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Professional dog training to fit your lifestyle

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. With the flexibility of our many different services, we can custom design a training plan to help you achieve your dog’s training goals:

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 cost if your dog were to escape your yard and get in a fight with another dog or injure someone. You risk lawsuits, medical care, veterinarian care, legal fees and animal control fines. MuttSchool has many dog training options and we are happy to help you find affordable ways to train your dog.

Flexibility

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.

Group Classes

MuttSchool’s group class instructors teach you along with your dog. You and your dog will establish a system of lifelong communication by 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.

Puppy kindergarten

Start your puppy off on the right paw! This class meets twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 6pm. Attend until your puppy turns 16 weeks old.

Grades 1-5 group classes

Purchase credits to use in our open enrollment foundation group classes. Earn AKC Canine Good Citizen certificates as you attend class!

Focused skills group classes

A continuous 8-week course that focuses on specific skills you want to train such as recalls, loose leash walking and impulse control.

Dog sports group classes

Interested in doing something fun with your dog? Try our 8-week beginning agility, trick training or rally obedience classes.

Private lessons

Private lessons offer a personalized way to train your dog or puppy. Enjoy the flexibility of working one-on-one with a MuttSchool instructor based on your schedule and availability. These lessons can be held at your home, our training center or another agreed upon location.

How do you get started? Sign up today for an evaluation!

Evaluation

During your dog’s evaluation, a MuttSchool instructor will meet with you and your dog to observe your dog’s behavior first hand. Together we will devise a training plan that meets your dog’s training needs.

Foundation private lessons

Build a solid foundation for your dog while training on your own schedule. Work on your dog’s manners while including the entire family in your training sessions.

Behavior modification private lessons

Is your dog’s challenging behavior upsetting the balance in your household?
Behavior private lessons are for dogs that are exhibiting behaviors that are difficult to live with.

Rowdy Rover behavior program

MuttSchool’s Rowdy Rover program is a multifaceted behavior program for dogs with separation anxiety, fear, aggression, reactivity, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

No time to train your dog? Let our professionals train your dog for you!

Let MuttSchool take the stress out of training by letting us train your dog while you are busy during the day. Allow MuttSchool’s instructors to give you the peace of mind that your dog is getting the right foundation training, manners and socialization while you go about your daily life. MuttSchool offers several different options for people who want a professionally trained dog:

Day Training

With our day training program, you drop your dog off in the morning and pick your dog up in the evening. In between, Muttschool instructors follow your dog’s individualized training plan and do all the work!

Manners Camp

MuttSchool’s Manners Camp is a structured all day activity for dogs that need a little help remembering their manners. Drop your dog off with us for fun and first grade level training while you go about your day.

Boarding School

This is a very popular option if you want your dog professionally trained but can’t bring your dog to day training. Contact Renee at Wildcat Pet Resort, 785-539-1515, for questions or to schedule your dog for boarding school.

Field Trips

Does your dog need work outside your house? Are walks difficult because your dog is too distracted? Let our trainers take your dog on field trips while you are at work to reinforce good leash behaviors around distractions.

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 MuttSchool instructors should be certified.

Experience Counts

MuttSchool instructors have trained over 4,000 local dogs since our business began in 2007. Before moving to Kansas, our owner, Mary, taught classes and trained dogs in both Arizona and Washington state. Mary has over 30 years of 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 formal dog training schools or they have years of experience to replace it. Mary Hager is an honors graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a KPA certified training partner. Other instructors have graduated from Animal Behavior College (ABC) MuttSchool is an official ABC Mentor Trainer. 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 positive reinforcement methods, MuttSchool’s instructors teach you along with your dog. You and your dog will establish a system of lifelong communication by 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 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.

You have a team of 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.
Mary Hager, BA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, CTDI

Mary

B.A, CCPDT-KSA Certified, KPA CTP, CGC

For over 25 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.

Dawn

CCPDT-KA CERTIFIED, ABCDT, CGC

Dawn started with MuttSchool as an ABC extern in 2015.  Now, she teaches private lessons, group classes and day training as well as working for our neighbor, Wildcat Pet Resort. Dawn has also volunteered for Helping Hands Humane Society by training dogs with behavior issues that might have made them unadoptable.
Jen Gfeller

Jennifer

KPA CTP

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.

Kate

B.S., CCPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator, KPA

Kate is a former Kindergarten teacher who has gone to the dogs. She has always enjoyed working with animals, and is currently enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers. While teaching, Kate spent her summers working as a naturalist and mammal rehabilitation provider for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

Jenna

B.S. Animal Science

Dynah

GraceAnn

CGC Evaluator

Marcia

SALINA, CGC Evaluator

Mariah

Student in Animal Science

Alena

Student in Entrepreneurship

After School Events

Recess! Play Groups

MuttSchool’s playgroups provide dogs with positive social interactions, opportunities to improve social skills and have an outlet for their physical and mental energy in a safe environment. Play groups are held Tuesday and Saturday evenings. Sign up for your dog’s evaluation and your first playgroup today.

FREE WOOFshops

Want to learn about pet-related topics from experts in their fields? Watch our facebook event page for topics like pet first aid, massage, nutrition, and acupuncture.

SymPAWSiums and Seminars

Staying current with recent developments and innovation in the dog training and behavior world is very important to your MuttSchool trainers. We want to pass that on to you by bringing internationally renowned speakers on topics that you may be interested in to the Manhattan area. Whether you are a pet owner or professional in the industry, you are welcome to join us for our seminars.

Testimonials

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.