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Sep 2017
The Valor Pack: Yedi's Story

Last but not least is our fourth and youngest dog, Yedi! Yedi is a two-year-old Australian Shepherd who we purchased from a reputable breeder in Tennessee called Lobos Australian Shepherds. We got pick of the litter and picked the most confident pup who showed the most courage and drives. He also happened to be the cutest puppy (in our opinion, of course) being a beautiful blue merle with dramatic copper trim. We picked up Yedi at 8 weeks old in December 2014 from the breeder and absolutely fell in love with his cute......

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29
Aug 2017
Going Back to the Basics: Re-training 'Rusty' Dogs

We’ve all been there before. We train our dog to an impeccable level of obedience – first time obedience, great focus, solid eye contact, bombproof training – and then, well, life gets in the way. This happens…that happens…and before you know it it’s been six months and you find yourself repeating commands, your dog has become complacent and sloppy, and you’re frustrated that all your hard work has been for ‘nothing.’ Or so you think. Yes, your dog’s training has gone down the toilet, but the good news is that it’s really easy to get your dog......

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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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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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15
Jul 2017
Jeff Gellman Seminar

During my sabbatical in June, I had the privilege of attending Jeff Gellman’s 2-Day Behavior Training Seminar here in Spokane, WA. Jeff is the founder of Solid K9 Training, a dog training company based in Providence, RI. He is known as the RV Dog Trainer and travels the country, oftentimes with his family in tow, offering dog training seminar all over the US. A balanced trainer, Jeff specializes in behavior rehabilitation training for aggressive and fearful dogs and has rehabilitated 1000s of dogs who would have otherwise been euthanized. I discovered Jeff about six months ago......

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16
May 2017
Don't Worry, Be Happy: A discussion about reactive dogs

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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08
May 2017
Recommended Training Equipment

When it comes to training, having the right equipment makes a big difference! This is a follow-up to the Valor K9 Academy-Spokane Facebook video where I explain what to use, which brands are best, and how to properly fit different training equipment on your dog. (Want to skip the text and watch the video? Click here!) This is a list of my favorite tried-and-true training equipment. Disclaimer: If you do not know how to properly use some of this equipment, please consult a professional trainer. There’s a right way to use everything, and there’s a......

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