Board & Train

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Let us do the work for you!

Our board and train programs are perfect for busy professionals and families who want top notch training for their dog.

In our board and train program, your dog becomes part of the pack and receives unlimited 1:1 socialization, exercise and training each day at our facility and in the trainer’s home. We limit the number of dogs in our program to 1-3 dogs per trainer to ensure each dog is getting quality time and care. We frequently have dogs flown to us for boarding and training – we can even help you with flights and bookings. The board and train is hands-down one of the best things you can do for your dog!

Our Programs

 Puppy Head Start

(Age: 10 weeks to 6 months)

The Puppy Head Start Program focuses on positive imprint training and socialization.

Obedience Skills:

  • Name association
  • Introduction to potty training in a family home environment
  • Clicker conditioning (learning how to learn!)
  • Recall Games to make “Come” a fun exercise
  • Familiarization with a collar and leash
  • Early positive imprinting of obedience commands- Sit, Down, Place
  • Crate Training to include crate manners
  • Walk on a loose leash and follow the handler
  • Learning marker words such as “Yes” & “Good” to reinforce and “No” to stop a behavior
  • “Free” – release word
  • Sit for feeding

Home Manners & Problem Prevention:

  • Build Mutual Trust and Respect and establish clear and fair communication
  • Default to positive alternatives to problem behaviors (ie. come and sit in front, not jump)
  • Four on the floor during human interaction
  • Socialization: Regular exposure to different and new situations to build confidence
  • Calm behavior for frequent grooming and handling
  • Object differentiation of approved dog toys vs. off limit human items
  • Encourage chasing, biting, and fetching of approved toys and chewing bones
  • Intro to stairs, slippery floors, young children, visitors/strangers, vehicles, variety of dogs
  • FitPAWS for confidence building and body awareness
  • Intro to treadmill training

Program includes private one-on-one lessons with owners for education and training.

$1997 for 2 weeks or $2997 for 4 weeks*

Good Dog Board & Train

(Age: 6 months and up)

The Good Dog Program focuses on on/off leash obedience and manners training.

Obedience Skills:

  • Sit on command and Stay (3 minutes)
  • Down on command and Stay  (10 minutes)
  • Go to place bed and stay (1+ hours)
  • Marker training: Yes, Good, Nope and Free release command
  • Foundation recall and 100% off leash recall training (come)
  • Automatic loose leash walking with auto-sit
  • Drop toy on command
  • Crate manners: enter, wait and exit on command
  • Wait at thresholds and sit for feeding

Home Manners & Problem Prevention:

  • Relationship development based on mutual trust and respect
  • Establishing clear and fair boundaries and rules
  • Adding structure to daily routine
  • Default to positive alternatives to problem behaviors (ie. come and sit in front, not jump)
  • Four on the floor during human interaction
  • CALM behavior inside, play time is for outside
  • Socialization: Regular exposure and outings to different and new situations
  • Social skills and good manners around other dogs
  • Calm behavior for frequent grooming and handling (nail trims and baths)
  • Ride well in vehicle
  • No begging or stealing- kitchen manners
  • FitPAWS training for confidence and body awareness
  • Treadmill training (for exercise alternative)

    Program includes private one-on-one lessons with owners for education and training.

    $2997 for 3 weeks*

Behavior Rehabilitation Board & Train

(Age: 6 months and up)

The Behavior Rehabilitation Program eliminates behavior problems and teaches obedience.

We offer a four week behavior rehabilitation program for dogs with people aggression, dog aggression, fear issues, leash reactivity, separation anxiety and more. We start with foundation training to build your dog’s skill set and confidence then we slowly and systematically address the dog’s presenting behavior symptoms working towards a behavior rehabilitation solution.

Program includes private one-on-one lessons with owners for education and training.

$3997 for 4 weeks*

*A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to save a spot for your puppy in our program. The deposit goes towards the total cost of training. The balance is due the first day of training. Payment options include credit/debit with 3-3.5% card fee, personal check (made out to Valor K9 Academy) or cash. Owner provides food for dog, treats for training and bones to chew on. Dogs must be fully vaccinated to attend training. Recommended equipment is not included in cost of training and may include training collar, place bed and/or e-collar and can be purchased at the end of program. Owners will receive weekly updates while their dog is enrolled in training. Any other questions? We are an open book! Please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Dana is incredible! She transformed my three-year-old rambunctious and obstinate terrier mix into an obedient, trustworthy companion. I cannot believe the different Dana made in just four weeks! Not only was Dana able to work magic with my dog Luna, but she has been indispensable as a teacher and coach for me, too. She is amazing to work with, offering very thorough and patient explanation and demonstration for every step of the training. She has also remained available even after Luna came home, responding to questions quickly and helpfully. I cannot recommend Dana high enough.

    Elin Bunch
  • Dana took our wild red-headed girl and taught her to wait patiently for our commands. We were delighted with the positive changes. Moreover, Dana taught us how to lead appropriately, and how to re-set when a command was missed. It's a much more peaceful household now, without our dog having her spirit diminished.

    Marni Halvorson
  • I called 3 places when looking for trainers for my catahoula mix, Jupiter. I knew instantly from just talking on the phone that Amy, from Valor K9 Academy was the one for us. Jupiter was a 3 month old pup that was growing fast and starting to get aggressive with me, and he played a little too rough with my 3 yr old. I started out with lessons and ended up doing the 2 week board and train. Amy worked wonders with him, and at 5 months now he is great. I was so close to having to rehome him, and now I can't imagine life without him. My 3 yr old and I (and Jupiter) cannot thank Amy enough for everything. She really did make a difference in all of our lives.

    Rhonda Hicks
  • So so thankful for Dana and Valor K9. I came in with a submissive lab named Dixie I was planning on having as a psych service dog. We started out with once a week training, but we decided to put Dixie through the board and train program for more consistent training. At the end of the training program, although well behaved before, Dixie learned so much and that was the boost she needed. Dana helped Dixie and I become more confident in each other's abilities and now she comes with me everywhere! Dana was so accommodating and aimed to take care of both mine and Dixie's needs. Thank you!

    Laura Johnson
  • My puppy Marley did the 28 day board and train program. Marley was having great difficulty with potty training, listening to commands, socialization, and leaving her elderly canine brother alone. I'm happy to say that after 28 days with Dana of Valor, Marley is a different dog. Dana was somehow able to work her magic and Marley was completely crate trained, potty trained and able to follow commands. Marley now is an enjoyable member of our family. Additionally she learned several tricks. The investment of the 28 day board and train is an investment in the life of your pet. I can't wait to see what else Marley is capable of achieving.

    Missy Dane

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