Small Group Training




Our Core4 Classes

Puppy Class

Basic Obedience

Intermediate Obedience

Advanced Obedience

plus Beginner K9 Nose Work Class

Professional, affordable small group training!

Here at Valor K9 Academy, we’re known for productive small group classes where everyone has fun training! You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a well-trained dog! In group training, you get the same great information as private lessons but at the discounted group rate!

Note: In order for your dog to participate in group classes at Valor K9 Academy, your dog must be:

 1. Friendly towards people (both adults and kids) both on and off leash

2. Friendly towards other dogs (of all sizes) both on and off leash

3. Comfortable in new environments

If your dog is nervous, reactive, fearful or aggressive, we recommend private one-on-one training or our board-and-train programs for optimal training results.

In addition to group classes, we also offer FitPAWS Open Gym, free monthly pack walks and workshops throughout the year. Scroll down to find out more!


“Puppy Class”

(Age: 10 weeks to 6 months of age)

$30 for one class session or $125 for five

This is a weekly drop-in puppy training class.

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. Our class is split up into 30 minutes of hands-on training, 15 minutes of play and 10 minutes of Q&A. Puppy Kindergarten Class at Valor K9 Academy promotes:

1. Creating an active learner

One of the best things you can do for your new puppy is teach him or her to be 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. Basic obedience and manners training are important for overall communication, and training tools like clickers help to create an independent thinker who enjoys training and happily obeys commands. Like infants and toddlers, puppies are highly intelligent and absorb information quickly and easily. Early training is crucial for a lifetime of learning.

2. Introduction to basic commands

In Puppy Kindergarten, we introduce basic commands such as sit, down, stay, heel and come. We also teach your puppy to settle on command and introduce your puppy to treadmill training and the place command to make training easier later on down the road.

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 seven new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals each week. In Puppy Kindergarten Class, we teach you the do’s and don’ts of socialization and 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 puppy class is geared towards building your puppy’s confidence. From socialization and exposure to clicker training and FitPAWS, our curriculum is designed to build good behaviors and promote confidence and good social skills. 

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!

Spokane Location:

Drop-in Puppy Class is every Monday 6-7PM

Starting January 8th and ending April 30th, 2018

Location: 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022

Chattanooga Location:

Drop-in Puppy Class is every Tuesday 6-7PM

Starting February 6th and ending May 29th, 2018

Location: Nooga Paws, 313 Manufacturers Rd. Suite 111, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Cost: Just $30 for one class or $125 for a bundle of 5 classes to use anytime

New clients: Doors open 15 minutes before class begins. New clients, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to register and sign in.

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

What to Bring: a hungry puppy, lots of high value treats (small, non-crumbly treats such as Happy Howie’s, hot dogs or pieces of cheese), treat pouch or container with lid, lightweight leash, harness, copy of shot records. Class is family-friendly so feel free to bring the kids!

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”

(Age: 6 months and up)

$297 for 8 weeks

This is our foundation training class for obedience & manners.

This class is designed for dogs who are friendly but need to learn basic commands. We start by teaching your dog to pay attention to you and listen to you, and we build from there.  If you have a newly-adopted dog, family pet or companion dog who would benefit from basic training, this class is for you! Basic Obedience Class at Valor K9 Academy covers the following key areas of training:

1. Basic commands

We start with basic luring and teach behaviors then progress towards teaching your dog to Sit on Command, Sit/Stay, Down on Command, Down/Stay, Come When Called and Leave it (food refusal). We use reward-based training methods paired with a training collar if necessary.

2. Place bed training

If you don’t know what place bed training is, you’re missing out! The place command is hands-down a client favorite. The place bed is an elevated bed with defined edges. Dogs are trained to understand they’re allowed to sit, stand or lay on the bed, but they can’t bark from it or get off it. If you’re cooking, cleaning, answering the door or having friends over for dinner, you can send your dog to “place” and he’ll stay on his bed while you move about. The place bed is a favorite for clients with high energy dogs and multi-dog households. 

3. Loose leash heel

Does your dog pull on the leash? Does he zig zag in front of you? Are walks stressful? Let us help! This class goes in depth to teach loose leash heel properly 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. 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 5 minutes with distractions)
  8. Leave it (food refusal)

Cost: Class costs $297 per dog for the full course. A nonrefundable $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot in class for your dog, and the balance is due the first day of class. Email to sign up!

