Valor Boise

Foundation First Training

Dogs talk, but only to those who listen. Here at Valor K9 Academy, we believe successful dog training is based on communication, motivation and relationship. We focus on foundation training first, teaching dogs using primarily positive reinforcement methods to build their confidence. Once dogs understand commands and know what’s expected, we add a training collar, as needed, so that training is reliable anytime, any place – at home, in public and around distractions. Our training creates a strong bond between owner and dog for a lifetime of happiness. Over the past five years, we’ve trained thousands of dogs and their owners. Come join the fun. Ready, set…train!


Welcome to Valor K9 Academy – Boise! Opened in June 2019, Valor K9 Academy – Boise specializes in puppy training, service dog training and on/off leash obedience. Our training services include Private Lessons, Stay & Play Boarding and Board & Train Programs. We train dogs of all ages and breeds throughout the greater Boise area. Valor K9 Academy – Boise is our headquarters location and the home of our future school for dog trainers. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’d love to meet you, evaluate your dog, and recommend a training program to best-fit your training goals!


* Veteran-owned and operated
* Lifetime trainer support
* Fully licensed and insured
* Custom training methods
* Comprehensive programs
* Family-friendly
* Competitive rates


Giving Back

Since our start in 2014, Valor has donated $41,395.00 in training and monetary donations to animal rescue groups, shelters, schools, military veterans and non-profit organizations in our local communities.

Our Services

Whether you prefer private dog training sessions for the individual attention, the convenience of training around your busy schedule, or because you want to tackle specific training issues in a private setting, we’re here to help you. Each private lesson is designed to meet your individual goals. We’ll spend the hour focusing on what you want to teach your dog and what problems you want solved. We’ll then give you a personalized homework plan that works for you and your dog. Lessons last one hour and can be held at your home, our home or a public location. We serve the greater Eagle, Boise, Nampa, Star and Meridian, ID, areas.

We offer three training packages:
4 lessons for $597
6 lessons for $797 697 SALE
8 lessons for $997 897 SALE

The travel fee for in-home lessons is $1.50 $1/mile round-trip from the trainer’s home to yours. Prices do not include training equipment. Don’t put off improving your relationship with your dog. Contact us today to make an appointment or to schedule a free private consultation with your trainer! Email Amy Pishner at

Valor K9 Academy’s Basic Obedience is the perfect beginner’s course for start-up success. It is designed for social dogs six months of age and older. Commands include: name recognition, sit/stay, down/stay, loose leash heel, come, place bed training, manners and leave it. If you want a well-behaved dog, this is the class for you! It’s a challenging and rewarding course that gets results. This class covers all the tools and know-how to succeed in basic training and beyond! We will share our secret formula, so you can tackle common behavior issues with confidence and think like a trainer.  Class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. Dogs must be friendly towards people and other dogs of all sizes. We allow 8 dogs per class and meet once a week for 6-8 weeks.

Cost: $100 deposit then $197 due first class. Price does not include training equipment.

Now enrolling:
March 7th – April 11th, 2020; Saturdays 12:00-1:15pm
Location: Avimor Community Center
Note: This class is for Avimor residents only
Spots available!

We’ll be offering this class again starting in April or May, and it will be open to everyone. Interested in attending? Email to get on our wait list!

From the weekend visit to the multi-week stay, we provide dogs with an exciting and enriching experience! During their stay, our Stay & Play guests get to play with dog friends, play fetch, go on long walks, take naps and work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list. Doggie guests stay at our team members’ homes. This program is open to the public, but priority is given to clients first. Friendly dogs who are crate trained and house broken are welcome. We keep our program small. On average, our staff members house 1-2 dogs at a time. We believe that a comfortable home setting, supervised by our professional staff, is the best setting for dogs versus a loud, stressful and chaotic kennel environment.

Our Stay & Play Program is:
$50 per night for the first dog
$40 per night for additional dogs

Walks, play time, fetch, socialization and special diet requests are included at no extra charge. To make a reservation, please email Head Trainer Amy Pishner:

Send your dog to a professional trainer! Valor K9 Academy’s boarding & training programs offer expert dog training for dogs of all ages and breeds. From puppy training to service dog training and advanced off leash obedience, our training programs get amazing results. Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in this program your dog lives with the trainers in their homes and receives several hours of training, exercise and care each day. 

Puppy Head Start

For puppies 8-24 weeks of age

Allow a professional trainer to jumpstart your puppy’s training! This program focuses on socialization and obedience training plus potty training, crate training, confidence building and manners. We give your puppy a solid foundation for the future. Your puppy will learn to love training and be ready for success as a friendly and obedient family companion for years to come.

Socialization includes new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals. Obedience training includes introduction to focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel, come, place, crate, wait and leave it. Confidence building covers FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners includes proper greetings, no jumping, biting or chasing the cat, and appropriate play with other dogs. Program includes private training for the owners.

