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 10), and my rescue dog Claire (Heeler/Aussie mix, age 5).  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)

Group Classes Lansing/Leavenworth

April 23 Classes are full.

Next session will start on June 18, taking registrations now.

*Beginner (medium/large dogs) 5:30-6:30 pm Adult dogs should be comfortable around other dogs to participate in class

*Puppy and small breeds 6:45-7:45 pm (puppies age 12 wks-5 mths)

Group Classes Basehor/Tonganoxie

Current session in progress at Orscheln Farm and Home, 15256 Wolf Creek Parkway, Basehor

Next session starts May 18, taking registrations now.

*Puppy and small breeds 9:00-10:00 am (Puppies age 12 wks-5mths)

*Beginner (medium/large dogs) 10:15-11:15 am Adult dogs should be comfortable around other dogs to particiate in class

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

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

  • mileage may apply

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

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

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

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. 

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My foster puppies from LCHS. What love!


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 two series of vaccinations before they can attend class and be 12 weeks to 5 months old.  Distemper/parvo are required at 12 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. Small breeds will be a part of the puppy class due to size.

Expectations: adult dogs need to be comfortable around other dogs and have been socialized to other dogs. If your dog barks and lunges towards dogs while on leash, you should plan on taking private lessons first in order to learn how to manage your dog in a group setting.

Dog Aggression: Dogs who are offensively aggressive towards other dogs or humans will not be allowed in a class setting. Owners should plan to take private lessons.

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


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Rhonda is very knowledgeable and attentive. She was a pleasure to work with and our dog loved her. With the tools she gave us, we were able to better understand our dog and have had great success applying our new skills. She tailored our training to fit our family and our dog. We recommend Rhonda to any dog owner -- whether you're a new dog owner or have had dogs your whole life -- we can all learn something new from Rhonda.—Robertson family (Feb, 2019)

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 (Sept, 2018) 

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 (Aug, 2018)

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 (Aug, 2018)

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.