About

Well, hello there! Are you interested in learning about new ways to help our canine friends? We’re happy to lend a hand!

After all, who better to educate people about dogs than a group of pup fanatics and pet experts? Here at Raising Spot, we make it a point to educate the average dog owners as well as the Good Samaritans who just want to help all dogs.

Our Team

Somebody has to speak up for poor neglected pups everywhere, and we’re more than ready to take on the task! Everyone on our team shares a deep love and respect for dogs. We have decades of experience rescuing and taking care of dogs, and we’re uniquely qualified to write about the puppy problems that plague many dog owners.

Where to find dogs that are in need of homes, how to train them — these questions are only the beginning of any dog owner’s journey. Then, there are various intricacies of a dog’s life — from their food to their medical needs and beyond. But don’t worry, we can help. Between our expert writers and our devoted community, you’re sure to find the knowledge you’re looking for right here.

Nancy Josephson

Chelsey Hurley – Founder
Professional dog trainer and owner of six dogs.

Qualifications:

  • Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA®) — Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
  • Dog Emotion and Cognition (Certificate) — Duke University

Chelsey grew up around dogs her entire life — some would say breeding, raising, and training dogs is in her blood.

Both of Chelsey’s parents have been breeding golden retrievers and beagles since she was a small child. Throughout the years the family also bread other dog breeds including Labradoodles, black labs, and even two litters of poodles.

Chelsey’s mom ran a professional dog training school throughout the spring and summer for new dog owners on their ranch located about 20 minutes outside Austin Texas.

From an early age, Chelsey had the privilege of working alongside her parents with their business and spent the greater percentage of her life working directly with dogs in many different capacities.

Chelsea has since moved to Irvine, California and has six dogs of her own (Mya, Rochelle, Pato, Bennie, Sheryl, and Turner). She operates a local dog training program and spends most of her spare time creating content for her valued readers here at Raising Spot.

Dogs have always been a lifelong passion for Chelsey. Raising Spot has been the perfect outlet to share generations of knowledge passed down to her through a family of dog breeders and trainers — as well as her own insights and experiences, picked up while training, breeding, and raising dogs of all different shapes, sizes, and temperaments.

Phillip Wagner

Phillip Wagner – (DVM) —Co-founder
Veterinarian of over 15 years.

Qualifications: 

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) — Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science: Zoology — Texas A&M University

Grant first met Chelsey in 2006 at a dog training conference in Austin Texas. He runs a local vet clinic in Austin Texas. The initial meeting led to a strong bond with Chelsey and her family — he and his team serve as the families dedicated vet and often get to follow the Hurley-bred puppies throughout their lives after they’re adopted into happy homes around the county.

Grant continues to operate his clinic alongside his co-owner (a canine dentistry specialist). He’s seen thousands of dogs come through his clinic over the years and loved every minute of it.

When Chelsey approached Grant to help contribute some of the knowledge he’s accrued over the course of his career for the readers on her website, he jumped at the offer.

Grant has since written over a hundred articles on dog health and wellbeing for Chelsey and a handful of other websites (and counting). He hopes to give people the information they need to keep their pets healthy for years to come!

Sharing Our Knowledge

The best thing about having a team of canine experts on hand is that we get to educate our readers. Thanks to our devoted team, we get to bring you the latest news. We’ll also recommend all the best doggy toys, training treats, and tools. Which products are must-haves and which ones can you leave on the shelf? You can find out right here.

Furthermore, we’ll also take the time to go over all the tried and true behavioral training techniques that’ll work on even the most badly behaved pooch. Trust us, even the most anxious and vocal dog can learn to relax and settle down. All it takes is a little love and some positive reinforcement!

Aside from our own experts, you’ll also hear from a bevy of veterinarians and trainers. We might even bring on a few rescue workers since our primary mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and resettle as many abused dogs as we can.

How We Help Dogs

As we have mentioned, Raising Spot also helps with abandoned or abused dogs. We take pride in finding better families for our canine companions. Furthermore, we also like to keep an eye out for other non-profit organizations that are doing the same!

Aside from presenting the best dog food and equipment, we’ll also highlight pet charity events as well as feature dogs that are looking for new homes. Our wonderful staff volunteers to bring you the best of the best. Clearly, that includes some of the most marvelous mutts we’ve ever seen!

There are several ways for you to contribute to the cause. Raising Spot has offices across the USA, and we happily accept volunteers. We spread our message through cooperation and education, and you can assist us with both. Share this site with as many dog enthusiasts as you know if you’d like to help us spread our message.

After all: Dogs deserve better!