Our Shadow Program



Are you interested in becoming a dog trainer?

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!



Our all-inclusive Shadow Program gives eager individuals a sneak peek into the world of dog training and shares knowledge that surpasses all else! We’re giving you a chance to learn from the best, observe real-life training, and grow your skill set.
The Shadow Program covers both academics and hands-on training. It includes topics, such as:
  • Our Training Philosophy
  • Training Methods
  • Foundation Work
  • Obedience Training
  • E-Collar Training
  • Puppy Imprinting
  • Behavior Rehabilitation
  • Core Training Skills
  • Business Start-Up, Programs and Pricing
  • Social Media
In the program, you’ll have a chance to observe:
  • 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 (FULL)

Apr 1-6, 2019 (1 spot left)

Aug 5-10, 2019 (FULL)

Sep 2-7, 2019 (1 spot left)

The program cost is $1750. Price includes tuition only; it does not include transportation, meals or lodging.

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.

The program deposit is $1000 $750 per student and $500 per dog; the balance is due the first day of training. We are now taking deposits for 2019 shadow program spots! We’re allowing up to four students per program to attend. Email today to book a spot: info@valork9academy.com.

Accepted payment methods are: PayPal, invoice to pay with card online, personal check and cash. Deposits are not refundable, but may be transferrable if we can fill your spot with another student.

Interested? Let us know which date(s) work for you. If you’d like to attend but the 2019 dates don’t work for you, email us and we’ll add you to our 2020 wait list.

Thank you!

  • VK9 Academy is very professional and truly cares about helping dogs and their owners. As a shadow student I was able to work with and watch group classes, private lessons, board & trains, and rehabilitation for behavior issues. In any of the training opportunities that are offered, all the trainers at VK9 Academy are very knowledgeable, patient and can truly show results. I’d recommend VK9 to either help you train your dog or for them to do a board/train. For the dog trainer shadow program, Amy truly knows how to train dogs and help individuals grow as students and trainers. I gained more confidence as a handler and not only learned valuable information but had numerous of hands on activities during my week at VK9. It’s great to have such a reliable source of information especially someone who truly is a balance trainer - someone who is fair and understands different training tools and approaches. I’d strongly recommend those interested in the dog training world or wanting to grow as a dog trainer to attend her shadow program - it’s for anyone at any level as a trainer & handler.

    Ashley Haslam
  • 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
  • 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
  • This program is just awesome. I loved it!

    Teck Gotreau
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Amy for sharing your knowledge with me. I promise to put it to good use!

    Jessica Moody