Valor Spokane

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 – 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, Rescue 4 All, Double J Dog Ranch, Merci’s Mission, Furry Farm Rescue and more. 


  • Complimentary consultations
  • Veteran-owned and operated
  • 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 $37,119 in training to local not-for-profit animal rescue groups, shelters, charitable organizations and military veterans in our communities. If you are looking for a donation item to support your organization, please reach out to us. We are happy to help! 

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.

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 Lead Trainer Courtney Sims today for more information:

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 with confidence building, environmental exposure and socialization. Each session covers 2-3 basic commands, socialization, owner 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 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.  

We meet every Monday year-round (except on federal holidays). Doors open at 5:30pm. New clients, please arrive by 5:45pm to get checked-in. Class runs from 6:00-7:00pm.

Our address is 1112 N. Dover Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022. Parking lot parking is available.

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.

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: 509-901-0532 (phone) or (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. Parking lot parking is available.

Cost: $100 deposit then $197 due first class

Current classes:

May 4th – June 29th 2019 (no class May 25th); Saturdays 9-10am (FULL)

June 4th -July 30th 2019 (no class July 2nd); Tuesdays 6-7pm (FULL)

Now enrolling: 

Aug 6th – Sept 24th 2019; Tuesdays 6-7pm (FULL)

Aug 7th – Sept 25th 2019; Wednesdays 6-7pm (2 spots left)

Don’t see a class that works for you? Please email to be put on our wait list and 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

Upcoming Classes:

June 13th – August 8th 2019 (No Class July 4th); Thursdays 6-7pm (FULL)

Now enrolling:

August 15th – October 10th (no class Sept 26th); Thursdays 6-7pm (4 spots left)

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


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, and all further lessons may be booked at a 10% discount. 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

Contact Lead Trainer Courtney Sims 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. Included is a custom training manual, private lessons for the owners and 10% off all future lessons. 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 introduction and 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


$2997 for 3 weeks

Contact Lead Trainer Courtney Sims 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! Program includes a custom training manual, private lessons for the owner, and 10% off all further lessons. For dogs of all ages.

$1,000 per week

Contact Valor Spokane Lead Trainer Courtney Sims 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, play fetch, 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, 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 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 extra dogs at a time.

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.

To make a reservation, please email Lead Trainer Courtney Sims:

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.

Open Agility:

July 9th 10am

July 13th 10am

July 18th 10am

July 20th 10am

July 23rd 10am

July 24th 6:30pm

July 26th 10am

July 30th 7pm

Pack Walk:

July 27th 10am Medical Lake Park

Drop-in Classes:

Manners at the Park July 17th 6:30pm Manito Park ($30) Clients only

Nosework Fun July 31st 6pm Valor K9 Academy ($30) Public welcome (friendly dogs only)|

Intro to Herding Class August 7th 7:15-8:15pm ($30)
Intro to Herding Class August 10th 9-10am ($30)

Puppy Social Hour: 

August 10th 10:30am Valor K9 Academy (will be outdoors)
open to all friendly puppies 10-24 weeks of age;  $10 per puppy

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Spokane


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.


Courtney Sims is the Lead Trainer of Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. She joined our team in October 2017 and now oversees the Spokane location. Courtney specializes in puppy training, on/off leash obedience and reactive/fearful dog rehabilitation. Before becoming a dog trainer, Courtney worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Pet Emergency Clinic of Spokane for 10 years and as a Technician at Dermatology for Animals for five years. Courtney is certified through Valor K9 Academy’s Trainer Course where she studied under Owner and Head Trainer Amy Pishner. Courtney’s hobbies include gardening, exploring and hiking. She lives next to the Academy in Medical Lake, WA, and has two dogs: Pickles (4) a Boxer mix and Maverick (2) a German Shepherd.


Jenna Larson is a Trainer at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. She joined Team Valor in January 2019 and specializes in puppy through advanced off leash obedience training.  Prior to joining Valor, Jenna worked for two other training facilities, but didn’t agree with their training methods and knew there had to be a better way to train. Jenna attended Valor’s Shadow Program in September 2018 and fell in love with our training philosophy. Originally from Battle Ground, WA, Jenna attended Valor’s Trainer Course for certification and now lives in Spokane, WA. She has an Associates degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out in her free time. Jenna has a one-year-old Heeler mix named Toby. 


Skye is a Stay & Play Host and has been in our Trainer Course since May 2019. A graduate of the Valor K9 Shadow Program, Skye has also completed Starmark Academy’s 12-week Canine Training and Behavioral Specialist Program. Prior to training dogs, Skye was a dedicated volunteer in animal rescue and worked as a kennel technician for several years at VCA Animal Hospital. Skye was born and raised in south Florida and recently made the cross-country move to Spokane, WA, for this opportunity with Valor K9 Academy. She enjoys hiking, rollerblading and gardening and owns two mixed breed dogs: Ruca (7) & Moose (5).


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. 


Dana Silvrants is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. Dana has been a client since 2017 and joined our team in August 2018. She has participated in numerous classes, seminars and workshops over the years including Canine First Aid & CPR training. Dana is currently a Program Coordinator at a local manufacturing company and has an Associate of Arts Degree. Dana and her husband, Lex, were both born and raised in Spokane Valley and now reside in Newman Lake, WA. They have two dogs: Gretty (2) a Mini Aussie and Neeko (1) a Standard Aussie. Dana enjoys home projects, hiking, training and playing board games.  


Lex Silvrants is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. A client since 2017, Lex and his wife Dana joined our team in August 2018 to help with overflow boarding. Lex has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Washington State University and is currently a Critical Care Nurse at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Lex enjoys renovating their home, hiking and all things medical. He is trained in Canine First Aid & CPR and places each dog’s health and safety as a top priority. Lex and wife Dana live in Newman Lake, WA, with their dogs Greey (2) a Mini Aussie and Neeko (1) a Standard Aussie. 


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  • 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
  • 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'm not sure where to begin with praise for Amy. Both my seven year old mixed rescue, Cricket, and my two year old Giant Schnauzer, Bogey, have excelled with her direction and guidance. We've participated in both private and group lessons and I highly recommend either setting. I have gained a wealth of knowledge and confidence working with my dogs, and am grateful for Amy's positive and personalized methods.

    Annette Miller

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