Board & Train Programs

All-Inclusive Training

The Valor K9 Academy Board & Train program is our all-inclusive option! It’s designed to give you maximum results in a short amount of time! In a Board & Train, your dog lives in the trainer’s home and does between 10 and 15 short training sessions each day for a total of 1-2 hours of training. In addition, our trainers take time to socialize, exercise and play with your dog. It’s a great program for you, and a great experience for your dog!

We offer Puppy Head Start programs for puppies 8-24 weeks of age, Good Dog programs for social dogs 6 months of age and older, and Custom programs for everything in between!

If you want fast results and effective training, the Board & Train is the way to go. But don’t wait, spots go quickly!

Note: For dogs four months of age and older, a Consultation is required.

Our Board & Trains

Puppy Head Start Board & Train

For puppies 8-24 weeks of age

The best time to begin training your puppy is right away! Let a professional do the work for you. The Puppy Head Start program covers socialization, crate training, potty training, obedience and manners. We work with your puppy frequently throughout the day, and we make training fun! Our goal is to give your puppy a solid foundation for the future.

Your puppy will be introduced to all basic training commands such as: sit, down, stay, heel, come, place, crate, wait and leave it. We also cover crate training, potty training, fitpaws and treadmill training just for fun! While your puppy is with us, we address any problem behaviors like barking, jumping up, nipping and chewing.

We also provide countless positive socialization and exposure opportunities around new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals. We help your puppy become confident and well-socialized!

We do the work, so you don’t have to! The four week program gives us one more week to go on more field trips, do more obedience and further solidify crate training and potty training. More work that we do for you!

Prices include private lessons for you and do not include equipment (which is typically about $200).

Three weeks – $3300
Four weeks – $4100

Good Dog Board & Train

For dogs 6+ months of age

Do you have a friendly dog who needs to learn obedience and manners? This program is for you! The Good Dog Board & Train teaches basic on leash obedience, off leash remote collar recall and manners at home and in public.

Your dog will learn reliable obedience to basic commands:

  • Name Recognition
  • Sit and Stay
  • Down and Stay
  • Heel
  • Come
  • Go to Place and Stay
  • Crate Drills
  • Leave It

We also cover crate training, house training, calm on cue, calm in the car, manners at home and ignoring distractions in public. Just for fun, we also do Fitpaws, Urban Agility and Treadmill training with our doggie students!

Three weeks – $3650

The Good Dog ADVANCED Board & Train includes everything in the Good Dog program plus 100% off leash e-collar obedience and three tricks of your choosing plus additional generalization and proofing around distractions.

Four weeks – $4750

Prices include private lessons for you and do not include equipment (which is typically about $400).

Custom Board & Train

For dogs of all ages

This program is designed for dogs with specific training goals. Training topics include but are not limited to: fear, aggression, reactivity, anxiety, service dog training, therapy dog training, drive building, personal protection training and obedience refresher training.

If you’re looking for service dog training, please scroll down on this page to our Service Dog Training tab where you will find a breakdown of our training process for service dogs. Training usually includes a combination of private lessons and board and train. Our areas of focus are PTSD, TBI, Mobility Support and Medical Alert. Price includes private lesson training for owner and does not include equipment (cost varies).

Weekly – $1200-1500 depending on complexity of training

Note: Behavioral training is offered at our Boise dog training location only. Behavioral cases are typically 5-6 weeks in length and cost per week is $1500.


Click here to see our Board & Train FAQ blog post!

BOOKING INFORMATION: Puppies must have at least their first set of shots one week prior to the start of their board & train. Dogs six months of age and older must be current on all vaccinations, including Rabies and Bordetella. Owner supplies food, treats, bones and crate for dog. A non-refundable deposit and signed contract are required to book a spot, and the balance is due the first day of training. We typically book anywhere from 1-4 months in advance, so if you’re considering the board and train program for your dog, contact us today!

