Spokane Dog Training


Opened in June 2015, Valor Spokane offers concierge in-home private training, small group classes, in-home boarding and board & train programs. Our trainers specialize in puppy training, on and off leash obedience, service dogs and behavior modification for difficult dogs.

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.

Lessons are one hour and can be held at your home, the trainer’s home or a public location.  We serve the greater Spokane area. 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! Email us today to schedule your free consultation: courtney@valork9academy.com.

Valor K9 Academy offers a wide variety of group classes for dogs of all ages and breeds. We keep our classes small for your comfort and to maximize learning. Classes are for social (friendly) dogs only. COVID-19 UPDATE: Classes will resume when Spokane county enters Phase 3.

Drop-in Puppy Class

Puppy Class is the most important class you will ever take with your puppy! Far from your standard puppy class, Valor K9 Academy delivers positive reinforcement-based obedience training with confidence building, environmental exposure and socialization. Each session covers 2-3 behaviors, confidence building and Q&A.

Our classes are offered once a week on a drop-in basis, so there’s no longterm commitment on your end. Come when you can to start training your puppy right away!

For: Puppies 10-24 weeks of age
All breeds & sizes welcome

Bring: Lots of treats (such as hot dogs or pieces of cheese)
A treat pouch or container with lid
Harness if you have one
Proof of vaccines (we require that all puppies attending class receive at least their first set of vaccinations seven days prior to class)

Well-behaved children and family members are welcome to attend

Price: $30 for one class or $150 for a package of six classes to use anytime. You do not need to pay in advance for class; payment is due first day. Accepted payment types are: credit/debit with a 3-3.5% card fee, Venmo (to Valor-K9-Academy) and personal checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy). We do not accept cash. Class is free for puppies in foster care waiting to find a forever family.

Contact: Skye Goodwin
skye@valork9academy.com (email)

Email to let us know if you plan to attend or just show up. We’re happy to have you with us and look forward to helping you train your puppy! 


Basic Obedience

Valor K9 Academy’s Basic Obedience is the perfect beginner’s course for start-up success. It is designed for social dogs six months of age and older. Commands include: name recognition, sit/stay, down/stay, loose leash heel, come, place bed training, manners and leave it. If you want a well-behaved dog, this is the class for you! It’s a challenging and rewarding course that gets results. This class covers all the tools and know-how to succeed in basic training and beyond! We will share our secret formula, so you can tackle common behavior issues with confidence and think like a trainer.  Class is for dogs 6 months of age and older. Dogs must be friendly towards people and other dogs of all sizes. Class size is 8 dogs.

Cost: $100 deposit then $197 due first class. Price does not include training equipment.

Please email courtney@valork9academy.com to be put on our wait list. You’ll be notified when new classes are announced.


Intermediate Obedience

This class takes your dog’s training to the next level – for dogs nine months of age and older! It includes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, two field trips and a comprehensive end-of-class examination. Our goal is to take what you learned in Basic Obedience and expand upon it with more duration, distance and distractions training while challenging you to be a better trainer for your dog!


Advanced Obedience

This class is designed to be fun and challenging with a twist! Topics include: off leash obedience, advanced commands, foreign languages and more.

Remote Collar One Class

This six week class covers: introduction to the remote collar, off leash heel, off leash place and off leash recall (come when called) around high level distractions. We’re allowing four dogs in this class so we can customize the training to each dog. Dogs must be Intermediate Obedience graduates or equivalent with all of foundation training completed. Four dogs per class. Please contact Courtney@valork9academy.com for more information.

Valor K9 Academy’s board & train programs are designed to offer expert dog training for puppies and adult dogs of all ages. From puppy training to basic through advanced off leash obedience, our customized programs get amazing results in a short amount of time! Skip the stressful kennel atmosphere, in our program your dog lives with the trainer and receives 12-15 training sessions per day plus loving care, socialization and exercise.

