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10
Dec 2015
Why I choose balanced training

I’m writing this blog post because it’s something I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time. It’s a topic I touch briefly on within the website, and I will openly tell anyone who asks about it. But I’ve never gone into detail on why I chose to use balanced training methods and very few people are privvy to the mistakes that I made early on in training. My goal in writing this post is to be very open and honest about what I do, how I do it and why. I am......

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08
Dec 2015
7 tips for picking the best dog breed for you!

There’s a lot more to dog breeds than looks and size. While every dog has his own personality traits and quirks, you can learn a lot about what to expect from a dog by his breed. Breed influences everything from energy levels to trainability, temperament and lifestyle requirements – in other words, the important stuff that will determine whether a particular dog breed is the right fit for you and your family. There is really no one “best” breed – ultimately, the right breed for you depends on what you’re looking for......

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12
Nov 2015
Personal Protection Dogs

Here at VKA-Spokane, we offer obedience training, behavior rehabilitation for aggressive and fearful dogs, and Personal Protection Dog training. Most people understand obedience and behavior training, but there is a cloud of confusion surrounding protection training. Oftentimes in people’s minds, the terms “protection dogs” and “attack dogs” are synonymous – when in reality they couldn’t be more different! Personal Protection Dog training is a huge passion of mine so I’m writing this article in hopes of debunking a few myths out there! What is a Personal Protection Dog? A Personal Protection Dog......

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14
Oct 2015

Most people put a lot of thought into naming their new dog or puppy. Your dog’s name speaks volumes about your own personality, insight and sense of humor. It’s a great way to reveal just a tidbit of information about yourself to passersby. Some dog names are friendly, tough, funny, cute, geeky and more! When clients ask me how to name their dog, I tell them to pick a one- or two-syllable name that doesn’t rhyme with any basic obedience commands (like sit, down, stay, come, no) and doesn’t rhyme with another......

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08
Oct 2015

There are three things to keep in mind when you’re working with your dog: timing, consistency and motivation. Understanding these three basic principles will help you better understand and train your dog. 1. Timing Timing is important because dogs learn through association. Scientists say that if you react to something a dog does within .5 to 2.3 seconds – so about a second – dogs are best able to learn. For example, on one hand let’s say you tell your dog to “Sit” and he sits so you promptly say “Good boy.”......

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05
Oct 2015
For the love of Duke

Over the past 15 years, I’ve trained hundreds of dogs in various settings. I love all breeds, but German Shepherds hold a special place in my heart. Let me tell you why… For years, I lived alone. I traveled alone. I stayed in hotels alone. I had several close calls with strangers, mostly while traveling, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t always feel safe. I didn’t carry a gun, because I didn’t know my rights, and I was afraid that if I had a gun and there was an intruder, I......

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02
Jun 2015
Housebreaking 101

Puppies are a lot of work, but housebreaking doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s what I recommend to get your puppy potty trained in no time: -Supervise your puppy at all times in the house. This allows you to instantly reward behaviors you like and correct behaviors you don’t like. I recommend keeping your puppy loosely tethered to you to ensure he can’t wander off and get in trouble. -Buy a crate about 2x the size of your puppy and keep him in the crate when you can’t supervise him. The best......

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26
May 2015
How to stop your dog from jumping on people

No Fido! Off! Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry that my dog jumped on you. He just really loves people…” Is your dog a jumper? Does he bark and whine when you pass people on walks? Is he unruly when guests come over? The solution for breaking this embarrassing habit is really quite simple. All it takes is training, patience and practice practice practice. Try these easy exercises: First, stop letting everybody pet your dog. Dogs that whimper and whine when they see people are excited with the expectation of eventually getting......

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Jul 2014

Months ago when I lived in Wisconsin, I started feverishly researching German Shepherd breeders. I wanted a puppy that would be a sound and stable worker with high drives, good orthopedics, good health and correct conformation. To get all of that bundled up in one puppy, I knew I would have to be extremely cautious while sifting through breeders. There are countless good breeders out there: I wanted the best of the best. I scrolled through hundreds of blog posts, websites and pedigrees until I finally found a breeder that stood out......

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22
Jun 2014

Why Puppies Chew Chewing on objects is perfectly normal behavior. Puppies, like infants and toddlers, explore the world by putting objects in their mouth. Their deciduous teeth erupt between three and eight weeks of age and around four to six months of age these teeth are gradually replaced with permanent teeth. Like babies, puppies teethe for about six months. It’s a painful process, because their gums are highly irritable; chewing helps relieve their discomfort. Why Adult Dogs Chew Adult dogs may engage in destructive chewing for a number of different reasons such......

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