WHAT KC THINKS ABOUT US
WHO WE ARE
We are a team of expert dog trainers who love working with dogs and their owners to develop well behaved, lovable pets to enjoy for years to come. At our nationally renowned dog training facility in Overland Park, KS, KC Dawgz offers you full spectrum dog training services with a balanced approach. So whatever type of dog training you are looking for, KC Dawgz has an option for you.
Our owner and lead dog trainer, Mike, is an internationally experienced dog trainer who has trained with the top trainers in the world including Michael Ellis, Tome Rose, Nino Drowaert and Bart Bellon. His dynamic approach to dog training, known as “The System”, is generally regarded as a perfect combination of the most contemporary and effective dog training methods in use today. Mike and his self chosen team of expert dog trainers continue to place KC Dawgz as one of the most well-respected dog training centers in the USA.
BOARD AND TRAIN
What Our Clients Are Saying...
- Kristy Bateman
Our dog just completed the two week board and train program at KC Dawgz. Although we were skeptical about sending our dog away that long (my dog is like my child), I can definitely say that it was worth it! Mike and his staff is fabulous and our dog came home with strong obedience and behavior skills that we would have never thought possible! Our dog also had some issues with potty training and after working with Mike and taking his advice in our going home session, we are almost a week out without one accident. Our dog basically uses the bathroom on command! We left KC Dawgz with a newfound knowledge and insight that we never knew about canines! We have already told several of our friends about KC Dawgz and the fantastic care and training our dog has received, and will continue to refer anyone and everyone to this service. I simply cannot stress enough how amazed and thankful we are that we made this investment in our dog, it has definitely been worth it. Do not believe the negative reviews, Mike and his staff are experts and know exactly what they are doing! Thank you KC Dawgz, you are absolutely a first rate, first class business!
- Eric Schraeder
Enzo and I really enjoyed KC Dawgz Puppy 101 class. Great atmosphere to learn and socialize puppies. There is a good mix of theory, practice, and puppy socialization. The staff do a good job of teaching the group and finding time to work individually. Mike is a wealth of knowledge and experience. On multiple occasions he stayed after class with us and others, providing additional tips and insight into various aspects of training. I am very happy with the Puppy 101 class, it has provided a solid base for Enzo and his owners to continue training.
- Andrew Vance
Mike and his staff are incredibly professional and knowledgeable. I have a 1 year old black lab mix who is very energetic and needed training/structure. Mike developed a customized training plan and my dog's behavior has changed dramatically for the better in a short period of time. I'd highly recommend KC Dawgz to anyone who is looking for high quality professional obedience training for their dog.
- Katie Robertson
We took our 3 year old rescue Annie (pointer/heeler mix) for private training and worked 1 on 1 with Mo. Mo was so attentive to our needs, and did an excellent job with us as handlers, allowing us both to develop our skills and teach us how to train our dog. Their methods build effortlessly on each other week to week and I have seen such a wonderful change in our dog’s behavior and overall demeanor. It is an investment you will not regret and a group of people that truly love their job. Mo lives and breathes all things dog training and is able to confidently direct both dogs and humans! We highly recommend KC Dawgz.
- Taylor Tastic
This place was the best! We have a golden doodle and he did better than we ever could have hoped for! A word of advice when looking at these reviews. Look at the two negative ones. Both are not customers. And one knows tons about dog training and is virtually an expert...but his girlfriend took her dog to someone else. Just strikes me as a made up review. But I digress. Maybe I can’t believe it because my experience was the exact opposite of what was described by the haters. Mike was awesome. Spent about 2 1/2 hours with me regarding my dog. Was overly transparent and open about his methods. And he actually stated electric collar would not be good for our dog. He also gave every insider detail on training. To the point that you could train your next dog based on how much information he shared. Not that I would. He was that good and professional that I will continue to use him. And I was totally against getting a trainer for my dog. Consider me a skeptic converted. He was awesome, professional, committed and passionate about dogs and training them. I could continue but I think you get the picture. Read any of the other reviews if you don’t. Thanks Mike!!!!! We have a totally different dog. He is so eager to please us and try to get our approval. It sounds silly but he is even more loving and more interested in us!
- Rachele Burriesci
KC Dawgz was a wonderful experience from day 1, the weeks flew by and we were sad to no longer have class on Wednesday night. We took the Puppy 101 Class for our brand new rescue pup. Mo gave us tools to help redirect behavior and create a positive environment for our learning pup! Even though this was a group class, Mo knew each dog and each owner. She helped each family deal with their dogs on an individual level but at the same time learn from each other, as many of us were dealing with the same puppy behaviors. Mo gave us the foundational tools to communicate and gain control of our pet, but also appreciated her love for dogs and recognizes that they are pets and are will not always be perfect and it’s ok to have fun! We will definitely be back for my classes!
