Board and Train




Want a well-trained dog? Let us do the work for you!

Puppy, Adult Dog, and Rehab Programs Available

Our board & train program is perfect for busy professionals, families and individuals who want top notch training for their dog. In this program, your dog lives with the trainer and receives several hours of daily playtime, socialization and training each day. We train your dog, then we educate you and transfer your dog’s training to you so you feel comfortable and confident working with your dog at home. Throughout the training process, we keep you up-to-date with pictures, videos, social media posts and more. Our program is limited to just three dogs at a time to ensure each dog receives sufficient one-on-one time with Trainer Amy (in Spokane) and Trainer Dana (in Chattanooga).


 Puppy Head Start Program

Early training is key to success! In this program, we raise your puppy like our own. Training focuses on socialization, exposure, manners and reward-based obedience training. This program includes: crate training, potty training, extensive socialization and exposure, body awareness FitPAWS training, confidence building, clicker training, swim lessons, elimination of nipping/chewing/jumping and introduction to basic commands. The longer your puppy stays, the more material we can cover. We have two week and four week programs. In both programs, you have the option of letting your puppy stay with us full-time or just Monday-Friday (spending weekends with you).

For puppies 10-20 weeks of age

2 week board & train with 2 private lessons $1997

4 week board & train with 4 private lessons $2997

Standard Board & Train Program

We offer two programs for social (friendly) dogs ages 6 months and older. Our Basic Foundations program is a two week program that covers all on leash training. And our Good Dog program is a four week program that covers all on and off leash training. Here’s what we teach your dog:

OBEDIENCE AND MANNERS TRAINING

-focus and eye contact (learning to pay attention to handler instead of distractions)

-how to sit on command and stay (for up to 3 minutes, from 30+ feet away, around distractions)

-how to lay down on command and stay (10+ minutes, 20+ feet away, around distractions)

-walk on loose leash and auto-sit (no more pulling!)

-come when called (on and/or off leash depending on which program you choose)

-place bed training (stay on raised bed and be calm regardless of what’s going on around you)

-calm on cue (how to be excited and calm down instantly)

-overall calm behavior (so that the dog is enjoyable to be around in the house, when friends come over etc)

-leave it (ignore dropped food, toys and other distractions)

-crate protocol (enter crate on command and relax, no barking, whining or spinning in crate; wait while door opens and leash is put on; exit on command and immediately sit next to handler)

-vehicle manners (to ride well in car)

-door manners (wait before passing through indoor/outdoor threshold)

-elimination of unwanted behaviors (jumping up, barking, digging, counter surfing)

EXTRAS

-agility training (builds confidence, teamwork and trust and is a great form of exercise)

-FitPAWS training (for body awareness, confidence building, strength & conditioning)

-treadmill training (walking on treadmill; a great exercise alternative for rainy/cold days)

-sheepherding (for herding breeds only)

-swim lessons (weather-permitting)

-social skills tune-up (to ensure your dog plays well with others!)

In the Basic Foundations program, all training is done on leash. It’s a great way to jumpstart your dog’s training. In just two weeks, we’ll transform your unruly but loving dog into a well-behaved companion. In the Good Dog program, all training starts on leash and then progresses to off leash e-collar training as well. Both programs start with training inside the training building with minimal distractions and end with field trips to pet-friendly restaurants, shopping centers and parks to proof your dog’s training in public. Please note that results will vary depending on dog’s age and prior training. Customized programs are also available for dogs needing service dog training or refresher training etc, on a case-by-case basis. In the board & train program, we do all the work and then we work one-on-one with the owners to ensure the dog’s training is successful at home.

2 week board & train with 2 private lessons $2297

4 week board & train with 4 private lessons and ET-300 Mini Educator E-Collar (valued at $179.99) $3297

Additional training equipment required for dog will be added to final invoice.

Behavior Rehabilitation Board & Train

We offer 4 and 5 week programs to rehabilitate dogs with behavior issues such as people aggression, dog aggression, fear issues, leash reactivity and more. We offer a four week program for mild behavior rehabilitation and a five week program for red-zone rehabilitation. Our goal for rehab training is to eliminate the problem then transform your dog into an obedient, well-mannered companion. If you’ve already worked with a trainer and didn’t see results, don’t worry. We’re oftentimes a dog’s third or fourth trainer for rehabilitation. Our methods are proven effective to rehabilitate your dog from the inside out! Both programs include obedience and manners training as well, so you’re getting everything in the Standard Board & Train program curriculum plus behavior modification training.

For dogs of all ages

4 week board & train with 4 private lessons: $3997

5 week board & train with 5 private lessons: $4897

We allow up to three dogs at a time in our board & train program. Space is limited and spots fill up fast! A $500 deposit is required to save a spot for your dog. That amount goes towards the total cost of training.

VK9-Spokane has a December 2017 opening available for a three week custom board & train (puppy or standard). VK9-Chattanooga’s next opening is October 2017.  Please inquire within for more details.


  • We were blown away by our puppy's progress after two weeks in Amy's Puppy Head Start Program. -Dr. Elizabeth LoCascio


  • Our rescue poodle was a sweetheart with us but a terror to our older dog and almost everyone else. She spent one month with Amy and her pups, and she's a completely different dog! -Heather Whitley


  • We looked for months trying to find the best trainer for our puppy. Had heard great things about Amy and Dana but didn't realize just how great they were until our dog stayed with Dana for 30 days. Excellent training! -Karen Schaerer


  • My 1 year old dog went to Valor K9 Academy for the 14 Day Board & Train, and I cannot believe the difference. I cannot say enough good things about Amy and her training abilities. -Dawn Zoesch


  • Amy has an amazing board and train program. She went above and beyond making sure her training was the right fit for our lifestyle and our dog. Valor K9 is top notch! -Shelley Rosenberger





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