Blog


01
Mar 2018
The Importance of a Strong Recall

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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01
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
Dec 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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01
Nov 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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01
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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01
Sep 2017
Havok's Story

Hello Everybody! Of all my dogs, Havok’s story has already been pretty well-documented. In fact, I kept a running blog post for the first several months of Havok’s life. If you want to read all about his puppy story, click here. I carefully researched German Shepherd breeders for several months and finally made the decision to place a deposit on pick male from the Kat x Barry litter at Sequoyah German Shepherds. Sequoyah is well-known for breeding dogs that have excellent health, temperament, pedigrees and working abilities. I did my best to......

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01
Aug 2017
FAQ About Becoming A Dog Trainer (part 2)

I feel it’s important to mention at this point that dog training is an open career field with no prerequisites. There is no overarching organization that requires you to be certified to train. You can literally go print business cards right now claiming to be a dog trainer, and you’ll be one. Doesn’t mean you’ll be any good, but that’s how unregulated this career field is. I recommend getting certified. The knowledge and experience you’ll gain, in addition to the credentials you’ll have later on as a trainer, are important. Let’s fast forward now and......

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01
Aug 2017
FAQ About Becoming A Dog Trainer (part 1)

Hey guys! Dog training is a fast-growing career field, and for good reason. More than ever, pets are becoming kids for people, and as Earth’s population grows, there are more dogs than ever. In 2012, 36.5% of US households owned a dog totaling 69,920,000 dogs. By 2015, those numbers jumped to 44% and 78,000,000. That’s a significant increase! As dogs become more popular, so do all-things-dogs to include dog training. So if you love dogs, and you think you’re interested in becoming a trainer, there’s a definite career possibility out there for you. Now,......

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08
Jul 2017
AKC Trick Dog Titles Offered at Valor K9 Academy

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a new Trick Dog program! This program is for dogs that are AKC registered, enlisted with the AKC PAL program or signed up with the AKC Canine Partners. Titling is available to both purebred and mixed breed dogs. This is a chance for dogs and handlers of all ages and abilities to show off their training skills and earn titles for their hard work! AKC offers the following Trick Dog titles: Novice (TKN), Intermediate (TKI), Advanced (TKA) and Trick Dog Performer (TKP). Novice through Advanced titles may be......

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01
Jul 2017
Back to the Basics

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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