See Spot Sit’s mission is to facilitate harmonious cohabitation between dogs and humans. There is a huge communication breakdown between animals and humans.
We are very progressive and believe in lots of positive reinforcement. We do not believe in “punishment” or aversive training methods. We believe in promoting trust and respect that flows both ways.
There is never any breaking of the dog’s spirit. I believe that you owe it to your dog to learn to speak it’s language so you can communicate.
Once you do that, you’d be amazed how things can change.
We use music (Through a Dog’s Ear) and essential oils to promote an overall sense of calm in the household. Our oils are purchased through a company called Young Living and are very pure.
I want people to take the words “good” and “bad” out of their vocabulary when they are thinking of their dogs or talking about their dogs. Dogs do not think in “good” and “bad”. We project human perceptions onto our dogs. We anthropomorphize our dogs and that can be good to some degree but extremely detrimental when we go overboard and beyond reason.
Dogs think in instinct and it revolves around survival of their pack and themselves. We are their pack. Other dogs, cats, gerbils, rabbits, etc. can be part of a dog’s pack. Pack simply means family. We protect our families. Dogs protect theirs.
If you do not learn to communicate with your dog clearly and in a language they understand, all they hear is static and eventually they will stop listening because it is just too stressful.
I would love for people to understand how incredibly affected our dogs are by our emotions and state of mind. They are also strongly affected by any changes in the household. Dogs thrive when they can believe that all of their tomorrows will be the same as today. Of course, that is not always possible, but we must find a way to maintain calm and confident leadership so they can remain stable and calm themselves.
See Spot Sit offers public classes for advanced obedience, which includes minor behavioral issue reshaping on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. behind the Sherwood Animal Shelter located at 6500 North Hills Blvd., Sherwood, AR. Maumelle classes are held at 400 Cogdell Rd., Maumelle, AR at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. These classes are also AKC Canine Good Citizen training and testing for certification/title and much, much more.
We also offer private behavior modification sessions in your home because if there is a problem that happens predominately or only in the home, that’s where the work needs to be done. You can also choose a full obedience course that is done privately but culminates in attending 3 public classes in order to solidify the obedience training in a high distraction situation and to test for their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification.
We hope to be announcing very soon classes to be offered in Maumelle, Arkansas.