We are really proud of our instructing 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.


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LAURA HILLS

Owner, Trainer
KPA-CTP; CPDT-KSA; CCFT; CTDI; CGC evaluator; C.L.A.S.S. evaluator; VSPDT; Certified Fear Free Trainer; NADAC Sponsored Agility trainer.

Laura is the founder and owner of The Dogs’ Spot – Dog Training Center. Laura has been teaching people how to train their dogs since 2004.

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

Laura lives with four dogs: Skeeter, Guinness, Fiona and Poppet

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LEANN HISEROTE

NADAC Sponsored Agility trainer

LeAnn is our on-staff agility expert. LeAnn is the instructor for all of our agility classes as well as an assistant instructor for FitPaws Canine Fitness, Puppy Prep and Surviving Adolescence classes.

In addition, LeAnn is a preschool teacher by day and an avid agility competitor by night. She and her dog Bear have been active in agility since 2012 and have competed at the national level.


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JAMIE EATON

Reactive Dog Trainer
CPDT-KA; CTDI

Jamie holds a Master’s degree and is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College.

Jamie specializes in our Reactive Dog program in addition to leading many of our one topic workshops. She also studied with renowned positive trainer Patt 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 grows up, yet.

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TERRI SHERSEN

Performance Trainer
Karen Pryor Academy graduate; KPA-CTP

Terri is a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP).

Terri not only leads Family Manners classes, but also helps in the performance realm by leading classes in Treibball, Dog Sport Essentials, Platform Training and Training Excellence Assessment Modules (TEAM) by Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

She competes in Obedience, Herding, Conformation, and Agility with her two Australian Shepherds and her Gordon Setter.

Outside of The Dogs’ Spot, Terri owns her own business, Paws on Cue. Visit pawsoncue.com to learn more.


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TRACY MARTIN

Puppy and Adolescence Trainer
Academy for Dog Trainers graduate; CTC; CSAT; Fear Free Professional; CGC evaluator

Tracy has served the pets of Kansas City since 2006 as a sitter and walker and since 2012 as a dog trainer.

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

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. Tracy is the owner of Martin Training & Behavior, click here to learn more.

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RANDY & STEPHANIE GARVIN

Flyball Trainers
NAFA judge; UFLI judge and representative.

Randy and Stephanie Garvin specialize in our Flyball program.


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SARAH HARTWIG

Since 1998, Sarah has been employed part-time as a class instructor for various kennel clubs, dog training businesses and humane societies in WI and NE. In 2006 Sarah was able to combine her clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist with her dog training passion. Her role as Executive Director for WAGS, Inc. a nonprofit agency training service dogs in WI, eventually led to Sarah founding her own dog training business, The Profound Hound, in Oklahoma City.

Sarah and her dogs have achieved titles in conformation, agility, rally, obedience, Lure Coursing and tracking, with national rankings and honors along the way.

Sarah’s greatest happiness in teaching classes is seeing that “ah-huh” moment that happens between both Hound and Human.