Frequently Asked Questions
WHICH BREEDS DO YOU TRAIN?
We train all breeds, big and small. Most of the dogs we train are medium-sized (Aussies, Border Collies, German Shepherds, Labradors, pit bulls, etc).
I JUST GOT A PUPPY. WHEN SHOULD I START TRAINING?
Right away! The sooner you begin training your puppy, the more quickly and easily your puppy will learn. We like to start training as early as 10 weeks of age. For your convenience we offer drop-in puppy classes throughout the year. Check out our schedule under the Services tab then Small Group Classes!
WHICH PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept cash, personal checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy), PayPal (using ‘send to friends and family’ to email@example.com) and debit/credit. Note: There is a 3% transaction fee for all debit/credit payments to cover processing fees.
DO YOU OFFER TRAINING DISCOUNTS FOR THE DISABLED?
No, sorry, we do not offer any discounts.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
Technically, no. For private lessons, we ask for a $100 deposit to schedule your lessons, and then the balance is due at the first lesson. For group classes, we ask for a $50-100 deposit to save a spot in class for you; the balance is due the first day of class. For our board and train program, we ask for a $500 deposit to reserve a spot for your dog; the balance is due the first day of training. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
DO YOU BREED DOGS?
We do not breed dogs. Please check out our Recommended Breeders page to see who makes our very short list of recommended breeders!
WHAT DOES THE THIN BLUE LINE IN YOUR LOGO REPRESENT?
The Thin Blue Line used in our logo is a symbol used by law enforcement in the US and Canada to commemorate fallen soldiers. Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public while the bottom represents the criminals. We proudly offer a training discount to our country’s military and law enforcement. Thank you for your service!
WHAT TYPES OF DOG TRAINING DO YOU OFFER?
We provide puppy training, family companion obedience training, service dog training (primarily for PTSD/TBI), therapy dog training and behavior rehabilitation training for dogs with behavior issues (aggression, fear, resource guarding, reactivity to people and/or dogs, etc). Oftentimes, we are the ‘last resort’ trainer for dogs with severe behavior problems. Our methods work; we never say that a dog can’t be trained.
DO YOU OFFER ONLINE TRAINING?
Yes! Check out “Virtual Training” under the Services tab.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING METHOD?
Here at Valor K9 Academy, we use a variety of scientifically-proven training techniques to shape your dog’s obedience and to rehabilitate dogs. Our diverse experience and training methods use a combination of food, toys and praise to help motivate your dog during training. Various training collars may be used as a tool to help discourage unwanted behaviors. All training is conducted with your dog’s best interest in mind using fair, effective techniques. For more on this, read this blog post.
HOW LONG ARE YOUR SESSIONS?
Private lessons are 45-60 minutes long and group classes are 60-90 minutes.
CAN MY CHILDREN ATTEND TRAINING SESSIONS?
Yes, of course! We welcome children and encourage them to participate in the training process. Dogs should see everyone as a pack leader. Games can be integrated into training so that children can interact with your dog’s obedience. If your child is too young to interact, then they are still welcome to attend. Keep in mind that training sessions are information packed, so you might want to consider getting child care if you are unable to dedicate 100% of your attention to the training session. Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring kiddos to the lesson so we can adjust our training plan accordingly.
WHERE ARE THE TRAINING SESSIONS HELD?
In Spokane, we can train at our academy or in the privacy of your home! We have a 2400 square foot training building and 5 fenced-in acres with sheep for herding and a full agility course. In Chattanooga, we offer mobile in-home training, and we have a training space inside the new Nooga Paws store in 2 North Shore. Sessions can be held just about anywhere! Training can occur inside your home, at dog-approved stores or high-distraction environments to include parks.
WHAT IS YOUR PRICE FOR IN-HOME LESSONS?
The price is the same cost-per-lesson, but we do charge a travel fee. For example, the travel fee for the greater Spokane area is $50 flat rate plus 57 cents per mile for in-home lessons.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND TRAINING MY DOG EACH DAY?
A good training session is short (2-5 minutes), simple (2-3 behaviors) and done often (5-10x a day). While actively enrolled in training with us, plan to invest 30 minutes or more into your dog’s training. Practice makes perfect! 🙂
DO YOU OFFER TREADMILL TRAINING?
Yes we do! Treadmill training is a great workout for dogs. They can walk or run on the treadmill, both on and off leash. Dogs love treadmill workouts because it wears them out physically and mentally. You can even put a backpack on your dog while he’s on the treadmill for an added workout.
WHERE DO I PURCHASE THE TRAINING EQUIPMENT?
We sell the basics at VK9-Spokane: Training equipment, interactive toys and treats. VK9-Chattanooga has everything you need available for sale inside Nooga Paws Natural Pet Market.
WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR DOGS?
We believe nutrition is very important to your dog’s overall physical and mental health. For this reason, we believe in feeding a raw diet. For the sake of convenience and availability, we feed freeze-dried Grandma Lucy’s dog food combined with raw fleshy meat and other add-ons such as coconut oil, fish oil, sea kelp, bee pollen and NuVet Labs Multivitamins and Joint supplement.
WHAT ARE VALOR K9 ACADEMY’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?
We’re on Instagram (@ValorK9Academy) and Facebook (Valor K9 Academy – Spokane and Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga).