Client Testimonials


“Dear Dog Spot crew,”

“I had long ago become resigned to the reality that customer service was dead and gone. You have all restored my faith!”

“Tree years ago, I foolishly helped to lift a heavy table into a pickup truck, fracturing 3 bones in my spine- I have been unable to walk upright since. Seamus has been so good and gentle with me, but when he gets so excited to see people, other dogs, cats, butterflies, or whatever, he is difficult to handle on a leash. Your staffers have recognized my problem, and they always help me. Many times the girls see me drive up, and they pop out to help me get him in, and then back out to the car when I pick him up. I cannot say how much you are appreciated.”

“Seamus is always so happy to see all of you, and play with the other great dogs. You are all so bright and happy to see him-I know that management is doing something right by you. I wish that you could wear name tags so that I could learn all of your names. You have the best jobs possible in my book-who would not want to spend their work hours in the company of dogs?”

“Thanks for all you do!”


Mimi and Seamus



“Are you wondering if you can trust the staff at DogSpot? Well, you can stop wondering! I’ve known the owner, Carlene, for well over 10 years and she has trained and cared for my various dogs on multiple occasions. If I could figure out how to easily get them back and forth from ND to California, I’d have her caring for them still! Carlene is the hardest working person I know, and her focus – her mission in life – is to make sure the dogs in her care are treated respectfully and kindly. She is firm, but loving while training dogs: I’ve relied on her expertise on multiple occasions and found her advice easy to apply and very helpful. And I can’t count the number of times she has cared for my dogs in daycare: when she says she will care for your animal like her own, she means that they will get lots of exercise and plenty of loving attention. And, she ensures that her staff follow her lead in every aspect of working with animals in her care. In short: she is an expert and very experienced trainer and loves dogs, all dogs. If there is reincarnation and I could choose a home to live in in my next life, I’d choose Carlene’s in a heartbeat! Love you, Carlene, and miss your regular guidance up here in the northern lands!”

Yvonne Holter



“When my husband and I became the proud owners of a little German shepherd puppy 18 months ago little did we know how much Carlene would come to be such an integral part of our new family. We loved Zynda the moment we saw her and we wanted to strive to be the best owners we could to her by helping her to grow into a well mannered and secure dog. With this purpose in mind we searched for a daycare provider that would help us socialize her. After checking a few places out we met Carlene and the moment we walked through the door of her Daycare facility we knew she was the right person and that it was the right place.”

“The care and concern she showed immediately for us and for our puppy was wonderful and we knew without any doubt that Zynda would be cared for and loved the way we loved her. Carlene went above and beyond to help train Zynda and us to where we now have a very sweet and socialized dog and she helped her grow from being a somewhat anxious puppy to the confident young lady she is today. Carlene treated Zynda like she was the only dog there (although we know she wasn’t) and Zynda adored her.”

“We recently had the opportunity to see Carlene for a short visit and to see the excitement that Zynda had when she saw her touched our hearts. She would not leave her alone. To us Carlene is Zynda’s second Mom and continues to show love and care for her and for us. Whenever we need direction we still contact Carlene direct rather than anybody else as we trust and love her so highly”.
“Carlene’s support and guidance is something we will forever be grateful to her for. There is nobody we would trust more with our girl. We are so thrilled that she is now opening a new facility and know how blessed the dog owners in California will be”.

“Thank you Carlene for helping us to raise a beautiful dog and for continuing to care for her the way you do. We could not have done it without you”.

Daryl Johnson



“I have a German pointer, a hunting crazy hyperactive dog. When he was a puppy I was not working full time so my puppy and I took long walks and had many hours of play. After I find a full time job my puppy did not get the hours of exercise he needed and started to misbehave. I found Carlene’s doggy play place DogSpot. My dog loves it! And I can tell he gets to play and exercise a lot because when he comes back to me he is tired and he just wants to sleep, which is perfect because I want to do exactly the same thing!”

