Chattanooga Dog Training

Welcome to our Tennessee location home page! Founded in April 2014, Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga was our first location and since then we have trained thousands of dogs and their owners!

What started as a small, apartment-run business has since grown to become a national company with clients around the world. Our Nooga location offers private lessons, board and train programs and stay and play boarding. Our training specialties include puppy training, on and off leash obedience, therapy dog and service dog training.

Space is limited so don’t wait. Enroll your dog today!

This location offers puppy training, basic on and off leash dog obedience training, some types of service dog training and behavioral training for non-aggressive behavioral issues.

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Our Services

The first step in our 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 1-3 week wait list for consultations.

Regular consultation- $100 (30-40 minutes)
Service Dog consultation- $150 (40-60 minutes)
Travel fee- $varies

Our Programs

Valor K9 Academy’s board and train programs are designed to offer expert dog training for all your needs. From puppy training to basic and advanced off leash obedience, our customized programs get amazing results! Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in our program your dog lives with the trainer and receives 1-2 hours of training per day plus exercise, socialization and basic care.

Our next board and train openings start January 9th, 10th and 11th 2023. Spots are FCFS with deposit and contract.

Puppy Head Start

Allow a professional trainer to jump start your puppy’s training the right way. This program focuses on housebreaking, crate training, socialization, basic commands and manners. We give your puppy a solid foundation for future training. Your puppy will learn to love learning and be ready for success as a confident, well-socialized family companion! Private lessons with your puppy’s trainer are included plus an in-home graduation lesson for local clients. For puppies under six months of age.

Socialization:

People
Places
Sights
Sounds
Surfaces
Animals
Field Trips

Introduction to Obedience and Manners:

Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come
Place, Crate, Impulse Control
House and People Manners
Calm in crate
Walking on treadmill
Marker training
FitPAWS

Pricing:

$2500 for 2 weeks
$3300 for 3 weeks

$4100 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Good Dog Board and Train

Our Good Dog Board and Train program is a comprehensive training program for on/off leash obedience and manners training. Your dog lives with the trainer and is professionally trained with methods tailored to suit each individual dog. We start with foundation training to teach basic commands, then we add a training collar to make sure obedience is reliable at home and in public. We take your dog on field trips to proof training around distractions. We offer two options for this program: The Good Dog Board and Train (3 weeks long) and The Good Dog ADVANCED Board and Train (4 weeks long). This program is for friendly dogs six months of age and older. 

Good Dog Board and Train

Basic Commands:
Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, Heel
Remote Collar Recall:
Come When Called Off Leash
Home Manners:
No Jumping, Counter Surfing, Mouthing etc.
Place Bed Training
Crate Manners
Treadmill Training
FitPAWS
Field Trips
Private Training with Owners:
4 Hours including In-Home Graduation Lesson

Good Dog ADVANCED Board and Train

Everything in the Good Dog Program PLUS:

100% off leash remote collar obedience
Three tricks of your choice
Additional field trips
1 more hour of private lesson training

Pricing:

$3650 for 3 weeks

$4750 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Custom Board and Train

This program is designed for dogs with specific training goals such as service dog training, therapy dog training, fitness and weight loss, confidence building, tune-ups and more. We find out what your exact goals are and create a custom training plan for your dog. This program is especially popular for graduates who would benefit from refresher training, and is a great option for owners going on vacation who need a place for their dog to stay! Program includes a custom training manual and private lessons for the owner. For dogs of all ages.

$1200-1500 per week depending on the type of training requested

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Click here to see our Board & Train FAQ blog post!

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 dog 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.

Training topics include but are not limited to: puppy training, basic obedience training (sit, down, stay, heel, come, place, wait, no), crate training, home and public manners, and problem behaviors like counter surfing jumping. Private lessons are not intended for behavioral modification training for aggressive, reactive or fearful dogs.

Lessons are one hour and can be held at your home, the trainer’s home or a public location.  We serve the greater Chattanooga area to include Hixson, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, East Ridge, Red Bank and Soddy Daisy.

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 training equipment. Note: if your dog is considered by the trainer to be a behavioral case, there is a 10% surcharge on lesson packages.

Don’t put off improving your relationship with your dog! Fill out our contact form at the bottom of this page, and one of our trainers will reach out to you!

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, go on long walks, take naps and work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list. They stay at our team members’ homes, conveniently located in Chattanooga and Hixson, because we believe that a home setting, supervised by our professional staff, is the best setting for dogs versus a kennel environment.

This program is open to current and former training clients. We keep our program small. On average, our staff members house 1-2 dogs at a time.

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

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

Special 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

To request a reservation, please email kelsi@valork9academy.com.

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.

