Training Partners


Beyond the Dog

Beyond the Dog, LLC is a full service dog training company that provides assistance to those in the entire Kansas City metro area. Our trainers are led by and walk in the footsteps of our founders, Dr. Kristyn Echterling Savage and Sean Savage. Dr. Savage is one of less than 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists in the country and takes pride in supervising each trainer. Each trainer is educated, highly skilled, and certified. We provide behavior therapy for a variety of problem behavior ranging from severe aggression to simple housebreaking and everything in between! Find out more about Beyond the Dog here.



The Dogs’ Spot

The Dogs’ Spot – Dog Training Center, located just 5 minutes north of Bar K, The Dogs' Spot is a state of the art, 5,000 square foot indoor training facility boasting a highly credentialed, educated and experienced staff. Our mission is to create a community spot for Kansas City's dog lovers to find training solutions using the art and science of positive reinforcement, discover that unique connection with their dog, and make new friends along the way. The Dogs' Spot offers a wide variety of classes from Puppy Prep, Surviving Adolescence, Family Manners, Canine Good Citizen, in addition to many specialty classes such as Agility, Tricks, Flyball, Competition Obedience, and many more!  Find out more about The Dog’s Spot here!


Introduction to Agility
Dog agility is a fun, fast paced, sport where a dog and handler team navigate a series of obstacles, in the allotted time, and in the right order. The Dogs' Spot - Dog Training Center is partnering with Bar K to teach an introductory agility class in their own Petfinder Park. In this one hour class, we will start to expose you and your dog, while on leash, to a few obstacles and some directional handling. Come join us for the fun!

Sunday, November 10th
Cost: Non-members - $49; Members - $39.
Class Size: 6 dogs and handlers.


Fountain City Dog Training

Brought to you by an extremely effective, 27-year-old program, Fountain City is a leading dog behavior training organization serving the Kansas City Metro and surrounding areas. Specializing in reward-based communication and trust-enhancing interactions, our dog owners develop a deeper relationship with their canine companions. All Bar K training will be facilitated by JP Carter. JP has been personally mentored and coached by both John Van Olden, and Aimee Sadler. As a proponent of “Better Decisions Not Dominance” and “Dogs Playing for Life” protocols, Mr. Carter combines traditional reward-based training with play and relaxation to facilitate a lifetime with calm compliant dogs. Find out more about Fountain City here!


Bootcamp for Bozos
”Bootcamp for Bozos” is a 6-session Group Class for stubborn, anxious and mildly aggressive dogs (all dogs must be non-reactive when 10 feet or more away from unfamiliar dogs and people. If, at distance, reactions are selective, talk with trainer prior to enrolling). It meets every other Thursday evening from 6-8 pm beginning Aug 8.
6-session class - Aug 8, Aug 22; Sep 5, 19; Oct 3, and 17 - from 6-8 pm.
4-6 ppl per class
$265 (non-members); $238 (Bar K Members)

Safe Play at Bar K
What if you don’t completely trust your dog around other dogs during a Bar K visit? In this class, JP Carter from Fountain City Dog Training will facilitate an educational play session in a separate private play space (Petfinder Park) with small groups of other dogs who are in the same situation.

By learning to identify and trust safe canine interactions, this FREE class facilitates the development of polite playful skills for dogs and their owners. 

Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old and up-to-date on all vaccinations. 

This class will be held every other Thursday from 6-7:30pm on October 10th, October 24th, November 7th and November 21st.


KC Elite Dog Training

You've got a dog with issues. We get it. We really do. We've been there. That is why KC Elite Dog Training was founded. We have had puppies that needed basic obedience training to older dogs that needed extensive behavioral training. We want to give you the tools that allow your dog to be with you whenever possible. KC Elite Dog Training will train any dog with any issue. We believe any dog has matter what the case. Our goal for you to be able to communicate with your dog on a different level. It truly is that simple. Find out more about KC Elite here!

Intro to Training Techniques with KC Elite

Wednesdays, 7-8pm September 18 - October 16

$25/person (non-members); $22.50/person (Bar K Members)
(min of 7, max of 20)


KISS Dog Training

My name is Mike Deathe and I am the owner and trainer here at Kiss Dog Training. We offer positive, scientific and motivational dog training techniques that focus on you, the owner, being able to fix the problems between you and Fido. We offer both private instruction as well as group sessions. We are located in Shawnee, Kansas, and operate all over Kansas City metro, Overland Park and surrounding area. Find out more about Keep It Simple Dog Training here!


Puppy Class [STARTING SEPT 5]
Every Thursday night, to coincide with Puppies' Night Out, Mike Deathe from Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS) Dog Training will be at Bar K to help you and your puppy get off to a good start. Mike will cover everything from come, sit, down, and stay to leash walking, leave it, and drop it. As well, he'll go over play biting, chewing, housebreaking, jumping up and many other puppy-specific behaviors. Each week from 7:00-8:00, while you grab a cocktail and some dinner, Mike will be at Puppies' Night Out and be available for general questions. Then, from 8:00-9:00, Mike will move over to Petfinder Park for an hour-long class that will go into more detail. The 8:00-9:00 class will be a group class and will cost $30 ($25 for members).