“Carlene loves dogs and treat them like they were her own puppies. I think my dog gets more excited when he sees Carlene than when he sees me, dogs cannot hide their emotions so I know he is happy when he is around Carlene and the other puppies.”

“Please, try this place, your dog will love it!”




“Gunnar has experienced many doggy day care facilities but Carlene’s Dog Spot has stuck out the most. Her ethics with animals are impeccable. Her love of dogs is recognized by the pets themselves. When my dog Gunnar goes to Dog Spot he comes home like he ran a marathon and celebrates going back to meet Carlene and his dog friends the next day!”




“How I wish everyone who gets a puppy has the blessing of meeting Carlene King to help them train their dog!!! I met Carlene at a dog park shortly after I got my Rottweiler puppy, Grizzly. From the time we met, Grizzly took a liking to Carlene and her dogs. Without being intrusive, she began making suggestions on training Grizzly. He is now 14 months old and the best dog I have ever had, both due to his personality and Carlene’s expert training, patience and love of dogs.”

“Carlene stands behind every product she recommends and has even replaced an item for me without having to go through the company that sold it. She has spent many hours with me training Grizzly with her only motivation being her love of him and the desire for us to have a relationship that works in our home.”

“I have spent many hours with Carlene and her dogs, as well as dogs she is training and random dogs at the park. She can handle any situation that arises so that all the dogs and people are safe. She is able to determine whether a dog is being aggressive or just wanting to play, and has helped me train Grizzly not growl when playing with other dogs as it often leads to more aggressive behavior. The training collar she has trained Grizzly with is an invaluable tool.”

“I highly recommend Carlene and her park. If you want a dog who is a blessing, can adapt to any situations you encounter and is a blessing to have in your home, her training is the answer!”

Lori R.
Oceanside, CA



“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Carlene owner of DogSpot in Oceanside. I was having some issues with my dog at the dog park and with just a few trainings I have a changed dog. He is such a pleasure to be around. Carlene has a very positive approach to training and is knowledgeable in methods and techniques appropriate for each individual dog and owner. One of the things that impressed me the most is her love of dogs and how much they love her. She never makes you feel like you are an inept dog owner. Your puppy/dog is in great hands with Carlene.”

Barbara Duncan,
Oceanside, CA



“Hi, my name is Tess. I’m a 7-year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and I’d like to tell you about my wonderful Day Care and Training experience with Carlene King. I started my adventures at Day Care when I was just 14 weeks old as my humans lived in a rural setting and worked in town. They didn’t want me to sit home alone all day bored and cooped up in my kennel. Instead, I got to go for a ride with my humans to Carlene’s five days a week. There I was able to interact and socialize with all my pals – canine and humans alike – while being supervised in a very safe and secure environment. An added plus was my humans were able to go about their day knowing I was being well cared for. Even though my humans moved to town I still enjoyed my time at Carlene’s. During my day I played as much as I wanted to, took naps on a comfy bed with my pals, when I was so inclined, and got all kinds of loves from the staff there – not to mention the yummy treats. I’m so glad that we had such a wonderful state-of-the-art facility in our community. During my training with Carlene, I and my human learned so much, even though at times I was just a wee bit stubborn. But, Carlene worked patiently with me and encouraged me with treats and praise. I like to impress people with my training knowledge – one of the things that people comment on is how well behaved I am when we are entertaining at home. When mealtime comes around my human “Places” me on my “Place Bed” and I know not to get off until I am “Freed.” I also enjoy showing off my Sits, Downs, Heels, Offs and Comes and know this pleases my humans who always tell me how proud they are of me. We were very sad when Carlene decided to relocate to California and really miss her! Note from Tess’ humans: We are so appreciative of Carlene, who has become a part of our family over the past seven years. Carlene’s professionalism and expertise are top notch and you will be hard pressed to find anyone else as genuine, caring and devoted. We highly recommend Carlene to anyone who loves their family pet member and appreciates safe and loving care when you can’t be there!”

Tess H. (assisted by my human Lynn H.)



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