Valor Spokane

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 – Spokane opened in June 2015 and is our largest training academy. We have a 2400 square foot facility on five acres of fenced land with spacious outdoor kennel runs, dog wash station, retail section, outdoor agility obstacles and sheep for herding. We offer private lessons, group classes, board & train programs and private home boarding for dogs of all ages and breeds. See the Valor difference for yourself. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with a trainer!

 

Endorsed By

Indian Trail Animal Hospital, Cheney Veterinary Clinic, Garland Animal Clinic, Valley Vet, Kings Vet, Fairchild AFB Vet, Regal Animal Hospital, Animal Clinic of Spokane, Hunter Veterinary Clinic, Northwoods Pet Resort, Doggie Doos, Ginnie O’s, Northwoods Cane Corsos, Flocks Mini Aussies, Tilton Haus GSD, Pawpular Companions, Path of Hope Rescue, Double J Dog Ranch, Merci’s Mission, Furry Farm Rescue and more.

Benefits

* Complimentary consultations
* Veteran-owned
* Unlimited trainer support
* Fully licensed and insured
* Customized training methods
* In-home training available
* Family-friendly classes
* 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 $41,395 in training and monetary donations to local 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 or in our training school in Medical Lake, WA, across from Fairchild Air Force Base. We service the greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas. We offer three training packages: 4 lessons for $497, 6 lessons for $697 and 8 lessons for $897. The in-home travel fee is $1 per mile. Prices do not include training equipment. 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 a trainer! Email courtney@valork9academy.com.

 

Valor K9 Academy offers a wide variety of group classes for dogs of all ages. Group class training is a great way to train your dog around people, dogs and other distractions. We keep our classes small for your comfort and to maximize learning. To participate, dogs must be friendly with adults, kids and other dogs.

Drop-in Puppy Class

You want to give your puppy the best possible start in life, and we’re here to help! Our Puppy Class is designed to give puppies a great learning experience and enjoyable social time together. Far from your standard puppy class, Valor’s Puppy Class delivers obedience training, confidence building, environmental exposure and socialization. Each session covers 2-3 basic commands, Q&A and play time! For your convenience, our classes are offered on a weekly drop-in basis. There’s no longterm commitment on your end. You can attend class when your schedule allows, and you can get into classes right away! Class is open to social puppies 10-24 weeks of age. Puppies must have had first set of shots at least one week prior to attending class. Please bring lots of treats, a treat pouch or container with lid, harness if you have one, a leash and proof of vaccinations (paper copy or on your phone). Well-behaved children and family members are welcome to attend.

For the holiday season, we are meeting once a week on Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm except Dec 23rd (closed for Christmas). Doors open at 5:30pm. New clients, please arrive 15 minutes before class starts to get checked-in. Our address is 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022. Parking lot parking is available.

Cost is $30 for one session or $150 for six sessions. Come anytime to use your sessions. You do not need to pay in advance, payment is due the first day of class. Send us an email letting us know you’re coming or just show up for class. Have a question? Contact Lead Trainer Courtney Sims: courtney@valork9academy.com (email). We look forward to meeting you!

 

Basic Obedience

Valor K9 Academy’s Basic Obedience is the perfect beginner’s course for start-up success. It is designed for social dogs six months of age and older. Commands include: name recognition, sit/stay, down/stay, loose leash heel, come, place bed training, manners and leave it. If you want a well-behaved dog, this is the class for you! It’s a challenging and rewarding course that gets results. This class covers all the tools and know-how to succeed in basic training and beyond! We will share our secret formula, so you can tackle common behavior issues with confidence and think like a trainer.  Class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. Dogs must be friendly towards people and other dogs of all sizes. We allow 8 dogs per class and meet once a week for 6-8 weeks. Address: 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022 Cost: $100 deposit then $197 due first class. Price does not include training equipment.

