About Amy Pishner

Amy Pishner is the Owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy. Over the past 10 years, Amy has trained thousands of dogs in various settings and she has mentored over 100 dog trainers. She is triple certified by The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, Vohne Liche Kennels and Starmark Academy. She dances like Elaine Benis from Seinfeld.

Meet VK9-Chattanooga Client, Connor Wilm!

By |2021-09-15T21:50:47+00:00September 15th, 2021|Meet the Client, Uncategorized|

In this article, our first in a series of client interviews, we get to know Connor Wilm who has trained both of his dogs with us at our Chattanooga, TN, location. Connor and his wife are longtime, loyal clients, and we're grateful for their business and so happy they've had an exceptional experience with us! 1. Connor, where are you from [...]

5 Traits We Look for in Service Dogs (Boise, Idaho)

By |2021-09-10T21:08:46+00:00September 10th, 2021|Service Dogs, Training Tips|

Service Dog training is one of our specialties here at Valor K9 Academy - Boise. It takes a special dog to be a full-fledged, working Service Dog. A Service Dog is a dog that's trained specifically to aid a person with a physical or mental disability. The tasks provide assistance and independence to the dog's handler. Service dogs are different from [...]

Meet the Trainer – Macy Blatter

By |2021-09-03T14:49:07+00:00September 3rd, 2021|Meet the Team|

In this "Meet the Trainer," we interview the newest trainer for Valor K9 Academy - Boise (Idaho). Macy Blatter joined our team in June 2021 and completed our grueling six-week Trainer Course. She hit the ground running and is currently specializing in puppy training and obedience with an incoming service dog client on the way from out of state! Macy is [...]

8 of the best kibble brands for dogs

By |2021-08-28T21:18:28+00:00August 28th, 2021|Nutrition|

Article by Trainer Macy Blatter Have you ever thought twice about what ingredients are in your dog’s food? While we promote feeding a raw/balanced/fresh diet here at Valor K9 Academy, we understand that feeding raw isn't for everyone. So if you feed kibble, we've got some recommendations for you! The outside of dog food bags can be very misleading. It is [...]

5 BIG Dog Training Mistakes

By |2021-08-28T21:10:06+00:00August 20th, 2021|Training Tips|

Our training philosophy focuses on CMR: communication, motivation and relationship. To set you up for success with your dog's training, here are five quick tips on things you should NEVER do when training. 1. Train when you're hungry, tired or distracted. You want your dog to be at his best, yet you're at your worst? It doesn't work like that. Your [...]

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