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Free Puppy Play


We have FREE monthly opportunities for puppy play to help socialize your puppy.

As a puppy owner, your number one focus should be providing your puppy proper socialization outlets. Socialization is exposing your dog to novel things in a positive manner so that he can develop into a well-balanced dog. This process should begin the moment you bring your puppy home, which is contrary to the advice that many veterinarians provide.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has a strong position on this subject and believes it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Early socialization and positive training can go a long way towards preventing behavior problems and improving bonding between humans and dogs.

Dogs go through critical stages in their behavioral development. One of those critical stages is the socialization period. Generally, this period takes place between 3 to 12 weeks and this is when puppies learn:

  • interaction etiquette with other dogs and people
  • which animals are friends versus foes
  • if they have plenty of positive interactions with unfamiliar dogs, they learn dogs in general are friendly and fun to be around
  • basics of interacting in a social group
  • play solicitation behaviors and playing too rough or using your mouth too hard makes all the fun go away

If puppies miss out on this socialization period they often become:

  • fearful of unfamiliar dogs and people
  • lack proper dog-dog communication skills
  • have poor dog greeting skills
  • become bullies that push other dogs around

Schedule:

NE Puppy Spot
    Where: Spot On Training studio in the lower level of Metro Mutts at 508 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
    When:
SE Puppy Spot
    Where: Wagtime Too 900 M Street SE Washington, DC 20003
    When:

What can you expect?

  • Trainer supervised off-leash puppy playtime
  • Opportunity to ask training questions related to puppy behavior such as potty training, crate training, puppy chewing/mouthing, etc
  • Pre-registration is required as our puppy play dates are very popular and there are only so many spots available.

Requirements:

  • For all puppies 8 weeks to 6 months
  • Must have at least 1 DHPP booster shots and show proof of vaccines - please bring vaccination records
  • All puppies should be free of parasites, free of infectious disease, and in overall good health
  • Supervised children welcome (great socialization opportunity for the puppies)
  • Pre-registration is required

Group Classes

We want you to think of Spot On Training as a partner for life and have created a class structure that creates good habits that last a lifetime through manners, socialization, and fun!

Summary of classes:

  • Manners Classes: puppy, adolescent, adult
  • Specialty Classes: reactive dog, loose leash walking, coming when called, tricks, play, and much more
  • Workshops (with dogs)
  • Seminars (without dogs)

What you can expect:

  • Studio located in the lower level of Metro Mutts
    508 H Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002 (Capitol Hill/Atlas District)
  • Our semi-private environment allows for individual attention and personalized instruction. Class size limited to 6 dogs to create a calm, stress-free training space to optimize learning.
  • The first class is typically an orientation WITHOUT dogs unless otherwise noted.
  • Class sessions run for 1 hour.
  • Classes include training handbook.
  • Group class fee(s) are refundable up to 1 week prior to the start date. After that time, there are no refunds available.
  • Due to high demand and our goal to limit class size to provide a semi-private learning environment there are no makeup classes.

Requirements:

  • All dogs must have at least 2 DHPP booster shots and Rabies vaccine if 24 weeks or older.
  • All dogs should be free of parasites, free of infectious disease, and in overall good health.
  • Proof of current vaccines (or titers) is required at orientation/first class.
  • Classes (except reactive dog classes) are for dogs who are comfortable moving around in close proximity to unfamiliar dogs and people. If you're unsure your dog is appropriate for class, consult with trainer prior to registration.


Available Group Classes


Puppy Manners (8 weeks - 6 months)

Six week class designed to help puppies grow into well adjusted dogs that enjoy life and know your household rules. Young puppies are very impressionable and their experiences can have lasting effects on their behavior. We'll give you tools you need to create a strong foundation while focusing on socialization skills, good manners, and confidence building.

Class focus: name recognition/attention skills, the art of saying 'please', sit, down, intro to coming when called, intro to walking on a leash, potty/crate training, puppy chewing/mouthing, handling/grooming, jumping up, socialization, and off leash puppy play.

Orientation: YES, first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $205, see class schedule and register here.



Family Dog Manners (6 months & beyond)

Six week class designed to help you establish and maintain a happy and healthy relationship between you and your dog. Adolescent dogs have special training needs as they hit sexual maturity and enter the ‘teenage years.' Special attention should be made on continued socialization. This class provides an opportunity to continue learning basic skills and good habits to help your dog understand your household rules and expectations so you can BOTH enjoy life.

