Mind Your P’s & Q’s

Some call it obedience, we prefer to call it "minding your p's and q's," or "minding your manners." These classes are dedicated to establishing and strengthening the bond between dog and owner and creating a connection to help them work as a team.



Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with Laura Hills

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.



Saturday at 1:45 p.m. with Laura Hills

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.



Saturday at 3:00 p.m. with Laura Hills

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.



Saturday at 4:15 p.m. with Laura Hills

C.L.A.S.S. - Canine Life And Social Skills. 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.


T.E.A.M Obedience

See calendar for class times - instructed by Teri Sershen

The Dogs' Spot is excited to be the first training facility in the Kansas City metropolitan area offering this new approach to teaching competition obedience!

TEAM is an acronym for “Training Excellence Assessment Modules,” which perfectly describes the goal of this series of classes. These classes are a progression-oriented titling program that will emphasize excellence in training. The first in the series of Fenzi based classes will focus on some of these ten specific skill areas: including engagement and focus, Heeling, Recalls, Front’s and Finishes, Distance Work, Targeting, Jumping, Retrieving, Scent Work and impulse control.