Current Classes:
Oct 2nd – Nov 20th 2019; Wednesdays 6-7pm (FULL)
Oct 3rd – Nov 21st 2019; Thursdays 10am – 11am (FULL)
Oct 5th – Nov 23rd; Saturdays 9-10am (FULL)

Upcoming Classes:
Jan 6th – Feb 24th 2020; Mondays 7:30-8:30pm (8 spots available)
Jan 7th- Feb 25th 2020; Tuesdays 6-7pm (4 spots available)
Jan 8th – Feb 26th 2020; Wednesdays 10-11am (8 spots available)
Jan 11th – Feb 29th 2020; Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am (5 spots available)

Don’t see a class that works for you? Please email courtney@valork9academy.com to be put on our wait list. You’ll be notified when new classes are announced.

 

Intermediate Obedience

This class takes your dog’s training to the next level – for dogs nine months of age and older! It includes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, two field trips and a comprehensive end-of-class examination. Our goal is to take what you learned in Basic Obedience and expand upon it with more duration, distance and distractions training while challenging you to be a better trainer for your dog! Who: VK9 Basic Obedience graduates only Location: VK9-Spokane plus field trips to North 40 and Cabela’s Cost: $100 deposit and $197 due first day of class

Current Classes:
Oct 1st – Nov 19th 2019; Tuesdays 6-7pm (Full)

Upcoming Classes:
Jan 8th – Feb 26th 2020; Wednesdays 6-7pm (8 spots available)
Jan 8th – Feb 26th 2020; Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm (8 spots available)

Please email us to be put on our wait list. You’ll be notified first when new classes are announced!

 

Advanced Obedience

This class is designed to be fun and challenging with a twist! Topics include: Foreign Language Training, the AKC Novice Trick Dog Title, the AKC CGC Urban and Advanced Off Leash Obedience. Who: VK9 Intermediate Obedience graduates only Location: VK9-Spokane plus one field trip Cost: $100 deposit and $197 due first day of class

Current Classes:
Oct 2nd- Nov 20th 2019; Wednesdays 7:30 -8:30pm (FULL)
Oct 12th – Nov 23rd 2019; Saturdays 10:30 -11:45am (FULL)

Upcoming Classes:
Jan 9th – Feb 27th 2020; Thursdays 6-7pm (8 spots available)

Please email us to be put on our wait list. You’ll be notified first when new classes are announced!

 

Therapy Dog Class

This four week class will prepare you and your dog to be a therapy team. Curriculum includes loose leash walking, tricks for show & tell, behaviors to assist in greeting patients, manners with people and dogs, field trips and the final examination. Certification is through Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). Does not include ATD membership or paperwork for filing requirements. Who: Pre-approved dogs 11 months of age and older (dogs must be 12 months of age to get certified) Location: VK9-Spokane plus field trip(s) Cost: $150 Previous class: fall 2018 Next class: winter 2019 Please contact Courtney@valork9academy.com for more information.

 

Remote Collar One Class

This six week class covers: introduction to the remote collar, off leash heel, off leash place and off leash recall (come when called) around high level distractions. We’re allowing four dogs in this class so we can customize the training to each dog. Dogs must be Intermediate Obedience graduates or equivalent with all of foundation training completed. Fall 2019 class is FULL. Next class starts early 2020. Please contact Courtney@valork9academy.com for more information.

 

Valor K9 Academy’s board & train programs are designed to offer expert dog training for puppies and adult dogs of all ages. From puppy training to basic through 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 12-15 training sessions per day plus loving care, socialization and exercise.

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 – $1997
Three weeks – $2597
Four weeks – $2997

Prices do not include food or training equipment. Contact Courtney Sims for more information: courtney@valork9academy.com.

 

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 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 – $2997
Five weeks – $4997*
*This ADVANCED program 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 training equipment. Contact Courtney Sims for more information: courtney@valork9academy.com.

Custom Board & Train

This program is designed for dogs with specific training goals. Examples include: reactivity to dogs, reactivity to people, fear issues, separation anxiety, service dog training, therapy dog training and more! Tell us what your goals are, and we’ll make it happen! This program is popular for graduates who would benefit from refresher training, and it’s a great option for owners going on vacation who need a place for their dog to stay and train. Program is for dogs of all ages and includes private training for the owners.

$1,000 per week

Prices do not include food or training equipment. Contact Courtney Sims for more information: courtney@valork9academy.com.

