Kansas City’s Top Obedience School

Turn Your Dog’s Behavior into Something Pawsitively Golden

Midas Touch Dog Obedience School in Kansas City 

Clay County’s Canine Obedience School

I am convinced that training dogs is my true calling. After starting Midas Touch Dog Obedience School, it felt like a gift to myself. I just love training dogs and people on how to communicate more effectively. I also love the challenge of rehabilitating damaged, aggressive canines. I am proud to be among Kansas City’s few local 5-star dog training services. As such, I will never truly work again.

 

A BIT ABOUT MIDAS TOUCH DOG OBEDIENCE SCHOOL

Hello, my name is James B. Stokes, my love of training canines started many years ago when my parents bought obedience lessons for me and my dog, Joe.  Are you looking to try something new and enjoyable? Need a bit of one-on-one guidance from a reliable professional? Sometimes all it takes to really understand a concept is a considerate instructor who knows how to teach at your pace. Having worked with canines for most of my life. I bring a depth of teaching experience and knowledge to those who are eager to expand their minds and improve their relationship with their canines. Contact me to see how I can be of service to you.

Our Process 

1.  Learning About You and Your Dog

I specialize in providing insights into canine behavior, even when they are puppies. So the first step is to learn about your dog’s behavior, whether that includes fear, anxiety, or aggression. 

2.  Meeting Your Pet

Next, I like for you to introduce me to your pet. In doing so, I can begin to form a relationship of my own with the dog. It also offers me the opportunity to observe your relationship as dog and owner.  

3.  Introducing Commands

As a top instructor in the Kansas City area. I’ve provided the tools and guidance needed to help all of my students excel. Take advantage of the vast professional experience I have. Get in touch today to find out more and to reserve your private session today. Animals can not tell us what happened to them, before they found their way to us. Whether their present-day fears come from a traumatic experience or neglect, your dog can make great strides and in a shorter period of time than you might’ve imagined possible. All you need is the correct technique and the right attitude.
I specialize in teaching insights into canine behavior, even when they are puppies. Get in touch asap to book a session today.

4.  Continue Training Techniques at Home 

Now that you’ve found some peace at home, it’s essential that you continue to reward positive behavior and practice giving commands. As your dog masters obedience, you will discover new, fun ways to challenge them.

Leslie Spikes

James was fantastic with our dog. He is very knowledgeable and clearly enjoys what he is doing. He even drove to our house for the training. Couldn’t recommend a better person to train your dog.

Dani Russell

I needed someone to help with my 6 month old mixed breed, Bear. I have had dogs my entire life and never had one this stubborn; we were talking about finding him another home, which was horrible. We tried group training and it was obvious our dog was interfering with the lessons and we were not getting what we needed. There was no peace at our house, just stress. James was amazing; from the first lesson, he trained **US** and Bear. This dog will be a work in progress for a long time, but I am able to see so much improvement and know what it will take now, thanks to James. If your dog is hard-headed and the “one size fits all” group classes aren’t for you, I absolutely hope you try here. I’d give 10 stars if I could.

Kristy Leahy

James is amazing and so knowledgeable! our dog,Toby, has always been good but was toy obsessed, dragged us around on the leash and wouldn’t listen when distracted. We noticed a changed after the first day of training and by the end it’s been a night and day difference. Toby walks behind us, stops when we stops, and knows when it’s play time. So much of the training was James training us but we could not be happier and Toby is a much happier dog, as well!

Jill Zeil

James Stokes, the owner of Midas Touch is fantastic! He is very knowledgable and patient with both my dog (Jenni) and I. I would highly recommend James in training any dog from docile to aggressive. Jenni is doing great, she is following simple commands, and most importantly isn’t pulling on the leash to where she and I can go on walks and runs without her pulling me behind like a kite in the wind! Very accommodating, a great guy and easy to work with! Beyond happy, amazing experience!

Wendy Barth

We had a great experience! The people and the dog learned a lot. You have to do your homework, or else the dog won’t succeed and the pet wants to do well! Great investment and our walks are much better for all now!

