The Best Dog Trainers in Kansas City, MO of 2022

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Welcome to the Kansas City, MO Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Kansas City based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Missouri.

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The Best Kansas City, MO Dog Trainers in 2022

Chris White

I am the owner of Dog Obedience Group. We have a team of certified trainers that can help with almost all your training needs.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training


Laura Hills

Laura is the founder and owner of The Dogs’ Spot – Dog Training Center and Boutique, a 15,000 square foot facility in North Kansas City, Missouri, established in 2006. The Dogs’ Spot’s mission is to provide the premiere spot for Kansas City’s community of dog lovers who want to employ the art and science of positive reinforcement, find that unique connection with their dog, and make new friends along the way.

She and her staff offer a wide array of group classes and private training for puppies, adolescent and adult dogs, including basic manners, Canine Good Citizen‚ Agility, K9 Nose Work, Flyball, Reactive Dog, and much more. Laura partners with the local rescue community by participating in, and sponsoring, many dog events throughout the city, providing educational resources, professional services, and speaking on topics related to canine training and behavior.

In addition, Laura is affiliated with three dog training organizations: the Victoria Stilwell Academy, Catch Trainer’s Academy, and Animal Behavior College. She is a mentor for all three and a faculty advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy. She recently coauthored a book called Your Puppy and You – a Step by Step Guide to Raising a Freak’n Awesome Dog.Laura lives with four dogs: Guinness, Fiona, Poppet and Hamish and a very supportive husband, Kirby.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KSA, CCFT, CTDI, VSPDT, Certified Fear Free Trainer

Services include:
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

We help families with common behavioral issues like barking, digging, fear/anxiety, reactivity, and resource guarding.

Training methods:

We employ the use of management help prevent dogs from making mistakes and use positive reinforcement to reinforce dogs when they are successful. All of our private training is tailored for the issues needing to be addressed, taking into account the needs of the family and the dog. We meet with the family remotely first to obtain information on what the problems are and when they occur. This information is used to create a training plan, which is implemented in subsequent sessions.

Service area:

We offer in-facility and in-home training for those in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as remote training options for families both inside and outside our service area.


Barbara Miller

Established Brookside Pet in 2004. Certified positive trainer in 2009 through Karen Pryor Academy. I specialize in young puppy and family pet training using clicker training. This year I became the first NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor in the KC area.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CNWI, Elite Fear Free Certified Trainer, CGC Evaluator

Services include:
  • In home training
  • Off leash training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Leash reactivity, separation anxiety, health handling fears, resource guarding.

Training methods:

Clients are started with an initial consultation where the problem behaviors are assessed, and a specific training plan is agreed upon. We work in conjunction with your vet for more advanced behavioral issues. We are force free, positive trainers, certified-knowledge assessed in dog training, clicker training, and K9 nose work.

Service area:

Our facility is in the Brookside neighborhood, just south of the Plaza. We offer in-home training throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Sniffspot Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with these dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these dog trainers certified professionals?

Each dog trainers certifications are listed in their profile. Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification. However, many private institutions offer certifications. Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy – KPA certification, Jean Donaldson’s Academy – CTC certification and Fear Free Certification.

What methods do these dog trainers teach?

There are many methods for teaching dogs. All of the trainers included on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. You can see more information in each trainer’s profile regarding their training specialties.

How much do these dog trainers cost?

Dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services. We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Going through a training process with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the confidence of a dog; it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog and for you. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog.

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training. Aggression is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. If you believe you have an aggressive dog, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a trainer. How can I get listed here?

We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

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