Valor K9 Academy in Medical Lake is a fully licensed and insured boarding and training facility that specializes in customized, affordable dog training. The facility offers small group classes, board-and-train programs, and in-home training services. Valor K9 Academy trains dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperaments. Training programs include puppy training, family companion obedience, canine good citizen training, therapy dog training, and behavior rehabilitation training. Valor K9 Academy is a veteran-owned business that uses food and praise for reward-based training and collars that help keep things clear and consistent for the program’s participants. The academy’s programs never use punishment or other methods of force to train dogs. The business works to create results that are both effective and permanent by educating owners about different forms of motivation and how clients can build stronger relationships with their pets. The academy has a 2,400-square-foot facility that includes a dog washing station and a selection of retail products. Valor K9 Academy has a number of outdoor kennel runs and a fenced-in outdoor area with sheep for herding. The academy’s owner, Amy Pishner, served in the military as an intelligence specialist before pursuing a career more aligned with her passion for dog training. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Canine Professionals, Service Dogs of America, and Therapy Dogs International.