Valorant K9 Academy

Be The Person
Your New Puppy
Needs You To Be

Helping owners to reach a greater understanding of their puppies and their potential

Who we are

The leading experts in puppy development and training based in North East England.

5 Week Puppy Course

Puppies don't grow out of bad behaviours - they grow into them.

We work with hundreds of puppy owners throughout the UK and internationally to learn how to understand and communicate with their puppies, and to build the best possible relationship they can through correct socialisation, confidence building, and structure.

Located in Durham, North East England, our training centre specialises in canine behaviour and training, offering an experience like no other. We provide realistic, proven and effective training that works, and has worked for hundreds of dogs throughout the UK and internationally.

Our team consists of some of the UK’s best trainers and behaviourists to work with you and your puppy, and help take the relationship you have with them to the next level.

Bringing a new puppy home is a very exciting time, but many owners quickly find themselves overwhelmed, under-prepared and stressed out!

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The importance of getting it right from Day 1

The first 30 days with a new puppy are vital to their progress moving forwards but, with so much misinformation online, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Our priority is to establish a fantastic relationship between you and your puppy, as well as laying a solid foundation of obedience, confidence and communication.

Every puppy has a unique personality that changes and fluctuates at various stages in their development. A ‘one size fits all’ method doesn’t work for puppy training for this reason; this is why our approach to puppy development is centered around the puppy as an individual, rather than a traditional puppy class which can cause you to miss vital skills. (Don’t worry though – you’ll still have the opportunity to socialise your puppy correctly thanks to our wonderful stooge dogs!)

Training a puppy begins as soon as they step foot into their new home.

So, understanding your puppy’s genetics and having a bulletproof plan from day one will help you create the adult dog of your dreams. Our approach to puppy development is focused around raising and training a complete and balanced dog, not just generic obedience exercises and routines. 

With the focus being placed on puppies as individuals, we design and craft the focus and training approach to best suit the dog that’s in front of us. Some puppy classes can have up to ten (sometimes more!) puppies in attendance, which is a lot of social pressure for less confident dogs. Our training center and 1-1 approach provides puppies with a private environment which is far less stressful and promotes learning.

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How we can help you

We're now offering puppy owners the opportunity to work closely with our puppy development specialists.

With puppies, prevention is always better than cure. So, our focus is centered around giving puppy owners the knowledge and skills they need for success.

What our clients think

Don't just take our word for it, check out what some of our amazing clients have had to say.

