MEET THE TEAM
Joyce Keeton, CBC FFCT
Owner, Certified Canine Behavior Counselor, Fear Free Certified Trainer, and Expert Dog Trainer
Joyce loves dogs!! When you meet her, you will experience this first hand. She always has a funny story to tell and enjoys talking to anyone and everyone about their dogs. She also enjoys helping people with any problems and answering any questions they have about their dogs. Her background includes almost 30 years of experience working with dogs including...working at Animal Control, being a Veterinarian Assistant, a Kennel Technician, owning and operating a pet sitting service, owning and operating 3 Pet Hotels, here and in Florida, showing dogs in AKC conformation, obedience training and showing dogs in AKC Rally O and Obedience. Joyce is an Expert Dog Trainer/Behaviorist, specializing in dog socialization, enrichment, and communication as well as a Specialist in Dog Behavior focusing on helping dogs with severe behavioral issues such as fears, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. She is constantly studying and attending educational opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skills. In March 2019, Joyce received her Certification as a Fear Free Trainer with the goal of working with local Veterinarians to reduce and hopefully eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) in our family dogs and cats during routine Veterinarian visits.
Joyce loves to see dogs and their people succeed together. She works hard every day to assure that people love their dogs and their behavior as much as their dogs love them.
Rescue is very important to Joyce and you will see any number of these wonderful dogs at The Dog Spot working on finding their confidence, getting healthy, and looking for their new forever homes. Some of the rescues she is involved with include Pound Puppies 'N Kittens, English Bulldog Rescue of GA, Five Freedoms Farm, Atlanta Boxer Rescue, Out of The Box Boxer Rescue, and Angels Among Us.
Manager of Operations
Tina is in charge of all things...clean...at TDS. One of our highest priorities is maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for dogs to come, stay, play, and learn. Tina assures that this is the case each and every day. But that is not all Tina is to us. She is a leader. Tina has worked in Pet Hotels and Boarding Facilities as a Caretaker and Manager for over 15 years. When she came to TDS, it was an obvious choice to put her in charge of how TDS runs. It is such a relief knowing the TDS facility, as well as the dogs in our care, are in the hands of such a caring and dedicated person.
Tina was born and raised in Land O' Lakes, Florida. She grew up on a farm where she took care of horses, cattle, pigs, and any stray animal that she could find. Tina has had a passion for animals all of her life and she loves all kinds. In her lifetime, she has rescued dogs, snakes, deer, birds, squirrels, and even a prairie dog, giant snapping turtles, and a couple of alligators.
Tina has worked with dogs for 20+ years and cannot see herself doing anything else. In 2002, she started working for Joyce at a pet hotel Joyce owned, in Florida, called Pets In Paradise. In 2012, Tina moved to Georgia and worked managing a boarding facility located in a Veterinarian's building. After 6 years, she decided to come work with Joyce again, at The Dog Spot. Tina is excited for the opportunity to learn how to train dogs using modern, science-based, positive methods as well as getting to use her love, passion, and skills while she cares for the amazing dogs at TDS.
Tina has always enjoyed working with Joyce and loves being back doing what comes so naturally to her...loving and caring for dogs. Tina says the most rewarding part of working at TDS is getting to help rescue dogs find their forever homes.
"To help a rescue dog find their forever home is such a rewarding feeling and I will never want to stop caring for the animals."
Receptionist, Dog Caretaker
When you call The Dog Spot, Stephanie is that happy, bubbly, and knowledgeable voice you hear on the other end of the phone. Stephanie puts Customer Service and Satisfaction above all else and is an essential part of our success. She is also our Reservation Specialist and assures that the services you want for your pup are communicated to the Caretaking Team effectively and efficiently. Stephanie has also proven herself as a proficient, effective, and loving dog handler. She helps with our small dogs to assure they receive their daily enrichment and care. She has also proven herself to be skilled in helping some of our most needy rescues receive the confidence building and training they need to find their furever homes.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Jaje. I work for The Dog Spot and would like to tell you a little about myself. I am 23 years old and have a huge passion for animals. I was born and raised in Lutz, Florida where my mom managed a boarding place called Pets in Paradise, owned by Joyce. I lived there from the age of 4 to 13. I've always been around dogs and have learned so much about them through the years. They will always have a soft spot in my heart. I've had a vast number of different pets over the years from dogs, pigs, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, squirrels, rabbits, and even prairie dogs. My family and I moved to Georgia where I've grown into the person I am today. I have had different jobs but my passion for dogs brought me back to what I really love. I decided I wanted to work with dogs again and knew there was only one place...The Dog Spot. I love working with all the rescues and Playcare pups that come here. I even get to learn a lot about training dogs and different behaviors dogs show us. My family has adopted 3 puppies through the Dog Spot and couldn't have asked for better dogs. I've been employed at the Dog Spot for about a year and the best part is getting to play with so many amazing dogs, I truly love my job!
Cody has been a great addition to the TDS team. He is kind, gentle, and absolutely loves dogs. He has shown that he has a natural understanding for reading dog's behaviors and recognizing how they are feeling...physically and emotionally. Cody's flexibility and willingness to do whatever it takes to assure each dog receives the enrichment and care they need each day is second to none! He goes above and beyond every day with not only our client's dogs but our rescues as well. We are thrilled Cody has joined the TDS team!
"Hello, my name is Cody Jaje and I work for TDS and I would love to tell you a little about myself. I have grown up around dogs my whole life. When I was a baby, my mom got a job working with Joyce, at her Pet Hotel in Florida. I grew up in a house with dogs, learning every day that I love dogs more and more. We lived at the pet hotel for about 12 years and then we moved to Georgia. A few years later, I got my first job and it was as a Caretaker for dogs and cats. I worked there for a couple of years and then found my way to The Dog Spot where I am now employed for just under a year. It has been the greatest experience ever. Every day I come in to work and I learn something that I never thought I would."