About Us

Our Story

In April 2014, Amy Pishner (Glunn) founded Valor K9 Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was built on hopes and dreams, and supported by hard work and dedication. What started as a small, apartment-run business has since grown to become a top notch, highly-regarded training company. The Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga training space is conveniently located in 2 North Shore inside Nooga Paws pet store.

In May 2015, owner and founder Amy Pishner moved to Spokane, Washington, and together she and husband Justin started the second Valor K9 Academy location in Medical Lake, WA. Word spread quickly, and soon VK9 became the go-to trainer for every major rescue group in the area. Our reputation precedes us; the majority of our business comes from word-of-mouth and referrals from satisfied clients.

Read more about our history here.


Our Name

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

Valor is another word for courage and represents bravery and fearlessness. It’s the state of mind with which we approach new challenges and obstacles both personally and professionally. Valor represents our military background and pays tribute to the men in blue.


Our Logo

The Thin Blue Line used in our logo is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.

Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.

Having worked much with law enforcement and K9 teams over the year, we have tremendous respect for what they do. It is an honor to have such outstanding men and women in our police force. We are thankful for them, and we appreciate their many sacrifices. The thin blue line in our logo is our way of saying ‘Thank You” and backing the men & women in blue.

Our Team

Amy Pishner

Owner, Head Trainer

Justin Pishner

Co-owner, Manager

Dana O'Lone Long


Courtney Sims


Candice Cwik


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Our Mission

We seek to provide expert Professional Dog Training and Owner Education using a balanced approach to training to make bad dogs good and good dogs great!

Our Core Values

-Excellence in Everything

Our Goals

-to provide top notch training to our clients and their dogs
-to meet and exceed training goals and expectations
-to provide excellent customer service
-to earn 5 star reviews and client referrals
-to be the best in the industry

Our Future Vision

Our goal is to expand intelligently and consistently provide quality dog training out of multiple locations across the continental United States.

Our Training Philosophy

Here at Valor K9 Academy, we believe that successful dog training is based on three things: communication, motivation and relationship.
Everything we do fosters those three key principles. We use a reward-based approach to training and later add training collars and corrections so that training is clear, consistent and reliable.

Our Locations

Valor K9 Academy has two locations: Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Spokane, Washington.