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, play fetch, go on long walks, take naps and work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list. Doggie guests stay at our team members’ homes. We have three staff members at Valor Spokane, three in central Spokane and two in Newman Lake. Please let us know if you have a location or staff member preference when submitting your Stay & Play request.  This program is open to the public, but priority is given to clients first. Friendly dogs who are crate trained and house broken are welcome. We keep our program small. On average, our staff members house 1-2 dogs at a time. We believe that a comfortable home setting, supervised by our professional staff, is the best setting for dogs versus a loud, stressful and chaotic kennel environment.

Cost is $50 per night for the first dog and $40 per night for additional dogs. Add-on bath is $25, nail trim is $15 and training is $45 per 30 minutes. Walks, play time, fetch, socialization and owner updates are included at no extra charge.

NEW CLIENT SPECIAL! If your dog has never boarded with us before, you’ll get 20% OFF your dog’s entire first visit! Good for any visits Oct 21st 2019 through Jan 15th 2020. Try our in-home boarding for just $40/night!

To make a reservation, please email Lead Trainer Courtney Sims: courtney@valork9academy.com. She will send your request out to the team and you will hear back quickly from an available team member.

Are you a dog trainer or dog enthusiast looking to learn more? You’ve come to the right place! Valor K9 Academy – Spokane offers an exclusive six day Shadow Program to students from around the world. In this program, you get an inside look at the wonderful world of dog training. We cover academics, hands-on training and observation for a well-rounded experience.

Topics include: private lessons, group classes, board & trains, confidence building, core training skills, puppy training, on/off leash obedience, business management, budgeting, social media and more. Bring your questions, we have answers!

Tuition is $1750 for a student and does not include transportation, meals or lodging. Tuition is $1,000-1250 for a dog. The deposit for a student or for a dog is $500. Balance is due first day.

2018 programs: Aug 6-10 (Jessica C., Teck G., Rachel H.) Sept 3-8 (Nathan S., Jacqueline C., Jenna L.) Oct 1-6 (Jevry D., Ashley H., Brenley M., Ashlyn K.)

2019 programs: Mar 4-9 (Sara W., Lisa M., Justin K., Sara M.) Apr 1-6 (Ashley D., Traci S., Skye G., Emma S.) Aug 5-10 (Jenny N., Kelsi L., Kasie M., Amanda G.) Sept 2-7 (Haley S., Mary W., Kennedy F., Sadie O.) 2020 programs: Mar 16-21 (Hailey G., Donna M., Janis H., Jordan C.) Mar 30-Apr 4 (Alexis M., Ariel C., Samantha C., Liz G.) Apr 20-25 (Jenna H., Sreenivasan N., Jessica S., Laine T.) May 11-16 (Taya H., Christina C., Kelli C., Carolina A.) Jun 1-6 (4 SPOTS AVAILABLE) Aug 3-8 (Daniel C., Aika P., Amanda M., Elisa G.) Aug 17-22 (Lauren G., Melanie J., Kayla G., Joy F.) Sep 7-12 (1 SPOT AVAILABLE, Sami M., Alexa R., Allie L.) We have received so much positive feedback from all of our past participants. We’re so excited about this program and its success! Email Valor Spokane Lead Trainer Courtney Sims to book a spot or get on the wait list for 2021 programs: courtney@valork9academy.com.

We are not offering drop-in classes over the holidays. 

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Spokane

LEAD TRAINER

Courtney Sims is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. She joined our team in October 2017 and was promoted to Lead Trainer in April 2019. Courtney specializes in puppy training and on and off leash obedience and has a special gift for working with reactive and fearful dogs. She is one of the most patient people you’ll meet! Before becoming a dog trainer, Courtney worked for 10 years as a licensed veterinary technician at a pet emergency clinic and for five years as a technician at an animal dermatology specialty clinic. Courtney worked full-time and attended our trainer course full-time, proving that she’s no stranger to hard work. We’ve been impressed with her ever since. Courtney’s hobbies include gardening, exploring and hiking. She lives next to the academy and has two dogs: Pickles (4) a Boxer mix and Maverick (2) a German Shepherd.

