Valor Boise

Foundation First Training

Dogs talk, but only to those who listen. Here at Valor K9 Academy, we believe successful dog training is based on communication, motivation and relationship. We focus on foundation training first, teaching dogs using primarily positive reinforcement methods to build their confidence. Once dogs understand commands and know what’s expected, we add a training collar, as needed, so that training is reliable anytime, any place – at home, in public and around distractions. Our training creates a strong bond between owner and dog for a lifetime of happiness. Over the past five years, we’ve trained thousands of dogs and their owners. Come join the fun. Ready, set…train!


Welcome to Valor K9 Academy Boise! This is Valor’s third and newest location, opened June 1st 2019. It is home to Valor K9 Academy’s Founders and Co-owners, Justin and Amy Pishner. Amy is currently offering Puppy Head Start and Good Dog Board & Trains on a case-by-case basis as well as an Annual Retreat and Mentor Program for dog trainers around the world. Training takes place at our home just 12 minutes north of Eagle, Idaho, where we live on 52 sprawling acres. Valor Boise is our headquarters location and the home of our future school for dog trainers. Thanks for stopping by our page!


* Veteran-owned and operated
* Lifetime trainer support
* Fully licensed and insured
* Custom training methods
* Comprehensive programs
* Family-friendly
* Competitive rates


Giving Back

Since our start in 2014, Valor has donated $41,395.00 in training and monetary donations to animal rescue groups, shelters, schools, military veterans and non-profit organizations in our local communities.

Our Services

Valor K9 Academy’s boarding & training programs are designed to offer expert dog training and in-home boarding for social puppies and adult dogs of all ages and breeds. From puppy training to advanced off leash obedience, our customized training programs get amazing results that last a lifetime. Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in our program your dog lives with Valor K9 Academy owners, Justin & Amy Pishner, in their beautiful home on 52 sprawling acres in the Boise foothills. Contact the Pishners today to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

Private Boarding

Going away and need a place for your dog to stay? We now offer boarding out of our home! This service is available for dogs of all ages and sizes who are friendly and crate-trained. The cost is $50 per night with discounts for long stays and training graduates. Add-on training, baths and nail trims are offered for an additional fee. We are located 12 minutes north of Eagle at 226 Winding Ridge Drive, Horseshoe Bend, ID. Drop-offs and pick-ups by appointment only. Please call to make a reservation.

Puppy Head Start

Allow a professional trainer to jumpstart your puppy’s training! This program focuses on socialization and obedience training plus potty training, crate training, confidence building and manners. We give your puppy a solid foundation for the future. Your puppy will learn to love training and be ready for success as a friendly and obedient family companion for years to come. For puppies under six months of age.

Socialization includes new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals. Obedience training includes introduction to focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel, come, place, crate, wait and leave it. Confidence building covers FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners includes proper greetings, no jumping, biting or chasing the cat, and appropriate play with other dogs. Program includes private training for the owners.

Two weeks – $2300*
Four weeks – $4300*

Good Dog Board & Train

The Good Dog Board & Train is our most popular program for friendly dogs who need to learn basic commands, off leash recall and manners. In this program, your dog lives with the trainer, and training is completely customized to your individual dog. We start by investing a full week into teaching your dog basic commands using positive reinforcement, relationship-based training and confidence building exercises. During week two, we add a training collar so that your dog’s obedience is reliable both at home and in public around distractions. We also introduce the remote collar for a reliable off leash recall. The final week is our proofing stage where we generalize your dog’s behavior with multiple handlers and in various training locations so that training transfers seamlessly to you, your family, and your home environment. For dogs six months of age and older.

Obedience training includes: focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel with auto-sit, come, place, crate, wait, leave it and no. All obedience is trained to include duration, distance and distractions. Confidence building includes FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners includes polite greetings, no jumping, begging or chasing the cat, doorbell manners, proper play with other dogs and calm behavior in public. Program includes private training for the owners. Airport pick-ups available for out-of-state dogs.

