Boise Dog Training


Opened in June 2019, Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training specializes in puppy training, obedience training, therapy dogs, service dogs and fearful/aggressive dogs. We offer PTSD Service Dog Training, Mobility Service Dog Training and Medical Alert Service Dog Training. We offer private in-home dog training lessons, immersion board and trains programs, small group classes and dog boarding services. All dogs are welcome! Serving clients in Boise, Idaho, and the Treasure Valley.

Want to train with us? Contact Us below to sign up for a Private Consultation with one of our Certified Professional Dog Trainers.

Our Company

Valor K9 Academy®-Boise is proud to be the March 2022 Idaho Small Business of the Month! We are a veteran-owned and operated small business with a team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers and Stay and Play Hosts. We offer Private Lesson Dog Training, Board and Train programs, Small Group Classes and In-Home Boarding.

We are rewards-based Balanced Dog Trainers. We start by using positive reinforcement (praise and food) to lay a strong foundation, then we proof training to distractions utilizing a training collar, as needed. Our goal is happy dogs who are reliably obedient anywhere and everywhere! To read more about our methods, check out our About page!

We strive to exceed our clients’ expectations. Check out our YouTube channel to see over 100 videos of dogs in training with us!

Are you ready to have a well-behaved dog? Contact us today. Let’s Train!

Our Specialties

*Puppy Training
*Dog Obedience Training
*Service Dog Training
*High Drive Working Dogs
*Behavioral Modification
*Personal Protection Dogs

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Our Boise Dog Training Services

The first step in our dog training process is a Private Consultation. Consultations allow us to meet you, evaluate your dog’s behavior, assess his/her current level of training, and recommend the best-fit training program for your dog. For out-of-state and non-local clients, we will send you our questionnaire and ask to see videos of your dog’s behavior then follow-up with a phone call in lieu of an in-person consultation.

Note: Puppies who will be four months or younger at the start of training and who do not have any behavioral issues are not required to do a consultation prior to enrolling in training. Payment and a signed contract are required in advance and we have a 2-4 week wait list for consultations.

Standard Consultation- $100 (30-40 minutes)
Service Dog Consultation- $150 (40-60 minutes)
Travel fee- variable

Private lesson training is customized dog training in a location of your choosing.  We will meet you in your home, workplace, public area or other locations.  Private lessons are ideal for general obedience, puppy training, socialization, service dog and therapy dog training, mild rehabilitation and more.

The benefit with private lessons is working one-on-one with your dog trainer.  Together you’ll identify the goals you would like to achieve with your dog, then your trainer will develop a specialized plan to meet those goals. The level of skill, commands or goals you want to achieve will determine how many lessons you’ll need.

At the end of each lesson, our clients receive thorough, written take home tasks.  They have access to their trainer to get immediate feedback between lessons and access to how-to videos and additional resources such as nutrition and exercise information. Clients achieve great results from this program and enjoy the flexibility it allows them.

Our training packages are as follow:

Bronze Package (six 1-hr lessons) $900*
Silver Package (eight 1-hr lessons) $1050*
Gold Package (10 1-hr lessons) $1200*
Travel fee $1/mile round-trip

Prices do not include equipment. Our private lesson trainers are located in NE Boise (Wilderness Ranch), Meridian and East Nampa and serve the greater Boise area including Harris Ranch, Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Eagle. When contacting us, please let us know which part of town you’re in so we can accommodate you.

*Note: if your dog is considered a behavioral case, there is a 10% surcharge for lessons to compensate for added difficulty of working with a behavioral dog.

Are you a busy dog owner? Do you want superior training for your pet? In our immersion board and train program, we train your dog for you! Your dog lives with the trainer and gets one-on-one training throughout the day. This is the best way to get results quickly and efficiently. It’s suitable for dogs of all ages. Private lessons are included to ensure training transfers seamlessly back to your home. Space is limited, and spots fill up quickly for these popular Boise dog training programs. Scroll down to see which program is right for your dog!
Next openings: January 2023

Puppy Head Start Board and Train

For puppies 8-24 weeks of age

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

Your puppy will be introduced to all of the basic commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come, Place, Crate, Wait and Leave It. We also teach Crate Training, Potty Training, Fitpaws and Treadmill just for fun. While your puppy is with us, we’ll address problem behaviors like excessive barking, jumping, nipping and mouthing.

