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 six years, we’ve trained thousands of dogs and their owners. Come join the fun. Ready, set…train!

About

Welcome! Opened in June 2019, Valor Boise specializes in puppy training, on and off leash obedience, service dogs and behavior rehabilitation for difficult dogs. We offer private lessons, group classes, boarding and board & train programs. All dogs are welcome! Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’d love to meet with you, evaluate your dog, and recommend a training program to best-fit your training goals!

Benefits

* Veteran-owned
* 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 over $45,000.00 in training and monetary donations to animal rescue groups, shelters, schools, military veterans and non-profit organizations in our local communities.

Our Services

COVID-19 UPDATE: As the economy begins to reopen, private lessons will resume the week of May 11th. We will be using distance, the outdoors and safety precautions.

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 $600
6 lessons for $750
8 lessons for $900

The travel fee for in-home lessons is $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 Jenna Larson at jenna@valork9academy.com.

COVID-19 UPDATE: As the economy begins to reopen, classes will be starting the week of May 4th. We will be using distance, the outdoors and safety precautions. Instead of holding classes indoors, we will do outdoor classes at Avimor. We will keep a six foot distance between students, and the instructor will wear a mask and gloves for added precaution. Clients are welcome to wear a mask and gloves as well. In the event of bad weather, class will be cancelled and held the following week instead.

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 $200 due first class. Price does not include training equipment.

Classes will resume the week of May 4th. All classes are FULL.

Interested in attending a future class? Email jenna@valork9academy.com 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. Skip the loud, chaotic and stressful kennel atmosphere you find at boarding facilities. A comfortable home setting with a professional trainer is the best option for your dog!

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

Optional add-ons:
$45 for 30 minutes of training
$30 for a bath
$15 for a nail trim

No charge for walks, playtime, fetch, socialization, special diets and owner updates! To make a reservation, please email Trainer Jenna Larson: jenna@valork9academy.com.

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. Our training programs get amazing results! Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in this program your dog lives with the trainer in her home and receives several hours of training, exercise and care each day. Each program includes private lesson training to ensure your dog is obedient for you too! We work hard to make sure your dog is well-trained to exceed your goals. Check out all of our impressive before & after videos on YouTube!

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, preheeling, come and place foundation training, good crate behavior, wait and leave it. Extracurricular/confidence building activities include FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners training covers proper greetings, no jumping or play biting, and appropriate play with other dogs. Program includes private training for the owners.

Two weeks – $2300
Four weeks – $3300

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 in her home. Training is completely customized to your dog’s individual training needs, breed(s), background and personality. 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. Extracurricular activities include 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. 

Three weeks – $3300
Four weeks – $4300

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 training goal – 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. We ask for a $500 deposit to book a spot, then the balance is due the first day of training. Contact Trainer Jenna Larson to enroll: jenna@valork9academy.com. Space is limited!

Click here for Board & Train FAQ

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Boise

OWNER, HEAD TRAINER

Amy Pishner is the Owner and Head Trainer of Valor K9 Academy. She founded the company in 2014 and now manages the three locations and online program. Amy is triple certified through The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, Starmark Academy and Vohne Liche Kennels. She has trained thousands of dogs, has directly trained all of the trainers on staff and offers mentoring for dog trainers around the world. Prior to training dogs, Amy served in the United States Air Force as an Intelligence Specialist. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in International Political Economy and Spanish from Carthage College in Wisconsin. Her hobbies include running, hiking and training her three dogs: Havok (5, GSD), Zoey (9, Aussie) and Yedi (5, Aussie). She and husband, Justin, now reside in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, and are expecting their first child in June of 2020!

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OWNER, MANAGER

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.

TRAINER

Jenna Larson is the primary trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. Her specialties include puppy training, on and off leash obedience, service dogs and behavior rehabilitation for difficult dogs. Jenna previously worked at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane and has been a full-time trainer with Valor since April 2019. We first met Jenna when she attended our Shadow Program in September 2018. When we posted a job opening, she jumped at the opportunity and attended our Trainer Course from January to April 2019. Jenna has always impressed us with her confidence, passion and integrity! She has an associates degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out. Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Jenna now lives in Star, Idaho, with her cat and two-year-old Heeler x Border Collie mix, Toby.

Testimonials

“Best experience here! Jenna was amazing, focused, kind, and she trained my husband and I as much as she trained our giant, floppy, energetic, stubborn Coonhound x Poodle rescue! We’ll go back, for sure!! Thile has been a joy to add to our home, thanks to Jenna at Valor!.”

-Marissa Warwick

“This company and their results are the REAL DEAL!! I have an entirely different dog. She can walk on a leash with me now, she isn’t barking at cars or lunging at people. She responds to every command. But more importantly, I have become a better dog parent with their coaching and training. When I need help, Jenna responds to my texts quickly and gives me tips and tricks for a better result. I can’t thank them enough Remi, and I are so happy, and I greatly appreciate K9 Valor Academy!!”

-Michelle Oliver

“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

“We did the board and train program with our Golden Retriever. He is now a joy to take on walks and is so much better-behaved! Thanks to the great work of our trainer, Jenna, our dog is much happier and so are we!! Would definitely recommend Valor K9.”

-Sheryl Kirchmeier

“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

“I am so grateful for Amy & Jenna! Full disclosure: I’m certain we wouldn’t have been able to keep our dog, Oakley, without their help. We’ve faced food aggression, dog reactivity, and extreme out-of-control high energy. VK9 has given us the tools to communicate with Oakley and now we have such a wonderful relationship – Oakley is thriving!! I hate to think about what would’ve happened to my sweet Oakes without them to help us get to this point. Can’t wait to train our next puppy with VK9, too!!”

-Maria Fell

“We’ve had Tilda back for a week now. So many positive changes. She’s responsive, obedient, and is in control of herself around strangers, and other dogs. I took her to Home Depot yesterday and she behaved perfectly. From psycho to chill in four short weeks! Thanks, Jenna!”

-Paul Flentge

“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

“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

“We started taking our puppy here for Kindergarten at 15 weeks old. She is 6 months now and soon starting the Basic Obedience course. After 4 private lessons with Jenna, our Lucy is so well-mannered. Today we hosted Easter brunch and are so impressed with how well Lucy did! No jumping or begging, and she was friendly with all of our guests. Nothing but good things to say about Valor and Trainer Jenna!”

-Taylor Loehlein

“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

“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 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

Jenna is fantastic…Ritter was like a brand new dog when she brought him back to us after four weeks…I know it can be expensive – but look at this as an investment into your dog’s future. I can only speak for myself, but I know that it was worth every penny. Thank you, Jenna!

-Chris Martin

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