About Us

Our Team

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Amy Pishner

Owner, Head Trainer

Veteran, United States Air Force

Canine Training and Behavior Specialist

Bachelor's Degrees in Int'l Political Economy and Spanish

Justin Pishner

Owner, Manager

SERE Specialist, United States Air Force

OIF/OEF Veteran

Master Instructor

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
*currently on maternity leave*

Former Kindergarten Teacher
Master's Degree in Education from Whitworth

Dana Silvrants

Stay & Play Host

Volunteer Dog Walker at Kootenai Humane Society

Valor K9 Academy Client since 2016

Associate of Arts Degree

Lex Silvrants

Stay & Play Host

Registered Cardiac Nurse at Kootenai Health

Valor K9 Academy Client since 2016

Bachelors of Science in Nursing from WSU

Meg Rogers

Stay & Play Host

Valor K9 Academy Client since 2014

Goodwill Service Dog Training Volunteer

Animal Shelter Volunteer

Jenna Larson


Sept 2018 Shadow Program Graduate

Employee at Petsmart since 2017

Associate of Arts Degree

About Us

Here are Valor K9 Academy, we strive to offer top notch dog training for our community. We specialize in puppy training, basic to advanced off leash obedience and behavior rehabilitation training. What started as a small, apartment-run business in 2014 has grown to serve clients nationwide from two locations.

Our standard is excellence. We are proud of what we do, and we love the clients we serve. If you’re looking for a trainer who cares about every part of your dog’s quality of life and training, look no further. We have a long list of satisfied clients and more than 150 5-star reviews!

Our Training Philosophy

We are balanced dog trainers. That means we are specially skilled at each aspect of training and customize our training approach 100% to each individual dog. We believe strongly in the importance of a good training foundation so we use 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 in training have a solid foundation, we use training collars, such as prong collars and remote e-collars, as needed, to make sure the training is reliable in public and around distractions. We never train using force or intimidation. Our training always has the dog’s best interest at heart and we use body language, treats, rewards and praise to help communicate with the dog and reward the dog for good behavior.

Our training focuses on three key principles: Communication, Motivation and Relationship. We communicate with the dog to teach him what we want. We motivate the dog to be obedient and responsive to commands. And our goal is to have a good, working relationship with the dog so that the dog is obedient without relying on rewards only. Our training is all about common sense and doing what’s right for the owners and the dogs.

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 all military and police service members.

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.

Our Locations

Valor K9 Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was founded in April 2014. This was our first location, started by Amy Pishner (Glunn) in her apartment. Things have grown over the past five years, and we now have a lovely, conveniently-located training space inside Nooga Paws in the 2 North Shore plaza near Whole Foods.

Valor K9 Academy in Spokane, Washington, was founded in June 2014. Our training academy is located on five acres down the road from Fairchild Air Force Base in the growing town of Airway Heights. We have a huge 2400 square foot indoor heated/cooled training facility, spacious outdoor kennel runs, sheep for herding and an awesome outdoor agility obstacle course. Owners, Justin and Amy Pishner, live on site next to the academy.

Both Valor locations offer private training, group training, board & train programs and in-home boarding services.

Our Spokane Location

Our Tennessee Location