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Amy Simpson
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I had a half day session with Adam yesterday and I'm so pleased with how it went. Adam could tell me just about straight away what the issues were with both me and German Shepherd, Duke. He is extremely knowledgeable and gives very clear advise and instructions. He also uses his own dogs to practice around (his dogs are amazing!) Both Adam and Lauren are very down to earth lovely people and make you feel at ease instantly. Overall I'm so pleased I found Valorant K9. Onwards and upwards for me and my doggo! Thanks guys.
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Tom Birley
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I was sceptical at best about meeting Johnny after my Mrs spending a small fortune on dog trainers and behaviourists with limited results trying to get our GSD Zak to walk without pulling and to stop being so reactive to other dogs. Within less than 10 mins we had loose lead walking sorted and by the end of the session Zak was ignoring horses dogs the lot. The approach of balanced training rather than just force free simply works. Don’t get me wrong Zak is a well loved pet and far from hurting him nothing more than a well timed flick of the lead is all that’s required when you know what you’re doing. Wish the Mrs had found these guys first as it would have saved us a lot of time money and hassle! Actually enjoying dog walks again now cheers.
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Sharni Kaur
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My GSD was reactive towards everything and anything including sounds of normal household things. Very nervy and unsettled. Pulling on leash getting on his back legs to get to anything that made him react. Got a dog trainer involved within a week to support me with Pablo during this time Pablo got worse. He bit my family members including myself twice. Arranged for a dog shelter to rehouse Pablo but they couldn’t get near him, called many dog charities for support but unfortunately as Pablo has a bite history there was only one place now for him either locked up in our house or put to sleep. I found Adam through an online dog academy and took Pablo to see him. He was now my last hope. We had a quick chat and went straight into training Pablo. By the end of my first session Pablo stopped reacting and he showed me how to get back to basics with Pablo and a year on I have a totally different dog and will forever be grateful!
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David Murray
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Started training with my GSD Mac, at Valorant K9. I have had a fare few GSDs over the years, but I am not a dog trainer. So the plan was for me to learn as much as possible for Mac from both Adam and John. The Lads have been amazing with both myself and Mac, the amount we have learnt and the quality of the training has been excellent and I would recommend the lads to any serious dog owner and look forward to many more training sessions with my friend and partner in crime Mac.
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Natasha Scott
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We brought Miles to Adam to help deal with his reactivity problems. I cannot believe the difference we seen within the first hour. Miles was walking without pulling and he was alot calmer. Adam showed us how to correct his pulling, and when to mark and reward his behaviour. I'm so glad that we made the decision to bring him because we feel like we brought a different dog home. I am still in shock that I was walking Miles on a loose lead and past dogs without him reacting! Adam knew what was wrong with Miles from meeting him and he's told us so much to help with his training in the future and gave us the confidence to carry it through. I cannot wait to go for a walk with Miles without detouring or waiting behind cars for dogs to pass. Thank you so much!
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Lucy Thompson
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If you’re thinking about reaching out to Adam and Valorant K9, stop thinking and just do it. We did a half day session for my massive German shepherd who couldn’t concentrate on a walk to save his life and would throw his entire body weight towards other dogs, new smells, lampposts, pigeons, you name it. I took him for a big walk today and I feel like I’m walking a completely different dog, it was great! Adam is so knowledgable and I could tell straight away when he was handling Oscar that he was really in tune with how my dog thinks. Not a single second of the session was wasted and he passed on so much knowledge to us. Huge thank you!
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Jillian Callaway
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The training and advice was second to none and within a couple of hours there was massive progress to be seen with my German shepherd, who not only likes to pull but also reacts to other dogs. By the end of the session, he was walking on a loose lead and hardly noticing other dogs. Took away lots of advice and skills to continue with his training. Worth every penny.
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Frank Parnaby
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We are just so pleased we decided to go to a training session with Adam! After recently moving house with our German shepherd Floyd, we thought that this would be a great opportunity to support Floyd with his reactivity. From being a young dog Floyd had struggled to cope with other dogs nearby. After meeting someone with a German shepherd on our estate, we were recommended to go and see Adam. He was not wrong! After just one session of three hours we walked away with the most amazing transformation. At the start of the session Floyd was quite reactive towards both Adam and his dogs however at the end of the session Floyd was able to walk close by the other dogs with the appropriate corrections and praise, as well as comfortably letting Adam handle him. We are continuing to work with Floyd but really couldn’t have done it without the amazing support and advice from Adam. Now I don’t know who enjoys a walk more, us or Floyd!
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Andrew Laurie
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We took our now 18 month old German Shepherd to Adam firstly in August 20. We’d made great progress with our trainer but we couldn’t get a breakthrough with her reactivity/barrier frustration, to the point my wife dreaded taking her out. Fast forward 5 months after our first session we’d made good progress but we wanted some feedback from Adam so we booked another half day to help us reinforce what we’d put in place as Nina was quite inconsistent, which really was more to do with our handling. With some cracking feedback and one month on we both look forward to taking her out. We’d never considered balanced training, however, not all dogs are the same and some need a little extra communication. Not only has the reactivity improved but loose lead walking at heel is now consistent. Our engagement is even better than it was and we have a fantastic well-rounded dog. We’ve seen so many dogs and owners make amazing progress with Adam, including those we’ve recommended.
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Emma Reynolds
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I can honestly say Adam was the turning point for me and Sky. She was/is a reactive German shepherd and I had seen many trainers with no joy, things got from bad to worse then I done a course with Adam and OMG ..... the change in both of us was/is AMAZING. He explains things clearly and makes everything to easy to understand and his way of training is just BRILLIANT !!!! Sky has gone from reacting to everything and everyone to now enjoying our new found freedom as her reactivity is almost completely gone and the small bit she does have left we can manage thanks to the tools Adam’s training has given us. I couldn’t recommend a better trainer as Adam managed to do for us something that others couldn’t and that was help make Sky’s life better through her training with her reactivity.
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Danielle Smith
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I did an online reactivity course with Adam and my god did I get my moneys worth! he is a fountain of knowledge and he isn't afraid to share it! in depth! excellent experience all round, but explained in a way everyone on the course could grasp easily. One awesome thing I will say about Adam, he isn't in it for the money, what do I mean by that? Well he WANTS to help dog owners help themselves. If he can get you sorted in one session? He WILL do that! He won't bamboozle you with scientific jargon (not that he doesn't know it!) and waste your session so you have to book back in a few times before you see results he! He gets it done, he just keeps things simple for pet people to understand, so we can implement his advice and training into our own lives, easily and with confidence. Adam is a genuine kind and compassionate dog trainer, he will help your dogs in the gentlest way that the dogs understand, friends first, build a relationship with your dog and then he gets to work. He is ALL about the dogs and making sure they're comfortable most of all. Highly recommended
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David Presland-Auton
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I was fortunate that a friend of mine knew Adam and suggested that I book some training with my beautiful girl. Unfortunately, Ember was presenting as anxious and reactive with other dogs when on her leash. I had one training session with Adam last August, which has proven very beneficial. Adam showed me exactly how to teach Ember to focus on me and my reaction to her being reactive with other dogs. In short, she is now a very well trained obedient and loyal German Shepherd. The training that we received remains in place and I remain in Adam’s debt. Thank you.
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Kirsty Silcock
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I visited Adam for a half day session as I’ve been having reactivity issues with my German Shepherd Vinnie. Vinnie was a rescue who’s been with us for approx 1.5 years. He’s got the most amazing personality but he’s so reactive with other dogs. We’ve been attending a German shepherd training group and he’s improved great with the dogs he’s familiar with however he was still reacting to new dogs we met. Adam witnessed this behaviour as soon as Vinnie saw one of his stooge dogs and immediately showed me how best to deal with it. Within no time at all he was walking past the dogs and not reacting at all. The best thing was the way Adam explained why Vinnie was behaving the way he did and how my actions would have such a big impact, thus reducing his reactiveness over time. The techniques I learned from Adam are now incorporated into daily life with Vinnie which has massively improved the bond between us, which in my opinion is the best outcome of all.