We also provide countless positive socialization and exposure opportunities around new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals to help your puppy be a confident, well-socialized dog. Price includes private lessons for the owner/s and does not include equipment (typically about $50).

Two weeks – $2500
Three weeks – $3300
Four weeks – $4100

Good Dog Board and 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! Price includes private lessons for the owner/s and does not include equipment (typically $200-400).

Three weeks – $3650
Additional week for complete off leash e-collar obedience – $1100

Custom Board and 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 (typically $0-400).

Puppies and Obedience- $1200-1300 per week
Specialty and Service Dog Training- $1300-1400 per week
Behavior Rehabilitation- $1400-1500 per week

BOOKING INFORMATION: Dogs must be current on vaccinations including Rabies and Bordetella. Prices do not include food, crate or training equipment. A non-refundable $800 deposit is 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, don’t wait! Email or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Click here for Board and Train FAQ

We are now offering select Small Group Classes to current clients!

Canine Fitness Class

Canine Fitness Class is a beginning canine fitness exercises and techniques class. It provides effective mental and physical at-home canine workout exercises that are great for indoor training and workouts. This class will enhance your relationship with your dog through trust building and by challenging your dog mentally and physically. The course is a prerequisite to future and more advanced canine fitness classes. This class is being taught by Trainer Samantha Lee, who is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT).

Class curriculum includes introduction to canine fitness, full body exercise flow, full body movement and dog yoga- making stretching fun!

Class: Saturdays (October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5 and 12) from 11:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $350 (includes 6 pieces of brand new equipment)

Location: Les Bois Junior High School in Boise

for VK9 graduates only


Obedience Refresher Class

Obedience Refresher Class provides your dog with a training tune-up. In this class, you’ll proof your dog’s on-leash obedience and manners through distractions, distance and duration while also adding fun and new obedience skills. It is a great way to refresh your dog’s obedience while providing distractions that only a group environment can do. This class will be taught by Trainer Samantha Lee.

Class: Saturdays (October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5 and 12) from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Cost: $200

Location: Les Bois Junior High School in Boise

for VK9 graduates only


Are you looking for a safe place to board your dog while you’re away? In our Stay and Play program, dogs stay in our team members’ homes for round-the-clock care and love. We take good care of your dog and we maintain your dog’s training so you come home to a happy, well-behaved dog.

Unlike loud, chaotic kennel facilities where dogs are left in dirty runs or unsupervised overnight, we take great pride in the way we treat all the dogs in our care. They get to exercise, play with dog friends and the best-behaved dogs assist as demonstration dogs during our private lessons and training activities.

Due to high demand and limited availability, our Stay and Play program is for past and current client dogs only. It is not open to the public for dogs who have not trained with us. Dogs must be crate trained, friendly and current on vaccinations including Rabies and Bordetella to board with us. Add-on training is available if you’d like your dog to receive a training tune-up during his or her stay with us.

Regular rates
Nightly- $55
Nightly for additional dogs- $40

Holiday rates
Nightly- $65
Nightly for additional dogs- $50

Giant dog rate
Nightly for dogs 150+ pounds- $65

Add-on options
Training- $47.50/30 min
Bath- $30
Nail trim- $20 (only for dogs comfortable with nail trims)
Stuffed Kong- $4.50

Please email to request a reservation.

Minimum Stay: 2 nights. If you only need one night of boarding, you will be charged for two to offset the team member’s time spent booking and arranging drop-off and pick-up for your dog’s stay.

Holiday Rate: As of 9-5-22, VK9 is implementing a holiday boarding rate. It is an additional $10/night for boarding the night before and the night of the following US holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Giant Dog Rate: As of 9-5-22, we are charging an additional $10/night for dogs 150 pounds and more.

Deposit Policy: We require a 50% deposit of boarding total to book a Stay and Play reservation.

Cancellation Policy: The deposit is 100% refundable if client cancels 14+ days before start of reservation. The deposit is 50% refundable if cancelled 8-13 days before start of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable if cancelled 7 days or less before the start of the reservation.

