Lectures

Training Spot Lectures put our expertise and training to work for you and your pet, teaching you how to reinforce good behavior, and quickly mitigate unwanted issues.

Becoming Dr. Dolittle – What’s your dog trying to tell you?

Communicating with your dog can be tough (unless you’ve been magically struck with the power to talk to animals). We can’t give you magic powers, but we can demystify dog language and help you understand what your dog is saying…and give you tools to talk back. This lecture is for pet parents only, so please leave your furry friends at home! (Won’t they be surprised when you come back and can talk dog?)

  • Friday, February 8th
  • 6pm-8pm
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • For pet parents only
  • Cost: $20
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Stress Free Mani-Pedis

If you and your dog both duck and cover when someone says “nail trim,” this talk is for you. Trainer and veterinary assistant Katie Holland (KPA CTP) will teach ways to make the nail trimming process comfortable and easy for you and your dog.

  • Saturday, March 2nd
  • 10am-12pm
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • For pet parents only
  • Cost: $20
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DogSafe Canine First Aid 101

Join us and Karla Malcom, Authorized DogSafe Instructor, for this 8 hour course designed to teach you the knowledge and skills to deal with a sick or injured dog until veterinary care is available. The topics are covered in-depth so that students have a thorough understanding of the principles of canine first aid. Since this is a very comprehensive course, we need your full attention and dogs do not come to class.

  • Saturday, March 9th
  • 9am-5pm
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • Limited to 12 registrants (only 5 spaces left)
  • Cost: $149
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When Spot Gets Nippy

We all have a dream or idea of what having a dog will be, whether it’s hiking on trails, snuggles on the couch, or endless play dates at dog parks. In some cases these dreams come true, but more of than not dogs are dogs and just like us they don’t always like everyone, are afraid of or even nip at the vet, and sometimes get into fights with other dogs.

Come and and learn about the human end of the leash, what can accidentally create frustration and aggression, how you can help prevent it, and how you can help your reactive dog.

  • Sunday, April 14th
  • 10am-12pm
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • For pet parents only
  • Cost: $20
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Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Christopher Pachel Returns to the Spot!

Save the date! Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Christopher Pachel joins us at the Spot in May. We are cooking up a fun filled two days for you including lots of laughter and training.

  • Save the Date!
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)

New! DogBiz Dog Walking Academy

Start a new career
Trade in your stressful, stale, or unsatisfying work for a living doing something you love—spending time with dogs.

Already walking?
Learn a few new dog tricks, gain a marketing edge, solve pesky problems, and grow your business to new heights.

By completing the Dog Walking Academy you:
Earn a professional certification that sets you apart!
Will learn about dog behavior and how to read dogs better
Will learn the ABC’s of running a business

  • 3 Days (May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd)
  • Class limited to 16 students
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • Approved for 21 CEUs
  • Cost: $850

Sarah Owings hits the Spot!

Sarah Owings, KPA CTP, is passionate about reaching the difficult dog, and specializes in using clicker training principles to help transform the lives of fearful or shy dogs. As the owner of Bridges Dog Training, co-creator of Cyber Dog Online, and a regular contributor to online training forums, she is known for her innovative approaches to tough behavior problems, and her compassionate and insightful teaching.

  • Save the Date!
  • September 21st-22nd
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • Time and Details TBD

Spot Gets a Job

Ever had thoughts that you your dog would make a great Therapy Dog? Curious about the difference between Therapy, Emotional Support and Service work?

You’re in luck…our very own trainer, Carmaleta Aufderheide, BSN, MS-CRES, KPA-CTP, will discuss the road to therapy as well as sift out the differences between types of working dogs including service and emotional support.

Join us for an informative talk on how Spot gets a job. You may even get the chance to meet and greet Training Spots very own ‘career changed’ service dog, Boma, in retirement.

  • Sunday, October 6th
  • 10am-12pm
  • Training Spot (90 Lawrence Street)
  • For pet parents only
  • Cost: $20
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