Certified Dog Trainer through the CPDT

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Dog training to fit your lifestyle. Convenient in-home or group class options.

Training me is not an option, it is an obligation.

It is not something to be done only once I start causing problems,

it is how to prevent problems from starting.

Teach me how to be the dog that you want.

–Author Unknown

Winter Notes:

To keep everyone safe this winter:  If USD 383 cancels school due to bad weather, MuttSchool will be closed as well.

Positive training. Lasting results.

Transform your dog into the pet you’ve always wanted through MuttSchool’s group classes, private in-home lessons, behavioral modification sessions, day training, therapy or service dog training. Our professional instructors use the power of behavioral science to teach you how to train your dog by building lasting bonds based on mutual trust and respect instead of fear and intimidation.

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.

Talk to a trainer!

Do you have immediate questions about your dog’s behavior and just want to talk to someone NOW? Often before we even see your dog, one of our certified trainers can give you some help to manage the situation until we can get there in person. We can phone or Skype with you!


Meet our instructors

Get to know our team of instructors. We combine our love for animals with education, experience and scientifically-based training methods. You may notice the credentials at the ends of our names. Not all dog trainers that are in business for themselves 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 - Owner/CCPDT Certified InstructorOwner/CCPDT Certified Instructor
Julie Croasdale, BS, CPDT-KSA, ABCDT - CCPDT Certified InstructorCCPDT Certified Instructor
Katey McCarthy, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB - CCPDT Certified InstructorCCPDT Certified Instructor
Becci Brown, MA - Admin and InstructorAdmin and Instructor
Tess Purvis - InstructorInstructor
Joelle Hopf - Assistant InstructorAssistant Instructor

Did you adopt a dog from a rescue organization?

MuttSchool would like to congratulate you on the adoption of your new furry friend.

To help with the transition from rescue to home, we’d like to offer you a 10% discount on your first group class or set of private lessons if booked within 30 days of the adoption. Simply email us proof of adoption at info@muttschool-ks.com and we’ll send you back a discount code you can use when you enroll.


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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