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 or private in-home training, 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 Assessed (CPDT-KA), 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, and is a Therapy Pets Unlimited evaluator. 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: 

Private in-home consultations and training sessions

• Puppy – many different in-home options for dogs under one year of age

• Foundations for a well-mannered canine – for dogs of any age that need to brush up on their foundation skills and manners at home

• Behavior modification – for the dog that exhibits behaviors that are difficult to live with

Group classes

• Puppy

• Foundations for a well-mannered canine

• Recall workshops

Training dogs to enhance the independence and quality of life for people

• Therapy-dog preparation classes

• Service-dog training

Services Offered Summary: 
Private in-home consultations and training sessions, group classes, and training dogs to enhance the independence and quality of life for people
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+1 (913) 717-6111
1228 Westloop Place, PMB 103
66502 Manhattan , KS


Member for
2 years 7 months