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Dog Training

Smartypaws practices the most successful, scientifically proven, positive reinforcement dog training methods

Smartypaws Dog Training

Private, in-home training / behavior consultations

Is your pup proficient with basic obedience cues, but has some problem behaviors you’d like to address?  Maybe they dart out open doors? Jump on guests? Walk YOU on leash? Do they give you the stink eye when you call them to come?

Maybe you both could just use some professional guidance to get back in the groove? Smartypaws will come to your home (or a local park if applicable) and offer a personalized training/behavior consultation to address your individual needs.  

These consultations are $399. Additional in-home follow up sessions are $125/hr.

  • Pre-session phone interview to discuss behaviors and possible solutions
  • 1 hands-on training session lasting about 1 hr.
  • Customized written training plan with detailed instructions via e-mail
  • Phone or e-mail support and assistance at no extra charge

 To get started, please fill out the following forms: 

Enrollment Form

Liability Waiver Release Form 

Private, in-home training packages

Private, in-person, outdoor sessions are currently available. Call now to get started! 816-743-4077.

LIVE Zoom sessions are available! Here is a link to request zoom sessions or receive a call for more info about them:

Are you looking to get your new puppy off to a great start? Does your rescued pup need some manners? Has your old dog learned some unfavorable “tricks”? From puppies to seniors (we can start as early as 10 weeks old), Smartypaws offers customized training packages that teach basic manners and guide you in achieving your training goals. Each session will: a) teach you how to communicate clearly, b) train your pup to respond attentively, and c) address unwanted behaviors effectively.


Basic Dog $499:

  • 4 private in-home sessions (about an hour each)
  • Train basic manners and cues
  • Address unwanted behaviors
  • Teach one trick
  • Session notes 


Elite Pup $599:

  • 4 private in-home sessions (about an hour each)
  • Train basic manners and cues
  • Address unwanted behaviors
  • Teach 2 or more tricks
  • Session notes 
  • Professional grade training treat pouch
  • Canine Enrichment Activity library access - new boredom busting activities introduced each session!
  • Video links and article resources 
  • 1 BONUS session redeemable within 6 months


*individual session pricing: $150/hr 
*additional sessions: $125 per one hour session
*customized session summaries with detailed instructions available via e-mail upon request for $75 per package
*20% non-refundable deposit due at booking. Remaining balance due at the beginning of the first session 

AKC CGC evaluations

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good Citizen® became an official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC.

Smartypaws offers AKC CGC evaluations for $30 at an outdoor location in Lee’s Summit, MO. Or, $50 at other locations around Kansas City.

Group dog training classes

In-person group classes are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Polite Pup Group Video Training $150:

Need to train your new puppy, but want to be safe and sure about maintaining social distance? Our Polite Pup Facebook Training is currently offered as convient video training in a Facebook group format. You'll recieve all the instruction, support, and guidance as in person classes, but with the convience and security of home. 

  • appropriate for dogs of all ages
  • live and video demonstrations, feedback and Q&A
  • introduction to manners skills and cues like: sit, down, leave-it, come, wait, drop, walking nicely on a leash, tricks and more! 
  • 6 weeks of video instruction 
  • one 30 minute private zoom coaching session included 
  • materials available for a year

 To enroll, call 816-743-4077 or enroll here.

Did you know that proper socialization is a key element in ensuring your pup will grow into a happy, confident and well-adjusted dog? The most critical window of socialization for puppies is from birth to 12 weeks (3 months) old. The things they experience in this time will influence their temperament for the rest of their life. Smartypaws offers two types of group classes that provide a solid foundation and proper socialization for your new puppy.

Smart Start Puppy Class $175:

Start your pup off on the right paw in this class specifically designed to meet the needs of parents and their young puppies ages 8-15 weeks old. Smart Start focuses on introducing puppies to the world in a way that will facilitate comfort and confidence when faced with new experiences throughout their lifetime.

  • ages 8 – 15 weeks (at the beginning of the first class)
  • 4 sessions / 45 min each
  • small class size
  • socialization: creating positive experiences with grooming, handling, people, puppies, noises, sounds, textures and more!
  • guided free play to foster bite inhibition and dog friendliness
  • attention building & focus exercises
  • solutions for common puppy issues (chewing, nipping, potty training, jumping, etc)
  • access to Smartypaws exclusive Facebook group for class members only

 Smart Start classes have open enrollment and can be started most Mondays at 6:45pm

Polite Puppy Class $225:

This class incorporates pieces of the Smart Start puppy class, as well as teaches basic manners for raising a polite puppy.

  • ages 4 to 6 months (at the beginning of the first class)
  • 6 sessions / 60 min each
  • small class size
  • smart start review (see above)
  • basic cues introduced (sit, down, come, wait, leave-it, leash manners)
  • relaxation exercises
  • beginner trick(s)
  • access to Smartypaws exclusive Facebook group for class members only

 Polite Puppy is at 7:45 pm and start dates for 2020 are tentatively: January 13th, February 24th, April 13th


To get started, please fill out the following forms:

Enrollment Form

Liability Waiver Release Form 

Once your payment and forms are received, you will get an email confirmation with your class details. Submitting the above forms without payment does NOT confirm your spot in class.

Check payments can be made payable to Smartypaws and dropped off at Lakewood Animal Health Center during business hours. Paypal payments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are also accepted. A Paypal invoice can be sent at your request.


*Call 816-743-4077 for class dates, time and to enroll. 

*Lakewood Animal Health Center 5001 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

*Payment in full is due at time of enrollment; Paypal and Check payments only

*Proof of vaccinations, flea/tick preventative, and negative fecal are required to attend class

*No refunds

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  • Debra was so wonderfully helpful when she came to do a home visit to help us help our dog, Lexus. I was worried I'd be made to feel guilty, but Debra was very understanding of our situation. I was also concerned she'd give us a bunch of suggestions we wouldn't be able to commit to, but she really worked with our time and lifestyle and gave us suggestions that can work for us and our dog. What a relief!

    -Adrienne Patrick

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