Three weeks – $3500*
Five weeks – $5500
Includes additional field trips, 100% off leash obedience, 5 tricks of your choosing and AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

*Prices do not include food or take-home training equipment. Contact Amy Pishner to enroll:

First Annual Training Retreat

Come join us November 2-3 for a fun, relaxing weekend training dogs.

This is going to be our first annual training retreat, and we’ve decided to offer it at our home in the Boise foothills. We’ll be covering tons of training. Obedience, NoseWork, Drive Building, Bite Work, Body Language, Business, Start-Up, Marketing and more! This is in place of the seminar we were going to do.

$500 covers you for Sat + Sun training and there’s no extra cost to bring a dog to train! If you want to stay at the Pishner home, it’s $50/night (welcome to stay Fri-Mon) and that covers meals as well.

This retreat is limited to 10 people, and all spots have been booked! We have people coming in from FL, OK, OH, WA, GA, NV, UT, ID…

We already have a long wait list in case anyone cancels. Email if you want to get on our contact list for the second annual retreat: Amy at

Mentor Program

Our Mentor Program gives current and aspiring dog trainers access to Valor K9 Academy 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 six years of experience as a professional dog trainer and has trained 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 24 shadow students in her six day program.

Mentor Program topics include: private training, group classes, board & trains, programs and pricing, confidence building, puppy imprinting, basic on leash obedience, advanced off leash obedience, business start-up and management, budgeting, employee management, client relationship, social media, personal and career development, and more. 

Coaching is completely confidential. Pricing is $190 for 60 minutes or $250 for 90 minutes. Available hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm MST. Sessions can be done via Facebook video, FaceTime, email and phone.

Email Amy Pishner at to sign up.

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Boise


Amy Pishner is the Founder, Owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy’s three locations and online program. Training dogs is a passion turned career for her. Growing up, Amy’s best friend was her Collie dog, Lady. In high school, college and the military, Amy volunteered her time helping to rescue, train and rehabilitate over 100 dogs in need. After graduating magna cum laude from Carthage College, Amy served four years in the United States Air Force working as an intelligence specialist. Following her military service, Amy pursued her lifelong passion for dogs and dog training by attending Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers, Vohne Liche Kennels (whose specialty is military & police dogs) and The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. She founded Valor K9 Academy in 2014 and since then has worked with thousands of dogs and their owners while honing Valor’s training philosophy and methods. Additionally, Amy has trained and certified eight dog trainers and has mentored more than 30 aspiring and professional dog trainers in her shadow and mentor programs. Amy now resides in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, with her best friend and husband of four years, Justin Pishner. Together they have three dogs: Zoey (8), Havok (5) and Yedi (5).


Justin Pishner is the Owner and Manager of Valor K9 Academy’s three locations. He oversees operations, develops trainer course and shadow program curriculum and works as lead project manager. Prior to joining Valor full-time in April 2019, Justin served 15 years active duty in the United States Air Force as a Master Survival Instructor both stateside and downrange. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom where he worked alongside Military Cadaver Dogs. Justin currently serves as a Traditional Guardsman in the Idaho National Guard. Justin enjoys riding his Harley, hunting and spending time with family. Originally from Boise, Justin and his wife, Amy, now reside in Horseshoe Bend, ID, with their three dogs: Zoey, Havok and Yedi.


“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

“Amy is an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable trainer. I just spent the weekend at her house for a training retreat and was amazed by her understanding of dog behavior and how she applies her skills. I watcher her work with 6 dogs, all with different behavioral issues or training goals. She was able to break down each dog’s issues in terms that made sense to all of us and come up with an effective behavioral plan for each. She is truly the pinnacle of good, fair, balanced dog training!”

-Kate Barcus

“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

“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

“One of the best dog trainers around. Very knowledgeable and very professional. We drove 6 hours for the training and it was so worth it. Loved getting updates and [Amy spent] 4 hours with us at pickup to make sure we knew how to continue the training at home.“

-Brian Macall

“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

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