Class focus: attention skills, sit, down, impulse control (leave it, jumping, settle, stay), loose leash walking, coming when called, leash greetings, enrichment, and continued socialization.

Orientation: YES, first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $205, see class schedule and register here.



Outside Manners (all ages welcome)

This class is the perfect solution to help bridge the gap between class instruction and the real world. All classes are held outdoors. We'll focus on effectively using rewards and how to add distractions to help generalize behaviors learned in our manners classes.

Class focus: attention skills, sit, down, stay, leave it, leash manners, and coming when called (all while outside amongst real-life distractions).

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes.

Prerequisite: Family Manners or equivalent skill set. (Not a Family Manners graduate? View the enrollment testing requirements.)

Cost: $205, see class schedule and register here.



Bully Breed Manners (all ages welcome)

Bully breed dogs include a variety of actual dog breeds, such as Bull Terriers, Boston Terriers, bulldogs of all kinds, and mastiffs. Bully breeds also include that category of dogs known as "Pit Bulls." These dogs are labeled as such because, as a result of being a mix of bully and non-bully breeds, possess a certain set of physical characteristics, such as short hair, broad chest, and muscular build. All of these dogs tend to share a unique set of behavioral traits that require particular training techniques to best prepare them to live comfortably in a human world. In this class we'll provide you with the necessary tools to deal with your bully's behavioral tendencies such as impulsivity, intense communication and play, fixation on environmental stimuli, and more.

Class focus: Impulse control, attention and focus, loose leash walking, dog-dog interactions, lifestyle and nutrition.

Orientation: YES, first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $205, see class schedule and register here.



Reactive Dog Class (all ages welcome)

Six week class designed for dogs who are reactive on leash. 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 (not always the case).

Class focus: identifying the motivations behind the behavior, calming techniques, management techniques, confidence building, and provide you with a toolbox of exercises you can apply and practice in the urban environment to modify your dog's behavior.

Orientation: YES, first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

Prerequisite: None. After receiving your registration, you will receive a follow up email/phone call requesting additional information to ensure this class is appropriate for your dog.

Cost: $270, see class schedule and register here.



Canine Good Citizen Prep

This course focuses on most of the basic obedience cues as well as loose leash walking and general manners. We will focus on many of the criteria required in the canine good citizen exam. The CGC exam will be administered on the last day of class.

Orientation: YES, first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

Prerequisite: The only requirement is that the dog be social with both dogs and humans.

Cost: $250, see class schedule and register here.



Fido Come

Four week class designed to train a consistent recall - one of the most important skills to teach a dog. One day it might even save your dog's life!

Class focus: why dogs don't come when we call them, establishing a recall cue, games to practice recall skills, what to do if your dog doesn't respond, and establishing an emergency recall. This class is held both in/outdoors.

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes.

Prerequisite: Prior training is not required, but strongly encouraged to get full benefit out of class. Your dog should be responsive to their name and able to sit on cue in an outdoor environment.

Cost: $150, see class schedule and register here.



Who's Walking Who

Four week class designed to teach polite walking behavior. Having a dog that pulls you down the street and lunges after everything that moves can be embarrassing and absolutely exhausting.

Class focus: walking management tools, attention skills (the key to loose-leash walking success), reinforcing polite walking behavior, what to do if your dog forges ahead of you, and teaching an automatic sit that is helpful when approaching curbs or stopping to pick up after your dog. This class is held both in/outdoors.

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes.

Prerequisite: Prior training is not required, but strongly encouraged to get full benefit out of class. Your dog should be responsive to their name and able to sit on cue in an outdoor environment.

Cost: $150, see class schedule and register here.



Dog Tricks I

A four week class that includes fun and functional tricks as well as foundations for more advanced tricks training. Teaching tricks is a great way to get your pooch some mental exercise while having fun. Don't you wish your dog could put away his own toys? Turn on the lights when it gets dark? Get you a drink? This class is also great for teaching attention and focus around other dogs.

Class focus: shake, roll over, take a bow, pick up your leash, sit pretty, and much more!

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes.

Prerequisite: Prior training is required, dogs must have completed a manners class or equivalent.

Cost: $150, see class schedule and register here.


