Small Group Training




 Professional, Affordable Small Group Training

 

If you’re looking for a small group class to maximize your dog’s learning, you’ve come to the right place! Valor K9 Academy is known for productive group classes where everyone has fun training. Our classes are 6-8 weeks long and allow 8-10 dogs per enrollment class. You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a well-trained dog!

Our Core4 Classes:

Puppy Class

Basic Obedience

Intermediate Obedience

Advanced Obedience

Bonus Classes:

K9 Nose Work Level 1

K9 Nose Work Level 2

To participate in group classes, your dog must be: friendly towards people (both adults and kids) both on and off leash; friendly towards other dogs (of all sizes) both on and off leash; and comfortable in new environments.


Drop-in Puppy Class

(For puppies 10-24 weeks of age)

Every Monday from 6-7pm

This is the perfect class for your new puppy! We use reward-based training methods that are scientifically-proven to set your puppy up for success. In one hour, we cover hands-on obedience, problem solving, puppy play and Q&A. Our training methods promote:

1. Creating an active learner

Active learners are puppies that learn through self-directed training how to make choices and try new things in order to be rewarded. Like infants and toddlers, puppies are highly intelligent and absorb information quickly and easily. We use early training to set puppies up for a lifetime of learning success!

2. Introduction to basic commands

In Puppy Class, we introduce puppies to commands such as sit, down, stay, heel and come in a way that’s fun for you and your puppy!

3. Socialization and exposure

A puppy’s most impressionable socialization period is from 4-16 weeks of age, and the socialization window typically extends to about 9 months of age. During this socialization period, it’s critical to properly expose your puppy to new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals. We teach you the do’s and don’ts of socialization, and we expose your puppy to a variety of novel things so that you get hands-on experience with good socialization techniques. 

4. Confidence building

Everything we do in class is geared towards building your puppy’s confidence. From socialization and exposure to clicker training and FitPAWS, our curriculum builds good behaviors and promotes confident, well-socialized puppies.

5. Owner education

Is your puppy soiling in the house? Whining in the crate? Nipping at your kids? How about jumping up, digging or chewing? No worries. We set aside time at the end of class to answer your most pressing questions!

Who: Open to the public for all puppies 10-24 weeks of age

What: Drop-in puppy group class

Where: 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA (indoor facility)

When: Jan-Nov 2018; Every Monday 6-7pm; doors open at 5:45pm (new clients please arrive 15 min early)

What to bring: a hungry puppy; lots of high value treats (e.g., hot dog or cheese pieces); treat pouch or container with lid for treats; puppy harness and lightweight leash; and proof of vaccinations. Well-behaved kids and family members are welcome to attend!

Cost: $30 for one class, or buy 5 + get 1 free!

Note: We require that all puppies attending class receive at least their first set of vaccinations seven days prior to class. Proof of vaccinations is required.

You’re welcome to send us an email letting us know you’ll be coming or just show up for class. We look forward to meeting you!



Basic Obedience

(For dogs 6+ months of age)

This is our foundation training class for obedience & manners.

If you have a newly-adopted dog, family pet or companion dog this is the perfect starter class! Basic Obedience Class at Valor K9 Academy covers the following key areas of training:

1. Basic commands

We start by building focus, then we teach Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come, Place and Leave it. We use reward-based training methods paired with a training collar as needed. All training is done on leash.

2. Place bed training

The place command is  a client favorite! The place bed is an elevated bed with defined edges, and dogs are trained to stay on it (stand, sit or lay). When you’re cooking, cleaning or inviting guest into your home, you can send your dog to “Place” so he stays out of the way. It’s a super helpful tool in adding structure to your dog’s daily routine, and it helps dogs learn to relax on cue.

3. Loose leash heel

No more pulling you down the street! We’re going to teach your dog to walk nicely on leash through the use of leash pressure, reward-based training techniques and training collars. By the end of class, your dog will go into heel position, walk on a loose leash next to you and automatically sit when you stop walking.

4. Manners around people and dogs

It’s not enough for you to enjoy your dog – other people should too! By the end of this class, your dog will sit politely next to you when people approach with dogs to greet you, and he’ll sit nicely for petting. Having a well-mannered dog makes life with your dog enjoyable.

At the end of this class, your dog will take a test that includes the following:

  1. Sit politely next to you when someone greets you
  2. Sit politely next to you when someone with a dog greets you
  3. Sit on command and stay for 1 minute from 6 feet away
  4. Lay down on command and stay for 2 minutes from 6 feet away
  5. Come when called to front-sit from 20 feet away
  6. Walk on a loose leash (L turn, R turn, about face, auto sit at stop)
  7. Go to the place bed and stay (for 3 minutes with distractions)
  8. Leave it (food refusal)

Cost: $297; a $100 deposits towards the cost of training is required to save a spot for you in class. Email us to sign up!

