Valor Boise

A Strong Foundation is Key to Good Training

Dogs talk, but only to those who listen. Here at Valor K9 Academy, we believe that successful dog training is based on three things: communication, motivation and relationship. We believe strongly in the importance of a good training foundation so we use primarily positive reinforcement to teach basic commands and behaviors. We focus on confidence building, the relationship between owner and dog, structure, rules and meeting the basic needs of each dog. Once dogs have a solid training foundation, we use training collars, such as prong collars and remote collars, as needed, to ensure the training is reliable in public and around distractions. Our training always has the dog’s best interest at heart and we use body language, treats, rewards and praise to help communicate with the dog and reward the dog for good behavior. Ready, set…let’s train! 


Welcome to our third and newest Valor K9 Academy location! Valor K9 Academy Boise is home to Co-owners Justin and Amy Pishner, the founders of Valor K9 Academy in Chattanooga and Spokane. We are currently offering training during our summer 2019 soft opening for board & train clients on a case-by-case basis. Training is taking place at our home between Eagle and Horseshoe Bend, where we have 33 acres to enjoy and train on. Valor Boise will be our headquarters location and future home for our school for dog trainers. Thanks for stopping by our page!


  • Veteran-owned and operated
  • Unlimited trainer support
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Customized training methods
  • Private one-on-one training
  • Family-friendly
  • Small programs
  • Competitive rates

Giving Back

Here at Valor K9 Academy, we’re all about giving back to the communities that support us. Since our start in 2014, we’ve donated $40,119 in training to local not-for-profit animal rescue groups, shelters, charitable organizations and military veterans in our communities.

Our Services

Upcoming Seminars

Boise Seminar: Nov 2-3, 2019

Come join us in November for an unforgettable training experience! Learn from Amy Pishner, Co-owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy, as she teaches you to better understand and train dogs! Amy is a true balanced trainer who uses a fair approach to training dogs that just makes sense.

Dates: Nov 2nd and 3rd, 2019
Start time: 9am
Lunch: 12-1pm (lunch is not provided)
End: 5pm

Audit spot (for one person)
One day $150
Two days $200

Working spot (for one person plus one dog)
One day $250
Two days $400

Planned topics for Saturday:
Training philosophy
Ways to build confidence in a dog
How to teach focus and engagement
Foundation training for basic commands
Canine body language

Planned topics for Sunday:
Manners around people and dogs
Walking on a loose leash
Working with reactive dogs
Threshold training
Impulse control
Problem solving unwanted behaviors

This seminar will focus on several key areas to include: engagement training, foundation work, distractions, canine body language, socialization, reactive dogs and more! There will be a healthy balance between academics and demonstrations and hands-on training, so you walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a great overall learning experience.

LIMITED audit and working spots are available.

Click HERE to purchase a ticket.

Interested in hosting a Valor K9 Academy seminar?

Head Trainer Amy Pishner has trained thousands of dogs and owners around the world on how to live a happier, more balanced life. Her specialties include behavior rehabilitation for reactive, aggressive and fearful dogs, as well as puppy imprint training, socialization and on/off leash obedience. Seminars are 100% customizable and include academics, hands-on training and group exercises. Topics addressed can include canine body language, core training skills, confidence building, remote collar work and more.

“We recently hired Amy and Valor K9 to do a weekend seminar for our dog rescue which aims to help dogs of all breeds with varying behavioral issues. Amy had never done such a training seminar before, but because I am so impressed with her ability I encouraged her to agree and we’re so grateful she did! Amy and her team came to Seattle and delivered an amazing and inspiring two-day seminar that was attended by over 50 fosters and volunteers in our rescue, as well as adopters who have struggled with behavioral issues. Amy was nothing but professional throughout and everyone who attended raved about the experience. We all learned so much and I look forward to hosting Amy and Valor K9 again. She is really the best!” – Jenny D., Founder Dog Gone Seattle Rescue

The minimum for a seminar is two days. Amy charges a flat rate fee per day and also charges for travel and expenses. If you’re interested in hosting Amy, you’ll need to provide an indoor space available to train in. Outdoor space is a bonus! National and international travel is welcomed! Please send an email to for more information.

Our Programs

Valor K9 Academy’s board & train programs are designed to offer expert dog training for all your needs. From puppy training to basic and advanced off leash obedience, our customized programs get amazing results! Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in our program your dog lives with the trainer and receives 1-2 hours of training per day plus exercise, socialization and basic care.

Puppy Head Start

Allow a professional trainer to jumpstart your puppy’s training the right way. This program focuses on housebreaking, crate training, socialization, basic commands and manners. We give your puppy a solid foundation for future training. Your puppy will learn to love learning and be ready for success as a confident, well-socialized family companion! Private lessons with your puppy’s trainer are included as well as a training manual. For puppies under six months of age.


