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Workshops & Seminars

Workshops are a great way to explore the opportunities that exist to have fun, compete, or just get your dog ready to venture out in public as a polite member of society without committing to a 6 week class session.  You can try out different subjects or use it as a way to figure out which classes would work best for your family.

Training Spot Mission

I take pride in providing my clients with personalized attention and professional instruction that is based on the most up-to-date science about dog training and behavior.  My goal is to help you better understand and teach your dog so he or she can be a valued, lifelong companion.

My training methods are non-force-based, progressive, and very dog friendly.  You'll love the simplicity, your dog will love the attention, and you'll both love the results.  No more struggling to get your dog's attention and cooperation.  You'll be delighted with your dog's progress and will look forward to each lesson.

Take a look at all we offer - click on the workshop for information and schedules.  If we don't have the workshop you are interested in on the schedule, you can let us know you are interested and we will let you know as soon as a one becomes available.  If you want a custom workshop for you and your friends, let us know!

 

Upcoming Workshops

Hollywood Dog™ 101 Workshop

Hollywood Dog™ Workshop

Lights, Camera, Action!

So You Think Fido Has What It Takes To Be A Star?

Is your dog just waiting to be discovered? Are you convinced he’s cuter, smarter, and more talented then all those dogs you see in the movies or in ads?

In the Hollywood Dog™ Workshop, you will learn what you need to know to break into show biz.

I will answer your questions and more as I guide you through acting in-and-outs -

  • What types of animals work and why
  • What skills are needed for live action, video, and still photo shoots
  • What to know for success on set - human AND animal
  • How to package your animal for agents and casting directors
  • What to include in your animal's training program to increase his marketability
  • Creative problem solving on set
  • How to build enthusiasm and "happiness" to work
You will learn some of the most common skills/tricks that producers ask for and how to quickly train a trick that you don’t know, if it’s requested on set. You will learn how to send your dog to a mark to perform and practice working for others, and how to build new tricks from known commands. You will also get some talent agent contacts and have a photo session at the end of the day for your portfolio.
 
 

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Hollywood Dog™ 201 Workshop

This is the class for those who want to refine and teach your dogs a whole new set of skills to increase their marketability.

In Hollywood Dog™ 101, you learned what YOU need to know to succeed on set and what you need to teach your dog to maximize their opportunity to get jobs.

Hollywood Dog™ 201 will give you the opportunity to master the specific skills and tricks that directors ask for and help you refine your shaping skills so that you can pull together magic out of thin air when required on set.

Requirements, Prerequisites, and Notes

Prerequisites:  Hollywood Dog™ 101

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Hollywood Cat™ 101 Workshop

Cats can be stars too! Come out and learn how to teach your cat to shine! 

In the Hollywood Cat™ Workshop, you will learn what you need to know to break into show biz.

I will answer your questions and more as I guide you through acting in-and-outs -

  • What types of animals work and why
  • What skills are needed for live action, video, and still photo shoots
  • What to know for success on set - human AND animal
  • How to package your animal for agents and casting directors
  • What to include in your animal's training program to increase his marketability
  • Creative problem solving on set
  • How to build enthusiasm and "happiness" to work

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Workshop

During this 2 hour workshop, you will practice the 10 steps covered in the CGC exam, and will have a chance to work on any areas where you are having difficulty. 

There will be scheduled CGC Test (cost $25) to follow this workshop.  You are not required to take the Prep Workshop to take the test - please email TAMIam@training-spot.net to reserve a testing slot. 

Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program 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 will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.  

The 10 exercises covered in the exam are -

  1. Greeting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Grooming (allowing Evaluator to run a brush down the dog's back and touch his or her paws and ears)
  4. Loose leash walking
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Stay
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to other dogs
  9. Reaction to distractions
  10. Supervised separation

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

House Training 101 Workshop

Set your puppy up for success as you begin your adventures in housetraining!

YOU play the most important part in the success or failure while you are training your puppy - you must be patient, determined, and consistant for the training to work.

The first few weeks of owning a puppy are some of the hardest and most important.  Spending extra time and effort now will pay off in a big way. Don't blame the puppy if you're busy or lazy!

  • Learn what to expect from your new family member in this 2 hour workshop.
  • You will learn the basics of house training, what to expect from your new puppy from a physiology perspective and how to set them up for success.
  • Crate training, paper training, and establishing a routine are covered in this session.

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Family Manners Workshop

New dog, old dog – doesn’t matter – training can be fun AND successful! 

Family Manners Workshops are designed around solving dog obedience and behavior issues and working on your dog’s manners for daily living.

Issues covered (in separate workshops) -

  • House-soiling / Anxiety Issues / Guarding Food, Toys, or People / Destructiveness / Separation Problems
  • Barking / Fearfulness / Reactivity / Child & dog issues (biting, scratching, pulling clothing)
  • Basic Manners (jumping up, counter-surfing, etc) / Leash Manners (pulling, lunging)
  • Recall / Come (door bolting, running away, not coming when called)
  • Choosing the right puppy/rescue for your family / Preparing home for the new Puppy / Preparing your dog for your new Baby
  • Introducing Dogs & Cats / Multi-dog Households

This Family Manners Workshop will cover the following problems -

  • Basic Manners (jumping up, counter-surfing, etc)
  • Leash Manners (pulling, lunging)
  • Recall / Come (door bolting, running away, not coming when called)

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Therapy Dog Primer Workshop

Find out if you and your dog have the potential to make a good therapy dog team. 

Being a therapy dog volunteer means you will provide a service of love and support to those who cannot have their pets in their current environment, like a nursing home or hospital. This workshop will put you and your dog through the exercises required for therapy dog testing.  You will be provided with feedback on the possibilities.

You and your dog will be introduced to a variety of situations that simulate a visit to a facility where therapy dogs are needed.  Problem solving in these situations will be addressed as well as legal aspects. 

At the end of the workshop the dog and handler will be evaluated.

Equipment for Handler to Bring

  • Hungry dog
  • 6 ft Leash – NO retractable leashes
  • Bite size soft treats – at least 3 different kinds (sliced string cheese, sliced turkey hot dog…)
  • Potty bags

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Scent Works Workshop

This Scent Works Workshop has been designed to show pet owners how to tap into the power of their dog's nose in a fun way that promotes teamwork and confidence building.

  • Are you interested in scent detection but not sure what type to explore? 
  • Learn about different types of scent detection (Just for Fun/Competition, SAR, Tracking, Hunting/Pet Detection, Cadaver, Contraband, Pest Detection, etc) and how to tell which is best for your dog.
  • Learn imprinting techniques for a single target odor & command association.
  • Understand the basics of scent theory, reading K9 body language, types of alert behaviors, and effective use of rewards.  Learn about the importance of proper scenario set ups and how to avoid common pitfalls.

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.

Click N Trick Workshop

The building blocks for Hollywood Dog™, Agility Foundations, and other fun activities!

  • Click-N-Trick introduces you and your dog to the art of shaping behaviors using a clicker.
  • Shaping teaches your dog to think and will encourage them to offer behaviors, which are the building blocks of Tricks and skills that you want them to learn.
  • We will work through different exercises in this 2 hour session and then you will go home and continue teaching your dog the “fun” in learning.

Requirements, Prerequisites, and Notes

This class is for dogs and handlers of all skill levels.

There are no workshops currently scheduled.
Please contact Traci to be added to the waiting list.