Dog


29
Oct 2017
Recommended Rescue Groups

Looking to adopt? We work closely with several rescue organizations in the area. To date, 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! Here’s a list of the rescues we recommend. Note: If you know of a good non-profit rescue group that we should add to this list, please email us with their name and website. Don’t worry, we’ll ask for permission before adding them to this......

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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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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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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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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
Celebrating with Fido: Tips for a Safe & Happy 4th of July

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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05
Feb 2017

Congratulations on your new puppy! Adopting a puppy is always very fun and exciting. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to buy for your furry kid: Crate When it comes to a crate, you’ll need to find out what size your puppy is going to be when you pick him up. The problem most pet owners make is that they purchase a crate that’s too big for the puppy, and it makes house breaking difficult. You need a crate that allows your puppy to stand up, sit and lay down comfortably, but isn’t......

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15
Jan 2017
5 Ways to Help Your Reactive Dog (without leaving the house)

A ‘reactive dog’ is a term used to describe a dog that reacts to certain stimuli or triggers in the environment: adults, kids, other dogs, cats, squirrels, you name it. Some dogs react by growling, barking and lunging. Other dogs whine, yip, howl and pull on the leash when they encounter the same stimuli. Some dogs are reactive because they’re excited, oftentimes a result of too much uncontrolled socialization or high prey drive, and other dogs are reactive based on fear, previous bad experiences, lack of socialization and so on. If you have a reactive dog, and......

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