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The Best Dog Trainers in New York of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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Welcome to the New York Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in New York based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best New York Dog Trainers in 2023

Anthony Cietek

I have been for 12 years, starting off with no knowledge what's so ever when I started at Petco. I have always loved animals and knew they were a passion of mine ever since I was a little kid. In meantime at Petco I was a mentor to train other people like me who wanted it become a dog trainer . I also trained dogs but mostly people on how to train their dog.

I was fortunate to be sent to places like San Antonio and San Diego to train with some of the elites positive trainers in the country. My passion and love for dogs exploded, reading, traveling, watching everything and anything that dealt with dogs, training, behavior. I want to be the best so strived for that to get me where I am today.

Certifications: Certified AKC Evaluator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Behavioral Modification training (fear and anxiety), in home training sessions (positive reinforcement training for dogs/puppies not ready for group yet), group obedience classes for both puppies and adult dogs, pack walk with training ( socializing and reinforcing proper behaviors around multiple dogs). Specific cues name, focus, sit, down, come, leave it, wait, stay, spin, roll over, place, heel, center, touch, and other various one. Potty training using bells or proper signaling along with other guidelines for starting the e puppy on the right path.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, leash reactivity

Training methods: Basic to advanced evaluations of the dog or puppy's behavior. We develop a training plan and meet weekly, bi weekly or monthly until the behavior has been corrected. Classes we meet once a week or 6 weeks. There are multiple classes ranging from basic to elite manners.

Why I became a dog trainer: My love and passion for animals, as well to help people

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being around dogs, and making people proud of both themselves and their dog as they improve their relationship. Building a forever bond through training

My #1 dog training tip: that dogs only learn to reinforcement, so it is very important to reward your dog for every good action that they do. Have a structure, have fun, and most importantly love your dog.

Service areas: Capital Region, Saratoga County, Upstate NY


Kelly Armour

Kelly has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of breeds and behavior issues, and specializes in working with Pitbulls and Bully Breeds. Kelly is known for her ability to accurately assess, treat, and resolve dog behavior issues using force-free and positive training methods. Her success in helping dog owners has grown out of many years of dedicated shelter and rescue work.

Kelly gained unique knowledge and hands-on training skills working at the Montgomery SPCA where she worked with a variety of dogs of different sizes, breeds, ages, and personalities. Kelly has extensive experience working with puppies, adolescent teenagers, and dogs that were rescued from abusive and illegal situations. She earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson's The Academy for Dog Trainers.

Certifications: CTC, The Academy for Dog Trainers

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Herding training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Canine positive, reward-based training and applied behavior analysis.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with everything from basic puppy training to complex fear and aggression behavior modification.

Training methods: Every client begins with a comprehensive, 2 hour evaluation and intensive training session to understand why behaviors are occurring and to find the best path forward for the holistic well being of the dog and to meet the individual goals of the dog guardian.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs are an integral part of our lives and families. With a specialty in fear and aggression, I became a dog trainer to help people navigate the complicated waters of 'what happens when we didn't get the dog we expected'. My goal is to find the virtue in every dog and bring out the very best in the dog to dog-guardian experience.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs and people bring out the best in each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Patience and repetition. You'll meet all of your goals with these two ingredients. Great behavior takes time and commitment.

Service areas: Reading, Allentown, West Chester, Berks, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Lebabon


Paige Sande

I am a relationship based dog trainer teaching humans how to properly communicate with their dogs while building a trusting and respectful relationship from owner to canine.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private lessons

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs who have behavior issues from being under socialized

Why I became a dog trainer: I was inspired by my dog, Zena.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping pet parents understand how the dog brain truly works and changing the relationship between owner and dog in all the right ways.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog, they are always telling you something.

Service areas: Livingston County


Dawn Spencer

Dawn has been a animal lover all her life. She is pet certified in CPR, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, LIMA certified & Better Business Bureau. She owes 5 German Shepherd Dogs, and loves teaching them all something new. She enjoys trialing with them in different venues. Over the 25+ years, she has trained thousands of dogs in her career, from large breeds to toy breeds. Becoming a Dog Trainer was inevitable. When training with her, you become part of the Family. Training is a passion for her!! She works with a few rescues in the Orleans County region including, Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue, Make a Difference Rescue, Orleans County Animal Shelter & PAWS of Orleans. With PAWS, she does her training at Albion Correctional Facility training the incarcerated individuals to train rescues.

Certifications: Lima Certified, APDT, AKC CGC Evaluator, Pet CPR, BBB

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Obedience, Therapy Dog, Service Dog, Scent Training, Trick Dog, Group Classes, Private Classes

Behavioral issue focus: Basic Training to advanced Training, Resource Guarding, Confidence Building, Dog on Dog aggression

Why I became a dog trainer: Becoming a trainer was an easy decision, watching the transformation from day one until our session ends is my true reward. The love for Dogs pushed me to be the best I can be. Continuing my personal training along the way helps me help people and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The final result, seeing the difference in behaviors. Training the people to help their dogs become a better citizen. Ensuring they won't become a part of the system of shelter life or rescues.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one training tip is to be patient. Each dog learns differently, some catch on quickly, while others take time. Dogs are a creature of habit, so being consistent helps them understand what we are asking.

Service areas: Orleans, Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Erie, Niagara, Ontario and surrounding Counties


Jean Kolor

Jean Kolor approaches dog training for her busy clients with 35 plus years of animal training and husbandry experience to offer. With an educational background in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill (AS) and Cornell University (BS), as well as 22 years of practical experience training puppies and young adult dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Jean has the experience you can trust to help you turn the dog you have into the dog of your dreams.

Jean has been professionally certified by the Karen Pryor Academy. This is considered one of the most prestigious designations for professional dog trainers. Jean's certification, along with required continuing education, ensures that you and your dog are receiving the most up-to-date training practices based in positive reinforcement - so you can rest easy, knowing you'll get the best and kindest training possible.

Jean is also community minded and has spent many years supporting rescue organizations, from fostering dogs to training fellow volunteers to providing behavioral consultations. She lives what she teaches and, as a training junkie, Jean spends her free time training and hiking with her own two rescue dogs, Ivy, and Bryson. Ivy and Bryson both enjoy the sport of Nose Work and hold Nose Work 3 titles.


Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner #85726
Puppy Start Right Instructor
Licensed Family Paws Parent Educator
Licensed UnChase! Instructor
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #95546
Fear Free Certified

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide both private in-home coaching programs as well as a Day Training program. In addition, I conduct Puppy Start Right private and group training classes, basic manners group classes, advanced manners group classes, Canine Good Citizen prep. classes. Leash walking and come when called group classes are held when there is interest. NACSW Nose Work group classes are also available. A much needed service I provide is providing expecting and new parents the skills to navigate dog and baby and dog and toddler relationships.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear based behaviors, aggressive behaviors, baby/dog and child/dog dynamics, resource guarding, barking and lunging on leash, door bolting and jumping on people are some of the behavior issues I commonly encounter with my clientele.