Sara Clark

We were looking for a dog trainer to help us with our dogs who needed a little extra help with obedience training and who wouldn’t stop fighting each other at home. We called James who assured us that he could help. We met weekly at the park to work on basic obedience training. The difference was immediate!!! Our dog Bear picked up the commands with no problem. James was patient with us, as well as with Bear. He answered all of our questions during training. He even took questions on non-training days when we needed help. When our kids had questions, James had us bring them to training so they can help work with the dogs too. We have now started to use these training techniques on all three of our dogs and they are doing amazing. We have seen a huge difference at home and the issues with the dogs fighting have all but disappeared. We got a high level of training at an affordable price. This was money well invested on our dogs that pays off every day. Thank you James!!!

Marissa Kehrwald

James is an absolutely excellent dog trainer! We brought our boxer-pit mix, Hank, to him for a 5 week leadership training and even by the end of the first visit we already could tell an immense change in our dogs behavior. James is extremely knowledgeable about all canines, and provides an easy to follow and step wise process to training that is guaranteed to be successful. Each week we learned new skills for Hank to gain back our control and confidence as pet owners. Hank is a completely new dog after completing his training. I was amazed at how fast he transformed with the feedback and skills James bestowed upon us. We worked with Hank every day outside of our weekly training sessions, and watched him flourish and become so much happier. I could tell we gained back his respect. We as pet owners have gotten back our piece of mind, which i cannot express into words how valuable that is. James’ training program is absolutely worth every penny, and I would say he is the best price on the market after doing our research. I would highly recommend this company to anyone needing training of any level for their dog. James lives for his work, and it shows in his professionalism and work ethic. We are very pleased!
 

Leslie Spikes

James was fantastic with our dog. He is very knowledgeable and clearly enjoys what he is doing. He even drove to our house for the training. Couldn’t recommend a better person to train your dog.

Kristy Leahy

James is amazing and so knowledgeable! our dog,Toby, has always been good but was toy obsessed, dragged us around on the leash and wouldn’t listen when distracted. We noticed a changed after the first day of training and by the end it’s been a night and day difference. Toby walks behind us, stops when we stops, and knows when it’s play time. So much of the training was James training us but we could not be happier and Toby is a much happier dog, as well!

Jill Zeil

James Stokes, the owner of Midas Touch is fantastic! He is very knowledgable and patient with both my dog (Jenni) and I. I would highly recommend James in training any dog from docile to aggressive. Jenni is doing great, she is following simple commands, and most importantly isn’t pulling on the leash to where she and I can go on walks and runs without her pulling me behind like a kite in the wind! Very accommodating, a great guy and easy to work with! Beyond happy, amazing experience!

