Boise Dog Training
Opened in June 2019, Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training specializes in puppy training, obedience, therapy and service dog training. We offer Service Dog Training in the following categories: PTSD/TBI Dogs, Mobility Dogs, Medical Dogs and Service Dogs for Children with Autism. We have clients from all over the country come to us for quality training for their dogs. We offer private in-home dog training lessons, immersion board & trains programs, virtual group classes and stay & play boarding services.
All dogs are welcome! We serve Boise, Idaho, & the Treasure Valley and beyond to include McCall and Sun Valley areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation evaluation with one of our certified, professional dog trainers.
Valor K9 Academy® is a veteran-owned and operated small business. We opened our first location in April 2014, and now we have three locations nationwide and an online training program. Over the past seven years, we’ve trained 4,500 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 and more than 350 5-star reviews online.
We train all dogs, big and small. Let us help bring out the best in your dog today!
*Service Dog Training
*Therapy Dog Training
*High Drive Working Dogs
Our Boise Dog Training Services
Private lesson training is customized 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 and therapy dogs, mild rehabilitation and many others.
The benefit with private lessons is working one-on-one with your trainer. Together you’ll identify the goals you would like to achieve with your dog, then your trainer will develop a specialized training 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 the trainer to get immediate feedback between lessons, access to how-to videos and additional resources such as nutrition and exercise information.
Our clients achieve great results from this program and enjoy the flexibility it allows them.
4 lessons- $600
6 lessons- $750
8 lessons- $900
Travel fee- $1/mile
Consultation- $100/credited towards training
Each dog training lesson is one hour. Our trainers are located in Wilderness Ranch (Boise), Meridian and Caldwell and serve the greater Boise area including Eagle, Nampa, Star, Meridian, Kuna and Caldwell, Idaho.
Email email@example.com to get started!
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.
And finally, we provide countless positive socialization and exposure opportunities around new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals.
Price includes training manual and private lesson training for the puppy’s owners so they’re successful after graduation.
Two weeks – $2400
Three weeks – $3100
Four weeks – $3800
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:
- Leave It
We also cover crate training, house training, calm on cue, calm in the car, manners at home and manners in public. Just for fun, we also do Fitpaws, Urban Agility and Treadmill training with our doggie students!
This program includes private lesson training which is typically a midway lesson, 2 graduation lessons and a follow up lesson. We transfer all of the training information, techniques and strategies to you to ensure the training is successful at home.
Three weeks – $3500
Additional week for complete off leash e-collar obedience – $1000
Custom Board and Train
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, we highly recommend reaching out to our team for a customized training plan. This usually includes a combination of private lessons and board and train. Our areas of focus are PTSD, TBI, Mobility Support, Anxiety Alert and Response Dogs and more.
Program includes a custom dog training manual and private lessons for the owner. For dogs of all ages.
$1100 to 1400 per week
BOOKING INFORMATION: Dogs must be current on vaccinations to include Rabies and Bordetella to come for training. 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. Spots go quickly! Contact Lead Trainer Jenna Larson: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Are you looking for a safe place for your dog to stay while you’re away? In our Stay & Play program, your dog will be not only safe but well-cared-for and fulfilled. This in-home boarding program is designed with you and your dog in mind. We give them a vacation of their own while you’re away!
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 if they’re really lucky, they get to help us teach lessons as our “demo dogs.”
We typically have training students come for Stay & Play, but this program is open to the public. If you haven’t trained with us before, we’ll spend time getting to know you and your dog. That way everyone is on the same page, and we know the best way to care for your dog.
Medication and special requests are no problem. We’re happy to accommodate anything you need, and we will send you updates while you’re away.
Nightly rate- $50
Nightly rate for addt’l dogs- $40
Added Dog Training: $45/30 min
Nail trim- $15
Dogs must be current on vaccinations to include Rabies and Bordetella to come for boarding. Please email email@example.com to make a Boise dog boarding reservation. Thank you!
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 Dogs, Medical Dogs and Service Dogs for Children with Autism. Our services are offered for a variety of people across the country.
If you have a dog already, we recommend starting by scheduling a free consultation or a paid behavioral evaluation. The free consultation is a quick meet and greet designed to quickly evaluate your dog to determine which training program is a good fit for your dog. The behavioral evaluation is a more thorough assessment of a dog’s temperament, confidence level, sociability and potential for service work. The cost for the evaluation is $100 and it will take about 30 minutes.
At the consultation or evaluation, the trainer will make her assessment as to what is the best way to move forward, if your dog is in fact a good candidate for service dog work. 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.
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 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.
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 onsetting panic attack, stopping a meltdown, 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 and Lead Trainer Jenna Larson 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!
Please email Jenna@valork9academy.com to find out more.
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 help the most!
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 (30 minutes, $100)
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 (2 hours, $300)
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 (60-90 minutes, $200)
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!
Do each step individually, or purchase the Puppy Selection Service Package of all 3 steps for $500. With the package, we will credit you $50 to use towards training with Valor K9 Academy.
If you are interested in training with us and aren’t quite sure where to start, or your dog needs to be evaluated prior to signing up for a training program, we offer a consultation service. This allows us to meet with you, obtain background information, evaluate your dog’s behavior and current level of training (if any), then lay out a training plan with a recommended training program for your dog. The consultation lasts approximately 30 minutes and is $100. The cost of the consultation will be credited to your account to go towards the cost of training if you sign up for a program within 30 days of the consultation date. We are currently booking 2-4 weeks out for consultations. Please email Lead Trainer Jenna Larson firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with one of our trainers. There is a travel fee if you want the trainer to come to your home for the consultation.