Fun With Agility

This fun filled class will introduce your dog to agility basics like jumps, tunnels, pause table, weave poles, etc. A great choice for the dog with boundless energy!

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $190, see class schedule and register here.



Puppin' Iron

Spot on Dog Training and Everyday Fit have teamed up to create a unique fitness experience for pet parents who are pressed for time, craving a fun, outdoor workout and want to train their best buddy to be their workout partner! Workouts are open to all fitness levels. Dogs must be comfortable on a leash and around other dogs and humans.

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $240, see class schedule and register here.



Workshops



Available Workshops


Leash Walking

This 90-minute workshop provides you with a toolbox to teach polite walking behavior. Having a dog that pulls you down the street and lunges after everything that moves can be embarrassing, frustrating, and exhausting. Over time, owners start to dread taking their dog for a walk and consistent walks go out the window. This workshop will focus on: walking management tools, attention skills (key to loose-leash walking success), reinforcing polite walking behavior, and what to do if your dog forges ahead of you.

Prerequisite: Prior training is not required, but strongly encouraged to get full benefit of workshop. Your dog should be responsive to their name and able to sit on cue. Dogs should be comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Cost: $50, see class schedule and register here.



Come When Called

This 90-minute workshop is designed to train a consistent recall - one of the most important skills to teach a dog. One day it might even save your dog’s life! This workshop will focus on: why dogs don't come when we call them, establishing a recall cue, games to practice recall skills, and what to do if your dog doesn't respond.

Prerequisite: Prior training is not required, but strongly encouraged to get full benefit of workshop. Your dog should be responsive to their name and able to sit on cue. Dogs should be comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Cost: $50, see class schedule and register here.



No Jumping

This 90-minute workshop is designed to give you the knowledge and tools to end problem jumping behaviors. The workshop teaches owners the following: why dogs jump and how to react when your dog jumps, effective and ineffective techniques to address jumping, how to identify what makes your dog jump, and how to avoid it, alternative behaviors such as sitting for greetings, four on the floor, and go to place, and management tools for training and everyday life.

Prerequisite: None. Dogs should be comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Cost: $50, see class schedule and register here.



Enrichment: How To Tire Your Dog Without Putting Your Shoes On

This NEW 90-minute workshop will teach you how to use games, problem solving, and scent exercises to add mental stimulation to your dog's daily routine. Mental enrichment makes your dog think and problem solve, which is also tiring. You will learn why enrichment is important, how to use every day items, how to set up a simple scent game, and more.

Prerequisite: None. Dog should be comfortable with people and unfamiliar dogs.

Cost: 50, see class schedule and register here.



Nipping, Mouthing, Oh No! What can I do?

This NEW 90-minute workshop is focused on puppy nipping and mouthing by adult dogs. This workshop will help you to better understand why puppies and dogs engage in these behaviors, and what you can do to address it. We'll give you tips, suggestions, and basic training concepts to help you shape your dog’s behavior. Topics covered will include: dog developmental stages, why your dog performs this completely normal dog behavior, training tips, how to add mental enrichment to your daily routine, and identifying your dog's exercise needs and how to meet them.

Prerequisite: None. Dogs should be comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Cost: 50, see class schedule and register here.



FUN Dog Tricks

This NEW 90-minute workshop to show you how to use basic training skills to teach your dogs some tricks. Tricks are a great way to provide mental exercise for your dog and have fun at the same time. In this workshop, you will learn the benefits of teaching tricks, how to teach simple tricks, and how to apply training principles to expand basic tricks into more complex ones.

Prerequisite: None. Dogs should be comfortable with people and unfamiliar dogs.

Cost: 50, see class schedule and register here.



Nosework

This 90-minute workshop is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. In this introductory workshop, we will introduce basic concepts and provide instructions on how to gradually increase and challenge your dog at home with a variety of exercises.

Prerequisite: None. Accommodations can be made for dogs that are fearful/reactive to other dogs. Trainer will contact your directly to ensure workshop is appropriate.

Cost: 50, see class schedule and register here.



Clipping Nails

This 90-minute workshop teaches the easiest and most dog-friendly ways to deal with your dog's nails. In this workshop you will: teach your dog to love nail clippers and having their paws handled, learn solutions for common problems when working with your dog's nails, teach your dog how to target a nail file board to happily file their own nails, and receive your very own dog nail file board to take home with you!

