Group Dog Training Classes

Because Martin Training & Behavior believes so strongly that proper management, enrichment, and training of dogs  is the key to heading off behavior problems (those that cause dogs to lose their homes), we offer group classes for puppies from 7 weeks all the way to the senior years. You are sure to find an option that fits your needs.

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Saturdays 8:30-9:30am 

Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

 

Congratulations! You have a brand new bundle of joy sitting at your feet, looking at you with adoring eyes, full of mischievousness, boundless energy, and that sweet puppy breath. Now what?!

 

Veterinary behaviorists and certified trainers all agree that the number one priority for puppy families is to participate in a socialization program, beginning as soon as their puppy comes home. Puppy Prep at The Dogs' Spot is a first step towards a lifetime with a happy, safe, social dog! 

 

In Puppy Prep, we focus on introducing your puppy to new people, other puppies, sights, sounds, and handling that they will likely be exposed to during their lifetime, in ways that will help them form positive associations. You'll receive tips on additional out-of-class socialization, household manners, house training, and puppy biting, among others. Basic behaviors covered in the class include sit, coming when called, leash walking, wait, touch, and much more.

 

After completing an online Behavior and Training 101 orientation, you can start any time. All puppies are welcome, including wallflowers, social butterflies, shrinking violets, and Tarzans.

 

Prerequisites: Handler has attended Behavior and Training 101 orientation, puppy is between 7 weeks and 16 weeks, and has started their puppy vaccinations at least 7 days prior to starting class.

Starting at $239 ​

Tracy, thank you so much for all of the training tips. It was a wonderful experience. I am promoting you all on my social media. I personally learned so much. Hopefully see you in the fall!

- Steven in NKCMO

Puppy Prep Group Class

(7 weeks-16 weeks)

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Weekly themed activities:

  • Home Hangin'

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Veterinary Visits

  • Neighborhood Knows

  • Grooming Guidance

  • BBQ Behavior

Surviving Adolescence Group Class

(20 weeks-18 months) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Saturdays 10-11am 

Monday 8-9pm

Are you wondering where your sweet doting puppy has gone? Are you worried you, or your pup, may not survive adolescence? We hear you! And we can help!


Join us as we negotiate the challenges of puppies becoming dogs. Learn how behaviors taught in a controlled environment are our saving grace in the messy real world.

Surviving Adolescence is a 6 week journey to the dog you've always 
knew you wanted! 

 

After completing an online Behavior and Training 101 orientation, you can start anytime. Adolescents must be comfortable with strange people and dogs. 

Prerequisites: Handler has attended Behavior and Training 101 orientation, 
puppy is between about 5 months and 12 months of age, and has completed their puppy vaccination series.

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Weekly themed activities:

 

  • Meet and Greets

  • Kitchen Konfidential

  • Park Positives

  • Home Hangin'

  • Neighborhood Knows

  • Fun and Games

Starting at $239 ​

I cannot say enough about how beneficial this class was for our family. I enjoyed the structure of it. I liked that it was 6 consecutive weeks which made us work on the skills we had just learned. I was a little nervous having class with other dogs but being in a setting with other dogs made Butters learn to listen to our commands when she was distracted. But I did like that the class sizes were small, no more than 6 dogs.

- Maggie and Matt in KCMO

 

K9 Nose Works® 1 (Interiors/Containers)
(All dogs welcome) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Varies

In K9 Nose Work®1: Interiors/Containers, we capitalize on your dog's natural ability to hunt for and locate high value food or toys. As your dog learns to seek out their hidden quarry confidently and independently, you learn to read their body language quickly and accurately.

 

K9 Nose Work® is an activity for ALL dogs and super ideal for dogs needing more confidence, convalescing or disabled dogs, senior dogs, and busy dogs that need a job.

 

K9 Nose Work® is also appropriate for dogs who struggle being around other dogs, as searches are individual and dogs will be crated between searches. Please note that this group class is not appropriate for human reactive dogs but individual, virtual coaching is available to get your dog started on their scenting journey. 

There is a maximum of 6 teams of handlers and dogs per class, which allows for individual instruction and downtime for the dogs (scentwork is demanding). 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. This class is suitable for dogs of any age, from adolescents to senior dogs.  