Puppies in this class need to be between 10 to 20 weeks old (If older, they should be in a regular leashed group class or private instruction).

My Dog Pulls on the Leash
Why do dogs pull? Well the simple answer is it works. We don’t give dogs enough credit at times, while as humans we do all sorts of dumb things for no reason at all. Our four-legged canine counterparts only do things that work or that produce a result! So how do we stop pulling we teach a more rewarding behavior to replace it. It’s not hard but does take practice and I will show you the routines to get that puller to pay attention.

3 classes per session
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 - Aug 9, 16, & 23

COST: $150 (non-members); $135 (members)

My Dog Won't Stay When I Tell Them
There are three versions of stay (Duration, Distance and Distraction) if not taught in the right order with enough practice in each stage. Most folks find Stay a very frustrating command to teach. We will focus on the individual stages of the command, including practice games for home. In no time with practice you will have a pooch that amazes the neighbors.

3 classes per session
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 - Oct 18, 25, & Nov 1st.

COST: $150 (non-members); $135 (members)

My Dog Won't Come When Called
The goal of this class is how to get you pooch to come back to you when you call them. My primary goal is to get you to think about dog training in a different way! I hope to give you a new way to look at your dog, as well as a very successful set of techniques that will have your dog coming when called on a regular and consistent basis.

3 classes per session
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 - Sep 13, 20, & 27 (27th Cancelled)

COST: $150 (non-members); $135 (members)

My Dog Keeps Peeing/Pooping Everywhere
s Fido peeing and pooping in all the wrong spots? Are you pulling your hair out? Well this class will teach you how to get Fido to "GO" in the right place, at the right time and even improve the way the two of you communicate.

I don't promise fast results — there is no magic bullet or Jedi mind tricks to fix the potty training issue! Instead, I teach you how to speak Dog as a Second Language (DASL) to tell Fido what behaviors you want and when you want them!

3 classes per session
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 - Nov 8, 15, & 22.

COST: $150 (non-members); $135 (members)

My Dog Jumps Up on Everyone
This class is about how to teach your dog not to jump up on people but without focusing on JUMPING UP. Rather we focus on teaching what we want Fido to do instead of the JUMP! It is a funner, easier and more humane way to interact with your dog. Remember Ignore the Bad and Reward the Good or as I like to call it Keep It Simple Stupid!

3 classes per session
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 - Dec 13, 20, & 27.

COST: $150 (non-members); $135 (members)

Private sessions
Would you rather book a one-on-one session rather than a group class?  You can book an individual session with K.I.S.S. Dog Training here. 

1 session: $145; 3 sessions, $345; 5 sessions, $467 (non-members)
1 session: $130; 3 sessions, $310; 5 sessions, $420 (Bar K Members)


Savvy Dog

Debbie Disch is the owner / operator of Savvy Dog LLC, a boutique-style dog daycare & training facility in Waldo. Savvy Dog specializes in providing socialization, structured play and training activities for dogs that attend “school” during the week.  Debbie also provides individual coaching consults for dogs and their people. 

Debbie’s approach is based on reward-based training techniques.  What motivates our dogs?  How do they learn?  How do we train ourselves to listen to our dogs so we can guide them to be happy, healthy, well connected members of our families?  Sessions are designed to help answer these questions along with building strong relationships, developing a common language and setting clear and consistent expectations. . Find out more about Savvy Dog here!


Engaged Play While You’re Away
Are you hesitant to leave your pup alone in the park while you run into the restaurant to grab a meal or a drink, or just to relax?  Try out a session of Engaged Play While You’re Away! Your dog will be engaged in small group play in Petfinder Park under the watchful eye of dog trainer Debbie Disch, owner of Savvy Dog.  Interactive toy play, training games or maybe just relaxing with a yummy snack will keep your pup calm and happy. And if you let Debbie know, you can even leave Bar K to run some errands -- as long as you're back before the 2-hour session ends!


September 21 - Engaged Play
1:00 - 3:00PM (in 1 or 2 hr. increments)

September 29 - Engaged Play Game Day!
11:45AM - 3:00PM (Or until the game ends)
$20 for whole session during football game.
LIMIT: 15 dogs

Walk This Way: Leash Walking Workshop

Does your dog pull, lose focus or get overly excited while on leash? Then this group Leash Walking Workshop can help!

Walking with your dog can be such a fun and bonding experience; a time to relax, explore, get some exercise and enjoy each other’s company. But since leash walking skills rarely come naturally to dogs or their people, reaching the “fun” stage of walking together often requires a little coaching and lots of practice. Enter The Leash Walking Workshop! 

Join Debbie Disch from Savvy Dog for a private group walk that begins inside the park at 8:30 am before Bar K opens the doors for business. Grab a cup of coffee, do a few warm up laps on leash and then it’s out to “the real world” along the River Walk at 9:00 am. Debbie will provide coaching along the way with an emphasis on practicing loose leash skills, actively engaging with your dog and having FUN!!

October 19th, 26th and Nov 2nd - 8:30-9:00AM

Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members (includes park entrance for the day).