Prerequisite: Prior training is not required, but strongly encouraged to get full benefit of workshop. Your dog should be comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Cost: $55 (includes nail file board), see class schedule and register here.


Private Sessions


Need help teaching your dog basic obedience skills and manners such as?

  • attention/name recognition
  • sit
  • stay
  • down
  • coming when called
  • loose leash walking skills
  • drop it
  • leave it
  • polite greetings (no jumping)
  • crate training
  • potty training

If you aren't quite sure where to start, please check out our group classes for some ideas that might fit your needs. If you're seeking help with any kind of fearful, anxious, reactive, or aggressive behavior please check out our behavior consultations.

What can you expect?

Private sessions are typically held in and around your home, however there my be times where we schedule at the studio, visit a local park, or work on skills in the community. All family members (including children) are encouraged to participate. The first session is typically 1.5 hours. This initial session serves as an orientation where we will review:

  • equipment use and recommendations
  • allows the trainer to meet and observe your dog to develop a training plan
  • provides you with foundation skills to get you immediately working towards your training goals

All future sessions, will run approximately 45 minutes. You can schedule as many sessions as you want, however training your dog is not a quick process and will take some time and commitment from you. A recommendation will be made outlining how many sessions it may take to achieve your training goals.

What does this include?

Private sessions include a personalized training goal for you, continued email support, Spot On Training articles and handouts, and a clicker (if applicable).

How much does it cost?

The initial session cost is $155, subsequent sessions are $105. Payment for the initial session is due after you have spoken to a trainer and prior to the confirmed initial session. Payment for future sessions is due at the end of the session by cash, check, or credit. Discounts are offered for multiple sessions if a package is purchased in full. Please note our packages must be used within a 6 month period from the time of purchase. Check out our available packages:

  • 4 sessions at $400 ($20 savings)
  • 6 sessions at $570 ($60 savings)
  • 8 sessions at $720 ($120 savings)

Payment is due at the end of the session by cash, check, or credit.

* packages must be used within a 6 month period from the time of purchase

How do you get started?

Get started with private sessions by contacting us or call us at 202-629-2967.
Once we find out your location and availability we'll determine which trainer will work with you. You'll receive an email with your trainer's contact information as well as a request to complete a new client form. The new client form collects necessary background information that's helpful for the trainer when it comes to understanding your training goals and developing a plan. This MUST be completed prior to a scheduled session.
Then you can expect to receive a phone call from your trainer to introduce themselves, schedule your first session, and explain what you can expect for the first session and answer any additional questions you might have.
Lastly, you will receive a follow up email that confirms your session date along with instructions on how to activate your online client file and provide payment for your private session.
Congratulations, you are now officially a Spot On client and we look forward to working with you to help you meet your training goals!

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations are a wonderful compliment to any training program (you don't have to be a Spot On Training student). Phone consults are not to replace training, however they can help you troubleshoot issues that can be solved through a conversation. Maybe you have a hectic schedule and can't commit the time to sessions right now, but need professional advice:

  • as a new dog owner
  • regarding equipment use
  • advice on potty/crate training
  • choosing a new dog to fit your lifestyle
  • with some destructive or nuisance behaviors just as chewing, barking, etc

Note: If you're looking for advice on problem behaviors such as separation anxiety, fearfulness, aggression & reactivity, or resource guarding please read about our behavior consultations. It would be irresponsible and unprofessional for us to provide information over the phone on these issues.

What can you expect?

Phone consultations are 30 minutes in length and are scheduled in advance.

What does this include?

Phone consultations include a one-on-one phone conversation that offers advice or troubleshoots a training issue. Additionally, a Spot On Training handout may be emailed to you if applicable depending on the topic of discussion.

How much does it cost?

Each phone consultation is $55 and payment by cash, check, or credit must be received before the start of the scheduled consultation.

How do you get started?

Get started with a phone consultation by contacting us or call us at 202-629-2967.
Once a date/time is confirmed and payment is received, a trainer will call you at the number provided.

Behavior Consultations

Behavior Consultations are for dog owners that are concerned about a behavior their dog is showing or a behavior that seems to be getting worse. Some common behavior problems that we recommend behavior consultations for are:

  • anxiety surrounding separation, thunderstorm, noise, etc
  • reactivity to other dogs, people, or noises
  • dog-dog issues
  • fearfulness or extreme shyness
  • difficulty in handling such as touching the collar, looking in mouth, touching paws, nail clipping, etc

Our goal is to provide you with a plan and offer guidance to help you get back that quality of life for both your dog and you and create a relationship with your dog that you are happy with.

