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 $199 ​

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)



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 9:45-10:45am and 11-12pm 

Mondays and Wednesdays 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.


Weekly themed activities:


  • Pogo Pups

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Park Positives

  • Home Hangin'

  • Neighborhood Knows

  • Body/Brain Bonanza

Starting at $199 ​

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

- Staci in Odessa


Intro to K9 Nose Works®
(All dogs welcome) ​

Where: The Dogs' Spot in North KCMO 

When: Saturdays 2-3pm

This class will introduce you and your dog to foundation skills needed to play scent games for fun and, if desired, start you on the journey toward trialing in any of the various scentwork organizations.  


For toy crazy pups, you’ll have the option of searching for scented toys or scented oil. For food crazy pups, you’ll have the option of searching for food or scented oil.


Scentwork 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). We will have a maximum of two spots available for dogs that need extra reactivity support.

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


6 week course:


  • Search for toys

  • Search for food

  • Search for birch

  • Have fun

  • Prepare for competition

  • Be wowed by your dog

Starting at $199 ​

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


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