Dog Training Program

Wayside Waifs offers dog training for you and your dog. From one-time seminars to multi-class sessions to private training, we’re sure we have something to fit your needs. The affordable classes will have a positive impact on pet retention in Kansas City. All proceeds go to help future homeless animals in Wayside’s care.

Wayside’s Canine Public Training Manager, Brett Currie, CPDT-KA, leads all training classes, seminars, and private training.

Training Philosophy

At Wayside Waifs, our mission is to prepare pets and people for the bond of their lives. Our training program fully supports this mission by exclusively utilizing positive reinforcement, reward-based training methods. These methods have been scientifically proven to be the most humane and effective methods for modifying behavior while also encouraging a healthy and happy relationship between dog and owner. We consider the needs of each individual dog and tailor our approach to fit each dog as an individual, utilizing a variety of rewards from food to praise to play. This individualized approach allows us to encourage your dog’s very best behavior. We want to create a life-long relationship of trust and happiness between you and your dog. Methods that involve fear, pain, force, or coercion do not support this mission and are not part of our training philosophy. Because we use reward-based, force-free training methods, we do not allow retractable leashes, prong or choke collars in our dog training classes and private sessions. 

Multi-Session Classes 

Basic Obedience Level 1

For dogs aged 16 weeks and up. All dogs must be up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations. Proof is required.

Basic Obedience 1 provides an introduction to dog training. This session, composed of six classes, is designed to help educate owners on training concepts as well as to teach dogs basic commands and skills essential to life in a home. This course will provide the guidance and tools for some problem solving of basic problem behaviors (such as jumping up, potting training, etc.).

Max participants: 6 (First Class: ONLY HUMANS, The rest of classes: one human per dog)

Cost: $210

Basic Obedience Level 2

Basic Obedience 2 is a continuance of Basic Obedience 1. This course is designed to take the skills learned in Basic Obedience 1 to the next level! Work on more advanced impulse control and distraction work. Put your knowledge to the test as you begin preparing for your Canine Good Citizen test!

**Pre-requisites: Basic Obedience Level 1 or equivalent

Max participants: 6 (First Class: ONLY HUMANS, The rest of the classes, one human per dog)

Cost: $210


Trick Dog

Tired of the same old commands taught in basic obedience classes? Do you need something more fun and exciting in your life? Take our Trick Dog Class! We will learn new tricks each week to achieve your AKC Trick Dog Novice title** by the end of the class! Already have your novice title?

Let’s work towards your intermediate or advanced title! Have some fun with your dog, and get ready to impress your friends!

**All breeds welcome! You don’t have to have a purebred dog to achieve this title.

Cost: $140

Basic Obedience Level 3

Basic Obedience 3 is a continuance of Basic Obedience 1 and 2. Basic Obedience 3 is the final course in the basic obedience series. This course is designed to prepare you and your dog to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  We will put finishing touches on earlier behaviors and learn some more advanced methods to ensure your dog is a well-behaved pup out in public.

**Pre-requisites: Basic Obedience Level 1 and 2 

Max participants: 6 (First Class: ONLY HUMANS, The rest of the classes, two humans per dog)

Cost: $210

Fun! Class

COVID got you down? Ready to shake off those winter blues? Or are you simply looking for something to help build your relationship with your dog? Our FUN! Class may be for you! This four week session is all about having fun! We will learn new tricks, go for fun walks, dig things up and climb on things! Be ready to be outside and enjoying yourself for this one!

Max participants: 6

Cost: $140


Confident Canine

Have you been told that your dog is under-socialized? Or have you noticed that your dog frightens easily by everyday events? Confident Canine may be for you! This new class focuses on building the skills needed for our dogs to self soothe and confidently take on the world. This is a 4 week class.

Max participants: 6

Cost: $140

Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool is composed of three, forty minute sessions and is designed with socialization in mind! Did you know that puppies have a “critical period” for socialization that ends around 16 weeks of age? If is so important for your puppy’s  ling-termed mental health and well-being that they are properly socialized while they’re still in this period. That’s where Puppy Preschool comes in! In this class, we will expose your puppy to new people, sounds, smells and textures. Bring them in to learn in a safe and welcoming environment to help avoid some common behavior problems later in life. With rolling admission it’s easy to get started as soon as you bring your new puppy home! Before you begin Puppy Preschool you must first attend the Puppy Orientation session on Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

For ages 8-16 weeks. Puppies must be on a regular vaccination schedule to attend class. This class is taught by Wayside’s Canine Public Training Manager Brett Currie, CPDT-KA.

Cost: $125

Patio Dogs (New!)

For dogs aged 16 weeks and up. All dogs must be up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations. Proof is required.

It’s that time of year again!  The weather is warming up, people are going out and it’s time to start visiting your favorite breweries and patios!  Everyone wants to bring their dog but do you find that yours likes to jump on people, steal your food or otherwise cause a disruption?  Let us help with that with four, forty-minute classes all about patio etiquette.  After all, what’s a trip to your favorite spot without man’s best friend?

Max participants: 6 (First Class: ONLY HUMANS, The rest of classes: one human per dog)

Cost: $140

One-Time Seminars (for people only)

New Dog Seminar

Did you just adopt a new dog? Looking for advice on how to get them to settle into your home and routine? Want some tips on jumping, chewing, or pulling on leash? Join us for this 60-minute seminar to help you and your dog get on the same page.

Max participants: 10 people

Cost: $10 for first person, $5 for each additional attendee.


Boredom Busters

Feeling like your dog needs a pick me up? Is your high energy canine bouncing off the walls? Join us for a fun 60- minute seminar to explore enrichment ideas that will take your daily interactions to the next level. Perfect for quarantine and winter blues.

