Mary Hager

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Mary is the owner/lead instructor for MuttSchool-KS. MuttSchool serves towns in eastern Kansas along the I-70 corridor, including Manhattan, Junction City, Ft. Riley, St. Mary's, Wamego, Silver Lake, Topeka, Abilene, and Salina.

MuttSchool utilizes the power of behavioral science to teach dogs. With this method of training we are able to build lasting bonds based on mutual trust and respect—instead of pain, fear and intimidation. Whether it's though group classes, private in-home lessons or having us train your dog through one of our day training and board and train programs, MuttSchool's certified instructors are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to have a well-mannered and happy dog.

Mary has spent a lifetime working with dogs and their owners. She began training dogs as a teenager, through the 4H dog program. Working with her family's German shepherd, Misty, Mary fell in love with dog-training competition. Her interest in training led her to compete and title at some of the highest levels in obedience, conformation, agility, and other dog sports.

Mary's personal dogs have been on multiple demo teams, exhibiting their tricks at store openings and events around the Southwest. They have been featured in television ads, newscasts, and videos. Mary’s dogs were also photographed for use on product packaging and advertisements.

For nearly 20 years, Mary has taught private lessons and all levels of group classes in obedience, rally, conformation, and agility in Phoenix, Arizona, and Seattle, Washington. She served as a 4H dog leader, and ran a Kids and Dogs summer camp in the Seattle area. Mary has worked with a wide range of canine behavioral challenges including shyness, reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety.

In addition to being a Certified Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), Mary graduated from Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) in 2015 and is proud to be a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP). She has also completed the KPA Puppy Start Right Program. Mary has been an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator since 2001. She is also a member of the National Shiba Club of America (NSCA), the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA), and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Services Offered: 
  • Puppy manners group classes
  • Five levels of group classes – beginning through advanced
  • Fun specialty classes like scent work, recalls class, dog sports orientation, trick training and more
  • Your choice of private in-home or individualized private lessons at our facility
  • Day Training - drop your dog off during the day and we’ll train it for you
  • Board and Train
  • Therapy dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Programs for behavioral challenges and dog reactivity toward people and other dogs
  • Classes offered in a modern dog training facility by professional trainers who are insured and bonded
Services Offered Summary: 
Puppy group classes, 5 levels of group classes, speciality classes, in-home training, solutions for behavioral challenges, therapy and service dog training, day training and board and train.
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+1 (913) 717-6111
4912 Skyway Drive
66503 Manhattan , KS


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3 years 2 months