Boise Dog Training


Opened in June 2019, Valor K9 Academy – Boise specializes in puppy training, obedience, service dogs and behavioral training. For your convenience, we offer private in-home lessons, immersion board & trains programs and stay & play boarding services. All dogs are welcome! Contact us today to schedule a free private consultation with a trainer.

Our Services

Whether you prefer private dog training sessions for the individual attention, the convenience of training around your busy schedule, or because you want to tackle specific training issues in a private setting, we’re here to help you.  Each private lesson is designed to meet your individual goals.  We’ll spend the hour focusing on what you want to teach your dog and the problems you want solved.  We’ll then give you a personalized homework plan so you can practice at home.

Private lessons are for puppies, basic on and off leash obedience training, service dog training and mild behavior rehabilitation. Dogs with severe behavioral issues are better suited for our custom board & train program.

Lessons are one hour and can be held at your home, the trainer’s home or a public location.  We serve the greater Boise area to include Horseshoe Bend, Eagle, Star, Nampa, Meridian and downtown Boise. We offer three training packages: four lessons for $600, six lessons for $750 or eight lessons for $900.  There is a $1/mile travel fee for in-home lessons.

Don’t put off improving your relationship with your dog! Email us today to schedule your free consultation:

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, special diets and owner updates! To make a reservation, please email Trainer Jenna Larson:

Are you a busy dog owner? Do you want superior training for your pet? In the board & train program, your dog lives with our experienced trainers and gets one-on-one training throughout the day. This is the best way to get results quickly and efficiently. And it’s suitable for dogs of all ages. Private lesson training is included for the owners to ensure training transfers seamlessly at home. To keep this program small, our trainers work with just one to three dogs at a time.

Puppy Head Start

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 the following skills and commands:

  • Walk politely on leash (eliminate pulling and barking)
  • Sit/Stay
  • Down/Stay
  • Focus on Handler
  • Place Bed Command
  • Recall/Come
  • Crate Training
  • Potty Training
  • Treadmill
  • Waiting for Food
  • Waiting at Thresholds (doors, cars, crate)

We will also focus on any minor behavioral issues, such as:

  • Jumping, Nipping, Mouthing
  • Excessive Barking
  • Counter-Surfing
  • Chasing the Cat

We will provide positive socialization experiences with:

  • People
  • Places
  • Sights
  • Sounds
  • Surfaces
  • Animals (Dogs, Cats)

And just for fun, your puppy will participate in:

  • Puppy Agility
  • FitPAWS
  • NoseWork
  • Field Trips
  • Socialization Play Sessions

This program includes a 20-minute consultation, a 1-hour midway lesson, a 2-hour graduation lesson in your home and/or a 1-hour follow-up lesson. We will transfer all of the training information, techniques and strategies to you to ensure the training is successful at home. 

Two weeks – $2300
Three weeks – $3000
Four weeks – $3700

Good Dog Board & 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 obedience and manners at home and in public.

Your dog will learn the following skills and commands:

  • Walk politely on leash (eliminate pulling and barking)
  • Sit/Stay
  • Down/Stay
  • Focus on Handler
  • Place Bed Command
  • Recall/Come
  • Crate Training
  • Treadmill
  • Waiting for Food
  • Waiting at Thresholds (doors, cars, crate)

We will also focus on any minor behavioral issues, such as:

  • Jumping, Nipping, Mouthing
  • Excessive Barking
  • Counter-Surfing
  • Chasing the Cat

And just for fun, your dog will participate in:

  • Agility
  • FitPAWS
  • NoseWork
  • Field Trips
  • Socialization Play Sessions

This program includes a 20-minute consultation, a 1-hour midway lesson, a 2-hour graduation lesson in your home and a 1-hour follow-up lesson. We will transfer all of the training information, techniques and strategies to you to ensure the training is successful at home.

Three weeks – $3300
Additional week for 100% off leash obedience – $1000

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 behavior rehabilitation – this program covers it all! It is 100% customized to cover your training goals and includes private lesson training for you.

Weekly – $1000 to $1200 depending on the type of training requested

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: Space is limited!

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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 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!

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 which does not include overnight boarding at Valor. Note: Bringing a dog is optional. We provide dogs for students to work with.

2018 programs: 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: 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: 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: April 5-10 (Valentine K., Ashley M., Kaitlyn C., Natalie L., Donna M.); May 3-8 (Chelcie L., Laura B., Hailey G., Julie F.K., Janis H.); May 17-22 (Kayla M.G., Ariel C., Laine T., Keely K., Liz G.)

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Our Training in Action

Meet The Trainers

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Jenna Larson is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Boise. She joined our Team in January 2019 and was promoted to Lead Trainer in October 2020. Jenna offers puppy training, basic obedience and behavior rehabilitation. Her specialty is Service Dog Training and she is our Lead 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 now 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.

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Samantha joined our team 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.


“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

“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

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

Contact Info

Phone: 208-593-0176 (call or text)
Address: 11247 W. Tempe Lane, Star, Idaho 83669 (by appointment only)

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