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01
Apr 2019
Recommended Reading

I get asked a lot which dog training books I recommend. Here’s the short (and long) of it: books I recommend, as well as books I do not recommend. I’ll be adding to this list periodically. If you find a book you love, feel free to send me the title so I can check it out and maybe add it to this list. For anyone interested in becoming a better dog owner or potentially a dog trainer, good books are a great place to start. A huge part of training dogs involves......

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01
Oct 2017

Retail delivery! This photo cracks me up because it’s the epitome of balanced training. As a balanced trainer, I am not limited by a predefined set of rules dictating what I can and cannot use to help train a dog. Everything is in my arsenal, and it’s up to my knowledge, judgment and experience to determine what is best to use and when etc.  That said, I must take a moment to point out that, unfortunately, all balanced trainers are not created equal. There are so-called balanced trainers out there who don’t......

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01
Aug 2017
FAQ 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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01
Aug 2017
FAQ 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 do 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
May 2017

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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26
Apr 2017

In dog training, state of mind is everything. It is single-handedly the biggest influence on dog behavior. It affects how your dog reacts to certain situations, stimuli, environments, people, other dogs, bicycles, sounds, movements, everything. State of mind impacts behavior – for better or for worse. Think of it from the human point of view. Imagine leaving work after a terrible day: You’re edgy, anxious and angry – then someone cuts you off in traffic -and you explode. Yelling, cursing, having an entire conversation with someone who may not even realize you exist. Now......

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06
Mar 2017

Does your dog love to run, swim, or play fetch? Does your dog seem to have endless amounts of energy? Or maybe your dog is a beautiful purebred and you want to show him off a little. Do you want to compete in competitive obedience? Are you just looking for something fun to do with your dog? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then this blog post is for you! The dog sport world is huge, and there are so many different sports! In some sports, people work towards......

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15
Jan 2017
5 Ways to Train Your Reactive Dog

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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12
Aug 2016
Raising Your New Puppy

Congratulations on your newest family member! A new puppy’s addition is an exciting time but also can be a little overwhelming. We’ve put together some helpful information and tips to make these next few weeks of transition as stress-free as possible. Crate Training – a well sized crate will be one of your very best friends when it come to house training your puppy. Be sure to choose a crate that is big enough for your puppy to stand up, lay down and turn around in but not so large that he......

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