Current Classes at VK9-Spokane: 

8 Week Mondays Class 7-8PM (FULL)

8 Week Tuesdays Class 6-7PM (FULL

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7-8PM (FULL)

Upcoming Classes at VK9-Spokane:

8 Week Mondays Class 7:15-8:15PM

Start Date: March 12th; End Date: April 30th

FULL

8 Week Tuesdays Class 6:00-7:00PM

Start Date: March 6th; No Class April 3rd; End Date: May 1st

3 spots left

Chattanooga Location:

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7-8PM

Start Date: Feb 6th; End Date: Mar 27th

(FULL)

Wait List: If you’re interested in training with us but don’t see a class that works for your schedule, let us know and we’ll put you on our wait list for future classes.


“Intermediate Obedience”

(Age: 9 months and up)

$297 for 8 weeks

This is a challenging class that includes the AKC Good Citizen test!

This class is for dogs who have passed the Basic Obedience Test with a score of 80% or higher. In this class, we take your dog’s training to a new level with obedience training that focuses heavily on the 3D’s of training: Duration, Distance and Distractions and includes two tests: the AKC Good Citizen and the rigorous Intermediate Obedience test. Dogs must pass both tests in order to be considered for graduation.

Upcoming Classes at VK9-Spokane:

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7:15-8:15PM

Start Date: March 6th; End Date: April 24th

FULL

8 Week Wednesdays Class 10-11AM

Start Date: March 7th; End Date: April 25th

2 spots left

Chattanooga Location:

This class will be offered in the spring of 2018. Stay tuned for dates and times!


“Advanced Obedience”

(Age: 12 months and up)

$297 275 for 8 weeks

This class is tough! It is recommended for more motivated dogs who are willing to work hard for rewards. Behaviors are complex, and there are several skills tests throughout the class. Curriculum includes: advanced off leash training, foreign language training, field trip(s) and the AKC Community Canine test. Class size: 10 dogs

Spokane Location:

This class is offered twice a year. Next class: summer 2018

Chattanooga Location:

This class is not currently offered at VK9-Chattanooga.


**NEW** Beginner K9 Nose Work Class

For dogs of all ages!

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.

K9 Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught. $197

Spokane Location:

Current class: FULL

Chattanooga Location:

This class is not currently offered at VK9-Chattanooga.


Events at VK9-Spokane

Friendly dogs of all ages welcome to attend

February Pack Walk

Free & Open to the Public

February 24th, 2018

Meeting at Kendall Yards by the sculptures next to Central Food. Walk starts at 10AM and will last about an hour. Please be on time.

Open Gym

$10 & Open to the Public

VK9-Spokane Training Facility

Next Open Gym:

Feb 26th 10-11AM

Note: Dogs must have nails trimmed to participate in Open Gym. We will also need to see a copy of their vaccinations. Thank you!

1st Annual Dog First Aid Workshop

Hi everybody! We’re super excited to announce that we are hosting our 1st Annual Dog First Aid Workshop at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. This workshop will be taught by Dr. Gerda McAuliffe, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and our very own Justin Pishner, Survival Specialist, and Courtney Sims, Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Date: Saturday March 17th

Time: 9AM-1PM (doors open at 8:30AM)

Cost: $75.00 per ticket (20 tickets available)

Location: VK9-Spokane 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022

Contact for tickets: info@valork9academy.com

What to bring: notebook, pen or pencil, and a folding chair if you have one

This workshop is for people; do not bring your dog(s).

What our clients say about group classes!

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

    Jacara F.
  • "Dana was FANTASTIC with me and my dog Jimi! Jimi started the 4-week class glued to my legs, but by the end of the month he was confident, attentive and obedient! I HIGHLY recommend Basic Obedience training at Valor as much for us dog owners as for the dogs we love. Kudos to Dana!"

    PK Hendrix
  • "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 H.
  • "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 S.
  • "Amy rocks! We make the trip all the way from the Valley to Valor K9, she is that good."

    Matt C.
  • "I took my dog, Albert, to Amy for the Basic Obedience Class and it did wonders! He's doing much better in public and listens to my commands. I can't thank Amy enough for her skills on training and all her knowledge about dogs. I can't wait to further his training with her!"

    Tara R.
  • "Valor is the place to go! We had a complete 180 with Jersey and couldn't be happier with Amy and her knowledge!"

    Trisha B.

Watch our training in action!