Behavior & Training

Great 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 lifesaving mission through public classes, staff and volunteer training, enrichment programs for shelter residents, and behavioral support to adopted dogs and their new pet parents.

Great Plains SPCA is Fear Free!

The Fear Free Shelter Program provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, pet professionals, and pet owners. They have created Fear Free Shelter Program to improve the experiences of animals by educating shelter and rescue employees and volunteers about their emotional needs. For more information about Fear Free, please check out their website at

Ask-A-Trainer Sessions:

These sessions are held at Great Plains SPCA and are single, fifty-minute seminars, where a behavior specialist will help answer group questions relating to canine behavior needs. This one is just for people, so please leave your animals at home!


Can’t make it in person?
We also offer these sessions via Zoom and a link will be sent via email once registered!

Upcoming Ask-A-Trainer Session:

  • Thursday, May 9th starting at 6pm
  • Sunday, May 12th starting at 4pm

Behavior Consultation Fees:

If you have any questions about our Behavior & Training classes, please feel free to email

Public Training Fees

  • Each six-week Basic Obedience session is one day per week and costs $250.
  • $50 Discount for Alumni Pets, please email for the promo code.

We offer residents in Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Shawnee, Bonner Springs, Lake Quivira 20% off a six-week basic obedience course! Please email for the discounted class sign up link.

Consultation Fees

  • In-Home Behavior Consultations for a Member of the Public are $175 an hour.
  • In-Home Behavior Consultations for GP Alumni Pets are $150 an hour.
  • Onsite Behavior Consultation for a member of the public are $150 an hour.
  • Onsite Behavior Consultation for GP Alumni Pets are $100 an hour.

Upcoming Basic Obedience Training Sessions

  • Tuesday (6pm-6:50pm), June 25th to July 30th 

  • Saturday (3pm-3:50pm), July 13th to August 17th 

  • Sunday (3pm-3:50pm), July 14th to Aug 18th 

Each class is one hour and meets once per week, on the day you select, for six weeks.

Upcoming Dog Reactive Training Sessions
    • Check back for new sessions soon!

We offer one-on-one Advanced Training classes for graduates of our Basic Obedience Training classes. If you would like to know more about our Advanced Behavior Training, please email

Our Great Plains SPCA Alumni can receive a $50 discount promo code*.

To get the discount code, please email and give us:

  1. the name of your dog when it was adopted
  2. the date it was adopted
  3. your name

*Once verified, our behavior team will provide you with the discount code to use at checkout.

Recent Graduates

A+ students! All good dogs pictured were star pupils in our basic level training classes. It’s so nice to see our Great Plains SPCA Alumni doing so well in their forever homes! We have new classes starting soon!

What our graduate families are saying about our classes...

You can also support the Behavior Team and their training by contributing to their enrichment needs through their Amazon Wish List. Click on the button to see what items they need.

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