TRAINER

Jenna Larson is a Trainer at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. We met Jenna in September 2018 when she attended our second Shadow Program. At just 19 years of age, she made her mark as a confident, passionate and potentially top notch young trainer. Jenna had worked for two other trainers prior to attending our program, but didn’t agree with their training methods. We posted a job opening in December 2018 and, after having seen our balanced and fair training in action, Jenna jumped at the opportunity. Four months later, in April 2019, she graduated our trainer course and was hired on as a full-time trainer. Her specialties are puppy training and on and off leash obedience. All of her clients rave about her! Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Jenna now lives next to the academy in Medical Lake, Washington. She has an associates degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out. Jenna has a one-year-old Heeler mix rescue named Toby.

TRAINER

Skye Goodwin is a Trainer with Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. We first met Skye in April 2019 when she attended our Shadow Program. We were extremely impressed with her natural talent and work ethic and knew we had to have her on our team! Skye started as a Stay & Play Host and Trainee in June 2019 and then graduated our Trainer Course in August 2019. She specializes in puppy training and on and off leash obedience training. A dog enthusiast, Skye was previously certified by Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers and has attended numerous conferences and workshops for dog training. Before training dogs professionally, Skye volunteered for several years at an animal hospital. Born and raised in south Florida, Skye now lives in Medical Lake and enjoys hiking, rollerblading and gardening. She owns two mixed breed dogs: Ruca (7) & Moose (5).

STAY AND PLAY HOST

Sara McCann is a Stay and Play host at Valor K9 Academy.  Sara joined our team in January 2019. She is a graduate of the Valor K9 Academy shadow program and has participated in numerous classes and seminars over the years.  Sara works from home as an Innovation Specialist for an innovation research company.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.  In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking, camping, painting, and sewing crafted dog collars and leashes.  She also volunteers her time as a dog walker for SCRAPS, the local humane society. Sara and her husband, Chris, live in Spokane, WA, and have two dogs, Kona (12) a Goldendoodle and Lincoln (5) a Poodle/Shar Pei mix.

STAY & PLAY HOST

Torri Pownall is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. Torri has been a client since 2018 and joined our team in October 2019. She has participated in numerous classes with her dogs Harlee and Grace including all the obedience classes. Torri is currently a Nurse Assistant at Sacred Heart Medical Center and has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Sports Science from Washington State University. Torri and her boyfriend, Austin were raised in Monroe, WA and recently bought a house together here in Spokane, WA. They have our two dogs: Harlee (1-year-old) a Golden Retriever and Grace (9 months old) a Great Pyrenees/Pyrenean Mastiff. In her free time, Torri enjoys home projects in our new home, learning about essential oils, exploring the outdoors, and playing with the dogs.

STAY AND PLAY HOST

Austin Mead is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. Austin has been a client since 2018 and joined our team in October 2019. He has participated in numerous classes including all the obedience classes with his dogs. Austin is a full time student at Eastern Washington University getting his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Austin and his girlfriend, Torri, were raised in Monroe, WA, about 45 minutes Northeast of Seattle. They have lived here in Spokane, WA, for a year and recently just bought a house. They have two dogs together: Harlee (1-year-old) a Golden Retriever and Grace (9-month-old) a Great Pyrenees/Pyrenean Mastiff. Austin enjoys building and making new things, kayaking, and teaching the dogs new tricks.

Testimonials

“Me and my dog Zinnia have had a great experience with Valor over the last year. Zinnia started with puppy classes, moved on to basic obedience training and finally a few sessions of private training with Trainer Jenna. Everything has been wonderful and I constantly get comments about how well behaved my dog is. After our foundation of training as a puppy and basic obedience it was great to see those skills come into play during our personal training sessions. Jenna is wonderful to work with, super responsive, structured, understanding and great with Zinnia. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all the way!”

-Emily Kanally

“We found Valor K9 during our desperate search for help with our troubled Mini Aussie/ Blue Heeler. I searched all over and kept coming back to Valor. Had it not been for Amy and her phenomenal team at Valor, our girl most likely would have been euthanized. They essentially saved her life all the while changing mine. I am beyond blessed to have taken the leap of faith with Valor and would recommend them to everyone who is seeking help with their dog. Months and months have gone by and Amy still answers our messages for a little help or guidance and has taken our puppies on weekends away when we can’t take them along. I know, without a doubt, they are taken care of and loved just as if they are home.”