Two weeks – $2297
Four weeks – $3297

Good Dog Board & Train

For dogs 6+ months of age

The Good Dog Board & Train is our most popular program for friendly dogs who need to learn basic commands, off leash recall and manners. In this program, your dog lives with the trainer, and training is completely customized to your individual dog. We start by investing a full week into teaching your dog basic commands using positive reinforcement, relationship-based training and confidence building exercises. During week two, we add a training collar so that your dog’s obedience is reliable both at home and in public around distractions. We also introduce the remote collar for a reliable off leash recall. The final week is our proofing stage where we generalize your dog’s behavior with multiple handlers and in various training locations so that training transfers seamlessly to you, your family, and your home environment. The four week program includes an additional week of remote collar training for 100% off leash obedience.

Obedience training includes: focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel with auto-sit, come, place, crate, wait, leave it and no. All obedience is trained to include duration, distance and distractions. Confidence building includes FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners includes polite greetings, no jumping, begging or chasing the cat, doorbell manners, proper play with other dogs and calm behavior in public. Program includes private training for the owners. Check out our YouTube channel before & after videos!

Three weeks – $3297
Four weeks – $4297

Custom Board & Train

For dogs of all ages

Custom board & trains are for dogs with specific training goals. This includes behavior rehabilitation training for separation anxiety, leash reactivity and fear problems. It also includes obedience and task training for service dogs and therapy dogs. Any dog, any problem ranging from obedience to mild behavior rehabilitation. This program covers it all! It is 100% customized to cover your training goals and includes private lesson training for you.

Weekly – $1,000-1,200

Note: Prices for board & trains do not include food or take-home training equipment. Contact Amy Pishner to enroll:

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Boise


Amy Pishner is the Founder, Owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy’s three locations and online program. Training dogs is a passion turned career for her. Growing up, Amy’s best friend was her Collie dog, Lady. In high school, college and the military, Amy volunteered her time helping to rescue, train and rehabilitate over 100 dogs in need. After graduating magna cum laude from Carthage College, Amy served four years in the United States Air Force working as an intelligence specialist. Following her military service, Amy pursued her lifelong passion for dogs and dog training by attending Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers, Vohne Liche Kennels (whose specialty is military & police dogs) and The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. She founded Valor K9 Academy in 2014 and since then has worked with thousands of dogs and their owners while honing Valor’s training philosophy and methods. Additionally, Amy has trained and certified eight dog trainers and has mentored more than 30 aspiring and professional dog trainers in her shadow and mentor programs. Amy now resides in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, with her best friend and husband of four years, Justin Pishner. Together they have three dogs: Zoey (8), Havok (5) and Yedi (5).


Justin Pishner is the Owner and Manager of Valor K9 Academy’s three locations. He oversees operations, develops trainer course and shadow program curriculum and works as lead project manager. Prior to joining Valor full-time in April 2019, Justin served 15 years active duty in the United States Air Force as a Master Survival Instructor both stateside and downrange. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom where he worked alongside Military Cadaver Dogs. Justin currently serves as a Traditional Guardsman in the Idaho National Guard. Justin enjoys riding his Harley, hunting and spending time with family. Originally from Boise, Justin and his wife, Amy, now reside in Horseshoe Bend, ID, with their three dogs: Zoey, Havok and Yedi.


Jenna Larson is a Trainer at Valor K9 Academy – Boise. We met Jenna in September 2018 when she attended our second Shadow Program. At just 19 years of age, she made her mark as a confident, passionate and potentially top notch young trainer. Jenna had worked for two other trainers prior to attending our program, but didn’t agree with their training methods. We posted a job opening in December 2018 and, after having seen our balanced and fair training in action, Jenna jumped at the opportunity. Four months later, in April 2019, she graduated our trainer course and was hired on as a full-time trainer. Her specialties are puppy training and on and off leash obedience. All of her clients rave about her! Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Jenna worked at Valor – Spokane for 8 months before transferring to Valor – Boise to help us grow this location! She now lives in Eagle, Idaho. Jenna has an associates degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out. She has a one-year-old Heeler mix rescue named Toby.

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Haley Schapka is currently enrolled in our Trainer Course. She is doing academics under Head Trainer Amy Pishner in February 2020 then moving to Spokane in March 2020 to complete 7-9 weeks of hands-on training and provide care for stay & play dogs. Upon graduation, Haley will move to Boise, Idaho, to work as a Canine Training Specialist for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. Haley has an Associates degree in Business Management, she volunteered for 18 months with a local rescue group in Oklahoma training their special needs dogs, she spent a year interning with an agility training specialist and she has worked with a handful of clients on her owner over the past few months. Last September Haley participated in our Shadow Program then returned in November to attend our Trainer Retreat. When we met Haley, we just knew we’d have her on our team someday! Her energy, drive and passion for training are contagious. She loves Valor K9 Academy, our training philosophy and the way we treat our team. Haley currently lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has a Labrador Retriever named Charlee.