Puppy Head Start

For puppies 8-24 weeks of age

Allow a professional trainer to jumpstart your puppy’s training! This program focuses on socialization and obedience training plus potty training, crate training, confidence building and manners. We give your puppy a solid foundation for the future. Your puppy will learn to love training and be ready for success as a friendly and obedient family companion for years to come. For puppies under six months of age. Socialization includes new people, places, sights, sounds, surfaces and animals. Obedience training includes introduction to focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel, come, place, crate, wait and leave it. Confidence building covers FitPAWS, treadmill training and urban agility. Manners includes proper greetings, no jumping, biting or chasing the cat, and appropriate play with other dogs. Program includes private training for the owners and an in-home graduation lesson for local clients.

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

Prices do not include food or training equipment. Email courtney@valork9academy.com for more information!


Good Dog Board & Train

For dogs 6+ months of age

The Good Dog Board & Train is our most popular program for friendly dogs who need to learn basic commands, off leash recall and manners. In this program, your dog lives with the trainer, and training is completely customized to your individual dog. We start by investing a full week into teaching your dog basic commands using positive reinforcement, relationship-based training and confidence building exercises. During week two, we add a training collar so that your dog’s obedience is reliable both at home and in public around distractions. We also introduce the remote collar for a reliable off leash recall. The final week is our proofing stage where we generalize your dog’s behavior with multiple handlers and in various training locations so that training transfers seamlessly to you, your family, and your home environment. The four week program includes an additional week of training for 100% off leash remote collar obedience and three tricks of your choosing!

Obedience training includes: focus, sit/stay, down/stay, heel with auto-sit, come, place, crate, wait, leave it and no. All obedience is trained to include duration, distance and distractions. Confidence building includes FitPAWS, treadmill training and agility. Manners includes polite greetings, no jumping, begging or chasing the cat, doorbell manners, proper play with other dogs and calm behavior in public. Program includes five hours of private training for the owners and an in-home graduation lesson for local clients.

Three weeks – $3300
Four weeks – $4300

Prices do not include food or training equipment. Email courtney@valork9academy.com for more information!

Custom Board & Train

For dogs of all ages

This program is 100 percent customizable! You tell us what your training goals are, and we’ll work on them! Topics include but are not limited to: obedience brush-up, basic puppy training, remote collar off leash training, socialization with people and dogs, dogs with fear, reactivity, aggression and anxiety issues, service dog training, therapy dog work and more! All dogs and all training goals are welcome. This program includes one hour of private lesson training for the owner for each week the dog is in training. If you are on a budget or want your dog trained for a specific period of time while you’re away on vacation, this is the program for you!

$1,000-1,200 per week depending on type of training requested

Prices do not include food or training equipment. Email courtney@valork9academy.com for more information!

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

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. We have three staff members at Valor Spokane, three in central Spokane and two in Newman Lake. Please let us know if you have a location or staff member preference when submitting your Stay & Play request.  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. We believe that a comfortable home setting, supervised by our professional staff, is the best setting for dogs versus a loud, stressful and chaotic kennel environment.

Cost is $50 per night for the first dog and $40 per night for additional dogs. Add-on bath is $25, nail trim is $15 and training is $45 per 30 minutes. Walks, play time, fetch, socialization and owner updates are included at no extra charge. Accepted payment types are: credit/debit with a 3-3.5% card fee, Venmo (to Valor-K9-Academy) and personal checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy). We do not accept cash.

To make a reservation, please send an email to info@valork9academy.com. Let us know who you’d like to board and the dates needed. We will send your request out to the team and you will hear back quickly from an available team member.