Training methods: As a Fear Free Certified trainer, I will not use pain, fear or intimidation to teach your dog. I will use positive reinforcement through the use of natural motivators such as food, treats, toys, petting, play and also life rewards (your dog getting to do something they want). For behavior issues we will start with a Strategy Session where we can get to know each other, be sure we are a good fit, review your dog's intake form, take a look at where your dog is in his training and in his relationship with you. Then we will put some management strategies in place and develop a training plan for moving forward. I will recommend the best program to successfully reach your goals with your dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: I always knew that I wanted to work with animals. I also knew that my mission in life was to help other people. When my mentor Dr. Stephen Mackenzie mentioned Guiding Eyes for the Blind to me, I did a little research and pow! it hit me - I wanted to train guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired. I lived that dream for 22 years. However, life will throw curve balls and I needed to take a break from guide dog work. I started volunteering with a Labrador Retriever rescue. After several years it became apparent to me that I really wanted to help families and their dogs stay together. Thus First Friend Canine Consulting, llc was born and I couldn't be happier.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching people and their dogs grow in their relationships, helping them to succeed together. Bringing out the potential on both ends of the leash.

My #1 dog training tip: Smile when you praise your dog!

Service areas: Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley, Beekman, Cold Spring, Beacon, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Paltz, Highland, Gardiner


Arrow Weiser

I am Sparrow aka Arrow, and I am the lead trainer and one of the owners of WeiserWays. I am a dog reactivity specialist and educator and I love to spread the knowledge of positive reinforcement.

I am trans and use he/him pronouns, I am Queer and love serving the LGBTQIA+ community.

I have my undergrad in Psychology and my Masters Degree in Animal Behavior concentrated in dogs.

I focus my work on creating a space where dogs have a voice and are able to communicate freely without the fear of repercussions; while also giving humans an environment where they are able to learn without the pressure of having to be perfect, and instead being intentional, empathetic, and self-aware.

We believe that training is a collaborative approach, and use an anti-racist lens when working on training. This means we believe in being vulnerable, deconstructing perfectionism, training, and feelings; dismantling the dog/owner binary, and instead creating a space where you and your dog can learn how to love and communicate with one another authentically.

WeiserWays is a hybrid business, we train on zoom worldwide, as well as in person around the DMV area.


B.S. Psychology
MSC Animal Behavior

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided:

WeiserWays is a hybrid business (virtual and in person) and focuses on dog reactivity and aggression.

Our training is based in teaching the dog how to make decisions that are rewarding and enriching for both the dog and the human. In order for us to do this management is out in place to ensure that we are setting the dog up for success.

We use some cues in training, but mainly focus on teaching the dog how to make decisions on their own by giving the dog choices.

We do this so the dog learns how to make decisions and problem solve on their own instead of always waiting for the human to give them a cue.

This allows the dog to have more freedom of movement, freedom of choice.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs that are lead reactive to other dogs, humans and other animals, dogs that guard their house, family, or barriers, muzzle training, dogs that are escape artists, and dogs that have bite records that need some extra TLC

Training methods:

My training begins with a 90 minute virtual consultation that is all education based. This goes over the canine ladder of aggression, dog behavior postures and body language, WeiserWays definitions, dogs hierarchy of needs, how to fill your dogs cup up, the hierarchy of dog training, what Positive Reinforcement is and how to make it a lifestyle, the wheel of emotions, stages of competence, and a basic emotions print out.

Once we finish the consultation there is a one week observation period where the dog guardian uses the education from the consultation to observe their dog and better understand their stress signals, patterns of reactivity, takes the dog to the vet, changes the environment if needed, and fills out a daily observation log.

Once the observation period is over we begin training. The human tells me what they observed in their dog, this allows the human to be kore aware of the dogs emotions and better advocate for them.

Once we begin training I have a training plan for the dog and guardian that is unique to their training needs. This plan covers the expected duration of training, exercises we will be workin on, homework, a training log for the human to fill out daily, and a training portal to upload videos, take notes, see their homework, and ask questions.

I see my clients once a week and depending on the severity of the dogs Reactivity, and if the human is doing the homework outside of training sessions we work together anywhere from one month to two years.

My training is founded in Positive Reinforcement and anti racist practices. This means we don't believe in punishment, and we dismantle the dog-owner binary. Words matter in my training, and the way we work with dogs is always collaborative and curious.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I was adopted and a reactive kid when I was younger and I felt that no one understood me. It wasn't until I worked with a therapist that used her dog in our sessions that I felt more understood and comfortable. Because of my reactive past I understand reactive dogs on a different level and want to give back what they gave to me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Teaching people the beauty of being vulnerable with their dogs, and giving dogs a space where they can be their authentic self without judgement.

My #1 dog training tip: Become more self aware of your emotions so you are able to recognize how you are feeling, this way you will not react to your dogs reactions, and you will create more space for yourself to recharge.

Service areas: I work mainly in Baltimore and Washington DC covering Baltimore city, Baltimore Country, Prince George's county, Bethesda

I cover all of DC and am often working with clients in Capital Hill, Columbia Heights, pleasant Plains, Silver Springs, Brightwood Park, Brentwood


Lori Timberlake

Lori is passionate about strengthening the bond between owners and their pets. She is thrilled that she can devote herself to teaching Nose Work and Parkour classes, both in person and virtually. She is also dedicated to expanding both of these sports in Western New York which is why she is so involved with the National Association of Canine Scent Work and International Dog Parkour Association. She hopes Dog Parkour becomes as popular as Nose Work has in this community!

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, Certified Nose Work Instructor, Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM), International Dog Parkour Association Certified Instructor, Drink With Your Dog‚ Certified Instructor

More info about service provided: We specialize in K9 Nose Work classes, private lessons, trials and events. We also offer Dog Parkour classes and I am approved to conduct IDPKA Training Level and Novice title evaluations. We also offer Drink With Your Dog Brewery Manners classes.

Behavioral issue focus: We work with many fearful and reactive dogs.

Training methods: Our classes focus on building confidence and having fun.

Why I became a dog trainer: I want to help people build a relationship with their dog. If they have a strong relationship, training and behavior issues will lessen.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a shy or nervous dog become more confident.

My #1 dog training tip: When your dog is doing something you do not like, ask yourself why they are doing that. If you can't answer that question, find a certified trainer to help you answer that question.

Service areas: Buffalo Metro Area and also remote training


Lyz Knight

Lyz is an Accredited Dog Trainer, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and a Fear Free Certified Professional who has been working with dogs and their people since 2016. She loves working with puppies and with guardians of nervous and reactive dogs to help them see their dogs blossom into confident, comfortable pups. Lyz is passionate about making good training accessible for pet guardians no matter their location or financial needs, and helping dogs and their people live their best lives together.

