Spokane Dog Training

Welcome!

Opened in June 2015, Valor K9 Academy – Spokane offers professional dog training to Spokane, WA, and the surrounding areas. We provide concierge in-home private training, small group classes, boarding and board & train services. Our certified trainers specialize in puppies, basic obedience, therapy dogs and service dog training.

June 2021 Update: We are currently fully booked and not accepting new clients. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on our wait list. You can also check out our Online Training program or consider traveling to our Boise, ID, location for quality training for your dog.

We are recommended by…

Path of Hope Rescue, Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, Furry Farm Rescue, Dog Gone Seattle, Indian Trail Animal Hospital, Regal Veterinary Clinic, Kings Veterinary Clinic, Blackhawk Vet, Northwoods Corsos, Flocks Mini Aussies, Sweet Cream Golden Retrievers, Fidelity Farms Labradors, Tiltonhaus German Shepherds and many more!

Our Spokane Dog Training Services

Private lesson training offers an invaluable training opportunity for you and your dog. One-on-one training is done at you and your dog’s pace. This program is great for clients who need special attention or learn better one-on-one. Private lessons are designed for clients who have the time and attention to devote to their dog’s training on a daily and weekly basis.

Dog training topics include: potty training, crate training, basic commands, off leash e-collar training, confidence building, socialization and more! Our team of dog trainers work with puppies and dogs of all ages, breeds and needs, including special needs dogs who are deaf and blind. Lessons can address mild behavioral issues such as leash reactivity, mild anxiety and fearfulness. Dogs who exhibit extreme fear, aggression towards humans and dogs and extreme anxiety are best-suited for our board & train program.

Our dog training specialists serve the greater Spokane area including Medical Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, Spokane, Nine Mile, Spokane Valley, Post Falls and the surrounding areas.

We have three great training packages: Bronze (4 lessons for $600), Silver (six lessons for $750) and Gold (eight lessons for $900). Each lesson is one hour and includes a customized written lesson plan so you can practice at home.

There is a $1/mile travel fee for lessons in your home. We accept checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy), Venmo (to Valor-K9-Academy) or Credit/Debit payments (for which there is a 3-3.5% card fee). We do not accept cash payments.

We currently have a six month wait list for private lessons. To start sooner, please check out our online training option for the same great training done virtually- no traveling and convenient lesson times! Email jenna@valork9academy.com to learn more. Prices listed on website under the Valor Online tab.

Our Spokane dog training group classes offer the advantages of group training with a personalized touch! It’s the best of both worlds for people wanting to train in a group setting!

Puppy Classes

We are offering prepaid drop-in puppy classes. This is open to four puppies at a time with one handler each for a total of five people to follow COVID-19 guidelines for Spokane.

Class topics will include basic commands, socialization, exposure and Q&A. This is a fun and engaging puppy training class where you will learn to enjoy training your puppy. We’ve trained 100s of puppies in a drop-in setting like this using The VK9 Method. It’s proven, effective and fun!

Puppy class is offered twice a month on Saturdays from 10-11am. Cost is $30 per puppy. Spots are limited, so once you reserve a spot for your puppy, payment is not refundable if you can’t/don’t attend. Open to puppies 10-24 weeks of age. Puppies must have had first set of vaccinations at least one week prior to attending class.

Please email maria@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 – $2500
Three weeks – $3200
Four weeks – $3900

Prices do not include food or training equipment. 

Our wait list is currently six months long. Our next opening will be December 2021.

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!

Dog 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 – $3500
Four weeks – $4500

Prices do not include food or training equipment. 

Our wait list is currently six months long. Our next opening will be December 2021.

Custom Board & Train

For dogs of all ages

This program is 100 percent customizable! You tell us what your dog training goals are, and we work on them! This program is for social (friendly) dogs with specific training goals, such as obedience brush-up, basic puppy training, remote collar off leash training, socialization with people and dogs, service dog training, therapy dog work and more! We are no longer booking behavioral rehabilitation board & trains at our Spokane location.

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!

$1,100-1,300 per week depending on type of training requested

Prices do not include food or dog training equipment. 

We accept checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy), Venmo (to Valor-K9-Academy) or Credit/Debit payments (for which there is a 3-3.5% card fee). We do not accept cash payments.

Our wait list is currently six months long. Our next opening will be December 2021.

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, work with our trainers to achieve the goals on your training wish list… Doggie guests stay at our team members’ homes. We have team members in Spokane  and Newman Lake. 