If you are specifically interested in service dog training, you’ve come to the right place. We offer Service Dog Training in the following categories: PTSD/TBI Dogs, Mobility Support Dogs and some types of Medical Alert and Response Dogs. Our standard for training service dogs is very high. We will help you have the best-trained dog possible so your dog can be an asset and not a liability in public when you need his or her help the most!

The first step

If you have a dog already, we recommend starting by scheduling a consultation. The consultation is a 30 minute meet and greet designed to evaluate your dog’s temperament, confidence, social skills and potential for service work. The cost is $100 and it is required for any owner and dog looking to do service dog training with us.

The consultation

At the consultation, the trainer will tell you if your dog is a candidate for service work. And if she/he is, the trainer will let you know what we recommend doing first. We offer a variety of owner-trained programs to accommodate your budget and timeline. This can be private lesson training, board and train program/s and or stay and play with added training. Usually, the best way to accomplish service dog training is a combination of all three with very specific objectives for each training package.

If you have a puppy already

With puppies, we always start with puppy imprinting. This includes typical puppy training to include socialization and exposure, introduction to basic commands, crate and potty training. From there, we build on the puppy’s obedience to begin working towards public access training and introduction to tasking. After the dog begins to mature, we focus exclusively on tasking to ensure the dog knows the tasks needed to provide support to the handler. This process, with the right dog, can take anywhere from six months to a year depending on the training program and or any required health testing (for mobility support, for example).

If you don’t have a dog yet

If you do not yet have a dog, contact us before you get one! We can help you select the right dog for the job. We offer litter evaluation services to help you pick out the best puppy in a litter. We can help you find a good breeder. And we can help you narrow down the best breeds for the job you have in mind. The best success rates for service dogs involve a skilled professional trainer right away. Let us help you stack the deck in your favor with the RIGHT DOG FIRST. This is imperative to the success of the dog’s training.

The training program options

Once we have the right dog, ideally a well-bred puppy from a breed suitable for the job at hand, we like to begin training right away. Many of our clients start with a four-week Puppy Head Start Board and Train when the puppy is eight weeks old. Then, we do Private Lessons to continue the puppy’s training as he develops. Around six months old, we do the Good Dog Board and Train for three weeks. Then more lessons to start tasking and or a Custom Board and Train focused exclusively on task training. Service dogs must know specific tasks to aid their handler, such as alerting to high heart rate or an on-setting panic attack, waking up from nightmares, turning on a light switch, retrieving an item, or providing physical assistance such as bracing. The tasks are endless and can be very specific to the person the dog is assisting.

Our team

We have had great success with our service dog assistance training program. Let us help you train the service dog you need! Both Head Trainer Amy Pishner and Trainer Taya have/have had service dogs. We know what it takes to have a fully-functioning, successful working dog. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s worth it. There’s nothing better than having a reliable and loving K9 lifeline at your side!


If you’re starting with a puppy, it’s going to take about 2 years to raise and train a dog for service work. The estimated cost is $5-20k. That price points depends on a number of variables, such as the age of the dog when starting training, the time it takes to reach maturity, the handler’s involvement and dedication, the difficulty and number of service dog tasks the dog must learn, the programs selected to accomplish the training and more.

To learn more, please send an email to Amy at

If you’re looking to add a puppy to your pack and want professional help, you’ve come to the right place. With our Puppy Selection Service, we can help you 1) Select a breed, 2) Choose a reputable breeder, and 3) Pick your puppy. Whether you’re looking for a Family Companion, Service or Therapy Dog, or just a pet, we’re here to help.

Step 1: Selecting a breed

When it comes to selecting a breed, you’ll want the right breed for your home environment and lifestyle. We know all the right questions to help you narrow it down from hundreds of breeds…to one.

Step 2: Choosing a breeder

Choosing a reputable breeder can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, especially if your chosen breed is super popular or super rare! But we know just what to look for: which breeders are doing it right, and which breeders to avoid. If you want a purebred puppy, going with a reputable breeder stacks the deck in your favor. Spending a little extra money to purchase a well-bred dog could save you thousands in training and medical bills in the future. In Step 2, we help you narrow down the list of options to one or two breeders.

Note: You can expect to pay $1500-5000 for a well-bred pup.

Step 3: Picking a puppy

Picking a puppy is simple, but it isn’t easy. Especially when they all look and act the same for the most part! Our job is to use our expertise to look for tiny nuances in behavior and, based on our list of criteria, match you with the perfect puppy out of the litter to meet your every want and need.