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private customized training programs for new dogs (puppies or adults) and for fearful and reactive behaviors. Programs include basic manners as well as behavior modification. I also offer virtual group classes for nervous dogs who need a confidence boost and on-demand courses focused on reducing stress at the vet clinic.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (barking, lunging, growling, or attempting to bite, directed at people or other dogs). Fear and anxiety-based behaviors. Helping newly acquired dogs adjust to life in their new homes while teaching dog guardians skills to set them up for success with life with a dog

Training methods: I am a fear free certified trainer and all of my training programs are created with force-free, positive reinforcement training plans. All clients start their programs with a virtual consultation where I learn more about their training needs and give them initial training, management, and enrichment guidance to begin addressing their needs. We then meet for live training sessions (either virtual or in-person) where I strive to help them meet their training goals while providing education around all things dog (body language and species-specific needs, helping our dogs feel safe, appropriate expectations for behavior, etc.). We check in regularly to make sure the dog guardians are feeling comfortable and empowered by the training process!

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted my dog Molly in 2014 and ended up spending the next few years working with her on her reactivity towards people and other dogs. I learned a lot and saw firsthand how much good training can help people and dogs live happier lives together and I wanted to help facilitate that for others.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Getting to witness the excitement and happiness people feel as they connect with their dogs through training!

My #1 dog training tip: Learn about dog body language! This is such a valuable foundation skill - if you can understand what your dog is telling you, you will be better able to address their needs, reduce or prevent unwanted behaviors, and supporting them when they are having a hard time.

Service areas: Vernon Township, NJ. Sussex County, NJ. Warwick, NY. Plus remote work across the country


Stephanie Ip

Born and raised in Staten Island, Stephanie has always had a passion with animals. After being inspired by her fearful pit bull-mix rescue, Stephanie decided to start her dog training career while simultaneously receiving an education in Psychology and Animal Behavior at Hunter College. She now lives in and services Manhattan as well as the surrounding boroughs, and specializes in puppy training and urban training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Most of my training consists of in-home personal sessions and range from obedience training, urban socialization and reactivity training, and puppy training, and I train for 20-25 hours a week. I also lead a group class once a week for puppies and guardians to learn basic cues and to learn safe socialization and play.

Behavioral issue focus: Urban dog socialization, comfortability, and reactivity

Training methods: I am a force-free, consent-based, positive reinforcement trainer meaning I set each dog up for success as much as possible so they can be comfortable, happy, and engaged

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a fearful mixed pit-bull type dog in 2015 and I wanted to learn more to best help him. We enrolled in PetSmart training classes where I became close to our trainer and she wanted me to work with her. I also decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior. Upon graduation, I have since been a full-time dog trainer and found the passion to educate and inspire others to do best by their dogs

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I get to educate and inspire many people to form solid and healthy relationships with their dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Reward the good moments! Oftentimes we get wrapped up when our dog is "bad" and are reactive to their behavior, but if we focus and reward when they are "good", we prevent the rehearsal of undesired behaviors while teaching them what we like, plus we have a more positive and happy mindset change and both dog and human are happier!

Service areas: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City


Tori Ganino

Tori is an avid dog lover that originally went to college to study Psychology. After earning a Bachelor's Degree of Science, she adopted a 5-month-old dog from a local shelter. Almost immediately, behavior problems started to show where her new companion, Cooper, was afraid to meet people, barking and lunging whenever someone came near. Tori elicited the help of a behaviorist who's suggested technique was pinning Cooper dog against the wall and forcing him to deal with strangers that were approaching him until he emotionally shut down.

Tori knew that there must be a better, more humane way, and decided to take her passion for psychology and dogs and enrolled in the Animal Behavior College. Through their hands-on educational program and apprenticeship, Tori developed the skills to handle all training situations with a positive approach and graduated as an Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer (ABCDT).

Tori furthered her expertise by successfully passing the Certified Professional Dog Trainer Exam - Knowledge Assessed, earning the title CPDT-KA. Unlike many other organizations that offer non-standardized take-home tests, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers requires at least 300 hours hands-on experience, references and the completion of a standardized test used nationwide. Continuing education credits are required to maintain this certification.

In October of 2015, Tori became a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC). This is a title that less than 200 people in the world have. In addition to an extensive written exam, requirements for membership include a minimum of three years and 500 hours experience in animal behavior consulting with client present, case studies, 400 hours minimum of coursework, mentorship as well as seminars related to the core areas of competency. Continuing education credits are required to maintain this certification.

In 2016, Tori became a certified Victoria Stilwell Academy Mentor, and Animal Behavior College Mentor.

Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private lessons at the owner's home or in public

Behavioral issue focus: Dogs that bite, bark, or lunge. Puppies under 6 months of age.

Training methods: Personalized training programs using force-free methods

Why I became a dog trainer: Experienced hiring a trainer that used force and dominance methods. I wanted to learn a better way to work with dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the transformation that the dogs and owners go through due to my programs.

My #1 dog training tip: Consistency is key! Make sure that you are implementing the training in all situations and not just during formal lessons.

Service areas: G.L.O.W Region


Alex Ferrente

I received my Bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius College in 2015. During my time there, I studied the behavior of a captive population of beluga whales. This led to my first professional training position - with marine mammals! After graduating, I moved to a small island in Washington State where I worked for two seasons as a Marine Naturalist for a whale watching outfitter. In my spare time, I volunteered at the local animal shelter which sparked my interest in companion animal behavior.

In 2016, I accepted a position in the behavior and training department at Lollypop Farm where I remained for 4 years. There, I taught group classes and private lessons for members of the public, performed dog behavior evaluations, and carried out behavior modification for cats and dogs who weren't quite ready for adoption.

In 2020, I left to start Young Lion Training and Behavior with my training partner, Rebecca. It was a smooth transition to working for ourselves and I love the work-life balance I'm able to maintain. Doing so helps me to be the best trainer that I can be. I have two dogs and a cat of my own, and they all love training just as much as I do!

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We offer in-home and virtual behavior consultations, continued coaching, day training and group classes for dogs of all ages and across a range of behavior challenges. One of our favorite services to provide is our puppy starter package - where we can get your puppy started off on the right foot from day one!

Behavioral issue focus: Basic manners, impulse control, reactivity, resource guarding, cat-dog introductions, and more.

Training methods: We adhere to the humane hierarchy and never use or recommend aversive training techniques. Private training always starts with an initial behavior consultation followed by a written training plan, and the type of follow-up sessions depend on the case. For clients who like to work more independently, we offer more intermittent coaching every few weeks. And for clients who prefer more accelerated, hands on guidance, we offer multiple times per week day training sessions - as well as some hybrid options between those two.

