Dogs


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Jun 2018
But My Dog's Not Food Motivated: Training an un-motivated dog

Hey guys! One of the questions we get asked a lot is “How do we train dogs that aren’t food motivated?” Dogs who are fed on a regular schedule or who have 24/7 access to food in a bowl tend to be unwilling to work for food. They’re thinking, “Why work for something I get for free?” But just because a dog isn’t willing to work for food doesn’t mean we don’t train. There’s a lot of training you can accomplish with a dog who’s not food motivated! We’ve compiled a list......

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19
Apr 2018
Marker Training: The Fundamentals of Good Communication!

Marker training uses words or sounds to communicate or signal to the dog that he is doing something correctly or incorrectly. The words or sounds mark a specific moment in time when the dog performs an action or behavior. It’s feedback for the dog in its simplest form. Verbal marker words clear up and improve communication in training and streamline the training process. We use classical conditioning to teach marker words. For optimal conditioning, give the cue then follow-through within .5-2.3 seconds (1 sec is ideal). We use four marker words: Yes,......

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03
Apr 2018
Dog Trainers In Spokane Logo

valor noun   val·or   \  ˈva-lər \ Definition of valor : strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery I chose the name “Valor K9 Academy” for the business name because “Valor” is another word for courage and represents bravery and fearlessness. It’s the state of mind with which I approach new challenges and obstacles both personally and professionally. Valor also represents my military background and pay tribute to the men and women in blue who defend our safety and security. The thin blue line in the logo is a......

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01
Apr 2018
March Books in Review

Happy Easter, everyone! This month I read one new book and re-read five old books. Lots of people keep asking me for my top recommended books, so I’m re-reading old books to update my list of favorite books! I hope you enjoy these reviews and are able to add value to your dog training library based on my recommendations. Book #11 “Franklin” by Matthew Duffy This is hands-down the most inspirational working dog book I’ve ever read! “Franklin” is a fascinating account of Jeffrey Scott Franklin, the man behind the United States Commando Dogs.......

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19
Mar 2018
When it Comes to Come

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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11
Feb 2018
January Books in Review

Hi Everybody,  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read 52 books by year’s end. I wasn’t planning on reviewing them, but as I shared feedback on Instagram (@dogtraineramy) lots of people DM’d me, thanking me and asking me to continue reviewing books. That sprung the idea of writing a monthly book review on the books I read that month. I’ll try to keep it brief, just so you get the gist of what I think. I’ll also include stats (number of pages, number of typos and a 1-5 star rating based......

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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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