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Behavior and Training 101 Orientation

Class Structure: Drop-in

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Sign Up Online

Mondays from 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 p.m. Sign Up Online

This orientation class is for people only and is required prior to registering for Puppy Prep, Surviving Adolescence, or Beginning Family Manners. The class covers a brief introduction on how dog's learn, the training methods used, tips on managing common behavior problems, and preparation for training classes. This class will give participants an opportunity to visit the training facility, ask questions prior to beginning classes, and register for class. To complete the registration process, a copy of your dog's vaccination records is required.

 


Puppy Prep School

Class Structure: Open Enrollment 6 week class - Participants with healthy puppies between 8 – 18 weeks old that have been vaccinated at least 7 days prior to starting class can start any time after attending the Behavior and Training 101 orientation.

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Sign Up Online

Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sign Up Online

Start your pup out on the right paw by safely exposing him or her to the challenges of living in a messy human world. In weekly themed activities, our innovative curriculum integrates obedience exercises such as sit, down, and coming when called into real-life situations like dinnertime, going to the vet, or having a cuppa at the local outdoor cafe'. Plus, your puppy will get a crash course in socialization, with friendly exposure to other puppies, people, sounds, and activities.

The Dogs' Spot follows the follows the recommendations of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior. Click here to see their Position Statement for Puppy Socialization Classes.

 


Surviving Adolescence

Class Structure: Open Enrollment 6 week class - Participants with healthy puppies that have completed their vaccination series can start any time after attending the Behavior and Training 101 orientation.

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Sign Up Online

Mondays from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sign Up Online

Join us as we negotiate the challenges of puppies becoming dogs. Learn how behaviors taught in a controlled environment are our saving grace in the messy real world.

Surviving Adolescence is a 6 week journey to the dog you've always knew you wanted!

Weekly themed activities:

- Meeting/greeting people/dogs

- Hanging in the house

- Neighborhood walkies

- Company's here!

- Adventures in the park

- Dinner time etiquette

 


Beginning Family Manners

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class for dogs 5 months or older

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sign Up Online

In the Beginning Family Manners class we will start you on the road to establishing a healthy, long-lasting relationship using the most innovative reward-based training techniques. In Beginning Family Manners, the focus is on reinforcing attention, sit, down, come, loose leash walking, park it, and sitting politely for petting. We will teach you how to capture a behavior, lure a behavior, add a cue to a new behavior, use a marker signal and reinforce effectively.

 


Intermediate Family Manners

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sign Up Online

In Intermediate Family Manners, we will build on the behaviors learned in Beginning Family Manners and add the following: stand, stay, leave it, a nose target touch, engagement while loose leash walking, automatic sits, and about turns. We will also discuss and practice fading a lure, adding a second cue to an existing behavior, in addition to increasing distance and distraction to existing behaviors. The goal of this class is to prepare dogs and handlers for the Canine Good Citizen® class.

 


Canine Good Citizen®

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign Up Online

In this class, we will focus on the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) requirements. This program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. In addition to focusing on the CGC test items, handlers will learn to effectively fade food and toy reinforcers.

 


C.L.A.S.S. Canine Life and Social Skills

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Saturdays from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Sign Up Online

The Dogs' Spot is excited to be the first training facility in the Kansas City metropolitan area to offer this new program! C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as knowledge assessment of the owners' understanding of basic dog handling and care.

C.L.A.S.S.

 


Reactive Dog I

Class Structure: Traditional 6 week class

Class Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24 from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sign Up Online

Living with a reactive dog can be embarrassing, scary, and comes with a measure of risk. It can take a lot of time and energy to manage normal day to day activities. To add another layer of complexity, most well-meaning dog owners don't understand the importance of not allowing their dog interact with other dogs without asking first. Reactive dogs often don't want dogs they don't know in their personal space. We understand! Many of us at The Dogs' Spot have lived, or are living, with reactive dogs ourselves!