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6 week course:

 

  • Search for toys

  • Search for food

  • Have fun

  • Prepare for competition

  • Be wowed by your dog

Starting at $239 ​

It was really fun! I had a good time and I think Beans DEFINITELY did, too. Doing something he enjoys in a class setting has been great for his confidence. I also liked that there are different options on what to search for - gives people the opportunity to take the classes again, and it makes it easier to tailor to specific goals.

- Lauren in KCMO

 

K9 Nose Works® 2 (Exteriors/Vehicles)
(requires an intro class) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Varies

In K9 Nose Work® 2, we continue to develop and build on foundation skills introduced in K9 Nose Work® 1. This class will expand search areas to the great outdoors, increasing distractions and odor complexity. We'll also introduce vehicle searches and other complex and novel hide locations. The K9 Nose Work® 2 class is the next step toward getting handler teams ready to go on odor.

 

K9 Nose Work® is an activity for ALL dogs and super ideal for dogs needing more confidence, convalescing or disabled dogs, senior dogs, young dogs with energy that need a job, etc. In addition, because dogs work one at a time, scentwork class is appropriate for dogs who can be grumpy with or get overly excited by other dogs.  

 

There is a maximum of 6 teams of handlers and dogs per class, which allows for individual instruction and downtime for the dogs (scentwork is demanding). 

Prerequisites: Teams enrolling in K9NW 2 should have taken a level 1 scentwork class. This class is suitable for dogs of any age, from adolescents to senior dogs.  

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6 week course:

 

  • Search for toys

  • Search for food

  • Have fun

  • Prepare for competition

  • Be wowed by your dog

Starting at $239 ​

This was the first dog training class I have ever been to and absolutely LOVED it! Thank you so much!

- Staci in Odessa

K9 Nose Works® 3 Birch (Interiors/Containers)
(requires an intro class) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Varies

n K9 Nose Work® Birch (Interiors/Containers), we take the next step in your dog's journey towards learning the game of Nose Work. In interior spaces and containers, your dog's primary reward (food/toys) will be paired with the novel odor of birch, teaching them that this new odor is rewarding. This class is suitable for dogs that have already learned to independently hunt for primary.

 

K9 Nose Work® is an activity for ALL dogs and super ideal for dogs needing more confidence, convalescing or disabled dogs, senior dogs, young dogs with energy that need a job, etc. In addition, because dogs work one at a time, scent work class is appropriate for dogs who can be grumpy with or get overly excited by other dogs.  

 

There is a maximum of 6 teams of handlers and dogs per class, which allows for individual instruction and downtime for the dogs (scent work is demanding). 

Prerequisites: Teams enrolling in K9NW 2 should have taken a level 1 scent work class. This class is suitable for dogs of any age, from adolescents to senior dogs.  

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6 week course:

  • Search for paired birch

  • Have fun

  • Prepare for competition

  • Be wowed by your dog

Starting at $239 ​

Thank you for the pictures; these made my day 😍 Thank you for the feedback too. I have been thrilled to have had the opportunity to progress through the NW courses with you. Your teaching style really clicks 😀 I have watched a couple of your searches with Harry on YouTube. They're very informative! Good luck with the ORT!  Thank you.

- Rachel in Parkville

K9 Nose Works® 4 Birch (Exteriors/Vehicles)
(requires an intro class) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Varies

In K9 Nose Work® 4: Birch (Exteriors/Vehicles) we take a further step in your dog's journey towards learning the game of Nose Work. In exterior spaces, including on vehicles, your dog's primary reward (food/toys) will be paired with the novel odor of birch. Anise and clove will also be introduced. This class is suitable for dogs that have already learned to independently hunt for birch in interior spaces and in containers.

 

K9 Nose Work® is an activity for ALL dogs and super ideal for dogs needing more confidence, convalescing or disabled dogs, senior dogs, and busy dogs that need a job. K9 Nose Work® is also appropriate for dogs who struggle being around other dogs, as searches are individual and dogs will be crated between searches.

 

Please note that this group class is not appropriate for human reactive dogs but individual, virtual coaching is available to get started on their scenting journey.

 

There is a maximum of 6 teams of handlers and dogs per class, which allows for individual instruction and downtime for the dogs (scentwork is demanding).

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6 week course:

  • Search for paired birch

  • Have fun

  • Prepare for competition

  • Be wowed by your dog

Starting at $239 ​

Got questions about group dog training classes?

 

 

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