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 & train programs and stay & 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!

Our Services

Interested in training with us? The first step is to sign up for a consultation with one of our trainers. The consultation allows us to meet you, get to know more about your dog’s history, evaluate your dog’s behavior, and discuss which training plan and program is best-suited for reaching your training goals. The consultation lasts 30-40 minutes and can be held in our home or yours. If our trainer travels to you, there is a travel fee in addition to the consultation fee. Please note, at this time we are no longer accepting behavioral modification cases (extreme fear, aggression and reactivity).
Consultation fee- $100
Travel fee- determined by travel distance
Speak with a trainer today to book your consultation! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Our Programs

Valor K9 Academy’s board & 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.

October update: Due to our team expanding, we have IMMEDIATE openings for our board & train programs. Book today, spots are first come first serve with deposit and signed contract.

Puppy Head Start

Allow a professional trainer to jumpstart 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.


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


$2300 for 2 weeks
$3000 for 3 weeks

$3700 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Good Dog Board & Train

Our Good Dog Board & 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 & Train (3 weeks long) and The Good Dog ADVANCED Board & Train (4 weeks long). This program is for friendly dogs six months of age and older. 

Good Dog Board & 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
Field Trips
Private Training with Owners:
4 Hours including In-Home Graduation Lesson

Good Dog ADVANCED Board & 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


$3300 for 3 weeks

$4300 for 4 weeks

Note: Prices do not include food or training equipment.

Custom Board & 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.

$1000-1200 per week depending on the type of training requested

Note: Price does 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 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 (sit, down, stay, heel, come, place, wait, no), crate training, manners in the house, manners in public places, addressing problem behaviors like counter surfing and jumping up, off leash remote collar training and more! 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. We offer three training packages: four lessons for $600, six lessons for $750 or eight lessons for $900.  There is a small travel fee for in-home lessons.

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 Signal Mountain, 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.

To request a reservation, please email

$50 per night for the first dog (2 night minimum)

$40 per night for additional dogs

Updated deposit policy: We require a 50% deposit of boarding total to book a Stay & Play reservation. The deposit is refunded 100% if client cancels 14+ days before start of reservation. The deposit is refunded 50% if client cancels 8-13 days before start of reservation. The deposit is not refunded if client cancels 7 days or less before the start of the reservation.
Optional add-ons

  • training ($45 per 30 min)
  • bath ($25)
  • nail trim ($15)

Our Training in Action

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Meet The Trainers

dana long dog trainer

Dana O’Lone Long is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga. She was the first student to enroll in our trainer course and joined our team as a professional dog trainer in September 2015.

Dana offers puppy and obedience training and is our go-to behavior rehabilitation specialist for difficult dogs. She is truly a miracle worker! Prior to training, Dana spent 15 years as a veterinary technician and was department head of both neurology/behavior and internal medicine at a pet emergency hospital in Chattanooga.

Dana is an incredible dog trainer and a great person. She enjoys cooking, traveling, running and family. Dana lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, Nick, and their three dogs.

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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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Brenley Merritt is a Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Chattanooga. We first met Brenley in 2018 when she attended our six-day Shadow Program at our Spokane location. The next year Brenley went to Starmark Academy where she graduated as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. And in June 2021, Brenley attended our six week 250-hour Trainer Course offered at our Boise location under the instruction of Owner/Head Trainer Amy Pishner and Lead Trainer Jenna Larson.

Brenley specializes in puppy training and obedience, and her passion is service dogs. She started raising guide dog puppies in 2014 and over the years has raised five dogs to completion as official working guide dogs.

In her free time, Brenley enjoys going to the lake, hiking and snow skiing. She recently purchased a home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to use for Private Lessons, Stay & Play guests and Board & Trains. Brenley has two dogs: Oliver, a Yorkie/Shitzu, and Eddie, a Labrador Retriever who was released from the guide dog program in 2019. Brenley has always loved our VK9 Methods and says it’s a dream come true to work for us!

kelsi long dog 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!


My puppy just finished the four week board and train program with Brenley Merritt. I am so pleased with the results that I plan to enroll her in the advanced board and train program again with Brenley. Just like a child in daycare, I was hesitant to leave her with someone I didn’t know. However, Brenley took excellent care of her and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

-Rhonda Katz

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)

My Doodle recently graduated from her 4 week Custom Board and Train with Brenley. To say we are pleased is a huge understatement! We are absolutely amazed by the progress our Doodle has made! We felt completely safe leaving our fur baby with Brenley and even asked if she was willing to train our children! Lol seriously though, my 12 year old daughter with Down Syndrome (who is usually VERY shy) LOVED Brenley and enjoyed/participated in every training session. If you have a special needs child you know how much of a blessing this is. We are very excited about our future private training lessons and eventually another Custom Board & Train working toward Milly being a service dog for my daughter. We love Brenley and can’t thank her enough for all she’s done!

-Amanda D. (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!

Call or Text Kelsi Long: (423) 375-1430
Email us:
973 Shadow Lane, Hixson, TN 37343
(By appointment only)