Valor Chattanooga

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. Ready, set…train!

About

Valor K9 Academy Chattanooga was founded in April 2014 and is our oldest location. What started as a small, apartment-run business has since grown to become a national company with clients around the world. Our Nooga location offers private lessons, board & train programs and stay & play boarding. Our training specialties include puppy training, on/off leash obedience and behavior rehabilitation for reactive, aggressive and fearful dogs. Space is limited so don’t wait. Enroll your dog today!

Endorsed By

Nooga Paws, CHAI (Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute), East Brainerd Animal Hospital, Shallowford Animal Hospital, Play.Wash.Pint, VCSG, Animal Medical Professionals, Red Bank Animal Hospital, Mountain Hospital for Animals, North Shore Pet Wellness Center, Hixson Pet Wellness Center, Riverview Animal Hospital, Fort Oglethorpe Pet Wellness Center and more

Benefits

* Complimentary consultations
* Veteran-owned
* Unlimited trainer support
* Fully licensed and insured
* Customized training methods
* Private in-home training
* Family-friendly
* Small personalized programs
* 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

Whether you prefer private dog training sessions for the individual attention, the convenience of training around your busy schedule, or because you want to tackle specific training issues in a private setting, we’re here to help you.

Each private lesson is designed to meet your individual goals. We’ll spend the hour focusing on what you want to teach your dog and what problems you want solved. We’ll then give you a personalized homework plan that works for you and your dog.

Lessons last one hour and can be held at your home, at the trainer’s home  or in a public location. We service the entire greater Chattanooga area.

Our training rates: four lessons $497, six lessons $697, eight lessons $897. There is a small travel fee for in-home lessons.

Don’t put off improving your relationship with your dog. Contact us today to make an appointment or to schedule a free private consultation with the trainer!

We book all lessons through Square Appointments so you get notified and reminded in advance about lessons. Accepted payment types: credit/debit (with card fee), PayPal and checks payable to Valor K9 Academy; we do not accept cash payments.

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. For puppies under six months of age.

Socialization:

People
Places
Sights
Sounds
Surfaces
Animals
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
FitPAWS

Pricing:

$1997 for 2 weeks
$2597 for 3 weeks

$2997 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Contact Lead Trainer Dana O’Lone Long for more information: dana@valork9academy.com.

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
FitPAWS
Field Trips
Private Training with Owners:
4 Hours including In-Home Graduation Lesson

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
FitPAWS
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 including In-Home Graduation Lesson

Pricing:

$2997 for 3 week Good Dog program

$4997 for 5 week Good Dog ADVANCED program

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Contact Lead Trainer Dana O’Lone Long for more information: dana@valork9academy.com.

Behavior Rehabilitation Board & Train

This program is designed for dogs with behavior issues such as people aggression, dog aggression, fear issues, leash reactivity, separation anxiety and resource guarding. We start with foundation training to build your dog’s skill set and instill trust, respect & confidence, then we systematically address the dog’s presenting behavior symptoms working towards a behavior rehabilitation solution. We do not use punishment-based, shock-and-awe training. Our methods focus on foundation work to address behavior issues in a fair and humane way. The program also covers basic obedience commands, treadmill training, FitPAWS training and agility. It includes a custom training manual and private lessons with your dog’s lead trainer. For dogs of all ages.

$4497 for four weeks

Note: Price does not include food or training equipment.

Please contact us to be put on our wait list.

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! Program includes a custom training manual and private lessons for the owner. For dogs of all ages.

$1,000 per week

Note: Price does not include food or training equipment.

Contact Lead Trainer Dana O’Lone Long for more information: dana@valork9academy.com.

Please contact us to be put on our wait list.

From the weekend visit to the multi-week stay, we provide dogs with an exciting and enriching experience!

During their stay, our Stay & Play guests get to play with dog friends, go on long walks, take naps and work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list. They stay at our team members’ homes, conveniently located in Chattanooga and Signal Mountain, because we believe that a home setting, supervised by our professional staff, is the best setting for dogs versus a kennel environment.

This program is open to current and former training clients. We keep our program small. On average, our staff members house 1-2 dogs at a time.

To request a reservation, please email dana@valork9academy.com.

$50 per night for the first dog (2 night minimum)

$40 per night for additional dogs

Note: We ask for a 50% deposit for any reservations of 5 nights or more. Deposit is refundable if you need to cancel or reschedule and we’re able to fill your spot with another reservation. Please be on time for your drop-off and pick-up appointments.

Optional add-ons

  • training ($45 per 30 min)
  • bath ($25)
  • nail trim ($15)

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Chattanooga

LEAD TRAINER

Dana O’Lone Long is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga. She was the first student to enroll in our Trainer Course and joined our team as a professional dog trainer in September 2015. Dana offers puppy and obedience training and is our go-to behavior rehabilitation specialist for difficult dogs. She is truly a miracle worker! Prior to training, Dana spent 15 years as a veterinary technician and was Department Head of both neurology/behavior and internal medicine at RIVER pet emergency hospital in Chattanooga. Dana is an incredible dog trainer and a great person. She enjoys cooking, traveling, running and family. Dana lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, Nick, and their three dogs: Charlie (5) a German Shepherd, Yedi (3) a Belgian Malinois and Isadora (11) an Italian Greyhound.

