Boise Dog Training
Opened in June 2019, Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training specializes in puppy training, obedience training, therapy dogs, service dogs and 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, virtual group classes and stay and play dog boarding services.
All dogs are welcome! Located in Boise, Idaho, and serving clients in Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Boise, McCall, Sun Valley and nationwide. Want to train with us? Start by signing up for a Private Consultation with one of our Certified Professional Dog Trainers.
May 5th 2022 update: WE’RE HIRING! If you’re interested in becoming a dog trainer, please send your resume and cover letter only to firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer great pay and flexible scheduling, and we will train you!
Valor K9 Academy® is a veteran-owned and operated small business. We opened our first location in April 2014 and now have three locations nationwide and an online training program. Since we opened eight years ago, we’ve trained over 6000 dogs. Our team of professional dog trainers use a balanced and fully customized approach to training. We focus on training dogs and teaching their owners. Check out our 100+ videos on YouTube for proof of how we train!
We train all dogs, big and small. Let us help bring out the best in your dog today!
*Dog Obedience Training
*Service Dog Training
*High Drive Working Dogs
*Personal Protection Dogs
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.
Regular consultation- $100 (30-40 minutes)
Service Dog consultation- $150 (40-60 minutes)
Travel fee- $1/mile
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) 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: Due to high demand, we currently have a 6-8 week wait list for lessons.
*Note: if your dog is considered a behavioral case, there will be a 10% surcharge for lessons to compensate for added difficulty of working with a behavioral dog.
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
Next openings: May 26th, May 31st and June 1st!
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
- 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
Next openings: May 26th, May 30th and June 1st!
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
Our next opening for a Custom Board and Train is June 28th.
BOOKING INFORMATION: Dogs must be current on vaccinations including Rabies and Bordetella. Prices do not include food, crate or training equipment. A non-refundable $500 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 email@example.com or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
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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.
Nightly rate- $55
Nightly rate for additional dogs- $40
Add-on Training- $47.50/30 min
Nail trim- $20 *dogs must be comfortable with nail trims
Availability is limited. Most of our trainers book 4-8 weeks in advance. If you are interested in becoming a Stay and Play Host with us, let us know! Must work from home or be home most of the day, have a fenced yard, have friendly dogs and be a current or former VK9 client.
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.
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.
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, Lead Trainer Jenna Larson 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!
The estimated cost to raise and train a dog for service work is $5000-15000. That price points depends on the age of the dog when starting training, the time it takes to reach maturity, the handler’s involvement and dedication and the difficult and number of service dog tasks the dog must learn. Note: If your dog already has a great start, your cost might be less. And the more involved you are in the training, the cheaper it will be overall (e.g., if you opt to do private lessons instead of board & train).
Note: at this time we do not offer fully-trained service dogs for sale.
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 (90-120 minutes)
Step 3- $200 (60-90 minutes)
All 3 steps- $500 (save $100)
Our Boise Dog Training in Action
Meet The Dog Trainers
Jenna Larson is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. She joined our Team in January 2019 and specializes in puppy training, basic obedience, service dog training and behavior rehabilitation. She also offers group classes via Valor K9 Academy – Online.
Jenna worked for two other training companies and Petsmart prior to joining our team. She studied under Valor K9 Academy’s Head Trainer in our 450-hour three month Trainer Course where she earned the certification for “Canine Training Specialist,” then continued her education in February and March of 2020 for Behavior Rehabilitation Training. Jenna has attended the Valor K9 Academy Shadow Program, the Second Annual Trainer Retreat and the 2021 VK9 Team Retreat.
Jenna has an associate degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out. Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Jenna and her fiance, Dallin, live in Nampa, Idaho. Jenna has a dog-sized cat named Ollie and a Heeler mix named Toby. Toby is her full-time helper dog and service dog.
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 five personal dogs who assist her in various training capacities. Samantha enjoys hiking and traveling with her dogs, and lives in Northeast Boise.
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.
Prior to joining our team, Taya worked for a company in Salt Lake City, Utah, for two years where her focus was e-collar training and service dogs. She attended The Michael Ellis Academy for Dog Trainers in 2018 where she was certified in Intensive K9 Obedience, then she attended the 2020 VK9 Trainers Retreat and the 2021 VK9 Shadow Program. Taya was personally trained by VK9 Owner/Head Trainer Amy Pishner in the fall of 2021 in The VK9 Method of training to ensure a smooth transition to joining our team.
