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.

“It’s okay! My dog is friendly!”

By |2022-01-12T18:03:44+00:00December 15th, 2021|Training Tips|

Article by Trainer Samantha Lee (CPDT, CCFT) of Valor K9 Academy - Boise One of my biggest pet peeves as a dog trainer is that dog owners make excuses for why their dog is not under control on and/or off leash in public places. You know what I’m talking about… the reactive dog on an extendable leash in Home Depot blowing [...]

Behavior modification for aggressive dogs

By |2022-01-12T18:09:48+00:00November 30th, 2021|aggressive dogs, Training Tips|

One of our specialties as a dog training company is behavioral rehabilitation for aggressive and fearful dogs, "red-zone dogs" as Cesar Milan calls them. We use a unique approach that focuses on addressing the root cause of the behavior, which, in most cases is fear, and then we slowly and methodically work the dog through its issues to help the dog [...]

Boise Dock Diving

By |2021-11-12T06:30:39+00:00November 12th, 2021|Dog sports, Uncategorized|

Article by Trainer Taya Hekking. Taya competes in dock diving with her Golden Retriever, Boo! Learn all about the dock diving sport in this fun read. Maybe it's something your dog could excel at! Participating in dog sports is a great way to build a stronger relationship with your dog, increase confidence, and a great outlet for drive and energy. If [...]

Farewell to Lead Trainer Dana!

By |2021-11-04T20:43:09+00:00November 4th, 2021|Meet the Team, Uncategorized|

It is with great sadness that I share with you all that Lead Trainer Dana O'Lone Long's last day with us was 31 October. Dana has been a Valor K9 Academy trainer since September 2015. She was the first trainer to join our team and the first trainer to enroll in our Trainer Course. She has given us over six amazing [...]

“Falco’s Journey” – A Client Interview

By |2021-10-25T02:23:09+00:00October 25th, 2021|Meet the Client, Uncategorized|

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lily Crytser, one of my longtime and repeat dog training clients from the Spokane area. Lily's dog, Falco, was one of my favorite behavioral rehabilitation cases. 1. Lily, back in 2016, you sent Falco to us for a behavioral rehabilitation board and train when he was an older dog. Why did you decide to send [...]

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