- marla fricke
KC Dawgz worked wonders with my very reactive 6 year old male Bouvier. I had tried several other trainers (one of which purported to be a board and train facility). I spent thousands of dollars trying to get his issues under control. Nothing worked, in fact the problem escalated. I was very hesitant to try again and thought I just had to live with his reactivity. I met with Mike and he convinced me to try again. I took a couple private lessons and then decided to try the 2 week board and train. During the two weeks, they kept me updated on his progress and sent me videos of him in situations where he would normally be reacting. I picked him up at the end of the two weeks and thought I had a new dog. I am so excited to enjoy walking my boy, he no longer acts out when ever we encounter a person, dog or bike. He isn’t completely perfect YET, but his improvement is AMAZING Thanks Maureen you are a genius.
- Linda Miller
We did the 2 week board and train for our one year old goldendoodle. It was amazing and the best training we have ever had for a dog. Maureen was amazing and showed a real love for our dog. We would highly recommend KC Dawgz.
- janet hartley
Excellent trainers, Mo and Mike. I have a 3 yo anxious, big mixed mutt who they kept calm and showed me how to introduce him slowly into desired behavior. I was sent home with “ homework “ for my pooch and when I’m comfortable with his progress I can schedule his next class with the trainers. I bought a one on one package deal, the way to go for now but will be doing the bigger classes in due time. I’m also considering the boarding programs, just would be pretty cool to drop him off and pick him up “trained”. KC DAWGZ trainers are dedicated, knowledgeable and love animals. These guys were a great find!
- Aaron Kitch
I have a 6 month old German Shepherd/Husky mix named Porter. I made a decision early that I wanted Porter to have a full and happy life with me and that investing in proper training was vital to achieve that. I want him to be active, but he especially struggled with leash pulling and distractions when outside and around other dogs. So I met with Mike at KC Dawgz and we had a great conversation about my goals for Porter and for myself. A few days later my pup was enrolled in the 2-week board and train program. The change in Porter's behavior was amazing. My vet cannot believe how quickly he matured. And as more questions have popped up after the initial training, Maureen has provided me more tips and tricks to help Porter continue to learn. That was the biggest thing of all to me. Yes, they trained Porter...but even more importantly, Maureen and the team trained me on how to get the best out of him. And they continue to do so. I'll continue to enroll Porter into group training sessions and even private lessons as he craves to learn more - and there's lots more to learn! I can't thank KC Dawgz enough, they have been great!
6 BENEFITS OF KC DAWGZ DOG TRAINING
1. STATE OF THE ART FACILITY
We are located in a 23,000 square feet custom built facility located in Overland Park, Kansas. Your dog resides safely in a brand new, professionally constructed and installed kennel system which we have sourced from the industry leader. We include indoor and outdoor play yard access during your pup’s stay. Our facility is fully irrigated which makes it easy to sanitize.
2. HIGHLY EXPERIENCED STAFF
Combined, our trainers have over a quarter of a million of dollars of dog training certifications from professional dog training schools throughout the world. Our team only utilizes researched-based approaches towards dog training. Trainers at our academy are full-time, career-oriented professional dog trainers. This is not a part-time job or side gig. We commit 100% of our time to professional dog training.
3. Contemporary Training “The System”
Our dog training process is proprietary and unlike anything you will find online, in a book or in a standard class. We have developed this proprietary system through years of training dogs, hands-on experience, and coaching dog owners. Our dog training clients frequently comment that the dog training instruction they personally receive is unique and unlike anything they have learned previously.
4. Consistent and Informative Training Updates
We send you phased email updates and progress reports with details on dog training progress. Each week, the field trips become more challenging and exciting and we share this experience with you. The “turn call,” mid-way during the stay, will allow you time to discuss the dog training program in person with one of our professional dog trainers. Dog training exercises, field trips, physical conditioning, and activities are happening every day, 7 days a week, from the beginning of the program until graduation from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
5. MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS
It is very important to select a dog training facility that has multiple trainers on staff. By experiencing multiple dog trainers, dogs actually learn the commands and are not simply reacting to one person’s mannerisms. Each dog will be taught to listen to a variety of different people during their training.
6. Several Dog Training Options
We can do the heavy lifting in our Board and Train program. We can conduct dog training with you in our private dog training sessions or we can coach you in our group membership dog training program. We offer great dog training options that are optimal for every phase of training. Also available to our KC Dawgz pack is our group dog training membership, where you can sharpen up your basics or advance your dog with special interest groups.