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always been interested in animal behavior and dog training/behavior consulting has been such an effective way to help a large number of dogs and their humans live more harmoniously together. I love having a career that allows me to advocate for science-based, ethical training methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite moments are when clients can see and feel proud of the changes they've worked so hard on with their dog. It also feels pretty special to be one of so many dogs favorite people.

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind, patient, and set them up for success by breaking your goals down into tiny, achievable steps!

Service areas: Greater Rochester Area, Finger Lakes, and beyond


Heather Adams

I graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2008. Since then I've had the great joy of helping hundreds of families enjoy their dogs more by making sure they actually listen! It's been very rewarding along the way.

I love teaching both dogs and people in our programs that help families with things like jumping, pulling on the leash and coming when they're called and even fun agility classes to help families teach their dogs to pay more attention to them. I also help dogs who suffer from reactivity, fear and anxiety as a certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor.

Our agility classes are perfect for families that want to join in for fun, but we've got serious competitors that love our classes too. My continuing education is now highly focused on agility with some of the best trainers in the world, so I can bring the latest and greatest techniques and training to my agility students.

I believe it's important to be a great dog trainer, but it's just as important to be a great teacher. After all, my job is to teach you how to train your dog. I'm a graduate of the Teacher Certification Program at the University at Buffalo and have practical experience teaching biology and science to all age groups, in addition to over 14 years teaching people how to train their dogs.

I also believe the best teachers are life long learners. And the best part is, there is always something new to learn to keep life fun and interesting! My mission is to bring my passion for dog training and teaching people together, to help you bring out the best in your dog.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: We offer private lesson programs and day training for pet dog obedience and manners for puppies and dogs of all ages and breeds/mixes; special training programs for dogs with reactivity, fear and anxiety; we also offer agility training through private lessons and group lessons in two locations. We specialize in off leash training and getting your dog to come when called no matter what!

Behavioral issue focus: Our most typical students have young dogs from puppy through 2-3 years old that have common adolescent issues like jumping up on people, greeting people and being wild when guests come over, pulling on the leash, chewing on things, nipping people, barking, and potty training problems. We also work with dogs who are reactive to other dogs or people, and those with fear and anxiety issues, like separation anxiety.

Training methods: All of our students start with an evaluation/consultation here at our training facility in Corfu, NY or online through Zoom or FaceTime. During that time, I observe and evaluate the dog's behavior, get a detailed history about the dog, determine what the owner's goals and preferences are for training and present all the options. I also describe and demonstrate our training methods, which include positive reinforcement methods such as luring and clicker training. Our programs are comprehensive and include substantial support, training equipment, video reference library and much more.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help people and dogs live their best lives together. Many years ago, I adopted a dog named Sadie who had severe separation anxiety and no matter how many classes we joined, she just wouldn't get better or come when called. I started my own research and tried just about every method out there until I came across a book by Karen Pryor called Don't Shoot the Dog. From there, I learned about her Academy and the rest is history. Sadie had a great life with the right training and understanding. My mission is to help people understand their dogs and use the kindest training methods that make more sense to dogs, using the way they most naturally learn.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing the progress that my students and their dogs make and just spending time with them.

My #1 dog training tip: Set your dog up for success so that they can find out for themselves how wonderful it is to do the things you want them to do. If you get that right you'll having a willing participant, not just an obedient dog and training will be easy.

Service areas: Western New York, which includes the following counties; Genesee, Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Monroe, Orleans


Becki Klinger

I am a ABCDT graduate of 2015 Canine Behavioral Consultant of 2017 and currently working on my BA in Animal Sciences. I'm a firm believer in continuing education and that one can never have too much knowledge.

I am certified and studied in ethology, canine body language and communication, and Pet First Aid & CPR .

As a disabled person myself I find in transparency with my clients that we can better come to understand one another and the dogs involved.

Certifications: ABCDT, Canine Behavioral Consultant

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

Specializing in Service and Therapy Dog Training, also offers Family Dog Training. Group class and private lesson formats; specialized training for every human and dog.

Behavioral issue focus: Service Dog Task Training, Therapy Dog Training, Puppies, Family Dog Set-Ups, CGC Training & Testing, PPG Training & Tasting, and Prospect Selection

Training methods:

-Force-Free Training Philosophy
-Free Phone Consultation to Assess Problem Areas and Needs

Why I became a dog trainer: I received a devastating injury my senior year of college. As a result my life plans changed and I adjusted, taking solace in a job at a doggie daycare where I learned about reactivity and behavior modification. From there I began shadowing other local trainers and enrolled in numerous educational programs to gain both hands on knowledge and practical knowledge.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The instant a dog has that lightbulb moment, there's nothing more rewarding.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog where they're at - they're not giving you a hard time they're having one.

Service areas: Lancaster, Depew, Alden, Elma, West Seneca, Amherst, South Buffalo


Dana Manos

I graduated in 1999 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I became a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International in 2018. In 2019, I obtained my certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. In 2020, I obtained Fear Free Animal Trainer certification. In 2021, I obtained Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification. In 2022, I obtained my certification as a Canine Behavior Consultant.

My various positions over the past two-plus decades have given me the opportunity to develop advanced skills in handling animals and interpreting body language.

I have experience with a wide variety of animals, including exotics. I grew up with dogs as a child. As an adult, I have had a dog, 4 cats, a rat, a guinea pig, and various reptiles as pets.

My pet sitting and dog walking service areas include, but are not limited to: Depew, Elma, Lancaster, S. Cheektowaga, and West Seneca, NY.

My dog training service area includes most of Western NY.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CPPS, FFCP, CCBC

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Fear Free, force-free, positive, reward-based dog training, pet sitting, and dog walking in your pet's comfort zone - your home!

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a wide variety of issues from basic manners to reactivity and aggression.

Training methods: Fear Free, force-free, positive, reward-based dog training, pet sitting, and dog walking in your pet's comfort zone - your home!

Why I became a dog trainer: I love helping people and I have always had a passion for all animals, including dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people and dogs coexist peacefully and happily in their homes.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn to read your dog's body language.

Service areas: Depew, Elma, Lancaster, South Cheektowaga, West Seneca


Jamie Sharma

I was born and raised in the great northwest. Little Boise, Idaho to be specific. The spark of inspiration for this career is still up for debate, a good story to ask me about, but for now, we will say it started at around eleven years old when my family brought home a Yellow Lab puppy, Chance. I attended training classes and enjoyed learning how to train him. It completely fascinated me how humans could have this unique relationship with our canine companions.

It became my dream profession when I began employment at Petco in Boise, Idaho in December of 2006. My official Canine Education Training was through Petco's Certified Dog Trainer Program which after graduating, in 2010, I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Training Mentor for Petco. I then continued my education online in Animal Behavior.

