Spot on Dogs incorporates progressive, scientifically proven methods of DOG TRAINING, DAY CARE, BOARDING, and MASSAGE THERAPY while striving to offer flawless canine and human customer service.
It is our goal to create a stress-free environment to allow your dog (and you!) to thrive, regardless the activity.
In recent years, both in the United States and abroad, there has been a tremendous amount of research humanely conducted on dogs and published in peer reviewed journals. And here at Spot on Dogs we are research junkies; taking it all in and sharing the best of it with our clients and their humans.
Gone are the days of “old school” training tactics of popping and jerking on dogs’ necks to “correct” them, intimidating dogs to gain dominance or dumping dogs in a room with 20 or so of their closest “friends” for a day of so-called “care.”
They have been replaced with scientifically proven and emotionally sound methods of training using the +R (adding reinforcement) quadrant of operant conditioning. Specifically, we use a clicker as a bridge to mark a desired behavior, and then follow it with a reward.
Clicker training is nothing new. Marine mammals and wild animals have been trained using this method for decades (it’s pretty hard to pop the collar on a lion as a correction and live to tell the tail, just as it’s really not easy to use a food reward as a lure for a dolphin who’s working many feet underwater).
Research into canine play has taught us that dogs play best in dyads with the dogs in each pair routinely alternated throughout the day, to achieve optimum benefits from the play experiences. We also now know that warehousing dogs in the traditional setting, rows and rows of kennels or runs, can cause many dogs severe stress. And, with dogs just as with humans, prolonged stress can lead to mental and physical problems.
At Spot on Dogs we offer both day care and boarding experiences for your pup in which he or she is assimilated in to our home, with minimal disruption to his or her usual routine (for example, we feed the charges in our care on the same schedule as you do at home, not when it’s convenient for us or when all of the other dogs are getting fed).
And we are always happy to share the research we have based our methods on and often do on our Facebook page and in our blog. So feel free to ask us to “cite our source,” we will happily do so!