Small Group Training

Our Core4 Classes

Puppy Kindergarten
Basic Obedience
Intermediate Obedience
Advanced Obedience

Work with a professional dog trainer in a convenient small group setting! Here at Valor K9 Academy, we’re known for small, productive 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!


“Puppy Kindergarten”

For puppies 10-20 weeks of age

This class is offered on a drop-in basis. No need to sign up in advance!

This is the perfect starter class for your new puppy! We use reward-based training methods that are scientifically-proven to set your puppy up for success. Our goal is to help you raise a confident, social and obedient dog. Our customized class curriculum 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 4-12 weeks of age, and the socialization window typically extends to about 9 months of age. During this socialization period, it’s critical to properly socialize your puppy to people and dogs and expose your puppy to new sights, sounds, surfaces and places. 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, FitPAWS training and more, 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? Screaming in the crate? Nipping at your kids? How about jumping up, digging or chewing? No worries…we’re here to help! Puppy raising is simple, but it isn’t easy. Our experienced Head Trainer is here to help you every step of the way so you can enjoy each stage of growth, development and training. A big part of Puppy Kindergarten Class is Q&A for the owners so you leave with answers to your most pressing questions!

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

New clients: Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to register

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

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, lightweight leash, harness, copy of shot records. Class is family-friendly; well-behaved kids are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Spokane Location:

Fall 2017 schedule: Saturdays in September and October 9-10AM class and 10-11AM play. Winter 2018 schedule: Mondays in January and February 6-6:45PM class and 6:45-7PM play.

Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Location: 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022

Chattanooga Location:

Drop-in Puppy Class is offered Saturdays in September through end of November from 10:30-11:30AM followed by Puppy Play from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Location: 313 Manufacturers Rd. Suite 111, Chattanooga, TN 37405

NO CLASS AT VK9-CHATTANOOGA OCTOBER 14TH. See you October 21st and 28th!

Puppy Play is a supervised puppy social hour open to all puppies 10-20 weeks of age. Cost is just $10!

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 and working with you and your little one!

“Basic Obedience”

For dogs 6+ months old

This is our most popular foundation class for newly adopted dogs, family pets and companion dogs. Our Basic Obedience Class allows eight dogs per class and covers the following four 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). By the end of class, your dog will sit on command, sit and stay for 2+ minutes, lay down on command, lay down and stay for 3+ minutes, come when called and leave it on command. All of this will be achieved in a small group setting with distractions. 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 trained positively so that he wants to be on the bed and is perfectly content being in the room with you without being underfoot. 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

When your friend walks up to say hi, does your dog jump on her? What happens when another dog approaches? It’s not enough for you to enjoy your dog – other people should too! By the end of this course, your dog will sit politely next to you when people approach with dogs to greet you, and he’ll sit nicely for petting. He won’t jump up or bark at other dogs, and he’ll be able to walk calmly past other dogs when out for a walk with you. Having a well-mannered dog makes a world of difference. You’ll thank us later!

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

  1. Manners around people (sitting politely while owner greets stranger)
  2. Manners around dogs (sitting politely while new dog approaches)
  3. Sit and Stay for 1 minute from 6 feet away
  4. Down 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. Place Command (5 minutes with distractions from 10 feet away)
  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.

Spokane Location:

All current classes are full.

Upcoming Classes:

8 Week Mondays Class 7-8PM

Start Date: Jan 8th; End Date: Feb 26th

2 out of 8 spots left

8 Week Tuesdays Class 6-7PM

Start Date: Jan 9th; End Date: Feb 27th

6 out of 8 spots left

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7-8PM

Start Date: Jan 9th; End Date: Feb 27th

7 out of 8 spots left

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to save you a spot in class!

Wait List: If you’re interested in training with us but don’t see a class that works for your schedule, email us! We’ll add you to our wait list and notify you when a new class is posted.

Chattanooga Location:

Sept 6th-Sept 30th: Four week class that meets twice a week (Wed 6:30-7:30PM and Sat 9-10AM): FULL

“Intermediate Obedience”

For dogs 8+ months old

This class is for dogs who have passed the Basic Obedience Test with a score of 85% 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. Weeks 1 and 2 we proof obedience and manners training. Week 3 we take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Week 4 we go on a field trip to Home Depot. Weeks 5 and 6 we prepare for the rigorous Intermediate Obedience Class test. All dogs must pass the CGC test and the Intermediate Obedience Test with a score of 85% or higher to move on to Advanced Obedience. Cost: $297

Spokane Location:

Sept 6th eight week class that meets Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM: FULL

Sept 18th six week class that meets Mondays 6:30-8:00pm: FULL

Chattanooga Location:

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

“Advanced Obedience”

For dogs 12+ months old

This class takes your dog’s training to the next level! It is recommended for dogs who have medium/high food and toy drive because we’ll be asking for more difficult and complex behaviors and need dogs to be highly motivated! Class covers Advanced Commands, Off Leash Obedience, Foreign Language Training, Field Trip(s) and the AKC Community Canine test.

Spokane Location:

Our next class will be offered March 2018.

Chattanooga Location:

This class is not currently offered at VK9-Chattanooga.

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