Are you looking for a dog trainer in Boise? Maybe you need help with your puppy’s training. Or you want to teach your new rescue dog basic obedience. Whatever the need, we’re here to help! Our outstanding team of dog trainers are located throughout the Boise Idaho and greater Treasure Valley area and can assist in reaching your dog training goals! They offer private lesson training, virtual group classes, boarding out of their homes and all-inclusive board and train programs for dogs of all ages, needs and breeds. Big and small, we train them all! Here are where our Valor K9 Academy dog trainers are located, along with their specialties:

Our Horseshoe Bend Dog Trainer

Amy Pishner is the Founder, Owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy. She is responsible for managing, overseeing and expanding Valor K9 Academy operations on a local, national and international level. She is currently working on building an online platform so that dog owners around the world can access quality training for their dogs.

After graduating Carthage College in 2008 with bachelors degrees in International Political Economy and Spanish, Amy joined the United States Air Force where she worked in Intelligence Operations. She served first in Active Duty then transferred to the Wisconsin Air National Guard. After her military service, Amy pursued her lifelong passion for dog training and became a triple certified professional dog trainer through Starmark Academy, Vohne Liche Kennels and The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. Additionally, she has attended countless workshops, seminars and K9 conferences around the United States.

Since becoming a professional dog trainer in 2013, Amy has trained thousands of dogs in various settings including private lessons, group classes, workshops, seminars, shadow programs, mentor programs and trainer retreats. She hand picks and personally trains all of the trainers on Team Valor K9 Academy. Amy holds herself to the highest standards and seeks to raise the bar for dog training as an industry.

Amy lives in beautiful Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, with her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Emma. Amy enjoys working out and hiking with her dogs. She has two personal dogs, Zoey (a 12-year-old Australian Shepherd) and Havok (a nine-year-old German Shepherd). They’ve been with her since the beginning of Valor K9 Academy.

Our Boise Dog Trainer

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Trainer Samantha Lee is located in northeast Boise in the Wilderness Ranch area and lives in a beautiful log cabin home. She joined our team in November of 2020 and brought with her a decade of experience in dog training. Originally from California, Samantha has worked for a number of businesses and not-for-profit organizations to include Guide Dogs for the Blind. She has a long list of credentials to include National K-9 Master’s Course certification, Master Canine Fitness Trainer certification, decoy training, puppy and e-collar universities and, of course, training under Valor K9 Academy’s owner and head trainer, Amy Pishner.

Samantha is Pet CPR/First Aid certified, a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Samantha has a Lab named Tucker, a Heeler named Kit and two Belgian Malinois, Sloane and Savannah.

As a dog trainer, Samantha’s specialties include puppy imprinting and training, basic dog obedience training, e-collar off leash obedience training and behavioral modification training for aggressive and fearful dogs. Sam offers private one-on-one training (at your home or in a public location), boarding out of her home for client dogs and board and train programs for dogs of all ages, needs and breeds. She is an outstanding dog trainer who goes above and beyond for her clients – including changing her own vacation days to accommodate boarding her clients’ dogs – and her clients have had nothing but high praises for her!

Our Nampa Dog Trainer

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Trainer Taya Hekking is located in northeast Nampa. She and her husband, Brittan, recently purchased their home and have a beautiful dog room and training area for the dogs. Taya joined our team in October 2021 and brought with her three years of experience as a professional dog trainer. From the Salt Lake City area, Taya is loving life in Idaho and has brought tremendous positive energy to our team!

Taya’s specialties include the following: puppy obedience training, adult dog obedience training and service dog training. She always goes above and beyond for our clients and does great work! She primarily offers board and train services and private lesson training, but also occasionally takes boarding dogs as well.

Taya has four personal dogs: two Golden Retriever service dogs, a husky mix and a Belgian Malinois. She is a big Disney fan and loves to color coordinate things!

Our Meridian Dog Trainer

Lindsay Pelazini is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. She joined our team in June 2022 and specializes in puppy training.

Lindsay is a former VK9 client who’s passionate about dogs and training. She previously worked as a manager at a pet resort and currently volunteers at the Idaho Humane Society. She has attended various dog training workshops and seminars over the years and recently earned her CCPDT certification. Previously, Lindsay worked as a Special Education School Teacher for 12 years; she specialized in working with children with Autism.

Lindsay, her husband, Rico, and their three children live in Meridian, Idaho. Lindsay has three personal dogs (a Corgi, a pittie, and a German Shepherd).

Additional Locations Coming Soon

If you don’t see your location listed here, fear not. We’re growing! We will be adding team members in the near future and look forward to better serving you – wherever you are! Our goal is to bring excellent dog training to every owner and dog in the greater Boise/Treasure Valley area. There’s a huge need, and we’re here to help meet that need!

We typically have a waiting list for our services. If you need help training your dog, don’t wait. Reach out today to the trainer nearest you! If that trainer is booked and another trainer has an opening, she will refer you so you can get the training you need as quickly as possible.

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Thank you and Happy Training!