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STAY & PLAY HOST, TRAINEE

Meg Rogers is a Stay & Play Host and Trainee with Valor K9 Academy- Chattanooga. We first met Meg in 2014 when she enrolled her dog in our board & train program. Since then she has been a loyal client and in 2018 she joined our team as a Stay & Play Host. We quickly came to appreciate her passion for dogs and invited her to attend our Trainer Course. She is scheduled to graduate in October 2019. We are so excited to have such an energetic and caring person on our team. Meg’s specialties will be puppy training and basic dog obedience training. She and husband, Matt, a police officer, have two children and three dogs. They live in Signal Mountain, TN. In her spare time, Meg enjoys running, spending time at the lake and being with family.

Testimonials

“Dana is incredible! She transformed my three-year-old rambunctious and obstinate terrier mix into an obedient, trustworthy companion. I cannot believe the different Dana made in just four weeks! Not only was Dana able to work magic with my dog Luna, but she has been indispensable as a teacher and coach for me, too. She is amazing to work with, offering very thorough and patient explanation and demonstration for every step of the training. She has also remained available even after Luna came home, responding to questions quickly and helpfully. I cannot recommend Dana high enough.”

-Elin Bunch

“Dana took our wild red-headed girl and taught her to wait patiently for our commands. We were delighted with the positive changes. Moreover, Dana taught us how to lead appropriately, and how to re-set when a command was missed. It’s a much more peaceful household now, without our dog having her spirit diminished.”

-Marni Halvorson

“There are no words to adequately describe how amazing Dana has been as our trainer. Not only can she train the dogs, but she can train their owners as well. Prior to finding her, Samson, my Goldendoodle, had 4 trainers near our home. Two were at training facilities and 2 others came to our home. None of them could adequately train him. He was so difficult as a puppy that I would go in another room, shut the door and cry in frustration. Ramsey, my Labradoodle, came along when Samson was 6 months. They destroyed multiple pieces of furniture, walls and sheetrock, door casings and my newly installed artificial grass. In June 2019, a friend at church mentioned Dana. I called immediately to schedule Samson and Ramsey for the 3 week Board and Train. Dana was so booked that we had to wait 3 months. During that time, she taught me how to crate train them which prevented any more destruction to my home. While they were with Dana, she kept me updated with texts, emails and photos. The boys were well taken care of and Dana did incredible work with them. Samson no longer counter surfs and I don’t have to keep my kitchen trash can locked up any longer. Walks are actually enjoyable because they heel so well. Dana has changed my quality of life. The price was well worth it. Now I have well behaved, obedient dogs that I get to enjoy for a long time. I cannot thank you enough, Dana! You have truly changed our lives! Wendy Prince, Samson and Ramsey”

-Wendy Prince

“So so thankful for Dana and Valor K9. I came in with a submissive lab named Dixie I was planning on having as a psych service dog. We started out with once a week training, but we decided to put Dixie through the board and train program for more consistent training. At the end of the training program, although well behaved before, Dixie learned so much and that was the boost she needed. Dana helped Dixie and I become more confident in each other’s abilities and now she comes with me everywhere! Dana was so accommodating and aimed to take care of both mine and Dixie’s needs. Thank you!”

-Laura Johnson

“Dana is amazing! She helped me build confidence as a new dog mom at the same Tim she transformed Archie from a stray pup into such a well-mannered boy! I highly recommend training with Dana. I look forward to continuing on to the next level with her help!”

-Susanne Champ

“Abe and I have taken private lessons with Dana for the last month. I could not be more pleased with our progress! I am so thankful to Dana for helping our family learn the best structure for Abe so he can continue to grow into a well rounded and happy boy! He has come so far and we hope to continue learning from Dana and Valor K9 Academy in the future! Thank you again, so much!”

-Kacie Garrison

“Dana is the best! My 8 year old mix has always been reactive to other dogs, to the point that taking her out was not fun anymore. After a few sessions with Dana, we can now go out and she will quietly walk past strange dogs with hardly a second look. We also picked up lots of other useful tools such as sit stay, down stay and many more. Thanks Dana!!!”

-Alli Childress

“Dana is an amazing trainer! She took the time to answer my questions and helped me understand what motivated my dog to learn. Thank you!”

-Rachel Cumbaa

“We just finished our 5 private lessons with Dana and she was really great with our Daisy, as she is a super nervous dog, but just in 5 visits she was coming out of her shell and doing great with commands. We are both learning new ways and being more structured!”

-Heather Grubbs

“I would absolutely recommend Valor K9 Academy to anyone needing dog training. Their professionalism and training methods are the best I’ve seen.”

-Michael Hrehor

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