Reactivity includes behaviors such as barking, lunging, growling, and snapping. This behavior often baffles many dog owners, especially when they otherwise have a social dog that enjoys playing with other dogs off leash (but not always the case). The focus of this class will be identifying the motivations behind the behavior, calming techniques, management techniques, confidence building, and provide you with an introduction to exercises you can apply and practice to modify your dog's behavior. This class is an affordable alternative to private training, while keeping a very high student to instructor ratio. The maximum number of dogs per class is 5 and there are 2 instructors.

 


Our agility program is individually tailored to support competitors and enthusiasts at every level while focusing on having fun! Handlers and their dogs are treated with kindness and respect, which creates a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment to help each dog and handler team reach their full potential.


Agility Fundamentals

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sign Up Online

This ongoing class is geared to the dog/handler team whose long-term goal is to compete, learn a new sport, or just have fun. This course covers equipment and team communication skills. As handler's and dog's skills progress, they will be introduced to sequencing, polishing obstacle performance, building the dog's confidence and enthusiasm, and introducing the handler to basic course analysis skills. This is a foundation course and will require homework to ensure the dog's long term success.

 


Novice Competition Agility

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sign Up Online

This ongoing class is geared to the dog/handler team whose long-term goal is to compete, learn a new sport, or just have fun. This course covers equipment and team communication skills. As handler's and dog's skills progress, they will be introduced to sequencing, polishing obstacle performance, building the dog's confidence and enthusiasm, and introducing the handler to basic course analysis skills. This is a foundation course and will require homework to ensure the dog's long term success.

 


Advanced Competition Agility

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign Up Online

This ongoing class is geared to the dog/handler team that is continuing on from the Novice Competition level. In this class, participants will continue to refine their handling skills and teamwork. The curriculum is tailored to meet the individual needs of the participants.

 


Agility Practice

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sign Up Online

This ongoing practice is for Dogs' Spot agility students who want to improve their handling, their dog's obstacle performance, or just want to play with their dog. The exercises are selected from surveying those who attend.

 


FitPaws® Canine Conditioning

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sign Up Online

FitPaws® K9 Conditioning classes are a fun way to improve a healthy dog's core strength, endurance, balance, flexibility, and confidence. Whether your dog participates in performance sports, accompanies you on neighborhood runs, plays with you in the backyard, or is perhaps more sedentary or even a senior dog, this class is for you!

This class is for those new to canine fitness and handlers who demonstrate they understand the FitPaws® Canine Conditioning system, which includes a warm up, stretching, strengthening exercises with an emphasis on form, a cool down, and a final stretch. Stations and exercise equipment will be available for use. Handlers will work under the supervision of the instructor. Experienced handlers may at times also work independently with their dog. Dogs need to have the strength to demonstrate proper form at all levels.

All classes are supervised by Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and FitPAWS® Master Trainer, Laura Hills.

 


RallyFrEe

Class Structure: Drop-in/Punch Card Class

Class Schedule:

Wednesday from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sign Up Online

Rally-FrEe is a unique sport combining trick behaviors of Canine Musical Freestyle with the format of Rally-Obedience. It emphasizes the precise execution of fundamental freestyle and obedience skills while encouraging creative and novel behaviors on a Rally-Obedience style course.

 


Flyball

Class Structure: Drop-in

Class Schedule:

Fridays except for the first Friday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sundays after the first Friday of the month from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Use the Class Calendar to Sign Up Online

Flyball is drag racing for dogs!

Flyball is a fast-paced relay race for all dogs, whether mixed or purebred. Each heat is run with four dogs per team. The 51-foot-long course consists of a starting line, four jumps spaced ten feet apart, and a flyball box. The dog takes the jumps, triggers the box, catches the ball and returns back of the four jumps.

Come join us to learn about this exciting sport! All skill levels (from those with no experience to those with lots of experience) are welcome!

 

 

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