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We put the GOOD
in GOOD dog!

Transform your dog into the pet you’ve always wanted by utilizing the power of behavioral science to train your dog. MuttSchool instructors teach by building lasting bonds based on mutual trust and respect instead of fear and intimidation. Utilizing our many different services, we can custom design a training plan to help you achieve your goals for training your dog.

Professional dog training to fit your lifestyle.

Now with three locations to serve you!

Click on the city name to view MuttSchool's dog training services in your area.

Manhattan

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JOIN US IN THE LITTLE APPLE

Manhattan hosts MuttSchool’s original training center location. We are a full service facility offering day training, group classes, private lessons and behavior modification.

Salina

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MEET US IN SALINA

 You’ll love our fun and effective group classes taught by professional trainers. Join us for grade 1-5 classes plus therapy dog class at the historic Salina Innovations Foundation.

Topeka

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CONNECT WITH US IN TOPEKA

MuttSchool is excited to announce that group classes, day school and private lessons are now available in Topeka. You will find us in the gymnasium room at the Dirty Dog Pet Services facility.

NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

Schedule an evaluation today!

During an evaluation, we meet you and your dog, listen to any challenges you may be having with your pet and get started on managing those behaviors. You and your trainer will discuss canine learning theory, marker training, behavior modification and will devise a long term training plan that fits your time constraints and budget. 

Evaluations are $110 for 90 minutes. We can come to you (please note that due to Covid-19, we are not going into client’s homes) or we can meet at one of our facilities. For at-home lessons, there may be an additional travel fee if you are outside of our standard travel range.

EVALUATION–Manhattan
EVALUATION – Salina
EVALUATION – Topeka

MuttSchool-KS serves towns in northeastern Kansas along the I-70 corridor, including Manhattan, Junction City, Ft. Riley, St. Marys, Wamego, Silver Lake, Topeka, Abilene, and Salina. Travel fees may apply.

Why choose MuttSchool?

CCPDT Certified Dog Trainers

A dog trainer certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers shows the trainer is a qualified professional that has tested and passed the rigorous standards of knowledge and skills in the field of science-based dog training. MuttSchool supports testing dog trainer’s knowledge and skills to show competency. Read the CCPDT mission statement to see why we believe your dog trainer should be certified.

Experience Counts

MuttSchool instructors have trained over 5,000 Kansas dogs since our business began in 2007. Together our team has over 100 years of experience working with animals. Our owner, Mary, has over 30 years of dog training experience and imparts this in designing MuttSchool’s curriculum and training plans. That’s experience you can trust.

Personalized Programs

There is not a one size fits all dog training solution. Every dog has individual training needs. And, each owner has their own lifestyle requirements. Finding a way to meld these together so you and your dog can be successful is why MuttSchool offers a variety of services for you to choose from. Let us develop an individualized training plan just for you and your dog!

Educated Instructors

MuttSchool’s instructors have completed professional dog training schools, university degrees or are in the process of completing their formal education. Several of our certified trainers are graduates of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy.  Other instructors have completed their education from Animal Behavior College (ABC) MuttSchool is also an ABC Mentor Training Facility. In addition, all of our instructors are expected to attend yearly professional development seminars to stay on the forefront of the dog training field.

Method of Training

Using scientifically-based methods, MuttSchool’s instructors teach you along with your dog. You and your dog will establish a system of lifelong communication through building behaviors and strengthening skills. We teach so that it’s a fun, positive experience for both of you. We are dedicated to provide you with the tools you need to have a confident, well-mannered and happy canine. MuttSchool follows the LIMA approach for dog training and DOES NOT use training equipment that imparts pain, fear or intimidation on your dog.

Licensed, bonded and insured

MuttSchool is licensed as a training kennel by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. We are bonded and insured. And, due to the fact that even the best-behaved dogs can sometimes be unpredictable, we carry worker’s compensation for our valuable employees. If you are searching for a dog trainer, these are important subjects to talk about with other trainers you interview. Not all dog trainers are licensed and bonded or carry insurance. If anything happens with an uninsured trainer, the liability could fall on you.

Affordability

Training your dog makes good financial sense. Untrained dogs can be a risk to other people and dogs. If you think training is expensive, simply envision the veterinary bill if your dog is hit by a car because he refused to come to you. Or the civil court payouts if the dog bites someone or attacks another dog. You risk lawsuits, medical care, veterinarian care, legal fees and animal control fines. You are investing in training for your dog now to prevent challenging behaviors and to avoid those costs later.

