Welcome to Valor K9 Academy

A Strong Foundation is Key to Good Training.

Dogs talk, but only to those who listen. Here at Valor K9 Academy, we believe that successful dog training is based on three things: communication, motivation and relationship. We believe strongly in the importance of a good training foundation so we use primarily positive reinforcement to teach basic commands and behaviors. We focus on confidence building, the relationship between owner and dog, structure, rules and meeting the basic needs of each dog. Once dogs have a solid training foundation, we use training collars, such as prong collars and remote collars, as needed, to ensure training is reliable in public and around distractions. Our training always has each dog’s best interest at heart. We use body language, treats, affection and praise to help communicate with the dog and reward good behavior. Ready, set…let’s train!

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Our Company

“Valor” noun val·or \ ˈva-lər \: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery

Valor K9 Academy is a veteran-owned and operated dog training business. We offer puppy training, basic to advanced off leash obedience and behavior rehabilitation training for aggressive and fearful dogs. We are celebrating five years in business and have six full-time staff members and four part-time staff members. Come train with us at any one of our four locations: Boise ID, Chattanooga TN, Grand Rapids MI and Spokane WA.

Our Logo

The Thin Blue Line used in our logo commemorates fallen officers in the United States and Canada and symbolizes the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element. We honor the police force and thank them for the service in our communities.


  • Free consultations with trainer
  • Veteran-owned and operated
  • Unlimited trainer support
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Customized training methods
  • Private in-your-home training
  • Family-friendly
  • Small personalized programs
  • Competitive rates

Giving Back

Here at Valor K9 Academy, we’re all about giving back to the communities that support us. Since our start in 2014, we’ve donated $40,119 in training to local not-for-profit animal rescue groups, shelters, charitable organizations and military veterans in our communities.

Specialty Training

The training staff at Valor K9 Academy go above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to our standard training services, we also offer service dog training, therapy dog training, Canine Good Citizen, FitPAWS, weight loss, herding and special needs training for deaf and blind dogs.  

What Others Say About Us

  • Amy’s love and passion for the proper training of all dogs is what I respect the most. I recommend Amy, and her staff at Valor K9, for all people looking for top-notch training from a top-notch trainer!

    Kenda Bishop
  • Valor K9 will transform the relationship you have with your dog for the better. Whether you're looking for obedience training or rehab for reactivity, Valor provides the skills and knowledge to help you and your canine companion.

    Nicole Williams
  • Very knowledgeable and caring trainers, attention to detail is very evident! Amy is a great trainer of dogs and handlers/owners and I’m extremely thankful for what her and the Valor family has done for me and my pup.

    David Grimes
  • Valor K9 Academy is hands down the best I have ever witnessed! I am blown away by Amy's experience, certifications and genuine love for dogs. I take the R4A dogs to and refer all of our adopters to them!! Thank you Valor K9 Academy for being AMAZING!

    Jamie McAtee
  • I recently had the privilege of attending Valor’s six day April Shadow program.. It was hands down, the greatest week of my life!... I highly recommend this program to anyone that’s interested at an inside look at dog training or even expanding their skills! The Valor team is also very professional! I loved watching every single one of them work their magic while also providing owners with the information and skills they needed to work with their dogs. Valor is TOP NOTCH!!

    Traci Swearer
  • Amy and her staff are truly amazing! They have been amazing to work with and go above and beyond for their clients.

    Heather Hall
  • Valor K9 Spokane delivers the best training this area has to offer. The owner is no-nonsense, very direct and most importantly efficient. She has a clear plan and will explain the steps to get there. If you are looking for a training company to send your dog to, this is the place, hands-down that I would recommend.

    Julie Richards
  • Anyone looking for a place to train your dog and yourself, this is the place to go. The owner, Amy, goes above and beyond to help to make training successful.

    Bonnie Smith
  • This is a great training facility with a very straightforward instructor who understands dogs and dog behavior. I recommend Valor to everyone!

    Shannon Blewett
  • Often I find trainers either lean too much on the positive side or rely too much on punishment. I found Amy to be an exceptional trainer that is truly balanced - She is firm, but fair.

    Jevry Denny
  • We love Amy & Valor K9!! They have so many classes to offer... something for everyone!

    Maria Fell
  • Valor K9 is pretty much AMAZING and I would highly recommend!!!

    Michelle Agostinelli
  • We have had the pleasure of working with Amy and Valor K9 staff for over two years with both of our working line GSDS. Private lessons, group classes and most recently a puppy head start board and train have all been wonderful experiences. Amy is a fountain of dog training knowledge and teaches us as owners as much if not more than our dogs. Professionalism, friendship, passion and amazing training are just a few of the things we can say about Valor K9.

    Kim Arredondo
  • Amy saves dogs with balanced training. She teaches owners to offer treats for good behavior and corrections for bad behavior.

    Carolyn Tompkins
  • Amy's training is worth every penny. Learning to use the e-collar correctly has helped me to turn Scout into a listener and not a runner!

    Karen Brady
  • Amy and Valor K9 Academy have been truly amazing for us. Thank you to Amy and her team for taking such good care of Tess, and us.

    Elizabeth LoCascio
  • Exceptional knowledge in all aspects of dog training. Amy and her staff are VERY professional, kind, and straight forward. They are really good at teaching the humans too (hardest part!!). We have done Puppy Class, Beginner Obedience and currently doing Intermediate Obedience with Valor K9. My relationship with my GSD is strong and healthy thanks to Valor K9! Do not waste your time or money elsewhere. Go to Valor K9!

    Melissa Kossuth
  • We had our first private lessons today and are so excited to continue on! Thank you Amy for your patience with our 2 pups and with us. Your ability to change pace based on each dogs personality is a gift. I would recommend your services to anyone!

    Tiffany Saraceno

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Our Service Areas

Now serving the continental United States from our training locations in Spokane WA, Boise ID, Grand Rapids MI and Chattanooga TN