Note: This step is done virtually unless the breeder is local and can only be done *with* the breeder’s help. There is an additional travel fee for in-person litter evaluations.

No dog is perfect, but the perfect dog for you is out there, and we’ll help you find him/her!


Step 1- $100 (30 minutes)
Step 2- $300 (120 minutes)
Step 3- $200 (60 minutes)

All 3 steps- $500 (save $100)

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Meet The Dog Trainers

samantha lee dog trainer

Samantha joined Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training in November 2020. She brought with her a decade of experience in dog training.

Originally from Lake Almanor, California, Samantha’s passion for training began when she volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind. From there, she pursued her passion and spent three years as Operations Manager and Assistant Trainer for Canine Connection (CA), two years as General Manager for Citizen Canine (CA), four years as Dog Behaviorist & Trainer for Koru K9 (CA) and one year as Dog Behaviorist, Trainer & Owner of K9 Ambassadors Dog Training (TX).

Samantha has a long list of credentials. She attended National K-9’s Master Course in 2014 and is also certified as a Master Canine Fitness Trainer from the University of Tennessee. She has attended various workshops and seminars over the years under various trainers to include: AM-K9 Detection Seminar/Paul Orcutt, Decoy Training/Tarheel Canine, Training, Motivation and Intensity/Julie Ryckenbusch, Paws with a Cause, Operant Canine/Pat Stuart and STSK9’s Puppy & E-Collar University seminars. Upon joining Valor K9 Academy as a Trainer, Samantha studied under Head Trainer Amy Pishner to learn The VK9 Method of training.

Samantha is Pet CPR/First Aid certified and renews this certification yearly. She is also an International Association of Canine Professionals Member and AKC Evaluator.

She has four personal dogs who assist her in various training capacities: two Belgian Malinois, a Labrador Retriever and a Cattle Dog. Samantha enjoys hiking and traveling with her dogs, and lives in Northeast Boise.

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Taya Hekking is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. She joined our team in September 2021 and specializes in puppies, obedience and service dog training.

Taya attended The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in 2018 where she was certified in Intensive K9 Obedience. She then went to work for a dog training company in Salt Lake City where her focus was e-collar training and service dog training. In the fall of 2020, Taya attended the Valor K9 Academy Trainers Retreat in Boise followed by a Valor K9 Academy Shadow Program in 2021. We knew she would be an excellent addition to our team and hired her a few months later! Taya was personally trained by VK9 Owner and Head Trainer, Amy Pishner and has proven to be a hard worker and a talented dog trainer.

Taya earned her Associates Degree in Communicative Sciences with an Emphasis in Deaf Education from Utah State University. She is fluent in American Sign Language and is an excellent communicator. Taya’s passionate about working with both ends of the leash – humans and dogs!

Taya and her husband, Brittin, enjoy camping and being outside in nature. Taya and Brittin have two Golden Retrievers, a Husky mix and a Belgian Malinois. Taya loves all things Disney and dogs! Originally from Salt Lake City, Taya now resides in her beautiful, brand new home in NE Nampa, Idaho.


Lindsay Pelazini is a Stay and Play Host for Valor K9 Academy. She joined our team in June 2022 and in January 2023 she will complete our Trainer Course to become a Puppy Trainer for Valor K9 Academy.

Lindsay started training with Valor K9 Academy in July 2021. She is very familiar with our training methods and our standard of excellence. She is very well-versed in taking care of dogs and, over the years, she has attended various workshops to learn more about dog behavior and training. In October 2022, she passed the CCPDT to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is a volunteer at the Idaho Humane Society and previously worked as a Manager for a Pet Resort. Lindsay’s Trainer Course will be taught by VK9 Owner and Head Trainer, Amy Pishner.

Lindsay and husband, Rico, have three daughters and three dogs: a Corgi named Brioche Crumb Buns, a pittie named Potato Bug and a senior Doxen named Schnitzel Weins.

The Pelazinis live in a beautiful home in Meridian, Idaho, just minutes from Settlers Park. Their home has a dog room for overnight guests and a large, fully-fenced yard.

abby and wiley

Abby and Wiley Rowland are Stay and Play Hosts for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. They offer boarding out of their home to our clients so dogs can have a stay-cation of their own while their owners are away.

