Is Your Dog Anxious? It May Be Genes Linked to Its Breed
Anxiety and fearfulness are much more common in some breeds of dogs.
Spot On Dog Training, LLC is a small business that works with pets and pet owners throughout southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.
The company is owned and operated by a certified trainer and experienced animal shelter and veterinary worker. It offers several services, including in-home puppy and dog training, behavior consultations and modification plans for dogs and cats, adoption counseling and pet selection assistance, as well as mid-day let outs, dog walking and medication assistance.
Is Your Dog Anxious? It May Be Genes Linked to Its Breed
Anxiety and fearfulness are much more common in some breeds of dogs.
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Can you relate?
When time allows, I still do some training for co-workers, friends, and former clients and people they refer. While I have learned my limits and boundaries, and sometimes have to refer clients elsewhere to another qualified, reputable trainer when life gets in the way, I have a hard time saying no to those needing help. It’s then that I “come out of retirement”.
Anyone who knows me, knows I have a very special place in my heart for the Bully Breeds. I also love a good challenge. That’s why I am really excited to have met Moose on Friday. I don’t have permission from his owner to post his photo yet, but trust me, he is a SUPER cute 4-year-old Frenchie.
Moose is deaf, and due to some mishandling and corrections-based training when he was smaller, he can be reactive when touched. Who can blame him?!
My main goal is for him to check in with his people even more for guidance and to build his trust. He already knows some sign language, and he is eager to learn.
I am very honest with people and try to set
realistic expectations. I think there are some things that will improve with training, and some that are fairly ingrained, and will require life-long management. I love working with people who understand this and are willing to commit to keeping their dog and others safe and happy.
Can’t wait to see Moose’s progress! 🐾
I interviewed a trainer the other day to work with our clients and he said that when the dog doesn't respond to the positive methods, he has no choice but to break out the pinch collar. This is what I said to him...
This dog has not made a new best friend! Everything about the dog’s body language is indicating that he/she wants nothing to do with the baby, and this is a bite waiting to happen. So often dogs are brought to a shelter for not being good with kids (biting) and it’s NOT their fault.
I ask everyone, for the safety of your dog and child, please supervise dogs and kids together. Don’t assume that because the dog is tolerating handling that he/she likes it. Don’t set them up to fail.
Do you see the stress signals? If so, leave a comment below with one of them.
I have been doing a little training here and there for friends and a few former clients who have recently adopted new dogs.
I wanted to share this photo, because it was a special moment.
Marley is a five-month-old mixed breed, who is a little bit insecure and gets nervous about new things. Before she was adopted, she led a fairly sheltered life. One example of a “scary” thing was a leash. Whenever one was put on her, she’d immediately lie on the floor, shut down, and refuse to budge. Her family was concerned about getting her exercise, so it was important to them for her to get acclimated to the leash.
With some patience, firmness, and positive reinforcement, she went on her first walk last week. She LOVED exploring her neighborhood and I’m told she now walks like a champ! I snapped this photo of her first walk. Look at her confidence, and how happy she and her small human are! ❤️
I’ve had a few people (former clients and referrals) contact me recently about training, It’s that time of year when so many are bringing dogs into their homes, and there will always be dogs that need training of some sort. While my business is no longer active, I will always have a desire to help out when I can, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
Enjoy the Summer! 🐾❤️🐶
After contemplating for awhile now, for personal and professional reasons, I have decided to permanently close my business. I'm a trainer at heart and will probably still help people out here and there, it's in my nature to do so, therefore my certification will remain active.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need a local recommendation or have any questions.
I have had the opportunity to work closely with some awesome families and their pets, and appreciate having been chosen to do so.
Thank you for your business, and your referrals. It's been a fulfilling, fun, AMAZING five years.
Spot On Dog Training, LLC updated their business hours.
Working on recall! ⭐️
For those in need of a crate (or even an extra)
this is a great deal!
Reluctant to crate train? There are several reasons I highly recommend it to my clients, and I'm happy to advise anyone on ways to make the training process go smoothly, and answer any questions you might have.
It's a great potty training tool, and helps avoid dogs developing separation anxiety.
The pet kennel is a great training aid, and gives pets a cozy home to rest in
Final sessions with clients and their dogs are bittersweet for me. I develop a relationship with them, and saying good-bye is always somewhat sad. On the flip side, I'm so proud of their progress and the effort they put into each and every week!
