positive-based training

about us

Our Staff

Toni Woods

ABCDT, CSAT, CGC Evaluator
Owner

Tania Morgan

CPDT-KA certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Ryann Solomon

CPDT-KA certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Kayleigh Sullivan

Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Certified

Kristen Board

CTC from The Academy
for Dog Trainers

Our Philosophy

As the role of the dog has evolved from that of a working species, to one of a beloved family member, we must too think about the evolution of dog training. Gone are the days of training focused on dominance. These ideas are outdated and there’s growing scientific data supporting the use of science-based learning principles resulting in much more effective and humane ways to train dogs.

Spot On Training stands for positive-based training with evidence-based outcomes, for dogs who thrive and are happy and healthy. Our core model focuses on:

  • positive motivation to encourage behaviors (positive is not permissive)
  • training protocols based on science-based learning theory
  • replacing undesirable behaviors with more appropriate responses
  • management for success; eliminate practice of unwanted behaviors
  • a fair leadership strategy
  • clear communication system
  • a wholistic approach where nutrition, exercise, and enrichment compliment training
  • having fun and building a relationship


To train a dog you need motivation, otherwise change in behavior won’t happen. Motivation comes in many forms, some trainers use rewards to encourage a dog to continue doing a certain behavior and others use fear, intimidation, and pain – we NEVER use pain, force, intimidation, or fear to train any dog we work with. We believe in using positive motivation to get desired behaviors, setting the dog up for success, and focus on relationship building.