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. Even if you've tried training your dog before with a different company and were disappointed in the results, just know, MuttSchool's professional trainers have the experience and education to set goals and get the results you've been looking for.
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The dog training industry is unregulated with no licensing requirements or regulatory oversight. This makes it difficult to know who to trust when searching for training for your furry family member. That's why MuttSchool believes that a certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is so important for our staff. A CPDT certification gives you a way to distinguish dog training professionals whose education, experience, knowledge and skills have stood up to rigorous testing.
We are dedicated to helping dogs and their people build relationships based on trust, compassion, and understanding. MuttSchool instructors have trained over 5,000 Kansas dogs since our business began in 2007. Together our team has over 170 years of combined experience working with animals. Our owner, Mary, has more than 30 years of dog training experience and imparts this in designing MuttSchool's curriculum and training plans. That's experience you can trust.
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!
MuttSchool's instructors have completed professional dog training schools, have 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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy flexible scheduling—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. With private lessons, we can bring the classroom to your home or other convenient location and you pick the time and date. If your schedule is tight and you have no time to train at home, we also have Day School or Boarding School where you drop your dog off and we do the training for you.
While we are not veterinarians, we spend time with your dog and can be a watchful eye to report if we see health concerns that may require veterinary care. All of our employees are required to complete the American Red Cross Cat & Dog First Aid course as part of our on-boarding process. Rest assured that your MuttSchool trainers are knowledgable on what to do for a pet in an emergency situation prior to getting veterinary care.
You have a team of professional trainers
working for you and your dog.
Below are a few of the organizations we are associated with and certifications our trainers have achieved:
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 Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach, 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).
CPDT-KA • KPA CTP • ABCDT
Ashley is one of our original MuttSchool trainers starting with us in 2010. She moved away briefly but lucky for all of us at MuttSchool, found her way back! Ashley teaches group classes, private lessons for both foundation skills and behavioral challenges. She has coached our service dog clients. She is also working with dogs in MuttSchool's day training program. Ashley has graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers and is certified CPDT-KA and is a graduate of Animal Behavior College.
Kate is a former Kindergarten teacher who has gone to the dogs. She has always enjoyed working with animals. While teaching, Kate spent her summers working as a naturalist and mammal rehabilitation provider for Kansas Wildlife and Parks. She completed the Karen Pryor Academy for Professional Trainers, is a CPDT-KA, a Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach and an AKC CGC evaluator. Kate heads up our non-profit for assistance dogs, MuttCare.
M.F.A • CPDT-KA • ABCDT
After owning a reactive dog, Plern started taking interest in dog training and decided to pursue her education through Animal Behavior College (ABC). She did her ABC externship with MuttSchool and was hired on as a dog trainer after completing her education. Plern is a CPDT-KA certified trainer. She is also a Thai native speaker.
Alley has been working with animals since she was very young. She has worked with many species, but dogs are her favorite. When she was a child, she even ran a small business taking care of people's pets while they were on vacation. Alley is currently majoring in Animal Science at Kansas State. She has been working at MuttSchool since August of 2020 and earned her CPDT in November of 2021.
Dog Training Professionals
Carissa has worked with all kinds of animals from farm animals to Orangutans and Elephants. She hails from the flint hills of KS on a beef cow-calf ranch and farm. Her passion for training dogs started early in high school when she took her farm dog, Max through a therapy dog program and was able to escort him to school and nursing home visits for the next 2 years. She ended up writing her senior thesis on the affects of therapy dogs used in nursing homes and graduated Kansas State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science and Industries. She started her training here as an intern and is furthering her education in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington. Her favorite part about working at Mutt School is getting to know all the dogs and their personalities while watching them grow and learn.
Marcia is a retired teacher who trained two therapy dogs and brought them into her classroom. Her first dog was a yellow lab she started training at 10 weeks. This dog was part of the school community for 14 years. She also trained a saint bernadoodle who spent several years in school and, after her retirement, assisted as she taught her dog training classes. She found many ways for her dogs to play strong support roles with her special needs students as well as students that just needed a friend to hug, read to or sit with while taking a test. She has been a strong advocate for the importance of dogs in the schools and was a leader in setting up the bi-laws for her school district and educating staff on how therapy dogs can support students. These experiences led her to a new career teaching dog training classes as well as training and certifying therapy dog teams. Marcia is a CGC evaluator and continues to attend workshops, and trainings to perfect her skills and earn additional certifications. She has found great satisfaction in helping people grow in a positive relationship with their canine friend.
McKayla has always had a passion for dogs and dog behavior and has over 10 years of dog training experience. As a child and young adult, McKayla enjoyed showing and training her first dog in 4-H, exhibiting various breeds for others in the AKC show ring, and volunteering in many other capacities, including animal shelters, 4-H Dog Project Leader, and more. McKayla currently owns two Australian Shepherds and enjoys training for MuttSchool. Her favorite part is educating families about dog behavior and helping them implement practical solutions to find success and harmony in their home.
Riley has exhibited multiple species of livestock through 4-H and FFA. Some of which include dogs and other companion animals. He is currently a student at K-State and majoring in Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management (WOEM).
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