Puppies and Preschool: Training dogs and raising kids

By |2022-01-14T00:02:31+00:00January 13th, 2022|Puppies, Puppy Training, Training Tips, Uncategorized|

Raising puppies and raising children have many parallels. When we start recognizing the similarities, many of us (myself included) have that “Ah-ha!” moment of understanding. If you have kids in your life – children of your own, nieces or nephews, or maybe neighbors or friends – then this article may offer you an “Ah-ha!” moment of your own! Early Education and [...]

Winter activities and gift ideas for your dog

By |2022-01-12T17:59:53+00:00December 20th, 2021|Pet Training, Uncategorized|

Winter is here! The time of year when daylight is shorter, the weather is unpredictable and no one wants to exercise their dogs outdoors when it’s cold, windy, raining or snowing. All in all, this usually presents challenges when it comes to meeting your dog’s daily mental and physical exercise needs. It's also Christmas time, and some of you might be [...]

Boise Dock Diving

By |2021-11-12T06:30:39+00:00November 12th, 2021|Dog sports, Uncategorized|

Article by Trainer Taya Hekking. Taya competes in dock diving with her Golden Retriever, Boo! Learn all about the dock diving sport in this fun read. Maybe it's something your dog could excel at! Participating in dog sports is a great way to build a stronger relationship with your dog, increase confidence, and a great outlet for drive and energy. If [...]

Farewell to Lead Trainer Dana!

By |2021-11-04T20:43:09+00:00November 4th, 2021|Meet the Team, Uncategorized|

It is with great sadness that I share with you all that Lead Trainer Dana O'Lone Long's last day with us was 31 October. Dana has been a Valor K9 Academy trainer since September 2015. She was the first trainer to join our team and the first trainer to enroll in our Trainer Course. She has given us over six amazing [...]

“Falco’s Journey” – A Client Interview

By |2021-10-25T02:23:09+00:00October 25th, 2021|Meet the Client, Uncategorized|

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lily Crytser, one of my longtime and repeat dog training clients from the Spokane area. Lily's dog, Falco, was one of my favorite behavioral rehabilitation cases. 1. Lily, back in 2016, you sent Falco to us for a behavioral rehabilitation board and train when he was an older dog. Why did you decide to send [...]

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