This girl was exceptional in how confident she became between the first and final sessions.
Amazing work, Sophie, Kyle and Kellyn!
Happy Graduation Day, Sophie! 🐾❤🎓
Great session with Sophie this week! Her focus was incredible for her loose leash walking, and she is learning to wait to be invited on the couch. That takes a lot of self-control for some. We introduced bell-ringing to go potty.
We ended the night by playing a couple of fun games.
After, this beauty even took some a moment to pose for pictures. I think she may have been proud!
Food for thought.
I didn't get the opportunity to post this little cutie from our training session last night. Sophie has a new family and home, and everything else in her life is brand new as well. She spent most of her puppyhood in a shelter, so she is now being exposed to lots of new things for the first time. Some, like her bed, she's not so sure about. By the end of her session, she was choosing to lie on it! Great progress already! You're a rock star, Sophie!
Check me out on Yelp! If you've used my training services for your pet, and you also use Yelp, I would be extremely grateful if you would consider taking a moment to write a review.
If you've not used my services, but are interested, it's a great way to see what I'm all about and to see what kind of experience others have had!
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Thanks to some of my co-workers and their interest in my training, and my now much more regular schedule, I very much want to get back to doing what I love most - training!
Starting this week, I am once again accepting new clients.
I'm excited to also be extending my services to the Seacoast region, in addition to Southern New Hampshire!
Thank you to those who were patiently waiting, I'm looking forward to working with you!
Meet the little man that's stealing all my time these days and testing ALL of my training skills. Stanley was adopted two weeks ago, and while I won't lie and say he isn't a lot of work, he also is a lot of love!
The good news is that in the future, I will be able to relate to my clients with puppies so much better and have real experience to share.
Hope you're all well!
Recently I accepted a full-time position that requires long, sometimes late hours with a lengthy commute each way. My family and I are also wanting to focus our energy on training a puppy of our own. (Many of you know how much time and effort THAT takes!)
I don't feel I have enough time to devote to running my business the way my clients deserve. For these reasons, I have made the difficult decision to not take on any new clients at this time, I hope to resume training sessions in the spring. In the meantime, I am happy to refer you to other excellent local trainers.
Thank you for understanding, and thank you to those who have allowed me the opportunity to work with you and your pets. It has been my pleasure, and more rewarding than I could have possibly imagined.
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Happy National Dog Day!
Please consider sharing your favorite photo of a current canine love or perhaps a dog you've loved or been touched by in some capacity in the past. Even better if you tell us what you love most about them.
Below is a picture of Jay on a walk, one of his favorite activities. He taught me so many things as a dog owner and about life. What I loved most about him was that whatever he did, he gave 100%, whether it was working, playing, or giving affection.
I will be on vacation from August 19th through August 26th. I will not be responding to inquiries while I am away, but will respond to all emails and voicemails in the order in which they were received immediately upon my return. If you have a behavioral emergency with your dog that requires immediate attention, contact your trusted veterinarian, or Dr. Michelle Posage at 603-589-4848.
Oh, the things dogs can learn...
A BIG thank you to all of my currently enrolled clients and prospective clients for your continued patience and flexibility. Scheduling had been a little challenging as I adjust to a new full-time job - one with a currently wonky and inconsistent training schedule. 📅
Training your dogs and puppies will always be a privilege to me, and I've somehow always made scheduling work, it's still a priority for me to do so. I promise things will normalize soon and I will have a better understanding of consistent availability.
I truly have the best clientele!
Yes! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! (Cats, too!)
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Name/photo of the sender is not visible in the message so I feel it's safe to share. I'm doing so because it made my night, not just because it was a sincere, very nice thank you, but because it perfectly illustrates what I try to impress upon my clients. Their dog's success and happiness is very important to me. Once anyone chooses to work with me (which I am always thankful for because I know it's a choice, as there are many other qualified and skilled dog trainers available to work with) I let them know that I am available to them for questions or concerns ANY time. Things come up, situations change, new behaviors develop, sometimes dogs need reminders. Whatever the reason, I'm available and happy to help, regardless of whether we worked together last month or three years ago. I develop relationships with dogs AND their people. I couldn't do what I do without ALL of them! ❤️
Thank you to my clients who took the time to write a Yelp review! I appreciate it more than you know, as my business is built solely on referrals and reputation. You're all the best, and it was absolutely my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with each of you and your wonderful dogs and puppies! I think I learn and grow more than they do!❤️
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