Meet the Team




Team Member Bios


Amy Pishner

Founder, Owner, Head Trainer

Dog Training Qualifications:

Canine Training & Behavior Specialist, Starmark Academy

Dual Purpose K9 Handler Course, Vohne Liche Kennels

Dual Purpose K9 Trainer Course, Vohne Liche Kennels

Obedience Intensive, The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Starmark Academy K9 First Aid and CPR

Vohne Liche Kennels K9 First Aid and CPR

NACSW National Odor Recognition Test

Tactical K9 E-Collar Workshop

Spokane Police Department Basic K9 Decoy Course

Continued Education:

ICB Canine Genetics and Behavior Course

Jeff Gellman 2-Day Seminar

Mike Ritland 2-Day Seminar

Karen Pryor Academy 3-Day Clicker Expo

Ivan Balabanov 3-Day Seminar

Professional Memberships:

Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Member, International Association of Canine Professionals

United States Air Force:

Department of Defense Security Clearance, Top Secret

Intelligence Operations, Seymour Johnson AFB

Department of Defense Adult Learning Course, Fairchild AFB

SV-80 Survival Training, Fairchild AFB

Air Force Achievement Medal

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, International Political Economy, Carthage College

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Carthage College

Justin Pishner

Manager

United States Air Force:

Department of Defense Security Clearance – Top Secret

Group Standards and Evaluations NCOIC, Fairchild AFB

Career Field Craftsman Course Manager, Fairchild AFB

CENTCOM JPRC NCOIC, Al Udeid AB, Qatar

SERE NCOIC, Seymour Johnson AFB

Resistance Training Instructor, Fairchild AFB

Operations NCOIC, Fairchild AFB

SERE Training Instructor, Fairchild AFB

Air Force Commendation Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Fighter Group NCO of the Year

Air Combat Command Top Performer

Army Achievement Award

Air Force Achievement Awards

Dog Training:

Basic K9 Decoy Course, Spokane Police Department

K9 First Aid & CPR Instructor

Education: 

Pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Business Management, Park University

Dana O’Lone Long

Trainer, VK9-Chattanooga

Dog Training Qualifications:

Canine Training Specialist, Valor K9 Academy

Canine Behavior Specialist, Valor K9 Academy

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Member, International Association of Canine Professionals

Professional Background:

Veterinary Technician, 2008-2018, RIVER Pet Emergency Clinic

Courtney Sims

Trainer, VK9-Spokane

Dog Training Qualifications:

Canine Training Specialist, Valor K9 Academy

K9 First Aid & CPR Instructor

Professional Background:

Head Veterinary Technician, 2012-2018, Dermatology for Animals, Spokane

Licensed Veterinary Technician, 2008-2018, Pet Emergency Clinic of Spokane

Veterinary Technician, 2008, VCA North Division Animal Hospital

Volunteer, 2002-2007, Fairwood Animal Hospital

Candice Cwik

Intern, VK9-Spokane

Dog Training Qualifications:

Canine Training Specialist, Valor K9 Academy

Professional Background:

Kindergarten Teacher 2008-2016, Cheney District Schools

Title One Specialist, 2007-2008, Reading and Math Teacher

Education: 

Master in Education, Whitworth University

Bachelor of Arts, Education, Eastern Washington University

Dana Silvrants

Stay & Play Host, VK9-Spokane

Training Background:

Valor K9 Academy Client since 2016

Valor K9 Academy Student of the Month

Volunteer Dog Walker, Kootenai Humane Society

Education: 

Associate of Arts Degree

Lex Silvrants

Stay & Play Host, VK9-Spokane

Training Background:

Valor K9 Academy Client since 2016

Valor K9 Academy Student of the Month

Professional Background:

Registered Cardiac Nurse at Kootenai Health

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from WSU