I love dogs because they are SO amazing!

Dogs can progress in remarkable ways if we, as their humans, can figure out how to teach them. Is your dog fearful? I can help you with that. Is your dog reactive to other dogs? I can help you with that. Is your dog hyper and unmanagable? I can help you with that. From teaching standard obedience cues to helping dogs with temperament issues, I want to help you train your dog so your dog can be a wonderful member of the family.  Through positive training methods, I will help you connect to your furry companion.



I grew up on a farm in Western Kansas and have always loved dogs.  After careers as a professional singer, voice teacher, and clergy, I decided it was time to train dogs and their humans.  The catalyst for me to do this was when I was volunteering at the PAWS Animal Shelter in Pueblo, Colorado and saw the difference I could make in the life of a dog.  I did my certification training through Animal Behavior College and am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.  I am also a member of the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society, Human Animal Bond, and the Leavenworth County Humane Society.  My fur babies are Buddy (black lab mix, age 12), Angel (yellow lab, age 9), and my rescue dog Claire (Heeler/Aussie mix, age 4).  Having recently moved to Leavenworth, it’s great to be back in Kansas.  There’s no place like home 😊





Buddy, Angel, and Claire

working on Training Cues

Group Classes *Cover basic obedience cues *Cost: $130 for 7 week session (no dogs first class) *Limit of 4 dogs per class

Group Classes Lansing/Leavenworth

Next session will start on Feb. 26 at Tractor Supply Co., 1111 N. Main St., Lansing

*Beginner (medium/large dogs) 5:15-6:15 *Puppy and small breeds FULL

Group Classes Basehor/Tonganoxie

First session will start on March 16 at Orscheln Farm and Home, 15256 Wolf Creek Parkway, Basehor

*Beginner (medium/large dogs) 9:00-10:00 *Puppy and small breeds 10:30-11:30

If your dog is extremely fearful or dog reactive, private lessons would be the best option.

*Call 913-250-8004 to register or submit email on contact page

Owners will receive a 10% discount on first time services if the owner can show proof of adoption from an animal shelter.

Working on the

stay and focus cues


Private in-home lessons are available for obedience cues, problem behaviors, and temperament issues.

1 hour for $60 2 one hour sessions for $120 3 one-hour lessons for $150 4 one-hour lessons for $180 5 one-hour lessons for $225 6 one-hour lessons for $270

  • includes a phone consultation prior to the start of lessons

  • lessons will be tailored to the dog's and owner's needs

  • lessons will be scheduled according to trainer and owner calendars

  • an additional $2 per mile will be charged for lessons more than 10 miles outside of Leavenworth and Lansing

    Active military will receive a 10% discount on all services.

Rhonda's Training Philosophy

Psalm 36:6 reads, "God cares for humans and animals alike."  It is my mission to care for dogs of all shapes and sizes and their people.  Dogs naturally love us and are wired to learn.  What a great combination!  Through positive training methods using rewards to reinforce good behavior, I will help humans train their dogs to be well-behaved members of their families and a joy to be around. 


My foster mama, Rooby, and her 9 pups.  What a blast!


Private in-home lessons

Payment for the entire lesson package is due by the first lesson with cash or check.  No refunds once lessons have started.  You may reschedule lessons if needed with 24-hour notice unless it is an emergency.  No shows will not be rescheduled.  Owners need to show proof of current vaccinations.

Group Classes

Payment for group classes will be due by the first class of the session with cash or check.  No refunds once classes have started.

Puppies will need to have had their 1st series of vaccinations before they can attend class and be 10 weeks to 5 months old.  Distemper/parvo are required at 10 weeks and rabies is required at 4 months.  Bordetella is recommended.  Until they have all of their shots, take them to safe places such as homes and yards where you know the dogs have been vaccinated.  Refrain from letting puppies down at places where they might come in contact with diseases until they are fully vaccinated such as dog parks and walking routes.  Bring a copy of the shot records for the trainer to keep to the first class. 

Dogs will need to be vaccinated for rabies and distemper/parvo.  Leptospirosis and Bordetella (kennel cough, every 6 months) are highly recommended.  Bring a copy of the shot records for the trainer to keep to the first class.

Females in heat could be disruptive to the class.  It would be a good idea to wait until she is out of season before participating in a class setting.  Private lessons are highly recommended in lieu of a group class.


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Rhonda York

2523 South 23rd Street
Leavenworth, KS, 66048
United States


Contact Us

Hi!  Thanks for your interest.  Leave me your info, and I'll get back to you.  You can also call me at 913-250-8004.

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Rhonda was a great help to us with our new 70 lb Black Lab/Bermese Mountain Dog mix.  As a volunteer at the Leavenworth Humane Society she was there when we first adopted Luna.  Rhonda came to our home that same day and helped us with a few basic commands and training routines.  Over the next several weeks Rhonda helped us train Luna so we could do things like walk on the leash without pulling, coming when called, and staying put.  If it wasn't for Rhonda, we may have returned Luna within a few weeks of adopting her. Luna is now a loving and integral part of our family.—Kelley family 

We're thrilled to be working with Rhonda York. She's new to the area and working on getting her dog training business going, but she's also donating her time to Leavenworth AC and us and our adopters!! Rhonda spent 2 hours with Cassidy on Thursday, and that pup's mid-day walker said "she's a different dog!" --Crystal Blackdeer, Leavenworth County Humane Society

Coming from an employee of a shelter Rhonda previously volunteered at, you have a wonderful asset in Rhonda! She genuinely cares for each and every dog she works with and takes that extra time some of the more rambunctious ones need to become more adoptable! We were very sad to see Rhonda go, but so excited for her future endeavors! I would absolutely recommend her business as her course helped me train my own dog! Thanks again, Rhonda!--Shane Hoadley, Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska

We miss Rhonda dearly and hope she will visit us again soon! She's always willing to teach and share her knowledge to anyone needing it.--Lora Schahrer, Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska

Rhonda is very knowledgeable in dog training. She takes that knowledge and puts it into practice. I was fortunate to attend one of her dog training classes. We learned several commands and tricks. She has more than one way to get the results she wants to see. Rhonda is a very organized, patient, and fun trainer. She is missed here at the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska. She worked a lot with our more intense dogs. She took the time that they needed and usually had improvements made within no time at all. She knows and understands dogs. We know she will be great in her future training business! Thank you for all your help!--Kathy Sidlinger, Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska

Loss of pet

The death of a pet can be devastating.  Our pets often become our "children" in so many ways--the manner in which they greet us when we get home, how their eyes shine when we speak to them, the way they follow us just to be close, and the ways they truly love us.  Non-pet lovers may say things that don't help us at all during this time of grief--they just don't get it.  But pet parents totally understand the acute sense of physical and emotional loss we feel.  As I write this, I'm looking at one of my fur babies sleeping on her bed.  She's just beautiful, and I already dread the day when I will lose her or my other two.  But I believe that God has a place for our wonderful friends.  He created everything.  And He will take care of everything either in this world or the next, and that includes our faithful pets.  I think God smiles too when our beloved animals run towards Him for a belly rub.  

Do you need someone to talk with about the loss of your pet?  Call me at 913-250-8004.

Do you need someone to talk with about the loss of your pet?  Call me at 913-250-8004.