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The Dogs’ Spot – Dog Training Center, located in North Kansas City, MO, is a 5,000 square foot indoor dog training facility that is fully air-conditioned and heated for year around comfort, and fully matted with Great Mats Dog Agility Matting.

The Dogs’ Spot specializes in innovative, reward-based educational and recreational programs that are Friendly, Effective, and Fun! At The Dogs’ Spot, we go above basic dog obedience to teach life skills. Dogs are taught to make good choices by showing their human companions how to focus on reinforcing desirable behaviors, rather than inadvertently reinforcing undesirable ones. Small classes are offered in puppy socialization, family manners, dog agility, Canine Good Citizen training and testing, and many more! Private consultations are also available.

Come see why The Dogs’ Spot is “the community spot for dogs and the people who love them!”

We are really proud of our instructor dream team! All are hand selected based on their education and experience. No other training facility in the Kansas City metro area boasts a stronger training staff with more depth and breadth than ours!

Laura (Devine) Hills
Laura Hills is the founder and owner of The Dogs’ Spot – Dog Training Center. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior and a Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT), is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, a Canine Life and Social Skills (CLASS) Evaluator, a Victoria Stilwell endorsed trainer (VSPDT), and a Certified Fear Free Trainer. Laura has been a consultant for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and the KC Pet Project and enjoys giving talks on dog training and behavior. Laura lives with four dogs: Gracie, Skeeter, Guinness, and Fiona. She focuses on helping keep her senior dog, Gracie, stay fit and mobile in the FitPAWS™ K9 Conditioning Class and participates in the sport of Tricks and Rally Freestyle with Fiona (who also just happens to be blind and deaf). She is still trying to discover thee things Skeeter and Guinness love to do as much as play with each other. Laura’s household also includes two cats, Leo and Peaches, and her good natured and supportive husband, Kirby.

Laura specializes in our Family Manners series, including Canine Good Citizen and Canine Life and Social Skills classes. She also leads all the Agility classes and the FitPaws Canine Conditioning classes.

Jamie Eaton
Jamie is the founder and owner of Lewis & Clark Canine Coaching. In addition to holding a Master’s degree, Jamie graduated from the Animal Behavior College in 2009, has been certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI). She studied with renowned positive reinforcement trainer Pat Miller at her Peaceable Paws Academy and is a graduate of her Level 1 Canine Behavior and Training Intern Academy. She shares her life with two Landseer Newfoundlands Uka and Bane. Uka is a registered therapy dog and Bane hasn't decided what he wants to do when he grow up, yet.

Jamie specializes in our Reactive Dog program in addition to leading many of our one topic workshops. These workshop place an emphasis on areas families often need additional support from our training staff to master (i.e., Polite Greeting, Loose Leash Walking, Coming When Called, etc.). Jamie often leads fun classes and workshops, too, like Canine Enrichment and Tricks classes.

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin is the founder and owner of Martin Training & Behavior. She has served the pets of Kansas City since 2006 as a sitter and walker and since 2012 as a dog trainer. Tracy holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from Washburn University, and a Masters in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Her research projects explored cognition in elephants, horses, and domestic pigeons. Tracy is a graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, considered the Harvard of dog training academies and holds their Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) and is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Tracy shares her life with two black and tan Littles: Doc Holliday, who she's learning RallyFree with, and Maybel, who prefers the quiet of bed snuggling. Emma, a striking calico kitty, keeps them all on their toes! Any spare time is spent helping Community cats and getting her big dog fix volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

Tracy is our puppy expert. She leads our Puppy Prep, Puppy Social, and Surviving Adolescence classes.

Terri Sershen
Terri Sershen holds a Master’s degree and is a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). She competes in Obedience, Herding, Conformation, and Agility with her two Australian Shepherds and her Gordon Setter. In addition, she is the proud caretaker of two Eclectus Parrots and a Rocky Mountain Gaited Horse. Terri has used clicker training to train all the animals she lives with and has a passion for positive, force-free training.

Terri not only leads Family Manners classes, but also helps folks in the performance realm by leading classes in Treibball, Dog Sport Essentials, and Platform Training. We plan to expand the classes she offers to include Competition Obedience and Conformation. Stay tuned!

Randy and Stephanie Garvin
Randy and Stephanie Garvin specialize in our Flyball program Randy Garvin has been playing Flyball since 2009, has helped host Flyball events, is a Flyball Judge with both the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) and the United Flyball League International (UFLI) and judges 4-6 tournaments a year. Since 2011, Randy has been a head judge for the UFLI championships.

Stephanie Garvin has played Flyball since 2005. She has led flyball classes, is a United Flyball League International (UFLI) Representative, and has helped host Flyball events. In addition, Stephanie has been primarily responsible for the UFLI championships.



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