I worked at, ran training programs and trained new trainers at seven different Petco locations spanning from Idaho to Washington state and finally New York state where I now reside. My employment would voluntarily end, 10 years later, on March 24th of 2017 to open my own business and expand my career. In December of 2022, I became a certified Family Dog Mediator.

I take every opportunity to continue my education with courses, seminars, conferences and more as frequently as possible. Research in canine behavior is never-ending and there is always more to learn. I will never stop trying to learn more because I strive to be the best I can be for my clients and my dog.

Certifications: CPDT, LFDM/CFDM

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Obedience, training, therapy, dog, prep classes, reactivity issues, aggression, issues, anxiety, issues, family, dog mediation, potty training, leash walking, behavioral issues.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, reactivity, anxiety, destruction, resource guarding

Training methods: Behavior consultations, training plans, family, dog mediation, in-home, hands-on training,

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the lives of people and dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people succeed at living their best life with their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog where they're at and take time to truly get to know your dog.

Service areas: NY Capital District


Heather Allen

My interest in dog training started over 20 years ago when some behavioral issues exhibited by my first two dogs required me to seek out a professional dog trainer. This experience opened the door to the world of dog training for me. I took what I learned from my training experience and sought out a Canine Good Citizen certification with one of those dogs.

We passed with flying colors but when we were done, I realized that my dog did not enjoy the process; that my tight parameters and micro-management was not how he deserved to live and not how I wanted to live with my dogs. This revelation further fed my need for more knowledge.

I began to assist local trainers with their obedience classes, and started to research everything I could about canine body language and behavior. I was in search of something. I did not know exactly what that 'something' was so I started to travel to training workshops and seminars, exposing myself to many different methodologies.

This search for knowledge led me to my first of many Training Between The Ears (TBTE) workshops with Mark McCabe. It rocked my world! This method of training was exactly what I was looking for, a complete game changer for me. After my first day of the seminar, I drove back to my hotel on an emotional rollercoaster. I was thinking about how I used to train and wishing that I had known about this system back then.

The TBTE method is a way to modify a dog's perception about its environment with the least amount of conflict possible. Being able to remove conflict while working with a dog spoke to my heart. Helping a dog learn to find true relaxation and a healthy emotional state spoke to my mind. When I can help change a dog's mind, and help it let go of anxiety and fear, obedience work can then become a fun event between the dog and handler rather than a chore that caps unwanted behaviors.

TBTE has been a true gift to me and has changed how I view dog training. Helping dogs and their owners' live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives was the 'something' that I had been looking for. I am proud to be a TBTE practitioner and am grateful for my mentors Mark McCabe and his wife Stephanie. I will be forever thankful that our paths crossed.

My husband and I volunteered for Big Dogs Big Hearts Rescue for many years, fostering over 50 dogs. We have taken in many special needs dogs with issues ranging from medical to behavioral and we have learned so much from the experience. This experience lead me to accepting the role of Foster Coordinator for the rescue and I was involved with the behavioral evaluation process for dogs seeking placement in our program.


CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
Certified in Dog Training Knowledge‚Äã

Mark McCabe - Training Between The Ears (TBTE)
Resolving Conflict in Human/Canine Relationships

Ashley Sculac - Canine Resistance Training (CRT)
Certified CRT Instructor

American Kennel Club (AKC)
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certified Trainer & Evaluator
AKC Canine Good Citizen Certified Trainer & Evaluator

Emergency Care & Safety Institute Pet First Aid & Disaster Response Course Certified

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior
Dog Trainer Foundations

Service areas: Greater Rochester NY Area


Rachel Weaver

My name is Rachel Weaver, founder of The Scholarly Dog. I'm passionate about helping clients and their dogs form better relationships and accomplish their training goals!

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We offer private classes and group classes.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Aggression, Separation Anxiety, Resource Guarding

Why I became a dog trainer: For the love of dogs and people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing humans and dogs connected

My #1 dog training tip: Practice makes permanence

Service areas: The Capital Region of NY


Ettel Edshteyn

I've been training for over a decade, specializing in fearful and aggressive dogs in NYC most of that time. I've worked with DOH cases, testified as an expert witness in a NYCHA case, work with NYCACC's Community Pets Program to offer free training to underserved communities, worked on Rikers Island with their Rikers Rovers program, work closely with veterinary behaviorists on complicated behavioral and medical cases, and do therapy work with my certified therapy dog.

I often say I came to dog training for the dogs and stayed for the people.


Karen Pryor Academy - CTP
Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in working with fearful and aggressive dogs and their people. Training can be in person in your neighborhood and home, or virtually. I also work with all pet dog behaviors, including puppy training, obedience training, manners, etc.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity is the most common concern I'm called about, to both people and dogs. Second is getting comfortable with new people. Fear of being outside the apartment, guarding high value resources, leash manners, barking at home, being handled, getting comfortable with children/new babies are also very common.

Training methods: I focus on motivating dogs and their owners. I don't use or recommend corrective collars, and instead work on setting everyone up to get things right and supporting good choices. Dog training is often much more than just behavior, and I take time to see if there might be a need to bring in other specialists, especially regarding medical concerns. I don't use cookie cutter programs and everything we work on is tailored to each client and their individual needs and preferences.

Why I became a dog trainer: My heart and soul dog, Charlie (a black Poodle), had significant separation anxiety. I was in graduate school studying English Literature at the time. I spent most of my time working with my dog on his behavior and learning about dog behavior while working at a boarding kennel, and later starting a dog walking business. Eventually I decided I wanted to pursue dog training instead of academia and left graduate school for dog training school!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Supporting owners and helping them feel like there's hope.

My #1 dog training tip: Reward the heck out of what you want to see more of your dog doing on a daily basis.

Service areas: Queens
Long Island City


Benah Stiewing

A lifelong animal geek, I first started training dogs at the age of 12 with my Toy Poodle, Kodi. I quickly became completely obsessed, and absorbed as much information as I possibly could. Kodi was an excellent first teacher - he was unmotivated and fearful.

Determined to be a team, I sought help from talented trainers and slowly started to broaden and deepen my knowledge of canine behavior. Years later, Kodi earned his Master Agility Champion title. I have trained with many master animal trainers and devoted myself to becoming the best possible advocate for every dog. I have worked in animal rescues, boarding facilities, and studied under some of the world's top agility competitors.

In 2015, I brought home Mojo, my first Border Collie, who has been a devoted and accomplished teammate. From a young age, Mojo demonstrated aggression and anxiety and I had to quickly learn how to be his best advocate. Under leading trainers, I dove deeper into canine behavior and communication than ever before, and haven't looked back since.