Field Trips

Introduction to Obedience and Manners: 

Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come
Place, Crate, Wait, Leave it
No jumping, No play biting/mouthing
Calm in crate
Walking on treadmill
Clicker and marker training


$2300 for 2 weeks

$4200 for 4 weeks

Contact Head Trainer Amy Pishner for more information:

Good Dog Board & Train

Our Good Dog Board & Train program is a comprehensive training program for on/off leash obedience and manners training. Your dog lives with the trainer and is professionally trained with methods tailored to suit each individual dog. We start with foundation training to teach basic commands, then we add a training collar to make sure obedience is reliable at home and in public. We take your dog on field trips to proof training around distractions. We now offer two options for this program: The Good Dog Board & Train (3 weeks long) and The Good Dog ADVANCED Board & Train (5 weeks long). This program is for friendly dogs six months of age and older. 

Good Dog Board & Train

Basic Commands:
Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, Heel
Remote Collar Recall:
Come When Called Off Leash
Home Manners:
No Jumping, Counter Surfing, Mouthing etc.
Place Bed Training
Crate Manners
Treadmill Training
Field Trips
Private Training with Owners:
4 Hours

Good Dog ADVANCED Board & Train

Basic Commands:
Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, Heel
Home Manners:
No Jumping, Counter Surfing, Mouthing etc.
Place Bed Training
Crate Manners
Treadmill Training
Field Trips
Remote Collar Training:

100% Off Leash Obedience including
Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come, Place, Crate
Five Tricks of Your Choice
AKC Canine Good Citizen Training/Testing
Private Training with Owners:
6 Hours


$3500 for 3 week Good Dog program

$5500 for 5 week Good Dog ADVANCED program

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Contact Head Trainer Amy Pishner for more information:

Custom Board & Train

This program is designed for dogs with specific training goals such as service dog training, therapy dog training, fitness and weight loss, confidence building, tune-ups and more. We find out what your exact goals are and create a custom training plan for your dog. This program is especially popular for graduates who would benefit from refresher training, and is a great option for owners going on vacation who need a place for their dog to stay! Private lessons with your puppy’s trainer are included as well as a training manual. . For dogs of all ages.

$1,200 per week

Contact Head Trainer Amy Pishner for more information:

Please contact us to be put on our wait list.

*NEW* Mentor Program

Our new Mentor Program gives current dog trainers access to Valor K9 Academy Co-owner and Head Trainer, Amy Pishner. Whether you need help with business management, client relations, training or training programs, whatever your need, this program lets you reach out and get the advice you’re looking for. Amy has several years’ experience and has worked with thousands of dogs and their owners. She has also trained and certified eight trainers in her exclusive 12-week trainer course and has worked with over 20 shadow students. Note: This program is for current dog trainers only. It is not a trainer course, it does not certify you as a Valor trainer and it does not include business start-up.

Coaching is completely confidential, if you wish, and can be done via phone call, email, FaceTime or Facebook Video. Pricing is $190 for 60 minutes or $250 for 90 minutes. Available hours are: Monday through Thursday 10AM-4PM MST only. Please contact Amy Pishner via email to find out more: Limited Availability.

Mentor Program topics include:

  • Private Lessons
  • Group Classes
  • Board & Trains
  • Confidence Building
  • Core Training Skills
  • Behavior Rehabilitation
  • Puppy Training
  • Obedience
  • Remote Collar
  • Business Management
  • Human Relations
  • Accounting
  • Social Media
  • and More!

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Boise


Amy founded Valor K9 Academy in 2014 and is the Co-owner and Head Trainer. She oversees operations, runs the trainer course and shadow programs, and provides mentorship for the team. Before training dogs, Amy served in the U.S. Air Force where she was worked in Intelligence Operations while stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in NC. Prior to that, she was an English as a Second Language teacher stateside and overseas. Amy is triple-certified through The Michael Ellis School, Starmark Academy and Vohne Liche Kennels. She holds bachelor degrees in International Political Economy and Spanish from Carthage College in WI. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, Jiu Jitsu and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Amy and her husband, Justin, live in Horseshoe Bend, ID, with their three dogs: Zoey (8) an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie, Havok (5) a German Shepherd and Yedi (4) an Australian Shepherd. 


Justin is the Co-owner and Manager of Valor K9 Academy and oversees location operations, develops curriculum, and is Valor’s lead project manager. Prior to working full-time with Valor, Justin served 15 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Master Survival Instructor and currently serves as a Traditional Guardsman in the Idaho National Guard. Justin has deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom where he worked alongside Military Cadaver Dogs. Justin enjoys riding his Harley, hunting and spending time with his family. Originally from Boise, Justin and his wife, Amy, now reside in Horseshoe Bend, ID. They have three dogs: Zoey, Havok and Yedi.

