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28
Aug 2017
The Valor Pack: 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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14
Aug 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: About Becoming A Dog Trainer (part 3)

Hopefully y’all got a lot of great information out of the last two posts. Last week, I asked you guys via Facebook what questions you have about becoming a dog trainer. In this post, I’m going to share your questions and my answers! Question #1: “When it comes to behavioral modification, is it difficult to communicate with the dog’s owners when it comes to more severe issues, or have you found the most are willing to listen?” – Kaitlyn Answer: When it comes to severe behavior issues, I try to explain things as simply as......

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07
Aug 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: 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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06
Aug 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: 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 does 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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23
Jul 2017
The Valor Pack: Duke's Story

When I graduated Vohne Liche Kennels in 2013, I started looking on Craigslist for a working line German Shepherd to train as a single or dual purpose narcotics dog. When I saw Duke’s picture on a Madison WI Craigslist ad, I was smitten. I’d always loved German Shepherds, but black sables had recently become my new obsession. He was absolutely gorgeous. The ad described him as a two-year-old dog who’s crate trained, house broken and loves his tennis ball. The only issue? He had recently started growling at their toddler. I went in thinking......

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16
Jul 2017
The Valor Pack: Zoey's Story

Justin and I have been blessed with four wonderful dogs (Zoey, Duke, Havok and Yedi). They are like children to us, and on a working level they’re an integral part of what we do here at Valor K9 Academy. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing their stories so you can get to know them better. First up is Zoey: Zoey (DOB: ~March 2011, Australian Shepherd x Border Collie) I adopted Zoey in August 2011 from a backyard breeder off Craigslist. He claimed she was purebred but couldn’t produce paperwork, and after seeing......

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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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29
Jun 2017

If you’re like me, you love taking your dog places. Having an obedient, confident and well-mannered dog opens up so many doors for fun adventures and experiences. Last year, I took Havok downtown for the fireworks show, and he did great. I first exposed him to fireworks when he was just 9 weeks old, and thanks to solid conditioning and exposure as a puppy, he’s what I call ‘bombproof.’ Nothing phases him. In fact, all four of my dogs have solid nerves and do well in all situations. Unfortunately, many dogs are not so confident, so if......

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18
May 2017
The Couch Controversy

Hi everybody, Amy here! I want to briefly tackle a MYTH in dog training that confuses people ALL.THE.TIME. That is, “Should dogs be allowed on the couch?” The big misunderstanding is that people think they’re breaking all the rules by letting their dogs come up on the couch. They say things like, “I know you’re probably going to tell me not to, but I let my dog on the couch.” The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with letting your dog on the couch. In fact, I break all the so-called “rules” – but here’s the......

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16
May 2017

Hi Everybody! Today I want to talk about how something that isn’t discussed often in blog posts, but it’s a common issue in dog training, especially in behavior rehabilitation training. Common knowledge tells us that how we feel has a direct impact on our dog’s behavior, but what if you can’t help it? What if, despite your best efforts, you can’t “Just relax”? For example, let’s say you have a reactive dog. You’re out for a walk and you see another dog approaching. You try to stay calm, but at some point you stopped breathing......

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