I understand that relationship-building, fluid communication, and trust are the fundamental building blocks for every human-dog relationship. In order for our dogs and us to work in unison, there must be inherent value and trust in the relationship. We build this through understanding our dog's needs and desires and advocating for such as best we can. I have supported many teams in reaching goals and overcoming barriers, but my favorite moment will always be when a team is able to effectively communicate and experience joy in their work together.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I provide a vast range of services to fit you and your dog's needs. At this time, the majority of my work is conducted remotely through Summit Dog Training - I do still offer limited in-person training in Columbia County, NY. I work with puppies, adult dogs, nervous dogs, high-energy dogs, reactive dogs, and more. I am a positive reinforcement based trainer and am committed to the well being and success of each and every one of my clients.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, human reactivity, transition stress, and mild aggression cases.

Training methods: When we begin working together, we become a team committed to your dog's success. I provide detailed training plans and flexible scheduling. My training is extremely flexible based on your needs and experience level.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2018

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Creating solid lines of communication between human and dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce your dog for desired behaviors!

Service areas: Columbia County, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Chatham, NY
Hudson, NY
Hillsdale, NY,
New York, NY
Fort Collins, NY


Kristen Hanley

My name is Kristen and I am the owner of Dogology WNY. In addition to being a dog trainer and behavior consultant, I am a licensed mental health counselor and have been working in this field for ~15 years. I have a BS in psychology and English from SUNY Geneseo and an MS in mental health counseling from Canisius College.

For the past 10+ years I have been an active volunteer in local rescue. That started when I saw a dog posted on Facebook that needed a foster - he was first on a rural shelter's euthanasia list because he had been surrendered by his owners (so there was no hold time, like there is for strays). He looked just like our resident dog at the time, and became our first foster dog - and our first 'foster failure'.

Since then we have fostered over 80 dogs (and only 'failed' twice more). But that first foster failure dog - Gideon - had some fear and reactivity issues that began my dog training journey and lead me to pursue training and behavior as a second career - eventually enrolling in Victoria Stilwell's Academy for Dog Training and Behavior and then pursuing my certification with the Council for Professional Dog Trainers and accreditation with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

I continue to be active in rescue; and in addition to fostering and helping with behavior and training, have had roles including direct care and training of dogs in the rescue/shelter, mentoring new volunteers, and working with adoptive families to find a good match for their homes.

I currently live with my four dogs and husband in Niagara County. My dogs have titles in dock jumping, barn hunt, nose work, CGC, and my oldest and best boy is a therapy dog with TDI and the SPCA's Paws for Love Program.

Certifications: CPDT, ADT, FDM

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, & puppy development

Training methods: Please visit for info about my training process.

Why I became a dog trainer: I am passionate about helping dogs and people have a better life together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and people improve their bond.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog's needs.

Service areas: Buffalo & North Towns including Niagara County


Kizz Robinson

I love living in Brooklyn because there's nowhere else like it. Dogs don't always love the same sights, sounds, and surprises that I do. I have extensive experience helping dogs feel safer in a place that serves up a lot of surprising and sometimes worrisome experiences to our dogs.

As a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, I focus on discovering the causes of behavior and working to change our dogs' associations with the things that trigger their reactions. This is how we change behavior for the long haul.

I've got your back so that you can concentrate on training and enjoying your dog. I support you through the changes you will need to make to reach your training goals by providing detailed homework emails after our sessions and email support between sessions.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CDBC title by the IAABC

Services include:

  • Puppy training


Viviane Arzoumanian

Vivane has been training dogs and conducting behavior consultations since 2005. She is her clients' guide in all things having to do with dogs, whether they are animal professionals or family guardians. Viviane is a networker and values collaborating with other animal professionals in order to best serve her clients and colleagues. If she doesn't have a resource someone needs, she will use her ever expanding
network to find it for them.

Coaching humans has always been Viviane's passion. In recent years she has increased her focus on the human side of dog training and behavior. If the human's don't change their behavior then dogs can't either.

Viviane offers coaching and guidance in an atmosphere of compassion and
safety. Her clients include both pet guardians and a range of dog
professionals needing resources or a sounding board for finding new or
tried and true ideas for puzzling out difficult cases. She is available for
a full range of conversations including case review, referrals to other
professionals, and discussion of quality of life for humans and canines
living together. This includes consideration of humane euthanasia due to
age, illness or behavioral concerns.

Viviane sees dogs and their families for the full range of needs from
puppyhood to old age on a case by case basis.

She has been educated by well respected professionals in her field and by
thousands of clients and their dogs, and she learns something new every day!


Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, CPDT-KA, Certified Behavior Adjustment
Training Instructor, Pat Miller Certified Trainer - 2, Licensed Family Dog
Mediator in Behavior and Training

Services include:

- Aggressive dog training
- In home training
- Reactive dog training
- Off leash training
- Puppy training
- Free Ask The Trainer Zoom session - offered weekly

More info about service provided: Virtual group classes for puppies and
adolescent dogs, scent work classes, private training for the full range of
dog issues including separation anxiety and reactivity, babies and dogs
living together and counseling for difficult decisions.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, sound sensitivity, separation anxiety, babies
and dogs, aggression toward people and dogs.

Training methods: All training is based on force free, positive
reinforcement principles, understanding what motivates the dog, and the
interplay between genetics and environment in solving behavior problems.
Viviane works with clients virtually and in person. She offers behavior
consultations, comprehensive training plans, and hands-on work with dogs.

Why she became a dog trainer: Viviane's first dog as an adult needed some
special training help and she got hooked on training. She then studied with
many well respected trainers to gain the knowledge and skills she needed to
serve her clients.

Favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping improve the relationship
between humans and their canine companions.

#1 dog training tip: Dogs are learning every second of the day. Training
and relationship building should be incorporated into all the activities of
daily life, and it's so much easier than it sounds!

Service areas: We offer virtual services in order to serve the entire
United States and beyond.


Russell Hollier

Russ is a Karen Pryor Academy Graduate. KPA graduates participate in an extensive educational program culminating in a detailed assessment of their technical ability and hands-on skill teaching pet owners and training pet dogs.

Successful candidates must complete the program, earn the equivalent of an A on each component of the assessment, and pledge to uphold the high standards and practices of Karen Pryor Academy.


Russ has been a Region Coordinator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB), and has raised thirteen guide dogs for GEB. He has prepared new puppy-raisers for their first puppy and has taught weekly classes to the volunteer puppy-raisers until their dogs returned to the training school.

Russ is a retired social worker and has worked for over 25 years in the human services profession. As a therapist and clinical supervisor, he has provided services to people overcoming addictions and mental illness, and to those resolving family conflict. Russ's career has reinforced his belief in the resiliency of people and the power of positive relationships.

Growing up on a small farm in central New York, Russ has always been drawn to nature and relationships with animals. Russ learned to relate with animals in a calm, consistent, and rewarding manner while helping his father shepherd sheep and care for other livestock and companion animals.

Russ learned that working with animals is a sacred experience, that their needs come first, and that if you pay attention you learn a great deal about yourself in the process. Russ's concern for animals was advanced in his training as a bereavement counselor to assist families through the difficult time of the loss of a loved family pet.