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  • This morning I had a 60 minute mentor program phone session with Amy, and it was money and time well spent. She was very open, helpful and thorough in our conversation, I had over two pages of notes! I very much appreciated her honesty, and she helped me organize my thoughts and create a solid game plan for my goals. I highly recommend using her services if you're in need of a sounding board for your personal aspirations in the dog world.

    Samantha Lee
  • I did the 6 day shadow program and was extremely impressed with the well-educated and friendly staff! Every dog there was well taken care of and worked with multiple times throughout the day! The program itself was very educational and Amy definitely worked hard to help me learn more than I thought I could in six days. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to learn more about dogs and will definitely be signing myself up for more seminars in the future!

    Jenny Nordhausen
  • Exceptional knowledge in all aspects of dog training. Amy and her staff are VERY professional, kind and straight-forward. They are really good at teaching the humans too (hardest part!!). We have done Puppy Class, Beginner Obedience and currently doing Intermediate Obedience with Valor K9. My relationship with my GSD is strong and healthy thanks to Valor K9! Do not waste your time or money elsewhere. Go to Amy at Valor K9!

    Melissa Kossuth
  • We have been using Valor K9 Spokane with Amy! Cam has attended puppy classes and aced her Basic Obedience Class! Amy is amazing, so knowledgeable and a great trainer! Cam will probably never excel at agility, but pretty sure she will make a great therapy dog! Valor K9 is awesome, whether you want a well-behaved dog or a working dog, Amy is your gal! 5 stars!

    Holli Mills Bafus
  • Highly recommend without hesitation. Amy is amazing and passionate about what she does with both the dogs and their humans. She is so skilled in many areas of training. Gracie and I will miss her in Spokane.

    Lori Johnson
  • We have had the pleasure of working with Amy and Valor K9 staff for over two years with both of our working line GSDs. Private lessons, group classes and most recently a Puppy Head Start Board and Train have all been wonderful experiences. Amy is a fountain of dog training knowledge and teaches us as owners as much if not more than our dogs. Professionalism, friendship, passion and amazing training are just a few of the things we can say about Valor K9.

    Kim Arrendondo
  • I recently had the privilege of attending Valor's six day April Shadow program.. which far surpassed my expectations!! It was hands-down the greatest week of my life! Amy is incredibly knowledgeable and was always open to answering every single question I had. She does a great job of touching on academics along with getting hands-on opportunities to work with different dogs. I didn't want the week to end! I highly recommend this program to anyone that's interested in an inside look at dog training or even expanding their skills! The Valor team is also very professional! I loved watching every single one of them work their magic while also providing owners with the information and skills they needed to work with their dogs. Valor is TOP NOTCH!!

    Traci Lynn Swearer
  • To say Amy worked wonders with our two dogs would be an understatement. She calmed the chaos within our home. Cannot recommend Valor K9 enough. Amazing individuals doing amazing work.

    Carol Sobson
  • I have taken three of my dogs through several of the training class at Valor K9 Academy. They have been amazing for my dogs and for me. I love that they have drop-in classes that can help us keep up on different training issues. The owners and trainers, Justin and Amy, are amazing trainers and community members. All of the staff at Valor have been great. They also have helped and donated their time and training to several rescue groups in the area. I would highly recommend them for training. I would give them an excellent ++ rating.

    Vicky Green
  • If you are looking for a dog trainer then look no further. Amy can do just about anything with any type of dog. She is such a good teacher and you even find yourself getting excited about going to lessons. She trained my wild Husky basic obedience and it has stuck for three years. I couldn't recommend anyone better. Boise, you are very lucky!

    Kyndall Lambert
  • Amy has an outstanding board and train program., She took our big dog from puppy to young adult now allowing him to be part of all aspects of both work and home routines. She went above and beyond making sure her training was the right fit for us and our lifestyle but most importantly our dog. Valor K9 is top notch!

    Shelley Rosenberger
  • Our rescue poodle Rosie was a sweetheart with us alone, but a terror to our older dog and frightened of almost everyone else when we got her. She spent one month boarding and training with Amy and her pups and she's a completely different dog. She still loves us and is as playful as ever, but now she listens and obeys when we give her commands. In addition to obedience, she has gained confidence which allows her to greet people and animals out in the community without fear or aggression. We are extremely pleased with the results and highly recommend Amy to anyone who asks.

    Heather Whitley
  • Amy has been invaluable with the training of our GSD, Major. Amy and her staff have been amazing! Major had some issues and Amy never failed us. Her knowledge and expertise is superior to any trainer I have met. Amy’s determination and skill has meant the world to us. There is no doubt in my mind Major would not be the awesome dog he is now, without her guidance and training techniques. Amy’s love and passion for the proper training of all dogs is what I respect the most. I recommend Amy, and her staff at Valor K9 (including Justin) for all people looking for top-notch training from a top-notch trainer!

    Kenda Bishop

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