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

What you can expect:

  • Studio located at
    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 one DHPP booster shot 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: $225, 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: $225, see class schedule and register here.



Outside Manners (6 months & beyond)

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: $225, 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: $225, 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: $290, 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: Basic obedience class within the last 12 months.

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



Dog Agility from Basics to Bounding

This fun-filled 5 week class will introduce your dog to agility basics like jumps, tunnels, pause table, weave poles, and A-frames in addition to introducing turns, course running and agility games like snooker and jackpot. A great choice for the dog with boundless energy!

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes.

Prerequisite: Fun With Agility Beginner Workshop

Cost: $225, 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.



Nosework

This five week class 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. 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 you directly to ensure class is appropriate.

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