Flexible scheduling

Enjoy flexible scheduling—on your time and at your chosen location. We know you have busy lives and dog training isn’t always on the top of your to-do list. We want to train your dog, so we offer flexible service options to fit with your lifestyle.

Community

Join a community of pet parents that also want quality, positive reinforcement training for their dog. VISIT MuttSchool’s Booster Club on Facebook.

You have a team of professional trainers working for you and your dog.

Get to know our team of instructors. We combine our love for animals with education, experience and scientific-based training methods. You may notice the credentials at the ends of our names. Not all dog trainers have certifications. MuttSchool’s instructors are either certified or are working toward the training hours required to take the rigorous Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) exams. This certification demonstrates that your instructor has mastered humane, science-based dog training practices. To maintain our certifications, we are expected to complete yearly continuing education. The more MuttSchool instructors learn, the more we can pass on to our clients. You can rest assured that you and your dog are receiving the most recent, effective training methods when you bring your dog to MuttSchool.

Certified Dog Training Professionals

Mary Hager, BA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, CTDI

Mary

B.A. • CPDT-KSA • KPA CTP • CGC • Behavior Consultant

For over 30 years, Mary has taught private lessons and all levels of group classes in obedience, rally, conformation, trick training and agility in Phoenix, AZ, Seattle, WA and now with MuttSchool. She has worked with a wide range of canine behavioral challenges including shyness, reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety. Mary is certified CPDT-KSA, a Karen Pryor Academy honors graduate and a KPA Certified Training Partner. She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, an AKC CGC evaluator, a Certified Fear Free Pet Professional and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Dawn

CPDT-KA • ABCDT • CGC evaluator, Behavior Consultant

Dawn started with MuttSchool as an Animal Behavior College extern. Throughout her time at MuttSchool, she found her passion is working with dogs with behavioral challenges. Dawn also teaches private lessons, group classes, day training and works with our therapy and service dogs. She is certified CPDT-KA and is an AKC CGC evaluator. She has also volunteered for Helping Hands Humane Society training dogs with behavior issues to make them more adoptable. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
Jen Gfeller

Jennifer

KPA CTP, Behavior Consultant

Jennifer has always been captivated by the human-animal bond and enjoys helping people learn how to communicate better with their dogs. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers, and has worked in both municipal animal shelters and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Kate

B.S. • CPDT-KA • CGC Evaluator • KPA

Kate is a former Kindergarten teacher who has gone to the dogs. She has always enjoyed working with animals. She completed the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers, is a CPDT-KA and an AKC CGC evaluator. While teaching, Kate spent her summers working as a naturalist and mammal rehabilitation provider for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

Ashley

CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT

Ashley has taught basic manners in group classes, conducted private lessons for basic manners, behavioral issues, service dog training and is currently working with dogs in MuttSchool’s day training program.  She has graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers and is certified CPDT-KA through CCPDT and Animal Behavior College.

GraceAnn

CGC Evaluator • KPA Foundations • AKC Temperament Tester

Dog Training Professionals (Manhattan)

Alena

K-STATE Student, Entrepreneurship

Plern

Plern

ABCDT

Carissa

B.S., Animal Science

Mariah

Marketing and PR coordinator • K-State Student, Animal Science • KPA Foundations

Alley

K-State Student, Animal Science

Andrew

Kennel Technician

Dog Training Professionals (Salina)

Marcia

INSTRUCTOR • CGC EVALUATOR

McKayla

INSTRUCTOR

Dog Training Professionals (Topeka)

Jenna

B.S., Animal Science

Dynah

Two time AKC European Open Junior Team USA • Student, Veterinary Nursing

Want to become a dog trainer? Learn animal behavior through a MuttSchool internship.

MuttSchool’s animal behavior interns will receive both online and hands-on experience working with our dog training and behavior programs. The intern will learn to train, rehabilitate and modify behaviorally-challenged dogs using LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) training methods under the direction of MuttSchool’s certified trainers. In addition, the intern will assist with daily care and training, group classes and private lessons learning how to instruct clients. As interns progress in their understanding of dog behavior and their skill at working with dogs, there may be the possibility of paid positions with the company depending on the performance of the intern and the needs of the company. The internship requires a commitment of 10-20 hours a week. Preference will be given to those enrolled in a dog training educational program or university-level animal behavior or veterinary courses. This is an unpaid position.

Cigi

Animal Behavior Intern

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MuttSchool-KS serves towns in northeastern Kansas along the I-70 corridor, including Manhattan, Junction City, Ft. Riley, St. Marys, Wamego, Silver Lake, Topeka, Abilene, and Salina. Travel fees may apply.

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