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Ask a Trainer

Do you have a pet behavior question or problem you'd like to discuss with one of our certified behavior trainers? Not email savvy? Give our team a call. If they are not available, you can leave a message and they will contact you. Call 816-986-4461.

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In-Home Consultations

In-home consultations and training is ideal for: owners who have a busy schedule, who cannot attend weekly classes or who want to work on one specific behavioral concern, such as jumping up or excessive barking. It is also ideal for dogs not suited for a class environment, such as dogs dealing with aggression or anxiety issues. 


In home consultations are not available at this time. Please scroll down for other behavior training class options! 


Puppy Training and Socialization

Do you have a new puppy? Do you want to make sure they are set up for success with their training and socialization? Join us for Puppy Class! In this class we will discuss a range of topics from trouble shooting puppy behaviors to socialization and basic commands. Each will bring new fun challenges and each session ends with puppy playtime.  


6 sessions 

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $125

Class time: 5:30-6:30pm  

Dates: Check back soon for new session dates! 


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  • Troubleshoot Puppy Behaviors
  • Basic Obedience Cues
  • Socialization
  • Body Language
  • Enrichment Ideas


Puppies must be 12-24 weeks. Proof of vaccinations required. 

Private Training, 3 Sessions

Are you looking for training more tailored to your specific needs and challenges? Check out our private training. In this one-on-one environment we can work on basic obedience or solving a more specific problem. 


3 One-on-One sessions

Class size: 1 dog

Cost: $105

Class dates & times: Check back soon for new session dates! 

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  • Discuss Specific Behavior Concerns 
  • Create Individualized Training Plan 
  • Hands on Instruction 


Dogs must be 6 months of age or older. Proof of vaccinations required.

Wayside Waifs Group Training Class or 1-on-1 Series Refund Policy
Wayside Waifs Training and Behavior Center requires notice (e-mail, phone, web message, or in person) should you need to withdraw from a class or consultation in order to be considered for a refund as outlined below. These time frames allow for other guests to secure your vacant slot. Please understand that failure to withdraw from services within this time frame will result in a declination of request for a refund in any amount.

If there is a weather emergency or other critical situation requiring Wayside to cancel a class, all attendees will be notified and that class will be rescheduled.


I need to cancel my group enrollment or 1-on-1 series. How do I get a refund?

In the event that you need to cancel your registration for a group class, you will only be given a refund if we receive notification at least five days prior to the class start date. All refunds given are subject to a $20 handling fee. Last minute cancellations (less than five days) or no-shows will not be granted a refund. If you decide that you would like to switch classes, you will be allowed one transfer based on availability. You must make arrangements to transfer at least five days prior to the start date of the class you’ve originally enrolled in. 

In the event that you need to cancel your 1-on-1 training series, you will only be given a refund if we received notification at least 48 hours prior to the first session date. All refunds given are subject to a $20 handling fee. Last minute cancellations (less than 48 hours’ notice) or no-shows will not be granted a refund. To reschedule a private training appointment, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance. You may request to reschedule an appointment up to two times. Excessive (more than two) or last minute (less than 48 hours) requests to reschedule may be denied and no refunds given. If you purchase a three pack of training sessions, your purchase is nonrefundable once your training has begun. Sessions must be scheduled within three months of purchase.

Please email us or call (816) 986-4489 if you would like to cancel your registration/appointment or to transfer your enrollment to another class.

I have to miss a class. Can I make it up?

We do not offer make up classes. If you have to miss a class, please notify your instructor ahead of time. We are happy to email you homework from the class you’ve missed.


Seasonal Tips

Keeping warm in the winter

Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. Here are some quick tips to ensure a warm and toasty winter season.

  1. Limit your pet’s time outside only for bathroom breaks if it is too cold.
  2. Provide outdoor pets with a dry, warm secure shelter out of the wind, such as a garage or insulated pet house.
  3. Even dogs that normally spend most of their time outside need good shelter in cold weather, even if it is only a garage.
  4. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage or on your driveway so clean up spills immediately. Pet safe antifreeze is available for purchase at most stores.
  5. De-icing chemicals can be hazardous to pets. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Pet-safe ice melt is now available in our store Whiskers & Wags.  Also, be sure to wipe your pet’s feet every time after being on sidewalks.
  6. Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.

Winterizing your dog house

  1. The dog house floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.
  2. The dog house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.
  3. Heated water dishes help keep water warm from freezing and are available at your local supply store