Are you a dog trainer or dog enthusiast looking to learn more? You’ve come to the right place! Valor K9 Academy offers an exclusive six day Boise dog training Shadow Program to students from around the world.
In this program, you get an inside look at the wonderful world of dog training. We cover academics, hands-on training and observation for a well-rounded experience. Topics include: private lessons, group classes when in session, board & trains, confidence building, core training skills, puppy training, basic obedience, remote collar training, business management, budgeting, social media, adult education and more. Bring your questions, we have answers! New for 2021 and 2022: This program is located in Boise, Idaho, and is being co-taught by Head Trainer Amy Pishner and Lead Trainer Jenna Larson.
Tuition is $1750 for a student and does not include transportation, meals or lodging. If you have a dog you’d like to bring to train, the cost for the dog is $1000 (for training only, not boarding). Note: Bringing a dog is optional. We provide dogs for students to work with. The deposit to book a spot is $750 and is not refundable for any reason. The deposit to bring a dog is $500 and is not refundable for any reason. The balance is due the first day of the program. Venmo is the best way to pay the deposit: send to Valor-K9-Academy and put “Shadow Program, the dates you want and your name and email in the notes section”
Note: for 2023, our tuition will be $2500 per student. Cost to bring a dog will remain $1000.
2018 programs (FULL)
Aug 6-10 (Jessica C., Teck G., Rachel H.) Sept 3-8 (Nathan S., Jacqueline C., Jenna L.) Oct 1-6 (Jevry D., Ashley H., Brenley M., Ashlyn K.)
2019 programs (FULL)
Mar 4-9 (Sara W., Lisa M., Justin K., Sara M.); Apr 1-6 (Ashley D., Traci S., Skye G., Emma S.); Aug 5-10 (Jenny N., Kelsi L., Kasie M., Amanda G.); Sept 2-7 (Haley S., Mary W., Kennedy F., Sadie O.)
2020 programs (FULL)
ALL 2020 PROGRAMS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 Mar 16-21 (Hailey G., Donna M., Janis H., Terry H.); Mar 30-Apr 4 (Alexis M., Ariel C., Samantha C., Liz G.); Apr 20-25 (Jenna H., Sreenivasan N., Jessica S., Laine T.); May 11-16 (Taya H., Kelli C., Joshua D., Jacqueline B.); Aug 3-8 (Daniel C., Aika P., Amanda M., Elisa G.); Aug 17-22 (Lauren G., Nadia F., Kayla G., Keely K.); Sep 7-12 (Sami M., Alexa R., Allie L., Sarah A.)
2021 programs (FULL)
April 5-10 (Amanda M., Ashley M., Kaitlyn C., Natalie L., Donna M.); May 3-8 (Chelcie L., Taya H., Hailey G., Katie B., Erin S.); May 17-22 (Kayla M.G., Ariel C., Laine T., Dave S., Loren P.)
2022 programs (FULL)
April 4-9 (Ivonne M., Daren P., Brandon R., Noel P., Ashley A., Jacara F.), April 25-30 (Kristina A., Julia V., Brielle B., Rhiannon H., Brianna J., Angela A.), May 16-21 (Nicole N., Tara T., Shawna V., Rebecca M., Jolyn H., Tori W.)
Our Boise Dog Training in Action
Meet The Trainers
Jenna Larson is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training. She joined our Team in January 2019 and was promoted to Lead Trainer in October 2020. Jenna offers puppy training, basic obedience, service dog training and behavior rehabilitation. She specializes in Service Dogs and is our Virtual Trainer for 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 and Second Annual Trainer Retreat. She is also pursuing continued education via online courses for Service Dog Training. Jenna is smart, talented and highly motivated.
Jenna has an associate degree and enjoys hiking, camping and working out. Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Jenna lives in Star, Idaho, with her dog-sized cat, Ollie, and her Heeler mix rescue dog, Toby. Toby is her full-time helper dog and her 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.
Macy Blatter is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise dog training. She joined our team in June 2021 and specializes in puppies, obedience and service dog training.
Prior to joining our team, Macy spent three years as a volunteer service dog trainer and puppy raiser for Cascade Service Dogs in Olympia, WA. Additionally, she worked as a Kennel Attendant for a boarding and training company, also in Olympia. Macy is an overachiever in every sense of the word. She is a 4.0 GPA student and was a featured speaker for service dog training on ThurstonTalk at just 15 years of age!
Macy attended Karen Prior Academy’s Foundations Course and Canine Stars Youth Performer Advanced Training Course in addition to attending Valor K9 Academy’s 2020 Trainer Retreat. Then, in 2021, she attended our intensive six-week 250-hour Trainer Course under the tutelage of Owner/Head Trainer Amy Pishner and Lead Trainer Jenna Larson where she excelled in her coursework.
Macy is a bright and motivated trainer who is a strong addition to our team. Born in Idaho Falls and raised in Olympia, Macy now lives in Meridian, Idaho. She has a young Border Collie named Rumor and plans to participate in Agility, Frisbee, Dock Diving and Freestyle with Rumor. In her free time, Macy enjoys painting, sewing and going on adventures.
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STAY & PLAY HOSTS
Abby and Wiley Rowland are Stay & 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 a Doodle and Jester a German Shepherd, and their three cats. They spend their free time binging shows on Netflix, training the dogs and hiking. They just got kayaks and can’t wait to spend time on the water with the dogs this summer.
“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’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.”
“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 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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
Call or Text: 208-593-0176
2620 West Forecast Street, Meridian, Idaho 83642
(by appointment only)