What can you expect?

Behavior consultations are typically held in and around your home, however there my be times where we visit the studio, a local park, or work on skills in the community (depending on the progress of the behavior). The first session is typically 1.5 hours. The purpose of the initial session is:

  • to gather a complete history of your dog's behavior
  • evaluate your dog
  • discuss a management plan while working to modify the behavior
  • create a behavior modification plan
  • make a recommendation outlining how many sessions it may take to achieve your goal

All future sessions, will run approximately 45 minutes. After the initial session, we'll email a behavior modification plan and make recommendations for how many sessions we should start with. Please note that any behavior modification plan takes time and there's no quick fix. You will be required to work on your dog's behavior on a daily basis.

What does this include?

Behavior consultations include a personalized behavior modification plan for you, continued email support, Spot On Training articles and handouts, and a clicker (if applicable).

How much does it cost?

The initial behavior consultation is $205. Payment is due after you have spoken to a trainer and prior to a confirmed session. All subsequent sessions are $105. Payment is due at the end of the session by cash, check, or credit. Discounts are offered for multiple sessions if a package is purchased in full. Please note our packages must be used within a 6 month period from the time of purchase. Check out our available packages:

  • 4 sessions at $400 ($20 savings)
  • 6 sessions at $570 ($60 savings)
  • 8 sessions at $720 ($120 savings)

Payment is due at the end of the session by cash, check, or credit.

* packages must be used within a 6 month period from the time of purchase

How do you get started?

Get started with behavior consultations by contacting us or call us at 202-629-2967.
Once we find out your location and availability we'll determine which trainer will work with you. You'll receive an email with your trainer's contact information as well as a request to complete a new client form. The new client form collects necessary background information that's helpful for the trainer when it comes to understanding your training goals and developing a plan. This MUST be completed prior to a scheduled session.
Then you can expect to receive a phone call from your trainer to introduce themselves, schedule your behavior consultation, and explain what you can expect for the first session and answer any additional questions you might have.
Lastly, you will receive a follow up email that confirms your session date along with instructions on how to activate your online client file and provide payment for your behavior consultation.
Congratulations, you are now officially a Spot On client and we look forward to working with you to help you meet your training goals!

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Doggy Boarding School

Signing up your dog for a training program during a boarding stay at one of our partner facilities is a great way to improve your dog’s basic obedience. Our board and train packages allow your dog to learn important commands and behaviors while simultaneously giving them important socialization time with other dogs.

Lesson Plans

7 Lesson Board and Train (Level 1) $650

Includes:
  • -One 1 hour orientation with pet parent
  • -Five 45 min training sessions with dog
  • -One 1 hour final follow up session with pet parent
Commands Taught:
  • -Sit
  • -Down
  • -Name Recognition
  • -Leave-It
  • -Drop-It
Behaviors:
  • -Appropriate interactions with people (no jumping, mouthing)
  • -Loose leash walking (no pulling)

14 Lesson Board and Train (Level 2) $1275 (savings of $25)

Includes:
  • -One 1 hour orientation with pet parent
  • -Ten 45 min training sessions with dog
  • -One 1 hour final follow up session with pet parent
Commands Taught:
  • -All Level 1 commands
  • -Recall
  • -Stay
  • -Go to place
Behaviors:
  • -All 1 week behaviors
  • -Desensitization work on any applicable fears/phobias (loud noises, large cars, etc)

Specialty Board and Train $125/lesson

If your dog has a specific issue that needs work, let us know and we can develop a plan specific to your dog, assuming board and train is appropriate.
Possible Issues of Focus:
  • -Recall in different outdoor environments
  • -Trick Training
  • -Agility (only at certain locations)
  • -Resource guarding *depending on severity
  • -Fear of city environment (traffic, loud noises, etc)
  • -On-leash reactivity *depending on severity, and only if reactivity is only when on-leash.

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Wagtime

-Wagtime Discounts: All new Doggy Boarding School clients get 10% off their first Daycare and Boardng package.
-Wagtime Waiver

City Dogs

-City Dogs Discounts: $5 off per day during the Doggy Boarding School stay
-City Dogs Waiver