Current Classes:

Monday Night Class 7:15-8:15PM

8 wk class; Start date: March 12th; End date: April 30th

FULL

Tuesday Night Class 6:00-7:00PM

8 wk class; Start date: March 6th; no class April 3rd; End date: May 1st

FULL

Upcoming Classes:

Tuesday Night Class 6:00-7:15PM

6 wk class; Start date: Aug 7th; End date: Sept 11th

FULL

Tuesday Night Class 6:00-7:15PM

6 wk class; Start date: Sept 18th; End date: Oct 23rd

6 spots available

Tuesday Morning Class 10:00-11:15AM

6 wk class; Start date: Sept 18th; End date: Oct 23rd

8 spots available

Wait List: Interested in training with us but don’t see a class that works for your schedule? Email us and we’ll add you to the wait list. When a new class is announced, you’ll be the first to know!



Intermediate Obedience

(For dogs 9+ months of age)

This class takes your dog’s training to the next level! It includes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, a field trip and a tough end-of-class test. Our goal is to take what you learned in Basic Obedience and expand upon it with more duration, distance and distractions training while challenging you to be a better trainer for your dog!

Cost: $297; a $100 deposit is required to save a spot for you in class.

Current Classes:

Tuesday Night Class 7:15-8:15PM

8 wk class; Start date: March 6th; End date: April 24th

FULL

Wednesday Morning Class 10:00-11:00AM

8 wk class; Start date: March 7th; End date: April 25th

FULL

Upcoming Classes:

Wednesday Night Class 6:00-7:00PM

8 wk class; Start date: Sept 5th; End date: Oct 24th

7 spots available



Advanced Obedience

(For dogs 12+ months of age)

Advanced Obedience is designed to be motivational and inspirational! Each week we work on something new – such as free shaping, rally obedience and off leash training – to expand upon your knowledge and your dog’s training. There are several tests in this class, to include the AKC Community Canine and AKC Urban tests.

Cost: $275 (10 dogs in this class)

Upcoming Class:

Wednesday Night Class 7:15-8:15PM

8 wk class; Start date: Sept 5th; End date: Oct 24th

8 spots available



K9 Nose Work Level 1 Class

(For dogs of all ages)

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for dogs of all ages and their owners. This easy-to-learn sport provides dogs with physical exercise and mental stimulation while building confidence.

Cost: $197

Upcoming Classes:

Monday Night Class 7:15-8:15PM

6 wk class; Start date: Aug 6th; End date: Sept 10th

4 spots available



K9 Nose Work Level 2 Class

(For dogs of all ages)

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for dogs of all ages and their owners. This easy-to-learn sport provides dogs with physical exercise and mental stimulation while building confidence.

Cost: $197

Upcoming Classes:

Monday Night Class 7:15-8:15PM

6 wk class; Start date: Sept 17th; End date: Oct 22nd

6 spots available



What our clients say about group classes!

  • AMY IS AWESOME! I can't thank her enough for the knowledge she has shared with us over the past year. I am so thankful we found a trainer who presents herself as well as her business extremely well. We walk away from each training session a little more confident and a little more knowledgeable! Amy is extremely passionate about what she does, and it shows 100% through the training she has done with her trainers and her business!! We can't thank you enough, Valor K9, for helping us create obedient dogs.

    Dana Silvrants
  • I love the thorough training and support offered through the Basic Obedience Class, both in class and outside class time. The techniques are balanced and effective, and I saw an awesome transformation over such a short amount of time practicing what Amy taught. I love that Valor K9 emphasizes the working relationship with your dog based off of mutual trust and respect.

    Jacara Fike
  • My 7 year old dog greatly benefitted from going to Basic Obedience. It sharpened the skills she had and she learned several more skills that she wasn't doing well or at all. I enjoyed the group sessions as I got to see how other dogs were learning too. Amy and Courtney are amazing trainers for both dogs and humans. Wish I had takes this course years ago!

    Kevin Trimpe
  • We HIGHLY recommend Valor K9 Academy. Amy is absolutely fantastic! She is extremely knowledgeable and up to date with the best and most current training techniques. We, especially, appreciated her honest feedback every step of the way. Our pooch had the greatest time, too! We are so excited to continue our training with Valor K9!!! Thank you, Amy!

    Julia Hall
  • Anyone looking for a place to train your dog and yourself, this is the place to go. Amy goes above and beyond to help to make the class successful.

    Bonnie Smith
  • Amy rocks! We make the trip all the way from the Valley to Valor K9, she is that good.

    Matt Cameron

Watch our training in action!