Board & Train



Board & Train



Our Programs


Valor K9 Academy’s board & train programs are designed to offer expert dog training for all your needs. For puppy training and basic to advanced off leash obedience training, our customized programs get amazing results! Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in our program your dog lives with Lead Trainer Julie Richards in her home and receives 1-2 hours of training per day plus exercise, socialization and basic care.


 Puppy Head Start Program

Allow a professional trainer to get your new puppy off to the right start by raising him or her in their own home. This program focuses on housebreaking, crate training, socialization, basic commands, manners, and laying a solid foundation for future training. Your puppy will learn to love learning, and be ready for success as a confident, well-socialized family companion! Private lessons with your puppy’s trainer are included, and all further lessons may be booked at a 10% discount. For puppies under six months.

Socialization:

  • People
  • Places
  • Sights
  • Sounds
  • Surfaces
  • Animals
  • Field Trips

Introduction to Obedience & Manners:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Come
  • Place
  • Crate
  • Wait
  • Leave it
  • No jumping
  • No play biting/mouthing
  • Calm in crate
  • Walking on treadmill
  • Clicker training
  • Marker training
  • FitPAWS
  • Herding
  • Agility

$1997 for 2 weeks

$2997 for 4 weeks

Contact Valor Grand Rapids Lead Trainer Julie Richards for more information: julie@valork9academy.com.






Good Dog Board & Train

In this program, your dog is professionally trained through a comprehensive program tailored to suit his or her individual history and temperament. Goals include training reliable responses to basic commands, e-collar off leash training and resolving common behavior problems, with an emphasis on building engagement through positive reinforcement. Commands include: name recognition, sit/stay, down/stay, loose leash heel, come, place, leave it, wait and crate. The Good Dog program also covers treadmill training, FitPAWS training, agility, sheep herding and field trips. It includes a custom training manual, private lessons with your dog’s trainer, and 10% off all further lessons. For friendly dogs six months and up.

Obedience Skills:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Come
  • Place
  • Crate
  • Wait
  • Leave it
  • No jumping
  • No mouthing
  • Calm in crate
  • Walking on treadmill
  • Marker training
  • FitPAWS
  • Herding
  • Agility
  • Remote ecollar training for off leash obedience
  • Field trips included to proof training

Home Manners & Problem Prevention:

  • Calm in the house
  • Calm around guests, kids and other dogs
  • Go to place when someone rings the doorbell
  • No begging at the table or jumping on counters
  • No chasing the cat
  • Confidence building
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Relationship
  • Structure
  • Boundaries
  • Productive play time
  • Appropriate social interactions with people and dogs
  • Calm behavior for grooming
  • Calm and quiet in the crate
  • Calm in the car

$2997 for 3 weeks

Contact Valor Grand Rapids Lead Trainer Julie Richards for more information: julie@valork9academy.com.






Custom Board & Train

This program is designed for dogs with specific training goals such as obedience refresher training, weight loss, confidence building and more. We find out what your exact goals are, and then lay out a training plan to meet and exceed your expectations. We require a pre-training consultation first so we can meet and so that we can evaluate your dog’s behavior prior to starting the program. Program includes a custom training manual, private lessons with your dog’s lead trainer, and 10% off all further lessons. For dogs of all ages.

$1,000 per week

Email Valor Grand Rapids Lead Trainer Julie Richards for more information: julie@valork9academy.com.

Please contact us to be put on our wait list.





  • Ashley Hersey

  • In three short weeks Julie took a sweet but completely unmannered little gal who'd spent several months jumping from shelter to kennel across the country and gave her the confidence and skills to help settle her in our family. She now sits, stays, walks on a treadmill, is amazing on leash, loves her place bed and is getting better with her crate each day. Thank you Julie!!!

    Breanna Chance

  • A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to save a spot for your dog 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 card with 3-3.5% card fee, PayPal, personal check and 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.

    Our board and train program is small and caters to your individual dog. Dogs are worked with for 1-2 hours per day, or more. Dogs live with the trainers and go on multiple field trips in their final weeks of training for optimal results in your home and other locations.

    Watch our training in action!