Being a professional dog trainer is a natural integration of Russ's human service career, guide dog experience, and animal affinity.

Russ holds a MS in social work from Marywood University, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and a BS in education, with a major in outdoor recreation, from SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York. He lives near Ithaca, New York, with his wife and offfice manager Beth, Toby a retired guide dog and therapy dog, Larkin a Great Dane, Zena the wonder cat and Pippin a Chihuahua

Certifications: Graduate Karen Pryor Academy

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Obedience amd Manners, Clicker Training, Problem Behaviors, Distraction Training, Reactive Dog Training Psychiatric. Service Dog Training, Private In-home Training

Behavioral issue focus: Anxious and Fearful Dogs, High Arousal Dogs, Adolescent Dogs, Home and Community Manners, Select Cases of Aggression

Training methods: Positive Force Free Training, Clicker Training,

Why I became a dog trainer: To Teach people and their canine companions how to develop and maintain safe, respectful, and deeply satisfying relationships for a lifetime.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Human and canine needs are much the same; beyond just surviving we both seek relationship. Together we are motivated to love and be loved, connected to others, driven to have a sense of competence, to act with freedom and experience joy and fun. When we develop ourselves and train our dogs with these principles in mind training is fun, respectful and fulfilling for both the dog and their human companion.

My #1 dog training tip: Give your dog time to think and strive for consistency in your training. Have fun.

Service areas: Ithaca New York, Tompkins County


Ben Bennink

Ben has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer since 2012 and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant since 2018. In December 2019 he earned a BS in Biology and Psychology, and in December 2020 an MS in Biology, focusing on the influences of Neurobiology on reinforcement learning and behavior. His certifications require demonstrated expertise in the field and dedication to continued education.

He is also a professional premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has served on the APDT's Education Committee, Membership Task Force, Legislative Task Force, and Ethics Committee. On January 1, 2020, he began service to a one-year elected term on the APDT Board of Directors. He was then unanimously elected to the executive path on the Board, serving as Secretary/Treasurer in 2021 and Vice Chair in 2022.

He is committed to excellence in training and utilizes the most up-to-date methods in the industry to provide clients with convenient and effective solutions to create a more harmonious home with their dogs.

Certifications: MS, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Off leash training

All training with Good Doggy Saratoga is done privately in-home using Progressive Reinforcement methods. Training is in-home to allow for fully personalized lessons, ensuring that everything we do is convenient and effective to meet your individual needs. We don't believe in one-size-fits all solutions. Your dog will be learning new behaviors in the environment they'll be using them instead of a classroom.

Progressive Reinforcement training utilizes the most up-to-date, scientifically accurate techniques to modify animal behavior while remaining free of compulsion. Proactive interruption and instruction is used instead of reactive punishment techniques. Your dog is treated as a thinking and feeling individual and given autonomy of choice to maximize confidence in their newly learned skills. The end result is an extremely effective lesson plan and a dog that loves to work with you!

Service areas: Mechanicville, NY


Ferdie Yau

Ferdie Yau has an MA in Conservation Biology from Columbia University (2007) and a BS in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan (1998). He is the Staff Trainer at the Humane Society of Westchester and an instructor at CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. Ferdie studies urban coyote behavior and population dynamics with the Gotham Coyote Project.

Ferdie was a zookeeper and trainer both the Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo from 2002 to 2005 where he trained dozens of exotic species including California sea lions, river otters, Arctic foxes and polar bears. His approach to behavior training and animal welfare was deeply influenced by his experience caring for Gus, the iconic polar bear of the Central Park Zoo. Gus was labeled 'neurotic' by the public and media because he repetitively swam laps around the pool. Refusing to watch him suffer, Ferdie pioneered the development and implementation of a progressive training and enrichment program for the polar bears that reduced stereotypic behaviors related to stress and anxiety.

Ferdie’s graduate research led him deep into the jungles of Belize in 2006 to study the behavior and population dynamics of jaguar and their prey. Following graduation from Columbia University, Ferdie went on to become an ecologist for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, where he implemented and managed multi-million dollar projects to protect and restore natural habitats and wildlife to the Bronx River from 2009 to 2013.

Ferdie has been training dogs and educating their humans in New York City and Westchester County in NY since 2007. He founded Sits & Wiggles Dog Training in 2009 and joined Behavior Vets in 2020. In his role as the Director of Shelter and Community Outreach Ferdie fights for better animal welfare and improved access and awareness of humane treatment and training methods for all animals.

Ferdie lives in the Bronx with his wife and retired coyote scat-detection terrier mix, Scout. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature, hiking, cooking, and eating well!

Certifications: MA, CPDT-KA


Bobbie Bhambree

Bobbie Bhambree (CDBC, CPDT-KA) is the Director of Education and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant at Behavior Vets. She is also a faculty member of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and Agility University. Bobbie started her career in 2003 as a pet behavior counselor with the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center. While there, she implemented behavior modification programs for dogs who had been surrendered by the public or seized by Humane Law Enforcement.

In 2007, Bobbie joined the Humane Society of Westchester, spending the next nine years as their shelter trainer. She created and implemented training and enrichment programs for the dogs, counseled adopters, trained volunteers, participated in community outreach programs, and performed evaluations.

In 2016, Bobbie joined the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY as the Director of Pet Behavior. During her tenure there, she managed a team of canine and feline trainers who focused on developing behavior modification and enrichment programs for the animals in the shelter. She also deployed for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team to work in the field, supporting the team with dog fighting busts, puppy mill cases, and hoarding cases.

In addition to this work, she founded and directed her own company, DogCentric Dog Training, helping people whose pet dogs experienced a wide spectrum of canine behavior issues. Bobbie presented at the Lemonade Conference, hosted by IAABC and Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and at the HeartDog International Wellbeing Summit in 2022.

Over the years, Bobbie has very successfully competed in agility in various venues with several of her dogs including, Marvel who came in third for Performance Speed Jumping and Performance Grand Prix at Mid-Atlantic Regionals in 2019. Bobbie has authored several articles for the agility-focused publication, Clean Run. She is passionate about working with dog sports teams struggling with behavior issues. Bobbie regularly teaches behavior workshops for the dog sports community, including a recent project called Brain Camp.

Bobbie currently shares her life with four terriers, one Pitbull, and a border collie/whippet mix (Tricky, Ziggy, Marvel, Heady Topper, Eleanor Rigby, and Phuncky) and a very supportive husband in southern New Jersey.

Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA


Tara Baggerman

Tara has loved -- and learned from -- animals since she was a toddler. Although she bonded with a variety of pets from gerbils and guinea pigs to cats and chickens, dogs were always Tara's favorite companions.
Although Tara never trained any of her childhood pooches for competitive dog sports (at the time she was not aware such things existed), it's not surprising that her adult life revolves around canines. A professional trainer for over a decade, Tara has worked with thousands of dogs of all breeds, ages and backgrounds.