-Emily Sandoval

“If I could give more than 5 stars I would! I just have to say how wonderful trainer Jenna is! We picked up our German Shepherd puppy yesterday from Valor K9’s puppy head start 4 week board and train program. She is a totally different dog now then when we left her there – and it is all thanks to Jenna! Jenna is amazing and in my opinion she is one the best parts of Valor! She has not only been wonderful to our puppy and trained her on everything that was included in the board and train program but more! She has been so nice to our family and went the extra mile to help with our 8 year old son in the training. Since our puppy is our son’s dog the most important thing to us was to have her listen and respect him. Jenna not only went above and beyond in making her perfect for our family, but she now not only loves our son, she totally respects him on all of the commands he gives her! Thank you so much to Amy for helping us through this process. Not only did you help us find the perfect breeder, but you sent Jenna our way too and she is truly an angel! I want everyone in the world to know just how wonderful this program is and how much these people at Valor really care about the dogs they train AND their owners as well!”

-Lacy McNair

“Best dog trainers ever! Stanley continues to amaze me with the things he has learned and how he is building on the foundation Courtney and Amy taught us. Thank you VK9. Private training has been worth every penny. I’m happy, but more importantly my dog is happier.”

-Chris Seymore

“Amy and Courtney are wonderful to work with. They truly care about the dogs and by extension their owners. We look forward to every sessions and can’t imagine training a GSD puppy without them!”

-Kelli Jones

“I recently had the privilege of attending Valor’s six day April Shadow program.. which far passed 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 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 at 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. From my personal view, Valor holds the safety of EVERY dog at the facility as high priority. There was never a point in my time there that dogs were left to their own devices. Everything is incredibly well managed and every dog was well taken care of. I would never think twice of leaving my own dog with Amy or anyone on the Valor team. Valor K9 is top notch!! Thanks again, Valor, for having me!”

-Traci Swearer

“We have a rescue who is pretty scared of everything. Courtney was great with Moe! He improved so much in just the 6 visits. Courtney is so caring and patient with me.”

-Michelle Fox

“About three months ago I decided my one year old German Shepherd mix was very badly in need of training. After doing research about the companies in Spokane, I decided to contact Valor K9. Since meeting Courtney for the first evaluation I’ve had a great experience and so has my pup Pistol. We’ve done six out of eight lessons so far and he’s a completely different dog at home, in public, and on the leash. Pistol was reactive to dogs and strangers (not aggressive, he was just very excited to meet everyone), was selective about listening, and dragged me around with the leash. Even after the first lesson he was so much better at listening, and he gets so excited when we pull up for training. Thank you so much Valor K9 & Courtney, Pistol and I love working with you guys!”

-Kate Cochran

“We started taking our puppy here for kindergarten at 15 weeks old, she is 6 months now and soon starting the basic obedience course. After 4 private lessons with Jenna, our Lucy is so well mannered. Today we hosted Easter brunch and are so impressed with how well Lucy did! No jumping or begging and she was friendly with all of our guests. Nothing but good things to say about Valor and Trainer Jenna!”

-Taylor Loehlein

“I have two very stubborn Mastiffs and I cannot speak highly enough of Courtney training me to train my dogs. There were definitely moments of wanting to give up, but she was there answering any questions I had and showing me the proper way to train and correct their behavior. We had a breakthrough today and I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I highly recommend Courtney to come into your home and show you how your life can be much happier for you and your fur babies. Thank you so much!!!!!”

-Sharon Christensen

“I cannot say enough positive things about Valor K9 Academy’s Shadow Program. For me, it was a week of pure bliss. The curriculum was expansive and rich; including observing classes (private and group), participating in field trips, participation in bite work, academics, hands-on training, and so much more. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering becoming a dog trainer, works in a shelter/rescue group, or even wants to get away from their desk job for a week. Amy was a gracious host and openly shared her training philosophy; she also provided very helpful positive criticism, all of which was greatly appreciated. I am already jealous of the next round of shadow students; if I could I would have stayed forever. Thank you for a dream-come-true kind of week.”

-Sara McCann

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