Wendy Barth

We had a great experience! The people and the dog learned a lot. You have to do your homework, or else the dog won’t succeed and the pet wants to do well! Great investment and our walks are much better for all now!
Midas Touch Dog Obedience School
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Tyler Donelson
Tyler Donelson
16:40 05 Oct 21
James has helped us immensely by primarily teaching us how to be good leaders and advocates for our pup, Benji. We feel... so much more confident now that we know how to communicate and instill good behaviors in the dog, and that confidence and assuredness has translated directly to Benji as well. That line of communication between the dog and owner is so valuable, and James has done an amazing job of helping us to open it up. We have been through puppy and obedience training now, and are looking forward to socialization training.Thanks, James!read more
Mariah Thompson
Mariah Thompson
00:36 02 Oct 21
James has done an amazing job with my dog Cairo! We left another trainer that would do these puppy classes where... instead of training, it was puppy socialization time 100% of the time. Which is important however that’s not what Cairo needed. James came in and showed me how to properly take control and assert myself as the boss between us two, while facilitating trust between myself and Cairo.If I’m being 100% honest, I live in a dog-friendly apartment complex next to a large walking trail/park and I still have yet to meet a dog that is as well-trained and polite as my Cairo. If I say “heel”, Cairo’s right by side. If I say “sit”, he’s immediately in a sit. If I say “stay”, he’ll hold his position. Doesn’t matter if there’s another dog lunging and barking at him, he knows to trust me and look to me. And Cairo is only 9 months old! I have James to thank for that.You won’t regret going to James! Just keep in mind that you will have to take the tools and lessons James provides you with and do your homework! Don’t show up to class without doing your homework because he will always be able to tell.read more
Emma Shoemaker
Emma Shoemaker
02:35 30 Sep 21
Highly recommend!! We saw major improvements in our dog's behavior after the first session!! We completed the... leadership package, which taught us how to take charge and learn how to better communicate with our dog. He no longer pulls me around on the leash or pulls to get to other dogs when we go on walks. James really knows what he is talking about and has a way with dogs!! We will be signing up for more training packages in the future!read more
Anna Funk
Anna Funk
21:21 18 Sep 21
AWESOME experience. James knows his stuff and our dog was better behaved after just one session. Super effective and... James is great to work with. Our 6 mo old puppy isn't just better behaved when we ask him to do what James taught him (basic obedience: heel, sit, stay, come) but all the time!!!read more
Tiffany Stewart
Tiffany Stewart
11:29 14 Sep 21
James has an amazing ability to get you to understand that training yourself is just as important as training the dog.... Maggie loves her time with James and we are beyond pleased with her progress in just a few sessions. We are excited to start the next round! We HIGHLY recommend James for your dog training needs.read more
Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts
02:48 13 Sep 21
An absolutely amazing training experience! So professional and educational. My Mom’s dog was trying to become the... alpha of the house. Through the training sessions my Mom soon regained the alpha position and was able to help her dog learn so many great qualities through the training. He’s a different dog, for the better. We have had follow up questions and everything has been answered quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend this training!read more
Tyler Eaton
Tyler Eaton
20:16 12 Sep 21
Well worth the money and time! He is so good at what he does for a living that my German Shepherd has changed... drastically because of this course! My dog was stubborn at first and even nipped the trainer but he was completely cool with it and wanted to continue his training for the better of my dog. Eventually my dog took to the trainer well and looked forward to his training every day and his one on one time with the trainer every week of this course!read more
Natalia Vides
Natalia Vides
15:04 28 Aug 21
Before James we had a year and a half old cattle dog. He would be aggressive towards people at times, would attack the... tires of cars, and would just be very out of control. But all of that changed when we started working with James! We currently live in saint Joseph Missouri, and had decided to drive down to Kansas city( 45 minutes away) and it was the best decision we could’ve made! Thanks to James, my baby boy is no longer aggressive as he once was. He is more obedient and much more calm around others. There is not any other trainer I would rather choose than James. He knows exactly what he is teaching you and the dogs, and is just an outstanding dog trainer!! i cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me and my family.read more
Karen Moran
Karen Moran
16:34 14 Aug 21
James is an OUTSTANDING dog trainer! 🙂 We cannot thank him enough, as he has helped us more than we could ever... imagine with getting to know our german shepherd and responding to and training him better!I believe that no matter what a persons thoughts are in regards to their dog being a hopeless case, James is the man that will help you fix it!THANK YOU JAMES! 🙂read more
Alexis Barbosa
Alexis Barbosa
21:13 13 Aug 21
James is an EXCELLENT and knowledgeable trainer. We took our 6 month old pup to him and she fell IN LOVE. She responded... to him and respected him almost immediately after they started working together. James also really helped my boyfriend and I get on the same page training-wise. Not only did we get a dog trainer, we also got a human trainer. 😂 We can’t wait to take Vega to the advanced classes. Thanks James!!read more
Karisa Webster Booker
Karisa Webster Booker
02:52 03 Aug 21
We recently completed the leadership course with Midas Touch Dog Obedience and have signed up for the next level. We... did basic training with him as a pup, but had lapsed in working with him and Covid didn’t help his social skills leaving us with a 2 year old pup who didn’t mind well. The changes we have been able to see in our dog have been amazing - not just the commands he knows but overall behavior and social skills have shown great improvement! I can’t recommend enough!read more
Kylie Waterworth
Kylie Waterworth
14:31 03 Jul 21
We rescued our german shepherd mix, Whiskey, when he was six months old. We had no idea of his background, but we did... know we needed help training him and getting him to be the best he can be. I contacted Midas Touch and explained my situation and they were able to help me determine the best class to put Whiskey through and walked me through why they thought that way. Through the classes Whiskey is so much more well behaved and now we have a better understanding of how to handle him when he does act out. Now that we’re out of the classes, the help doesn’t stop. It has been made known to us that we can call with questions at any time! I highly highly recommend Midas Touch to anyone who is looking for that extra help with their four legged kiddo! You won’t regret it!read more
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