Our Training in Action

Meet Team Spokane


Courtney Sims is the Lead Trainer for Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. She joined our team in October 2017 and was promoted to Lead Trainer in April 2019. Courtney specializes in puppy training and on and off leash obedience and has a special gift for working with reactive and fearful dogs. She is one of the most patient people you’ll meet! Before becoming a dog trainer, Courtney worked for 10 years as a licensed veterinary technician at a pet emergency clinic and for five years as a technician at an animal dermatology specialty clinic. Courtney worked full-time and attended our trainer course full-time, proving that she’s no stranger to hard work. We’ve been impressed with her ever since. Courtney’s hobbies include gardening, exploring and hiking. She lives next to the academy and has two dogs: Pickles (4) a Boxer mix and Maverick (2) a German Shepherd.


Skye Goodwin is a Trainer with Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. We first met Skye in April 2019 when she attended our Shadow Program. We were extremely impressed with her natural talent and work ethic and knew we had to have her on our team! Skye started as a Stay & Play Host and Trainee in June 2019 and then graduated our Trainer Course in August 2019. She specializes in puppy training and on and off leash obedience training. A dog enthusiast, Skye was previously certified by Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers and has attended numerous conferences and workshops for dog training. Before training dogs professionally, Skye volunteered for several years at an animal hospital. Born and raised in south Florida, Skye now lives in Medical Lake and enjoys hiking, rollerblading and gardening. She owns two mixed breed dogs: Ruca (7) & Moose (5).


Lex Silvrants is a Stay & Play Host at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane. Loyal clients since 2017, we asked Lex and his wife, Dana Silvrants, to join our team in August 2018 as our first ever Stay & Play Hosts. They have done an exceptional job with it ever since – always going above & beyond for their clients both two- and four-legged. Lex has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Washington State University and is currently a Critical Care Nurse at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Lex enjoys renovating their home, hiking and all things medical. He is trained in Canine First Aid & CPR and places each dog’s health and safety as a top priority. Lex and Dana live in Newman Lake, Washington, with their dogs Gretty (2) a Mini Aussie and Neeko (1) a Standard Aussie.


Dana Silvrants is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. She and husband Lex Silvrants have been clients since 2017 and over the years they have participated in numerous lessons, classes and workshops including Canine First Aid & CPR training to hone their skills. Dana and Lex joined our team in 2018 and have been invaluable ever since. They get a lot of repeat clients. Dana is a Program Coordinator at a local manufacturing company and has an Associate of Arts degree. She and Lex were both born and raised in Spokane Valley and now reside in Newman Lake, Washington. They have two dogs: Gretty (2) a Mini Aussie and Neeko (1) a Standard Aussie. Dana enjoys home projects, hiking, training and playing board games.


Torri Pownall is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. Torri has been a client since 2018 and joined our team in October 2019. She has participated in numerous classes with her dogs Harlee and Grace including all the obedience classes. Torri is currently a Nurse Assistant at Sacred Heart Medical Center and has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Sports Science from Washington State University. Torri and her boyfriend, Austin were raised in Monroe, WA and recently bought a house together here in Spokane, WA. They have our two dogs: Harlee (1-year-old) a Golden Retriever and Grace (9 months old) a Great Pyrenees/Pyrenean Mastiff. In her free time, Torri enjoys home projects in our new home, learning about essential oils, exploring the outdoors, and playing with the dogs.


Austin Mead is a Stay & Play Host at Valor Spokane. Austin has been a client since 2018 and joined our team in October 2019. He has participated in numerous classes including all the obedience classes with his dogs. Austin is a full time student at Eastern Washington University getting his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Austin and his girlfriend, Torri, were raised in Monroe, WA, about 45 minutes Northeast of Seattle. They have lived here in Spokane, WA, for a year and recently just bought a house. They have two dogs together: Harlee (1-year-old) a Golden Retriever and Grace (9-month-old) a Great Pyrenees/Pyrenean Mastiff. Austin enjoys building and making new things, kayaking, and teaching the dogs new tricks.


“I have two very stubborn Mastiffs and I cannot speak highly enough of Courtney training me to train my dogs. There were definitely moments of wanting to give up, but she was there answering any questions I had and showing me the proper way to train and correct their behavior. We had a breakthrough today and I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I highly recommend Courtney to come into your home and show you how your life can be much happier for you and your fur babies. Thank you so much!!!!!”

