The Sport of K9 Nose Work

By |2021-07-01T17:25:51+00:00July 1st, 2021|Dog sports, Exercise, Health|

Article by Trainer-in-Training, Kelsi Long All dogs know how to use their nose, it’s an instinct they’re born with; but have you ever thought about putting that instinct to the ultimate test? Nose Work is a fun dog sport for both you and your pup! It is mentally stimulating, can be physically challenging, very rewarding for your dog and relies 100% [...]

DIY Ultimate Dog Tug Toy

By |2021-06-07T05:24:00+00:00June 7th, 2021|Dogs, Exercise, Tips, Uncategorized|

This article is written by VK9 co-owner Justin Pishner. DIY-extraordinaire and the handiest handy man alive! We are a working dog home. Some days, no matter how much fun our pups have, they still have more energy than hours in the day. A few years ago, I designed a simple pulley system that incorporated Havok’s favorite rope toy to be able [...]

Canine Fitness Tip: Injury Prevention

By |2021-04-18T23:28:54+00:00April 19th, 2021|Exercise, Health|

Injury Prevention is key in #caninefitness One of THE BEST things you can do to prevent injuries is to Warm-Up your dog prior to exercise! Why? Because most dogs are sedentary in the house, car or crate prior to exercise! So, by NOT warming up your dog, you are putting them at high risk for injuries. Especially before allowing your dog [...]

Canine Fitness Tip: Healthy Weight

By |2021-04-18T23:21:07+00:00April 18th, 2021|Exercise, Health, Nutrition|

Did you know April is National Canine Fitness Month? Canine fitness is for EVERY dog: -Puppies -Canine athletes -Pet dogs -and Senior dogs Canine fitness is: -Quality of Life (healthy weight & healthy diet) -Daily physical and mental exercise -Injury prevention Trainer Samantha Lee from Valor K9 Academy's Boise location is very passionate about canine fitness and nutrition. She believes it [...]

Preventing injury: Growth plates and exercise for puppies and dogs

By |2021-03-16T04:56:50+00:00March 16th, 2021|Dog sports, Exercise, Health, puppy joints|

(Article by VK9 Trainer, Samantha Lee, CCFT) Young dogs are full of energy which often leads owners to allow excessive running or play in an effort to get all of their energy out... because who doesn't love a tired puppy. But excessive exercise causes much more harm than good because the joints they use most during exercise are where their growth [...]

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