Frequently asked questions

Some of the most commonly asked questions
about working with us

Our 5 Week Puppy Course is crafted towards the individual needs of each owner and their puppy, taking into account not only the puppy’s unique genetics according to their breed but also the end goal for the puppy owner!

The course is 5-weeks-long and each session lasts around 45 minutes. Throughout the course we will cover all of the puppy essentials listed below:

  • Crate training
  • Toilet training
  • Recall
  • Loose leash walking
  • Drop it & leave it
  • Stay & wait
  • Correct socialisation
  • Exposure
  • Play & relationship
  • Confidence building
  • Settling in the home & in public

All of our sessions are held at our training centre based in Durham – DH1 1FQ. 

You can sign up by clicking any of the red ‘CLICK HERE TO WORK WITH US BUTTONS‘  found on this page. Once the course has been purchased, you can speak with a member of our team by sending us an email to, to arrange the first suitable date and time for your session, and confirm your booking.

You may purchase this course if your puppy is 4-months or younger at the start of the course. We reserve the right to ask for proof of age of your puppy.

The sessions can be scheduled when it suits you best (providing we have availability), however a set day and time each week for the 5-weeks is recommended for consistency. Our training centre is open Monday-Saturday so once you have dates in mind be sure to let us know as soon as you can.

We go absolutely above and beyond to transform the lives our clients have with their dogs. We guarantee that by following our advice and instruction you will set your puppy up with amazing foundations that you can build upon.

The 5 Week Puppy Course is priced at £325 for the 5-weeks of training.

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