offer the same quality for a 1/4 less cost......

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11
Feb 2018
January Books in Review

Hi Everybody,  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read 52 books by year’s end. I wasn’t planning on reviewing them, but as I shared feedback on Instagram (@dogtraineramy) lots of people DM’d me, thanking me and asking me to continue reviewing books. That sprung the idea of writing a monthly book review on the books I read that month. I’ll try to keep it brief, just so you get the gist of what I think. I’ll also include stats (number of pages, number of typos and a 1-5 star rating based......

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