Spot On Training Services


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 Ďteenage 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: Must have prior training experience (manners or equivalent.)

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.



FUN Nosework (all ages welcome)

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

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes!

Prerequisite: None. Accommodations can be made for dogs that are fearful/reactive to other dogs. Please contact us if you have concerns so we can ensure class is appropriate.

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



Intro to Treiball (all ages welcome)

Come have fun with your dog with an indoor/outdoor sport called Treiball!

Treiball has your pup out and herding yoga balls into a goal. This class is our introductory course to the game. Any breed can master the impulse control of heel, go out, down stay and pushing the ball! Not sure that your dog can control himself around a yoga ball? We will set you up for success by working with a variety of objects and strategies. Any age welcome.

Orientation: NO, dogs come to ALL classes!

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $205, 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 dogís 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 dogís 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 dogís natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. Itís 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.