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.

How to start feeding your dog a raw diet

By |2023-06-24T17:23:44+00:00March 20th, 2023|Dog Nutrition, Health|

When I was first got started as a dog trainer, I knew very little about nutrition. I gave my dogs Taste of the Wild dog food and didn't think twice about it. Then I attended a canine nutrition seminar in Chattanooga that was hosted by a holistic veterinarian. That's where I learned more about the cooking process of kibble and the [...]

When to reward eye contact

By |2023-02-16T01:29:50+00:00February 16th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Eye contact is a critical part of training. Eye contact builds engagement, and engagement is everything! An engaged dog focuses on the handler and everything else is just background noise. So how do you build engagement, and how do you keep it?  Knowing when to reward eye contact is a major component to good dog training. Building eye contact Eye contact [...]

Meet Boise Dog Trainer, Taya Hekking!

By |2022-09-03T19:58:04+00:00September 3rd, 2022|Meet the Team|

Get to know Trainer Taya in this fun interview where we ask her lots of random questions about her life, her past, her dogs and her goals! Taya joined our team in September 2021 and has been a valued team member ever since! 1. Taya, what is your favorite hobby or past-time? Besides training dogs, I love archery, listening to podcasts, [...]

The amazing benefits of CBD for dogs (and cats!)

By |2022-09-01T00:53:27+00:00September 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|

If you didn't know this already, I am a huge fan of CBD. And I'll tell you why... CBD can be a game-changer for dogs and cats with health issues from allergies to cancer. How does it work? There's a messenger system in your pet's body called the endocannabinoid system. It helps regulate everything from sleep and appetite to pain, the [...]

*NEW* Stuffed Kongs!

By |2022-08-16T18:04:21+00:00August 16th, 2022|Nutrition, Uncategorized|

Hi Clients! We are adding an optional treat to our Stay and Plays and Board and Trains: Stuffed Kongs! This is something many of our team members were already doing for their doggie guests as a bonus! Stuffed Kongs are a wonderful enrichment activity for dogs that gives them a yummy treat and a mental workout; it's a win-win! Stuffed Kongs [...]

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