Do not bring your pet to this seminar, this class is for humans only.

Max participants: 10 people

Cost: $10 for first person, $5 each additional attendee

Dog Training 101

Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels when working with your dog? Are you wishing to form a closer bond with your canine? Join us for this 60- minute seminar to learn the very best methods to teach your dog, and some fun ways to ensure you develop a bond that will last a lifetime.

Do not bring your pet to this seminar, this class is for humans only.

Max participants: 10 people

Cost: $10 for first person, $5 each additional attendee


Service, Emotional Support and Therapy Animals: Oh My!

Ever wondered what the difference is between Service, Emotional Support and Therapy animals? Do you think you qualify for an assistance animal but aren’t sure where to begin? Let’s talk about it! This informative seminar will cover everything from basic legalities to picking out a partner, finding a trainer, and more!

Do not bring your pet to this seminar, this class is for humans only.

Max participants: 10 people

Cost: $10 for first person, $5 for each additional attendee

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Private Training Sessions

Wayside is excited to being offering limited, private, 1 on 1 training for you and your dog! This is a great way to work on common issues like:

  • Leash reactivity
  • Life skills
  • Tailored basic obedience
  • Confidence boosting
  • Impulse control

Our trainer will create a customized training plan. You and your dog will learn to work together effectively while having fun. Call us at 816-986-4482 for scheduling and pricing information about 1 on 1 training. 

Please note, behaviors that we are not able to address in our private training include:

  • Any form of aggression directed at humans or other animals (snapping, biting, bite history)
  • Self-harming behaviors


Can I bring my whole family to the class?

We are able to allow two people per dog to attend class. Each class will have homework and handouts that can be shared with the whole family once back at home.


Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, our COVID policy currently requires all staff, volunteers, and members of the public to wear a mask at all times while on campus. 

My dog barks and growls at other dogs and/or strangers. Can I still come to a group class?

Dogs that are reactive towards strangers or other dogs may not be the best fit for group class settings. Reach out to us at 816-986-4482 to discuss your dog’s specific situation to determine the best fit for them. We do offer 1 on 1 training options that may be a better fit.

Why doesn't my dog come to the first class?

The first class is reserved for humans only so that we can prepare for the rest of the course. Think of it as an orientation and your first taste of what is to come. We will go over goals, expectations, and other housekeeping items needed to make class successful.

Can I bring my dog to a seminar?

The seminars are for humans only. These are learning opportunities for people and we find that if pets are present, it is too distracting for both the presenter and the attendees. See our class listings for opportunities to learn with your pet.

What does my dog need to come to class?

Your dog will need proof of being up-to-date on all age-appropriate vaccines. Please come to class with your dog wearing a flat or martingale collar (no chains or prongs) and with a 4′ or 6’ flat lead (no flexible or retractable leashes). Bring with you a bath rug or towel, favorite chew toy, and a variety of tasty treats. Because we use force-free, rewards-based training methods, we do not allow prong or choke collars in our dog training classes or private sessions.

What if I miss a class?

Whenever possible, please notify the instructor in advance and we will work with you to find a solution. Unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes but if you need to miss a class, please let your instructor know and they will send you the class homework/information.


What if a family member or I test positive for COVID during the class schedule?

If you or a family member test positive for COVID or have reason to quarantine, we ask that you refrain from attending class. Our trainer will work with you to find the best solution for missed classes.

Are there any prerequisites? What if I've taken class somewhere else?

Some classes may require prerequisites. If a class does, it will be listed in the class description. If you’ve taken classes somewhere else and believe you meet the prerequisite criteria, reach out to us at 816-986-4482 to see which class is the best fit.


Please Read Our Policies

Class Cancellations & Date Changes

We require at least a minimum number of registrants per class. If that minimum is not met 72 hours before the class is scheduled to start, we may cancel the class or push the start date back one week. We will contact you 24-48 hours before a class start date to notify you if a class is canceled or if we need to adjust the start day due to low registration. In the event of severe weather that requires the cancellation of a session, we will contact you via email and phone as early in the day as possible and we will reschedule that session at the earliest possible opportunity. You will have the option of enrolling in a different class, receiving credit toward a future class, or receiving a full refund if the class is canceled or the new dates do not work for your schedule.

Refund & Transfer Policy

Unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes. If you need to miss a class, please let your instructor know and they will send you the class homework/information. We will refund your class fee or transfer you to a new class if you cancel in writing at least three days before the class starts. If you enroll within three days of the class, you are not eligible for refunds or transfers for any reason. We are unable to offer any refunds or transfers after the class begins. If you adopt from us and return the dog, your fees are not refundable for any reason.

Behavior Disruptions

Some dogs may struggle in the group class environment. In the event that your dog does not get along with other dogs, barks incessantly at the other dogs, or is extremely fearful, private sessions may be more appropriate for your dog. If you are unsure about the most appropriate class for you and your dog, please reach out to us at [email protected] before registering for a class. If your dog is too disruptive in the class setting, your instructor may suggest alternative classes or private sessions.


Vaccinations & Alteration Status

In order to keep all dogs as safe as possible, we require proof of at least two DA2PP vaccines before attending class. This vaccine must include Distemper and Parvo. We highly recommend both Bordatella, especially for puppies, as well as Canine Influenza vaccines but these are not required. For all dogs over 4 months old, proof of rabies is also required. Please email or bring your vaccination papers to your first class.

We recommend but do not require that all dogs older than 6 months be spayed or neutered. Feel free to email us if you have questions or need a referral to a low cost spay/neuter service.


Tuesday - Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm

3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137