Our Shadow Program




After many requests, we have put together an all-inclusive one week Shadow Program to give eager individuals a sneak peek into the world of dog training and knowledge that surpasses all else! We’re going to give you a chance to learn from the best, observe lessons and classes, and grow as a trainer.



Are you interested in becoming a dog trainer?

Or are you a professional dog trainer looking to grow your knowledge and skill set?

If so, the Shadow Program is exactly what you’re looking for!



The Shadow Program covers both academics and hands-on training. It includes topics, such as:
  • Our Training Philosophy
  • Balanced Training Methods
  • Foundation Training
  • Basic Obedience
  • Intro to E-Collar Training
  • Puppy Imprint Training
  • Rehabilitation Training
  • Business Start-Up
  • Program Pricing, Layout and Design
  • Social Media, Networking and Growth
In the program, you’ll have a chance to observe the following:
  • Group Training
  • Private Training
  • Board & Trains
  • Customer Service
 And More!

We’re giving you an in-depth look at our successful dog training business for one full week. You’ll learn more in one week than you would in hundreds of hours elsewhere! This program is exclusively for dog enthusiasts and individuals who want to know more and be better at what they do! The Shadow Program gives you unlimited access to Valor K9 Academy Owner & Head Trainer, Amy Pishner. Amy will be your primary trainer throughout the six day program.

We’re excited to share that, based on feedback from previous students, we’re now allowing up to two students to bring one dog to each program. This can be a personal dog or a client dog who would benefit from puppy imprint training, on or off leash obedience or behavior rehabilitation training. The dogs can stay at Valor K9 Academy or in your hotel etc with you.

2018 Shadow Programs:

Aug 6-11, 2018 (FULL)

Sep 3-8, 2018 (FULL)

Oct 1-6, 2018 (FULL)

2019 Shadow Programs: 

Mar 4-9, 2019

Apr 1-6, 2019

May 6-11, 2019

Aug 5-10, 2019

Sep 2-7, 2019

Oct 7-12, 2019

We just posted the 2019 program dates on Sep 16th, and spots are filling up quickly by students on our wait list. We’re allowing up to four students are allowed per program in 2019. Email us today to reserve a spot for yourself!

The program cost is $1750, and the cost to bring a dog is $1000 if staying with the student and $1175 ($25 per night) if staying at Valor. We will work with the student dogs for approximately 1-2 hours per day. Price includes training and tuition; it does not include transportation, meals or lodging.

The program deposit is $1000 per student and $500 per dog. Accepted payment methods are: PayPal, invoice to pay with card online, personal check and cash. The balance of $750 for a student and $500-675 for a dog will be due on the first day of the program.

Interested? Please email us a list, in order of preference, of any and all dates that will work for you. If none of the above dates work for you, and you want to be put on our wait list, let us know that too!

Thank you!

Feedback from Past Students:

“I attended Amy’s September 2018 6-Day Shadow Program and it was a wealth of knowledge. It’s no surprise to see Amy and her trainers able to communicate so effectively to both dogs and clients! I’ve been following Amy on social media for over two years and her transparency is so assuring! What you see is what you get! I look forward to what she’ll do next in life! Cheers!” – Jackie Windle, Owner Tantalus K-9’s (South Carolina)

“Beyond thankful and blessed that I was able to attend Valor K9 Academy’s shadow program.I learned more in 6 days from Amy Pishner than I would have anywhere else in a month. It made me so much more excited and confident in becoming a dog trainer. Thank you for everything!” – Jenna Larson (Battle Ground, Washington State)

“An amazing week at Valor K9. Met some great people who are really knowledgeable and passionate for dos. Thank you for Amy and my other classmates for sharing everything. Now the hard work comes!” – Nathan Schaetzel, Lead Behavior Trainer Dog Gone Seattle Rescue (Seattle, Washington)

“Today is my last day of the Shadow Program. I am super excited about putting my new skills to work but know there is so much more to learn! Thank you Ay for sharing your knowledge with me. I promise to put it to good use!” – Jessica Moody, Trainer for SCRAPS (Spokane, Washington)

“I am so grateful to have been part of the first Shadow Program offered at ValorK9 (across the country, I might add)! 6 days and 60 hours later my brain is filled with knowledge and new skills! The cute pups were pretty cool, too. Thank you Amy, Courtney & Candice for a great experience!” -Rachel Holm, Dog Trainer (Boston, Massachusetts)