Behavior and Training

dog2-COB-WebGreat Plains SPCA’s Behavior and Training Program works to keep pets in forever homes and prepare homeless pets for adoption. The behavior and training program adds tremendous value to the community and Great Plains SPCA’s life-saving mission through public classes, staff and volunteer training, enrichment programs for shelter residents, and behavioral support to adopted dogs and their new pet parents.

Basic Obedience Positive Reinforcement Dog Training (6 months and older)

View the upcoming schedule for our Merriam Campus with:
Honor Their Nature Dog Training
K.I.S.S. Dog Training

*Please note, public classes for our Merriam Campus are coordinated through Honor Their Nature Dog Training and K.I.S.S. Dog Training. Registrations will also be processed under this name.

View the upcoming schedule for our Independence Campus* 

*Please note, public classes for our Independence Campus are coordinated through K.I.S.S. Dog Training. Registrations will also be processed under this name.

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Beyond the Dog: Beyond the Dog, LLC is a full-service dog training company under the direction of Sean Savage, CDBC, CPDT-KA and Kristyn Echterling-Savage, Ph.D., CPDT-KA. Beyond the Dog views animals as life companions whose behavior is impacted by modifiable factors. By understanding these factors, the duo works to compassionately alter dog behavior. Their all-inclusive training program, private consultations, and white glove service give human companions the tools needed to maintain behavior over time. Visit for more information.

D.O.G. Obedience Group: We all love our dogs, but sometimes their different mannerisms are just too much. Barking and lunging at other dogs, pulling on the leash, bolting out the door, and nuisance barking are just a few of the things that keep you from having the relationship that both you and your dog want and deserve.

Our fun and interactive training classes use positive training methods to help not only teach your dog, but also teach you to become your dogs confident leader. With our variety of training options you are sure to find the right training environment for both you and your dog. Group classes, private training, and in home training make this possible for almost everyone.  All you need to do now is pick the right class for you, and show up up with a smile.