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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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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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26
Mar 2017
Sabbatical Announcement

Hello Everybody! During the month of June, I will be taking a 30 day sabbatical to replenish my reserves, explore other passions and recreate myself. It’s been almost three years since I started Valor K9 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The past few years have been extremely rewarding, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I’ve also come to realize that while I’ve been building this business I’ve put a lot of things on the back burner. Dog training is my #1 passion, but I also love doing other things like traveling......

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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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20
Jan 2017
Guide to Selecting a Good Breeder

I am a dog trainer, not a breeder; however, I have done a significant amount of research and find the world of breeding to be both fascinating and overwhelming at the same time. This article is intended to help people in search of a purebred puppy distinguish between good breeders and bad breeders, also referred to backyard breeders. It is assumed that you’ve done your research regarding breeds and have selected the best-fit breed for your lifestyle. Now you’re in the stage where you’re looking for a good breeder. Chances are, if you typed......

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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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28
Nov 2016

Hello There! Thanks for dropping by to check out my reading list. Below are the Top 5 Books that I recommend to people who are interested in dogs, training and the science behind canine cognition and behavior. My goal is to Never Stop Learning so check out my Instagram (@dogtraineramy) for posts on additional reading materials. Recommended Reading: #1 How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch and Jon S. Bailey How Dogs Learn explores the fascinating science of operant conditioning, where science and dog training meet. It explains the basic principles of behavior......

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