Valor Chattanooga

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! 


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:

CHAI (Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute)
East Brainerd AH
Shallowford AH
Nooga Paws
Animal Medical Professional
Red Bank AH
Mountain Hospital for Animals
North shore Pet Wellness Center
Hixson Pet Wellness Center
Fort Oglethorpe Pet Wellness Center


  • Complimentary consultations
  • Veteran-owned and operated
  • Unlimited trainer support
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Customized training methods
  • Private in-your-home training
  • Family-friendly classes
  • Small personalized 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

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.


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


$1997 for 2 weeks

$2997 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.
Contact Lead Trainer Dana O’Lone Long 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 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
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


$2997 for 3 week Good Dog program

$4997 4747 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:

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:

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 member’s 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

$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. Fee charged for late drop-offs and pick-ups.

Optional add-ons*

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

*depending on staffing and availability

Available drop-off and pick-up times (by appt only)

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm
  • Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 8am-12pm
  • Sundays closed

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Chattanooga


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.


Dana O’Lone Long is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga. She was the first trainer to attend VK9’s Trainer’s Course with Owner/Head Trainer, Amy Pishner, in 2015 and has since been the trainer for the Chattanooga location. Dana provides on and off leash obedience training and behavior rehabilitation for clients across the southeast. Prior to training professionally, Dana spent over 15 years as a veterinary technician serving as the Department Head of both Neurology/Behavior and Internal Medicine at RIVER and working many years in Specialty Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, and Preventative Medicine. Dana lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, Nick, and their three personal dogs: Charlie (5) a German Shepherd, Yedi (3) a Belgian Malinois and Isadora (11) an Italian Greyhound. They also have three cats and bunny named Chip. In her free time, Dana enjoys cooking, traveling, running and spending time with family.


Meg Rogers is a Stay & Play Host and Trainee with Valor K9 Academy- Chattanooga. She joined our team in November 2018. Meg welcomes dogs into her home for boarding and is currently enrolled in our Trainer Course to become a dog trainer. Previously, Meg worked as a Paralegal, Wedding Planner and Animal Shelter Volunteer. She has always had a passion for dogs and loves learning more about them. In her spare time, Meg enjoys running, spending time at the lake and being with family. She and her husband, Matt, live in Signal Mountain, TN, and have two children and three dogs. 

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  • 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
  • I called 3 places when looking for trainers for my catahoula mix, Jupiter. I knew instantly from just talking on the phone that Amy, from Valor K9 Academy was the one for us. Jupiter was a 3 month old pup that was growing fast and starting to get aggressive with me, and he played a little too rough with my 3 yr old. I started out with lessons and ended up doing the 2 week board and train. Amy worked wonders with him, and at 5 months now he is great. I was so close to having to rehome him, and now I can't imagine life without him. My 3 yr old and I (and Jupiter) cannot thank Amy enough for everything. She really did make a difference in all of our lives.

    Rhonda Hicks
  • 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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Valor K9 Academy - Chattanooga

Ready to have a well-behaved dog? We can help! Valor Chattanooga offers private lessons, boarding and board & train programs for dogs of all ages. Schedule your free no-obligation consultation with Dana today!
Valor K9 Academy - Chattanooga
Valor K9 Academy - Chattanooga
Lulu is a 1 and 1/2 year old Australian cattle dog mix enrolled in private lesson training 💛

Lulu in an inherently nervous girl that has developed the habit of nipping and biting at strangers 😈 She also pulls on the leash and doesn’t follow commands around distractions...

Over the upcoming weeks, we will be working together to build Lulu’s trust and respect for her owners, providing her appropriate outlets for her mental & physical stimulation needs, help her learn how to truly relax (both at home and out in public), building her confidence, teaching her reliable obedience & that biting people isn’t allowed or necessary 📚

Lulu is already get a great start on all of her homework! 📝 Wish her lots of luck!