Our Training in Action

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Meet The Dog Trainers

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TRAINER

Meg Rogers is a Trainer with Valor K9 Academy- Chattanooga. We first met Meg in 2014 when she enrolled her dog in our board & train program. Since then she has been a loyal client and in 2018 she joined our team as a Stay & Play Host. We quickly came to appreciate her passion for dogs and invited her to attend our Trainer Course. After nine months of hard work, Meg graduated our trainer course and has been busy ever since with clients.

Meg’s specialties are puppy training and on/off leash obedience for private lessons and board & trains. We are so happy to have such an energetic and caring person on our team. Meg and her husband, Matt, a police officer, have two children and three dogs. They live in Signal Mountain, TN. In her spare time, Meg enjoys running, spending time at the lake and being with family.

UPDATE: Trainer Meg is not currently training due to medical issues. We wish her a speedy recovery and can’t wait to have her back with us!

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TRAINER

Kelsi Long is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga. She specializes in puppy training, basic to advanced obedience and service dogs. We first met Kelsi in August of 2019 when she attended our Shadow Program and have been impressed with her since!

Kelsi has a vast and varied background working with animals. She has worked as a Veterinary Assistant and Doggie Daycare Kennel Attendant and Receptionist. She is also First Aid/CPR Certified. She attended Valor K9 Academy’s Shadow Program in 2019, completed the Karen Pryor Academy Shelter Training and Enrichment course in 2020 and became Pet Training Certified by Top Tier K9 in February 2021. Kelsi also has a passion for medicine and worked as a State Tested Nurse Aid for over a year.

When the opportunity presented itself to work with Valor K9 Academy at our Chattanooga location, Kelsi jumped at the opportunity. She attended our six-week Trainer Course under Owner/Head Trainer Amy Pishner in Boise, ID, in the summer of 2021. Working for Valor K9 Academy is a dream come true for Kelsi because our standards are higher than everyone else’s.

Originally from Ashland, OH, Kelsi now lives in Chattanooga, TN. She has an Australian Shepherd named Hilo and enjoys hiking, swimming and running half-marathons. She’s also an avid reader and loves to travel. Kelsi is friendly, easy-going and patient, which brings out the best in humans and dogs alike!

Testimonials

We have a Golden Retriever who wasn’t the most confident but was VERY excited about life. We worked with Kelsi for 6 weeks of private lessons. She was the best!! Murphy is more confident and so much better behaved on walks and in public. He is on his way to being a therapy dog now that we worked with Kelsi! She taught us humans how to communicate with Murphy more clearly, and we have continued his training on our own. Kelsi gave us the skill set to do that! 10/10!

-Anna O. (Chattanooga)

I have 2 rottie pups (from same litter). Was worried about training both at the same time. I had heard good things about Valor K9 so decided to check it out. Dana the head trainer was great at answering questions and even did a few eval to see which should go 1st and for how long etc. Kelsi is the trainer they did their board and train with – 3 wks for 1 and 2 wks for the other. Kelsi did a great job of helping me lay the foundation to get the started right. I was on the right track by myself but they really helped me improve which really helped my pups. Training is a life long endeavor especially for rottweilers. I’ve had numerous compliments already and they’re just 5 months. It’s spendy but on par with others and very good quality. The follow up lessons are really helpful. And Kelsi is always great about answering my questions even when not in lessons. They have a stay and play w add on training coming up next month while I’m out of town and I expect it will be just as good.”

-K.D. (Chattanooga)

Kelsi has been helping me with training Rose since she was 8 weeks old puppy. Kelsi is very kind, patient, reliable person! I would recommend her to everyone. She has lots of knowledge, experiences with all kind of dogs. She is a dog whisper! I finished 8 private lessons with her and will take brush up lessons in future.”

-Keiko A.

My 16 month old puppy has trained with Kelsi Long, once for a 6, once a week training session and just recently for a week long session to help my dog work on some of his anxiety issues he has. He has made excellent progress and all I get from people who meet him is how great of a dog he is. This is all thanks to Kelsi and her training regimen. She was always available and most helpful when I had questions. I will continue to use her in my quest to get my dog to become a Therapy dog. There is no one better.”

-Frank K. (Chattanooga)

“Meg did an amazing job with our German Shepherd puppy, Roxy, during her four-week puppy head start program. Now, we have a solid foundation upon which we can continue to work. I couldn’t recommend Valor and Meg enough. Roxy came away with a solid understanding of sit, down, place, crate, come and leave it commands, as well as name recognition and eye contact. I don’t have the skills or knowledge to have taught Roxy these things, and I never would have thought I’d enjoy working with her so much. I wouldn’t be able to say that had Meg not established that foundation. If you’re considering the puppy head start program, a stay and play, or one of Valor’s other offerings, I would highly recommend Meg.”

-Michael Ferguson

Contact Us!

So we can better serve you, please review our program pricing and information before contacting us. Thank you!

    423-375-1430
    4210 Oakland Terrace
    Chattanooga, TN 37415
    kelsi@valork9academy.com