About Us

About Us

Valor K9 Academy strives to offer top notch dog training to everyone in need. We specialize in puppy training, basic to advanced off leash obedience and behavior rehabilitation training. Our services provide clients with the flexibility to meet their dog training goals through private training, group training and board & train programs.

Our training philosophy (called the CMR Philosophy) fosters three key principles: Communication, Motivation and Relationship. We believe strongly that training dogs, like building a home, requires a strong foundation to succeed. We use positive reinforcement training to teach dogs what we want them to do and grow their skill set, then we add training collars as needed to ensure obedience is reliable for real life, every day situations. Our goal is to build the owner’s relationship with their dog while making the dog obedient and enjoyable to be around. Our goal is to train dogs and teach owners for a win-win situation!

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 represents bravery, mental fortitude and the determination to succeed. We selected the name Valor K9 Academy because it best represents our mindset and determination to thrive and succeed in the world of dog training and business. We are a veteran-owned company and proudly support and defend the service menbers of all branches of the United States military.

Our Logo

If you look closely at our logo, you’ll see a thin blue line running through the letters “alor” in Valor. This Thin Blue Line 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. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege to work alongside law enforcement and their courageous K9s. This is our way of paying our respects and showing our appreciation.

Our Locations

We have two locations: Chattanooga, Tennessee (founded 2014) and Spokane, Washington (founded 2015).

Our Core Values

Here at Valor K9 Academy, we stand for excellence. Our team embodies honesty, integrity and a client-first mentality. We are passionate about training dogs and seek to provide only the best training, coaching and advice to our clients. We care about our clients and their dogs, and we’re passionate about what we do.

Our Vision

Our goal is to grow slow and grow right. We want to maintain our standard of excellence while reaching more people and training more dogs. We seek to work with rescues, shelters, breeders and pet homes to produce helpful content to help dogs get adopted, stay adopted and live good lives with loving people. We want to never outgrow ourselves and always stay true to our values.

Our Team

Amy Pishner

Owner, Head Trainer

Veteran, United States Air Force

Canine Training And Behavior Specialist

Dual Purpose K9 Handler and Trainer

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

B.A., International Political Economy, Spanish

Justin Pishner


SERE Specialist, United States Air Force

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Desert Storm

Dana O'Lone Long


Canine Training and Behavior Specialist

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Former Veterinary Technician

Courtney Sims


Canine Training Specialist

Pet First Aid & CPR Instructor

Former Licensed Veterinary Technician

Candice Cwik


Canine Training Specialist

Former Kindergarten Teacher

Master's Degree in Education, Whitworth University