Our mission is to enhance the human-dog relationship by educating owners and
advocating dog-friendly training. At the same time, we endorse continued education
and learning so we may provide instructors of the highest caliber
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TRAIN, DON’T COMPLAIN
Back in 1992 D.O.G.’s founders Jane and Al Boeck wanted to provide a positive training experience for dogs and owners alike. The current owner, Chris White, shares their vision and has carried on the tradition since 2014.
At D.O.G. we believe that reward-based training not only encourages the dog to learn, but also fosters a stronger bond between the dog and the owner.
Our staff is of the highest caliber; each team member is either currently certified through nationally recognized and respected organizations or are finishing requirements to become certified. We pride ourselves on continuing our professional education so we can provide you with the most up-to-date training techniques and problem-solving solutions.
What makes D.O.G. different?
In addition to educating our clients and ourselves, we also give back to the community. We frequently partner with the Independence Great Plains SPCA for events, and the staff volunteers at the SPCA site once per quarter. (Anyone is welcome to join us! Watch our events page to find out when our next one is!) Several of our staff members also foster and/or provide training services for the Kansas City chapter of Pets for Vets. We also have a donation barrel year-round for all dog needs: food, training treats, Kong toys… anything a dog needs to get started.
Together with the SPCA we host an annual summer Kids’ Camp. We help young people to learn more about careers in the pet industry by helping train a shelter dog, visiting a veterinarian, and maybe even help that dog find a forever home.
What is reward-based training?
Reward-based dog training just means that the dog is rewarded for doing something the owner has asked of them, usually with a treat or a favorite toy. Rewards make the dog more likely to repeat the desired behavior and are one of the most powerful training tools. As the dog begins to learn what is expected, the treats are phased out and replaced with praise.