Vanessa Hajek

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Vanessa is a trainer at Hands Full Dog Training in Wichita, KS, a reward-based training facility offering a variety of group classes for beginning and advanced dogs, and numerous private training options ranging from manners training to behavior modification services. We also have the only dog and child behavior specialist in the area allowing us to help families with dogs integrate babies conflict-free.

Hands Full Dog Training group classes are based out of Heartland Animal Hospital and Play N' Stay.






I have trained, shown, and groomed dogs for both 4-H and American Kennel Club (AKC) shows since 14 years of age. I competed in all levels of obedience, showmanship and agililty in 4-H. Through 4-H, I became interested in showing a dog in the AKC sport of conformation. I competed for years with my 15-inch Beagle, Ch. Skyline's Sunrise At Ba'ku "Geordi" in junior showmanship and the breed ring. Later on, I competed with my Brittany, Paris, in competitive obedience trials.

I took a break from the dog world to focus on my education, and earned my B.S. in psychology from Wayne State College in 2012 and my M.S. in experimental psychology from Emporia State University in 2016. During my time as a graduate student, I studied ways to increase someone's willingness to adopt a shelter dog, and the science behind reward-based dog training. I earned my Karen Pyror Academy-Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) in December of 2016.

Currenty, I work as a trainer for Hands Full Dog Training in Wichita, KS where I teach Puppy Manners Class, Family Dog Manners Class, and a Tricks class. I also design and give presentations to local veterinary clinics on topics ranging from dog training, canine ethology, puppies, and fear-free vet visits through our Behavioral Wellness Program. I plan to work toward earning my Applied Animal Behaviorist (AAAB) certification through the Animal Behavior Society in the near future.

I share my life with my 10-year old retired obedience dog named Paris, a 6-year old cat named Neelix, and a recently adopted Treeing Walker Coonhound named B'Elanna (Lanna). Lanna and I are hoping to make our debut in the Rally ring in the coming year.

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Class List

Manners Class Orientation-a one-hour class that will get you started off on the right paw!


Puppy Manners- training, problem prevention, and play sessions to build a polite, confident, friendly puppy.


Family Dog Manners- behavior tune-ups for adult dogs and older puppies.


Tricks & Treats- You can teach an old dog new tricks! Try this class to learn some fun new tricks to show off to friends.


Graduate Games-Take youg dog's manners to the next level with our games-based class for graduates.


Finishing School- Polish your dog's manners with our Canine Good Citizen prep class for Family Dog Graduates.  


Private Training

With our In-Home Manners School, your trainer will teach you and your family how to train yoru dog for basic obedience behaviors and manners.


With our Latchkey Training, your trainer will train your dog while you are away. This gives your dog an energy outlet and a fast track to learning or strengthening behaviors.


Our Behavior Consultations focus on resolving specific dog behavior problems through a behavior modification program


We offer two different Housetraining programs to help your dog to stop having accidents in the house.


Our Family Integration consultations help families and their dogs through life changes, including adding a new baby, dealing with kids and dogs, or considering re-homing a dog.

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Our group classes focus on real-world skills using professionally developed learner-oriented curricula designed to help pet owners train their dogs. Best of all? Our classes have Open Enrollment, so you can start attending as soon as you have finished orientation. This means you will not have to wait weeks for a class start date to roll around! We also make sure to have an instructor ratio of 1:3 so that no one gets lost in the crowd. Our private training sessions are designed to be customizable to your needs. We offer everything from latchkey sessions, behavior modification sessions, manners training, housetraining, and family integration sessions. Please visit our website for more details about what we offer!
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+1 (316) 712-6450
67220 Wichita , KS


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1 year 11 months