Blog


04
Feb 2018

On February 2nd, 2018, one of my good friends lost two of his dogs in a horrific hiking accident. What happened to Frank and his wife is something that should never happen to anyone, and yet it seems that bad things happen to good people. Anubis and Siri fell through the ice on a semi-frozen lake in a remote area and couldn’t escape. Nothing Frank did could save them. They fought for an hour to stay alive, and finally their bodies gave out. I don’t want to talk about the way they......

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02
Feb 2018
My thoughts on the 2018 KPA ClickerExpo

Click HERE to watch a YouTube compilation video of my Instagram stories from the expo. Hi Everybody, I want to introduce myself for those of you that are new to the website or new to following me on social media. My name is Amy Pishner, and I’m the owner and head trainer of Valor K9 Academy, LLC. Dog training is a passion turned career for me. I am certified through Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers and Vohne Liche Kennels, and I’ve studied under world-renowned trainers such as Michael Ellis. To read my full......

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01
Feb 2018
Meet Dana's Pack!

We asked VK9-Chattanooga Head Trainer Dana O’Lone Long to tell us about her pack. Here’s what she said: “As a lifelong animal lover, I have had the pleasure of owning many dogs over the years. All of them have taught me something & played a role in not only the trainer that I am today, but the person that I am today. To touch on all of them would keep us here for far too long but I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our current pack here in Tennessee......

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29
Oct 2017
Recommended Rescue Groups

Looking to adopt? We work closely with several rescue organizations in the area. Since our start in 2014, we’ve donated over $25,000 in discounted or free training to help local rescues train and rehabilitate dogs in need. This is just one of the many ways we give back to our community! Just like breeders, there are good, reputable rescue groups who are in it for the right reasons. Good rescue groups only adopt-out dogs that are healthy and vet-checked, and oftentimes they have done some training or will help pay for training to......

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29
Oct 2017
Recommended Breeders

When it comes to purchasing a purebred dog, finding the right breeder is half the battle. There are thousands of breeders out there, but not all of them are good. Choosing a breeder that pays special attention to health, conformation, temperament and working abilities is not easy, but it’s worth the time and effort. There’s a noticeable difference between puppies who come from run-of-the-mill backyard breeders or puppy mills as compared to puppies from quality, reputable breeders. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of recommended breeders. These breeders......

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26
Oct 2017

Retail delivery! This photo cracks me up because it’s the epitome of balanced training. As a balanced trainer, I am not limited by a predefined set of rules dictating what I can and cannot use to help train a dog. Everything is in my arsenal, and it’s up to my knowledge, judgment and experience to determine what is best to use and when etc.  That said, I must take a moment to point out that, unfortunately, all balanced trainers are not created equal. There are so-called balanced trainers out there who don’t......

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24
Oct 2017
Rudy the Rottweiler

Rudy is a 10-month-old Rottweiler who’s here for boarding & training while his owner has surgery. He’s learning to focus on me, walk nicely on leash, stay on the place bed and come when called off leash. Rudy is a quick learner and is doing great with the prong collar paired with the e-collar between levels 3-6 (on the Mini Educator). Here’s Rudy’s story… ~~~~~~~~ Rudy’s owner previously attended training with a Pure Positive trainer (who doesn’t believe in telling dogs No or giving them corrections). This trainer believes that love, treats and......

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08
Oct 2017
What training collars and makeup have in common

Training collars are a lot like makeup. They do a really good job of covering things up, but at the end of the day if you don’t do things right that’s all they are: a cover-up.  Today I woke up, looked in the mirror and gasped: I had three small zits on my face. Now, I was prone to acne as a kid but as an adult breakouts have been very rare.  Seeing as how I have group classes today and will be seeing lots of clients, the last thing I want......

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11
Sep 2017
The Valor Pack: Yedi's Story

Last but not least is our fourth and youngest dog, Yedi! Yedi is a two-year-old Australian Shepherd who we purchased from a reputable breeder in Tennessee called Lobos Australian Shepherds. We got pick of the litter and picked the most confident pup who showed the most courage and drives. He also happened to be the cutest puppy (in our opinion, of course) being a beautiful blue merle with dramatic copper trim. We picked up Yedi at 8 weeks old in December 2014 from the breeder and absolutely fell in love with his cute......

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29
Aug 2017
Going Back to the Basics: Re-training 'Rusty' Dogs

We’ve all been there before. We train our dog to an impeccable level of obedience – first time obedience, great focus, solid eye contact, bombproof training – and then, well, life gets in the way. This happens…that happens…and before you know it it’s been six months and you find yourself repeating commands, your dog has become complacent and sloppy, and you’re frustrated that all your hard work has been for ‘nothing.’ Or so you think. Yes, your dog’s training has gone down the toilet, but the good news is that it’s really easy to get your dog......

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