“I recently had the privilege of attending Valor’s six day April Shadow program.. which far surpassed my expectations!! It was hands-down the greatest week of my life! Amy is incredibly knowledgeable and was always open to answering every single question I had. She does a great job of touching on academics along with getting hands-on opportunities to work with different dogs. I didn’t want the week to end! I highly recommend this program to anyone that’s interested in an inside look at dog training or even expanding their skills! The Valor team is also very professional! I loved watching every single one of them work their magic while also providing owners with the information and skills they needed to work with their dogs. Valor is TOP NOTCH!!”

-Traci Lynn Swearer

“Amy is an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable trainer. I just spent the weekend at her house for a training retreat and was amazed by her understanding of dog behavior and how she applies her skills. I watcher her work with 6 dogs, all with different behavioral issues or training goals. She was able to break down each dog’s issues in terms that made sense to all of us and come up with an effective behavioral plan for each. She is truly the pinnacle of good, fair, balanced dog training!”

-Kate Barcus

“Amy has been invaluable with the training of our GSD, Major. Amy and her staff have been amazing! Major had some issues and Amy never failed us. Her knowledge and expertise is superior to any trainer I have met. Amy’s determination and skill has meant the world to us. There is no doubt in my mind Major would not be the awesome dog he is now, without her guidance and training techniques. Amy’s love and passion for the proper training of all dogs is what I respect the most. I recommend Amy, and her staff at Valor K9 (including Justin) for all people looking for top-notch training from a top-notch trainer!”

-Kenda Bishop

“This morning I had a 60 minute mentor program phone session with Amy, and it was money and time well spent. She was very open, helpful and thorough in our conversation, I had over two pages of notes! I very much appreciated her honesty, and she helped me organize my thoughts and create a solid game plan for my goals. I highly recommend using her services if you’re in need of a sounding board for your personal aspirations in the dog world.”

-Samantha Lee

“I did the 6 day shadow program and was extremely impressed with the well-educated and friendly staff! Every dog there was well taken care of and worked with multiple times throughout the day! The program itself was very educational and Amy definitely worked hard to help me learn more than I thought I could in six days. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to learn more about dogs and will definitely be signing myself up for more seminars in the future!”

-Jenny Nordhausen

“Exceptional knowledge in all aspects of dog training. Amy and her staff are VERY professional, kind and straight-forward. They are really good at teaching the humans too (hardest part!!). We have done Puppy Class, Beginner Obedience and currently doing Intermediate Obedience with Valor K9. My relationship with my GSD is strong and healthy thanks to Valor K9! Do not waste your time or money elsewhere. Go to Amy at Valor K9!”

-Melissa Kossuth

“We have been using Valor K9 Spokane with Amy! Cam has attended puppy classes and aced her Basic Obedience Class! Amy is amazing, so knowledgeable and a great trainer! Cam will probably never excel at agility, but pretty sure she will make a great therapy dog! Valor K9 is awesome, whether you want a well-behaved dog or a working dog, Amy is your gal! 5 stars!”

-Holli Mills Bafus

“Highly recommend without hesitation. Amy is amazing and passionate about what she does with both the dogs and their humans. She is so skilled in many areas of training. Gracie and I will miss her in Spokane.”

-Lori Johnson

“We have had the pleasure of working with Amy and Valor K9 staff for over two years with both of our working line GSDs. Private lessons, group classes and most recently a Puppy Head Start Board and Train have all been wonderful experiences. Amy is a fountain of dog training knowledge and teaches us as owners as much if not more than our dogs. Professionalism, friendship, passion and amazing training are just a few of the things we can say about Valor K9.”

-Kim Arrendondo

“One of the best dog trainers around. Very knowledgeable and very professional. We drove 6 hours for the training and it was so worth it. Loved getting updates and [Amy spent] 4 hours with us at pickup to make sure we knew how to continue the training at home.“

-Brian Macall

“I have taken three of my dogs through several of the training class at Valor K9 Academy. They have been amazing for my dogs and for me. I love that they have drop-in classes that can help us keep up on different training issues. The owners and trainers, Justin and Amy, are amazing trainers and community members. All of the staff at Valor have been great. They also have helped and donated their time and training to several rescue groups in the area. I would highly recommend them for training. I would give them an excellent ++ rating.”

-Vicky Green

“If you are looking for a dog trainer then look no further. Amy can do just about anything with any type of dog. She is such a good teacher and you even find yourself getting excited about going to lessons. She trained my wild Husky basic obedience and it has stuck for three years. I couldn’t recommend anyone better. Boise, you are very lucky!”

-Kyndall Lambert

“Amy has an outstanding board and train program., She took our big dog from puppy to young adult now allowing him to be part of all aspects of both work and home routines. She went above and beyond making sure her training was the right fit for us and our lifestyle but most importantly our dog. Valor K9 is top notch!”

-Shelley Rosenberger

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