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 professional staff, is the best setting for dogs.

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. We accept checks (payable to Valor K9 Academy), Venmo (to Valor-K9-Academy) or Credit/Debit payments (for which there is a 3-3.5% card fee). We do not accept cash payments. 

To make a reservation, please email info@valork9academy.com. Tell us your dog’s name, age and social status (if your dog is friendly with people and other dogs or not) and the dates you need boarding. Please note- we typically book several weeks or months in advance so plan ahead if possible.

Our Training in Action

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Meet Team Spokane

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LEAD TRAINER

 

Maria Fell is a Trainer at Valor K9 Academy – Spokane dog training. She has been a client since 2017 and joined our team in November 2020. She is a super dedicated dog owner and has a real passion for training and continued education. Working for Valor is a dream come true!

Maria has a bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish. She has a background in Law Enforcement and most recently worked as a Probation Officer for the Cheney Municipal Court.

We are super excited to have such a passionate, dedicated person on our team. Maria’s specialty is puppy and general obedience training. She received her mentoring and training in The VK9 Method by Valor K9 Academy Owner and Head Trainer, Amy Pishner.

Maria is married to husband, Nick. Together they have two children, Charlee and Hadley. Their pets include a Heeler mix named Oakley, a Golden Retriever named Lawyer, a cat and two mini horses. Maria is a longtime Cheney resident. She enjoys training dogs, horseback riding, serving her church and spending time with family & friends.

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STAY & PLAY HOSTS

 

Lex & Dana Silvrants became Stay & Play Hosts in August 2018. For two years they’ve done an exceptional job taking great care of our canine clients and their owners. They go above and beyond to ensure that each dog has a wonderful stay with them, and they get lots of repeat visitors!

This husband and wife team started training with Valor K9 Academy in early 2017 and went all the way through our Advanced Off Leash Obedience Class with both of their dogs! They’re well-informed on The VK9 Method of Training and do a great job maintaining good obedience and manners with their doggie guests. Both Lex & Dana are trained in Canine First Aid & CPR.

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. Dana works as a Program Coordinator at a local manufacturing company. They work opposite shifts, so someone is always home with the dogs. They have a beautiful home with a large fenced yard. Both of their dogs, Neeko, an Australian Shepherd, and Gretty, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, love playing with other dogs.

Lex and Dana were born in Spokane Valley and now reside in Newman Lake. They enjoy renovating their home, hiking with their dogs and playing board games.

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STAY & PLAY HOST

 

Cindy joined our team as a Stay & Play Host in December 2020.

She and her black lab, Lolo, started training with us in 2018. They completed Basic and Intermediate Obedience, passed the Canine Good Citizen test and are now finishing requirements to become a certified Alliance of Therapy Dogs therapy team!

Having graduated from EWU with a degree in Biology, Cindy now works from home as a Biologist for the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Cindy has extensive knowledge on Canine First Aid & CPR. She spent several years working as a Vet Tech at a local vet clinic and at The Pet Emergency Clinic from 2012-2016.

Cindy and husband, Dezmon, have two girls. Anneliese is 3 and Harper is 2. They have a horse named Candybar and a sweet and playful Labrador Retriever named Lolo.

The Cole family lives in Spokane Valley near the Plantes Ferry Complex. Their home is on a large 1/2 acre lot that’s completely fenced in with a six foot vinyl fence.

In her free time, Cindy enjoys horseback riding, hiking/camping, snowboarding, training her dogs and DIY home projects.

cody and sam duval

STAY & PLAY HOSTS

Cody and Sam have been clients with Valor K9 Academy since September 2018. They are both from Spokane, WA, and graduated high school together from East Valley High School. Cody is a U.S. Navy Veteran who is currently attending EWU for a degree in Forensic Science. Sam is a Registered Nurse with a bachelors degree from WSU. She currently works from home as a Performance Improvement Coordinator for LHC Group Inc, so someone is always home with the pups! One of their hobbies since moving in is home renovation. They also enjoy spending time outside with their dogs and hiking.

Cody and Sam have lived in their Spokane Valley home since 2019. They have two dog rooms and a large fenced-in backyard. They have 3 dogs: Finnley, Nala and Mazer.

Looking for an Amazing Dog Trainer who wants to make great money working at an amazing company!