Originally from Alabama, Abby and Wiley joined us in the fall of 2020 as clients when they moved to Idaho from South Carolina. Abby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from the University of Kentucky and went to the University of South Alabama for medical school. She currently works as a Family Physician for Saint Alphonsus in Nampa. Wiley works from home doing IT Consulting, so someone is always home with the dogs.

Abby and Wiley live in Meridian in a beautiful home with a dog room and a large fenced yard. They have two dogs, Molly and Jester, and three cats. They spend their free time binging shows on Netflix, training the dogs, hiking and kayaking.


We did the two week puppy board and train with Taya. 100% great experience. Figgie came home fully crate and potty trained. Taya taught her all the basics and gave us a solid base to work with once we got Figgie home. Not only was it amazing training for our puppy, but for us as well. Taya highlighted the positive and negative things I was doing while working with the Figster and now we are both on the same page and growing daily. Thank you!

-Trinity Sackos (Boise, ID)

I signed up my Heeler for service training with Taya and it is going amazing! My dog absolutely loves her and they work together really well. Everyone I know is extremely impressed with my dogs behavior. The way Taya explains everything is clear and easy to understand for both me and my dog. Her methods are effective, she is very personable, and I will definitely be working with her again when I get my next puppy in the winter. 10/10 absolutely recommend her to anyone who asks me about training.

-Taylor (Boise)

We have been working with Samantha for over a month now and are just continually impressed with her level of professionalism, her expertise in dog training, and her passion for her work. We have already seen a significant improvement in our dogs, and I’m continually impressed with her well-rounded knowledge of dog behavior and how to work through every single challenge I’ve asked her about. In addition, Samantha is honest, fun and just a pleasure to work with. I’ve already recommended Valor K-9 to others and will continue to do so – they are simply the best.

-Melissa D. (Boise, ID)

We’re so happy we found Valor K9 for our rescue Old English Sheepdog who had aggression issues and was a overall nervous dog. We hated to be without him for 4 weeks of board and train with Samantha but boy, did it make a difference. She kept us updated every step of the way and trained us as well on our bad habits. The difference in Cooper is night and day. Couldn’t be more happier in the result. Thanks Samantha and Valor K9!

-Curt Smith (Boise, ID)

Thank you Taya for taking care of our little Annie (Banana) for her 3 week board and train. It is so nice to take her for walks and have her come to us when we call. She loves to be on place and she loves to do her treadmill. Looking forward to trying some agility with her. I appreciate that I can still reach out to you and you answer my questions.

-Donna Harmon (Boise)

We had an excellent experience working with Samantha and cannot recommend her highly enough! We have a reactive dog that needed some intensive instruction, and we trusted Samantha enough to drive all the way from California to Boise. So glad we did! Samantha worked with our pup to build confidence and obedience, to the point where we now feel comfortable in public settings. Great job, Samantha and Valor K9 Academy!

-Tim Miller (California)

Valor K9 has given our family the tools that we needed to welcome our TWO 9 month old large breed puppies (brother and sister) back into our home and manage our day to day activities with them by our side. The training process of Valor K9’s Board and Train program is one that we recommend for providing a solid foundation for them to succeed. We did a 3 week program. Samantha was extremely professional, and also loving and caring. We look forward to going on Pack walks in the future, and our dogs hopefully using their Board and Play/Train if needed. Thank you Valor K9.!

-The McIntyres (Eagle, ID)

Excellent training and care for our puppy. Samantha was very professional, skilled and attentive. She worked well with our puppy and with us. We will continue to utilize Valor K9 (and especially Samantha) as we work toward helping our puppy be the best she can be!

-John Mumford. (Meridian, ID)

“We sent our sweet 6 month old Bernese Mountain to Valor K9 Academy for a month long Boise dog training board and train. It was incredible. They constantly stayed in contact to keep us updated on his progress. All of his rude behaviors were gone after a few weeks…no more leash pulling, jumping on kids, darting out the door…we are so incredibly happy with our decision. Amy and Samantha were amazing to work with and we cannot wait to use their services again in the future.”

-Meghan P. (Boise, ID)

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    226 Winding Ridge Drive
    Horseshoe Bend, Idaho 83629