Small Group Training




Our Core4 Classes

Puppy K – Basic Ob – Intermediate Ob – Advanced Ob

 

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!

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“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 4-16 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 always leave time for Q&A at the end of class 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 so bring the kids!

Spokane Location:

We are currently on break for the holidays. Class will resume Mondays 6-7PM starting January 8th and ending April 30th. Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Location: 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022

Chattanooga Location:

We are currently on break for the holidays. Stay tuned for January class info. Location: 313 Manufacturers Rd. Suite 111, Chattanooga, TN 37405

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 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). 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.

Upcoming Classes at VK9-Spokane: 

8 Week Mondays Class 7-8PM

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

FULL

8 Week Tuesdays Class 6-7PM

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

FULL

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7-8PM

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

FULL

8 Week Mondays Class 7-8PM

Start Date: March 5th; End Date: April 23rd

8 spots available

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:

2018 class schedule to be posted soon.

“Intermediate Obedience”

For dogs 8+ months old

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. 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. (Deposit $100)

Upcoming Classes at VK9-Spokane:

8 Week Tuesdays Class 7-8PM

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

7 out of 8 spots available

6 Week Wednesdays Class 10:00-11:30AM*

Start Date: March 7th; End Date: April 11th

*Note: First and last classes will be one hour long

5 out of 8 spots available

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, a Field Trip and the AKC Community Canine test. $297

Spokane Location:

8 Week Tuesdays Class 6-7PM

Start Date: March 6th; no class April 3rd; End Date: May 1st

Chattanooga Location:

This class is not currently offered at VK9-Chattanooga.

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!