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 fourth 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, Spokane and Grand Rapids. 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

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 charge 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! Now booking Oct and Nov 2019 seminars. 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

In this program, your dog is professionally trained through a comprehensive program tailored to your individual dog. Goals include training reliable responses to basic commands, e-collar off leash training and resolving common behavior problems, with an emphasis on building engagement through positive reinforcement. Commands include: name recognition, sit/stay, down/stay, loose leash heel, come, place, leave it, wait and crate. The Good Dog program also teaches treadmill training, FitPAWS training, agility, intro to herding and socialization time with our balanced pack. The first half of our program is all about foundation training. The second half covers field trips to proof your dog’s training both at home and in public around distractions. Private lessons with your dog’s trainer are included as well as a training manual. For friendly dogs six months and up.

Obedience Skills:

Sit, Down, Stay, Heel
Come, Place, Crate, Wait
Leave it
No jumping, No mouthing
Calm in crate
Walking on treadmill
Marker training
Remote collar training
Field trips for generalization

Home Manners and Problem Prevention:

Calm in the house
Calm around guests, kids and other dogs
Go to place when someone rings the doorbell
No begging at the table or jumping on counters
No chasing the cat
Confidence building
Productive play time
Appropriate social interactions with people and dogs
Calm behavior for grooming
Calm and quiet in the crate
Calm in the car


$3500 for 3 weeks

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.

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 observation, academics and hands-on training, including:


  • Private Lessons
  • Group Classes
  • Board & Train
  • Confidence Building
  • Foundation Training
  • Core Training Skills
  • Puppy Training
  • Obedience
  • Remote Collar
  • Business
  • Budgeting
  • Social Media


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.

Students are now allowed to bring dogs to go through training during the shadow program. This can be a personal dog or a client dog who would benefit from puppy imprint training, on/off leash obedience or behavior rehabilitation training. Dogs can stay overnight at Valor K9 Academy or with students.

2018 Shadow Programs:

Aug 6-10, 2018 (FULL)

Sep 3-8, 2018 (FULL)

2019 Shadow Programs: 

Mar 4-9, 2019 (FULL)

Apr 1-6, 2019 (FULL)

Aug 5-10, 2019 (FULL)

Sep 2-7, 2019 (FULL)

2020 Shadow Programs:

Coming soon!



The cost of the program for a student is $1,750 which includes tuition but not transportation, meals or lodging. To book a spot, we need a deposit of $750. The balance is due the first day of the program. The cost to bring a dog is $1,000 if staying with the student and $1,175 if staying at Valor K9 Academy ($25 boarding rate per night). The deposit to bring a dog is $500, and the balance is due the first day of training. This shadow program is open to four students at a time.

Interested in attending? Send us an email to be put on our wait list. You’ll be the first to hear about our 2020 programs.

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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Henry Huang
  • 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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Rosie graduated today! 🎓

I asked Brian if he’d be willing to do a video testimonial, and he said absolutely yes! (Thank you, Brian!) Here‘s a snippet from that testimonial where Brian describes what Rosie was like before training vs now.

What’s super cool is that Brian’s father-in-law came along for today’s pick-up lesson, and he was so impressed with Rosie’s training that he’s signing his dog up for my next opening! 🙌🏻

Stay tuned for Rosie’s full before & after video!

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