To book a Boise Board & Train, please email

To book a Chattanooga Board & Train, please email

Our Boise Board & Trains in Action

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Some Recent Board & Train Reviews

We have a Golden Retriever who wasn’t the most confident but was VERY excited about life. We worked with Kelsi for 6 weeks of private lessons. She was the best!! Murphy is more confident and so much better behaved on walks and in public. He is on his way to being a therapy dog now that we worked with Kelsi! She taught us humans how to communicate with Murphy more clearly, and we have continued his training on our own. Kelsi gave us the skill set to do that! 10/10!

-Anna O. (Chattanooga)

“Much thanks to Taya at Valor K9 Academy for taking such great care of our 4 month old beagle mix. Our puppy went to the Puppy Head Start program having virtually no training. She came back to us knowing many commands (sit, down, place, come, and more.) We learned that we have a very smart and active dog that will benefit from lots of exercise and mental stimulation like agility training. What we have learned, and will continue to learn, with the assistance of the knowledgeable, kind, and caring staff at Valor K9 Academy will help us create a family bond with our new puppy that meets our family needs and the needs of our sweet puppy.”

-Jessica O. (Boise)

I have 2 rottie pups (from same litter). Was worried about training both at the same time. I had heard good things about Valor K9 so decided to check it out. Dana the head trainer was great at answering questions and even did a few eval to see which should go 1st and for how long etc. Kelsi is the trainer they did their board and train with – 3 wks for 1 and 2 wks for the other. Kelsi did a great job of helping me lay the foundation to get the started right. I was on the right track by myself but they really helped me improve which really helped my pups. Training is a life long endeavor especially for rottweilers. I’ve had numerous compliments already and they’re just 5 months. It’s spendy but on par with others and very good quality. The follow up lessons are really helpful. And Kelsi is always great about answering my questions even when not in lessons. They have a stay and play w add on training coming up next month while I’m out of town and I expect it will be just as good.”

-K.D. (Chattanooga)

“Amazing results in just 3 weeks of training! Our two young golden retrievers (Riggs – age 3, Murphy – age 2) went to stay with Samantha for 3 weeks in October and the results are nothing short of amazing! Before training, they would pull non-stop on the leash during walks while darting all over the place creating a tangled-up mess. We could not let them off the leash or they would run off and ignore us regardless of how loud we were yelling. And worst of all, Murphy would bark at customers that came into our business and then be very whiney in the afternoons as he became more anxious. I was nervous about them being gone for 3 weeks, but Samantha was extremely understanding and reassuring. She updated me frequently with text, photos and videos which clearly showed how much fun the boys were having while still learning new skills. Samantha was able to correct their bad behaviors and replace them with the ability to stay calm and content when indoors, to walk on a loose leash, and to recall immediately regardless of the distraction. Best of all, the methods she used are easy to duplicate at home by adding a few inexpensive tools, such as pinch collars, elevated dog cots and food puzzles. We did choose to purchase new e-collars that Valor K9 recommended because they work so much better with long haired dogs than the ones we’ve had for years that never seemed to work. The new ones are simple to use and very effective, even with just the vibrate setting. Before the training, I never would have considered taking my dogs to get pet pictures with Santa because they would be out of control. This past weekend, we went to see Santa at a small bookstore in town. The dogs were so calm and obedient, and the pictures turned out great! It’s so much fun to take them in dog friendly shops, on long walks/hikes, and especially to let them play off leash in open areas!”

-Tracy A. (Boise)

“Samantha is outstanding! She brings equal parts heart and firmness to her training, so we never felt our dog would be unhappy in her board & train. Samantha is very accommodating when you have questions or need some peace of mind about anything from training policies to photos of your dog while she’s away. Coco came home happy, knew all commands, and even learned how to stay calm and quiet in her kennel. This was a success!”

-Heather M. (Boise)

I recently had my 3 year old lab do a Board & Train with Taya and the results have exceeded my expectations! Taya did a phenomenal job with my dog. Ellie had some bad manners that needed cleaning up plus we decided to extend training for service dog work and Ellie is doing very well with her tasks! I could have not done the training on my own. I highly recommend Valor K9 & Taya to anyone who needs help with their dog!”

-Lindsay Z. (Boise)

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