Puppy


19
Jun 2019
How to Choose a Good Dog Trainer

Finding a good dog trainer isn’t easy. There is no overarching certification organization for dog training as a career, so just anyone can go print cards and be in business, which means dog trainers are a dime a dozen. The problem is that no training is actually better than bad training. Serious damage can be done by bad training. It’s a lot harder to fix a dog who’s been poorly trained than it is to start training fresh with an untrained dog. Every day I get messages from people who invested time......

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01
Feb 2019

 VK9 Owner Education “Behind every well-trained dog is a well-educated owner.” –Amy Pishner A big part of what we do here at Valor K9 Academy involves owner education. Our goal is to not only train your dog, but also teach you how to better understand and communicate with your dog. While owners are sometimes part of the problem, they are a big part of the solution too! We have all our new clients read this post to explain key terms and concepts so everyone is on the same page in training. Key......

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01
Dec 2018
Rehabbing Reactive Dogs

When I work with dog reactive dogs, I use a simple 4 step process. Each step takes approximately one week of Board & Train or 1-3 lessons, depending on the owner and the individual dog’s behavior history, age and temperament. Step 1 is foundation training to establish a working relationship with the dog, to build confidence and to teach basic skills such as focus, place, art of doing nothing and heel with auto-sit. Step 1 also includes basic obedience commands, treadmill training, agility, sheep herding and other confidence building and obedience exercises.......

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01
Jul 2018
8 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is supposed to be a time of celebration, but it can quickly become a stressful experience if your pet goes missing. July 4th and 5th are the two busiest days of the year for shelters across the country. Not all dogs find their way back to their owners again. Don’t let your dog become a statistic: Play it safe and be smart. Now is not the time to work on your dog’s fear of loud noises or fireworks. Keep your dog in the house and when you take......

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01
Jun 2018
Training a dog that's not food motivated

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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01
May 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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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
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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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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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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