Taya earned her Associates Degree in Communicative Sciences with an Emphasis in Deaf Education from Utah State University. She is fluent in 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 has two Golden Retriever service dogs, and her husband has a Husky mix sport dog. Taya loves all things Disney and dogs! Originally from the Salt Lake City area, Taya currently resides in NE Nampa, Idaho.
STAY AND PLAY HOSTS
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)
“We’ve been training with Jenna for 9 months now and I can’t even explain how invaluable her training has been. We were at the end of our rope with our Golden and she helped rescue our relationship. I like that she listened to my concerns with using certain training techniques and never talked down because I was maybe hesitant and wanted to make sure the prong collar etc wasn’t a harsh tool. She always heard my concerns and explained everything in a way that was informative and putting my worries at ease all while never belittling my concerns. We’re continuing training and I recommend her to absolutely EVERYONE who will listen. My mom is actually starting training with Jenna as well.”
“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.”
“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)
“We reached out looking at the board and train program. Jenna worked with us every step of the way. We couldn’t have had a better experience. The work love and dedication given to our boy Azul was over the top. We highly recommend Valor k9. You can not go wrong. Jenna was absolutely fabulous!”
-Richard Miller (Montana)
“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 Valors K9s 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)
“I took my dog (Scout) to Jenna for 2 week board and train [in Boise] and she did an amazing job! Scout is going to be my service dog and Jenna made sure to get him off to the right start. She gave us straightforward exercises that we do everyday and I’ve really enjoyed building his ability up. Scout is going back for another stay in a few months and I can’t wait for Jenna to continue working her magic! I have endless gratitude for the Valor K9 team.”
-Celeste Y. (California)
“We found Jenna after interviewing with a handful of trainers. She was kind, helpful, and even gave us guidance during the first initial consultation. Due to us having not one, but two dogs, I am constantly filled with questions and concerns. It is extremely helpful that I can call and text her with any concerns, or even when we have hit a happy milestone. Things that seemed impossible, like a pack walk with other dogs, are now possible. We have taken them to dinner with us, long walks, and hikes! Both myself and my dogs are all learning and we have come such a long way all thanks to the guidance from Jenna. We will continue to work with Valor for as long as the boys need and for any future dogs..”
-Melina R. (Boise, ID)
“Our puppy Ted recently completed 4 weeks of Puppy Head Start at Valor K9 – Boise and Jenna was AMAZING! Ted has an excellent foundation and we couldn’t be happier. Jenna was always available to answer questions and she gave us updates throughout his training. Ted has been home for a week and we’ve already had numerous friends and neighbors comment how well trained he is. Thank You Jenna and Valor K9! We highly recommend them!!”
-Jeff R. (Boise, 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)
“I first found Valor K-9 a few weeks after I had brought home a mixed breed rescue puppy who was demonstrating some really bad behaviors (attacking my daughter, ripping clothes, chasing cats, etc). I first had a 3 day board and train with Jenna, which made a huge difference, followed by a 2 week puppy head start when she was about 4 months old. She never had another potty accident, stopped attacking my daughter, and Jenna gave ME the training and advice I needed to be a better puppy owner. When Lula was 8 months old, we did a 2 week custom board and train with Samantha to proof some of her training, including off leash obedience and working on inside and outside manners. I got frequent updates and Lula came back the same goofy dog she was, but with more control and obedience and responsiveness. I’m so happy. It honestly has been worth every penny, and both of the trainers I worked with were so knowledgeable and kind. Great experiences every time.”
-Tricia. (Boise, ID)
“Maisie, our 1yo golden retriever just completed a 4-week BnT with Trainer Jenna in Boise. I found Valor after doing extensive research into service dog training. So many other trainers had philosophies I did not agree with – purely positive or simply slapping on an e-collar and stimming the dog into the desired behavior. Valor’s relationship-based, balanced training was exactly what I was looking for. Although we are located in CT, I knew four weeks with Valor was simply the best option to set my dog up for success with service work. Before the BnT, Maisie struggled with curbing her energy, settling in public, and duration work. It was clear even from the first few days of her stay that Jenna was doing tremendous work with Maisie. After four weeks, Maisie has become a more mentally mature dog, who tasks reliably and has phenomenal public access skills. She is able to settle for hours on end, and has become a neutral, handler focused dog. We cannot thank Jenna and Amy enough for their work with Maisie. Her abilities as a service dog have drastically increased my quality of life and I highly recommend Valor and Jenna to anyone who is looking for superior service dog training.”
-Mackenzie N. (New York)
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