-Sharon Christensen

“We found Valor K9 during our desperate search for help with our troubled Mini Aussie/ Blue Heeler. I searched all over and kept coming back to Valor. Had it not been for Amy and her phenomenal team at Valor, our girl most likely would have been euthanized. They essentially saved her life all the while changing mine. I am beyond blessed to have taken the leap of faith with Valor and would recommend them to everyone who is seeking help with their dog. Months and months have gone by and Amy still answers our messages for a little help or guidance and has taken our puppies on weekends away when we can’t take them along. I know, without a doubt, they are taken care of and loved just as if they are home.”

-Emily Sandoval

“Best dog trainers ever! Stanley continues to amaze me with the things he has learned and how he is building on the foundation Courtney and Amy taught us. Thank you VK9. Private training has been worth every penny. I’m happy, but more importantly my dog is happier.”

-Chris Seymore

“Amy and Courtney are wonderful to work with. They truly care about the dogs and by extension their owners. We look forward to every sessions and can’t imagine training a GSD puppy without them!”

-Kelli Jones

“I recently had the privilege of attending Valor’s six day April Shadow program.. which far passed my expectations!! It was hands down, the greatest week of my life! Amy is incredibly knowledgeable and was always open to answering every single question I had. She does a great job touching on academics along with getting hands on opportunities to work with different dogs. I didn’t want the week to end! I highly recommend this program to anyone that’s interested at an inside look at dog training or even expanding their skills! The Valor team is also very professional! I loved watching every single one of them work their magic while also providing owners with the information and skills they needed to work with their dogs. From my personal view, Valor holds the safety of EVERY dog at the facility as high priority. There was never a point in my time there that dogs were left to their own devices. Everything is incredibly well managed and every dog was well taken care of. I would never think twice of leaving my own dog with Amy or anyone on the Valor team. Valor K9 is top notch!! Thanks again, Valor, for having me!”

-Traci Swearer

“We have a rescue who is pretty scared of everything. Courtney was great with Moe! He improved so much in just the 6 visits. Courtney is so caring and patient with me.”

-Michelle Fox

“About three months ago I decided my one year old German Shepherd mix was very badly in need of training. After doing research about the companies in Spokane, I decided to contact Valor K9. Since meeting Courtney for the first evaluation I’ve had a great experience and so has my pup Pistol. We’ve done six out of eight lessons so far and he’s a completely different dog at home, in public, and on the leash. Pistol was reactive to dogs and strangers (not aggressive, he was just very excited to meet everyone), was selective about listening, and dragged me around with the leash. Even after the first lesson he was so much better at listening, and he gets so excited when we pull up for training. Thank you so much Valor K9 & Courtney, Pistol and I love working with you guys!”

-Kate Cochran

“We started taking our puppy here for kindergarten at 15 weeks old, she is 6 months now and soon starting the basic obedience course. After 4 private lessons with Jenna, our Lucy is so well mannered. Today we hosted Easter brunch and are so impressed with how well Lucy did! No jumping or begging and she was friendly with all of our guests. Nothing but good things to say about Valor and Trainer Jenna!”

-Taylor Loehlein

“I cannot say enough positive things about Valor K9 Academy’s Shadow Program. For me, it was a week of pure bliss. The curriculum was expansive and rich; including observing classes (private and group), participating in field trips, participation in bite work, academics, hands-on training, and so much more. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering becoming a dog trainer, works in a shelter/rescue group, or even wants to get away from their desk job for a week. Amy was a gracious host and openly shared her training philosophy; she also provided very helpful positive criticism, all of which was greatly appreciated. I am already jealous of the next round of shadow students; if I could I would have stayed forever. Thank you for a dream-come-true kind of week.”

-Sara McCann

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