Valor K9 Academy is a balanced dog training company with humble beginnings. What started as a one-woman operation out of a tiny apartment in 2014 is now a nationwide company with three locations, 12 team members and thousands of clients. We believe in the importance of a strong training foundation and focus on communication, motivation and the relationship between owner and dog.

Our Spokane location is looking to hire a full-time dog trainer. The ideal candidate has experience in puppy training, on and off leash obedience and behavior rehabilitation and is certified by The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. But experience is not required. We are willing to train the right person. Anyone joining our team will be trained in The VK9 Method to ensure quality and consistency across the board for our clients.

Compensation is based on experience and credentials. A full-time trainer can expect to make around $70,000-$90,000 per year. Trainers work as Independent Contractors so they set their own hours, can take unlimited vacation time and only sign the clients they want to work with!

We are looking for a passionate, highly motivated and talented individual who is willing to work hard and wants to continue growing as a trainer. The right person is someone who is honest, hard working and believes in our company’s values. We are seeking a trainer who enjoys working with people as much as he/she enjoys training dogs.

We pay generous commission rates and provide growth and advancement opportunities. New trainers will undergo upgrade training under Valor K9 Academy’s Owner and Head Trainer, Amy Pishner, as well as continued mentoring throughout their training career with Valor K9 Academy.

Testimonials

“Maria was a gem. Very very personable and easy to be around, just the right amount of energy. She communicated very well. We have a lot in common and know many of the same people. We love her!”

-Emily S.

Maria had my 11 month old golden retriever pup for a 3-week good dog board and train. Before, my dog had difficulty focusing, pulled on leash, and was just overall a rowdy, goofy pup. He is still a rowdy, goofy pup, but now he is POLITE, and does not pull on leash. He focuses so much better. Thank you Maria! The difference is night and day!

-Luann H.

“I cannot say enough positive things about Valor K9 Academy’s Spokane dog training 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 M.

We could not be happier with the training services provided by Valor K9 Academy. We started with the online puppy training with Jenna. She gave our Lab puppy a great foundation. When our girl was 8 months old, we scheduled a Good Dog Board and Train with Skye. Three days before Ash was to go, she was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. Skye easily adapted Ash’s training to accommodate her discomfort and manage the new list of supplements and medications that were needed daily. Ash returned to us a new dog! So well behaved and polite! Skye is so knowledgeable and patient. We just couldn’t appreciate her more for her experience and helpfulness! Thank you Valor K9 Academy for giving us the family dog that we were hoping for.

-Luann H.

If i could give more than 5 stars I would! I just have to say how wonderful trainer Jenna is! We picked up our German Shepherd puppy yesterday from Valor K9’s puppy head start 4 week board and train program. She is a totally different dog now then when we left her there – and it is all thanks to Jenna! She is amazing and in my opinion is one the best parts of Valor! She has not only been wonderful to our puppy and trained her on everything that was included in the board and train program but more! She has been so nice to our family and went the extra mile to help with our 8 year old son in the training. Since our puppy is our son’s dog the most important thing to us was to have her listen and respect him. Jenna not only went above and beyond in making her perfect for our family, but she now not only loves our son, she totally respects him on all of the commands he gives her! Thank you so much to Amy for helping us thru this process. Not only did you help us find the perfect breeder, but you sent Jenna our way too and she is truly an angel! I want everyone in the world to know just how wonderful this program is and how much these people at Valor really care about the dogs they train AND their owners as well!

-L.M.

We have worked with Valor K9 for a few years. We recently did a puppy head start board and train with Maria with our very energetic German Shorthair, Bo. What a difference the few weeks made for Bo, and what a difference it is for her to identify for our family the structure and work we need to do daily/weekly in order to help set Bo up for success as he continues to mature. We plan to do more, because what a difference it makes to have well behaved dogs. Definitely worth the investment.

-Shantel N.

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 S.

“I will give you all 10 Stars for your performance & guidance in training my very strong willed dog.1/2 Siberian Husky, 1/2 Korean Jindo, both breeds are very strong willed. Within a matter of weeks my dog will now come on command & automatically sit. Heel by my side without the Husky pull. Stay when I tell her for as long as I don’t say free, which has opened other commands such as lay down, sit up pretty, stand up tall, shake hands – right or left. Roll over – right or left. Speak, crawl, come into a protect stance, come into a heal side stance, play dead which I changed to sleep. She will also do a perimeter check inside the house. Plus many more commands.”

-Nick M.

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