Therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support dogs: Similarities and Differences

By |2021-02-21T18:23:19+00:00February 21st, 2021|Dogs, Service Dogs|

(This article was written by Trainer Maria Fell of Valor K9 Academy - Spokane. Thank you for your contribution, Maria!) There is an unfortunate lack of understanding among the general public – and even educated dog owners – when it comes to assistance dogs. A few well-known assistance dogs are “Emotional Support Animals,” “Therapy Dogs,” and “Service Dogs.” These are likely [...]

Now trending: Malinois, Shepherds and Dutchies

By |2021-02-12T21:21:22+00:00February 12th, 2021|dog trainers, Dogs|

I've been in the dog world for eight years now, and there's something trending lately that's driving me crazy. It's people getting dogs because they're cool, trendy or popular on social media. Dog trainers and dog owners alike are both guilty of this. I remember back in 2010 when I met a Belgian Malinois for the first time. It was a [...]

What to do if your dog gets attacked

By |2021-01-18T05:42:25+00:00April 25th, 2020|aggressive dogs, boise dog training, Chattanooga Dog Training, Dog, dog attack, dog attacks, dog fight, dog training, Dogs, Puppy, Spokane Dog Training|

One of our clients' dogs just got attacked by a loose dog in the neighborhood while they were out for a bike ride. The dog was 90+ pounds and the attack lasted several minutes. This is such a scary situation, and it's one you hope never happens to you, but it does happen. Fortunately, her dog has a great foundation from [...]

How to Become a Dog Trainer

By |2019-06-04T17:56:08+00:00June 4th, 2019|Chattanooga Dog Training, dog trainer schools, dog training, Dogs, Pet Training, Spokane Dog Training|

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. There is a huge need for good, experienced dog [...]

Rehabbing Reactive Dogs

By |2019-06-18T04:37:46+00:00December 1st, 2018|dog training, Dogs, Pet Training, Puppy, Spokane Dog Training|

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 [...]

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