Tara started out as a 'pet dog' trainer, primarily schooling her canine students in household manners. From there Tara expanded to trick-training and Rally Obedience. However, all along, Tara's passion has been dog agility! In the fall 2013 Tara left her day job to focus full time on her favorite k9 sport and FOLLOW THE LEDA AGILITY opened in Gansevoort,NY.

No matter what Tara is teaching she remains a positive dog trainer, and strongly believes learning should be both a challenging and an enjoyable experience for dogs and their human teammates. Tara has always believed that future agility puppies should be given a thorough "foundation education" before ever stepping a paw on equipment.

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Gansevoort,NY


Brianna Scarborough

Early Years: An Animal Lover From the Start

Brianna Scarborough has been an animal lover since even before she could speak. Growing up on Long Island, she always had a knack for discovering local strays and, like the pied piper of Oakdale, NY, she'd bring them all home to love (infinite thanks to her understanding mother and father). Once she even tried to take in a wild possum! The creature hissed and snarled at everyone else, but allowed itself to be held and snuggled by Brianna. Though her mother drew the line on keeping that one, buther future as an animal whisperer was clear from the start. Her love of all animals has led her to be mother to many, a plethora of dogs and dog breeds (such as Neapolitan Mastiff, Black Lab/German Shepherd, Boxer, Husky, Rottweiler, Pitbull, Sheltie, and a rainbow of mutts), horses, birds, cats, sugar gliders, chinchillas, and (after the possum), she once even had a pet skunk. If that isn't love we don't know what is!

Learning From a Pro (a love letter to Nietzsche)

Brianna says her Black Lab/German Shepherd cross, Nietzsche, was her best teacher.

She says, 'He was a wise and calm presence. We were together for 13 years. We were inseparable companions. He was kind and accepting of all creatures and incredibly smart. I learned the importance of remaining calm, especially when working with anxious or aggressive dogs. He taught me many valuable lessons about leadership and unconditional love.'

Equine to Canine: Translating Rehabilitation Techniques

Brianna has spent nearly 17 years training and riding horses. Her childhood love for animals developed into a more academic interest in animal communication and body language. She studied wild horse behavior and learned to train and rehabilitate horses through positive reinforcement, without force. She eventually became able to ride horses that previously couldn't be ridden, and learned from experience to help horses stop problematic behaviors. Seeing her methodologies pay off, she became eager to apply these same teachings to her work with dogs.

Making a Career Change

Despite corporate and executive success, Brianna felt unfulfilled and unhappy in her career. She felt her work was not the right fit for her desire to have a real and lasting impact in the world. She would leave her office job in NYC, late in the evening, and travel to the stable in Long Island to work with her therapy horses. She would wake up before the sun rose to do training work with rescue dogs before heading into work. It was here, in these quiet moments, seeing real change in animals lives for the better, that her next step became clear and the dream of Kapooch was formed. She studied wolf behavior and communication in the wild, drawing on her childhood love for animals and years of experience in horse training, and became a self-taught dog trainer.

Studying Under the Masters

After notable successes as a self-taught trainer Brianna wanted to delve into dog psychology even further. Many of Brianna's basic training philosophies paralleled that of world-renowned dog whisperer Cesar Millan, so in an effort to further her knowledge, she decided to learn from the master himself. In 2015 she studied with Cesar Millan at the beautiful Country Inn Pet Resort & Dog Psychology Center, in FL.

Brianna says, 'Learning from Cesar was life-changing. So much about canine therapy and training is about body language and energy focus, so simply being in Cesar's presence was invaluable. The experience has opened my eyes to a whole new realm of dog behavior and psychology.' Briana has taken her experience and integrated the knowledge Cesar passed on to her into her training regimens. Brianna has seen her training have a real and lasting impact on canines and the family 'pack'. 'It's all about achieving balance in the dog through energy, consistency, structure, and follow through', she says.

With a thirst for knowledge, and a boundless desire to help as many humans and dogs as possible, Brianna went on to study with other trainers to learn a variety of disciplines. She has even trained with one of the world's best gun and hunt dog trainers, Martin Deeley.

Brianna's Training Methodology

Brianna provides canine rehabilitation commonly working with dog-to-dog aggression, dog-to-human aggression, fearfulness, and anxiety, among other issues. In addition to rehabilitation, she provides basic training, and agility training. She primarily utilizes methods focusing on the energy of her canine and human clients. And employs a multidisciplinary approach based on dog psychology, human interaction, and natural canine communication. Her style is not formulaic: each dog requires its own unique approach.

A Commitment to Benevolence

Over the years, Brianna recognized the need for funding for quality organizations, which help animals in need. Brianna has always wished to help that process along in some way, which is why she's chosen to donate 5% of all proceeds to K9s For Warriors.

Additionally, Brianna donates her spare time to rehabilitating shelter dogs with behavioral issues that would otherwise be 'unadoptable' so that they too can find their loving forever home.

Services include:

  • Board and train

Training methods: Brianna provides canine rehabilitation commonly working with dog-to-dog aggression, dog-to-human aggression, fearfulness, and anxiety, among other issues. In addition to rehabilitation, she provides basic training, and agility training. She primarily utilizes methods focusing on the energy of her canine and human clients. And employs a multidisciplinary approach based on dog psychology, human interaction, and natural canine communication. Her style is not formulaic: each dog requires its own unique approach.

Why I became a dog trainer: Despite corporate and executive success, Brianna felt unfulfilled and unhappy in her career. She felt her work was not the right fit for her desire to have a real and lasting impact in the world. She would leave her office job in NYC, late in the evening, and travel to the stable in Long Island to work with her therapy horses. She would wake up before the sun rose to do training work with rescue dogs before heading into work. It was here, in these quiet moments, seeing real change in animals lives for the better, that her next step became clear and the dream of Kapooch was formed. She studied wolf behavior and communication in the wild, drawing on her childhood love for animals and years of experience in horse training, and became a self-taught dog trainer.


Bob Minchella

Bob Minchella has been involved with dog obedience and competition for over 35 years, and has been a professional dog trainer since 1986. He has trained in the United States, Canada and Germany with world renowned trainers and behaviorists. He also brings to the table nearly two decades of service at the Humane Society of Rochester, training over 40,000 dogs and working with countless families.

In addition to participating in dog obedience competitions across the country, Bob has trained dogs to assist handicapped individuals and has conducted seminars throughout the Northeast. He is also a veteran of the rescue efforts at the Lamar Dixon Emergency Animal Shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Bob dedicates his efforts towards solving problem behavior in dogs of all breeds and ages. He recognizes that each dog comes with its own temperament and personality and so do the dog owners.

Bob feels that there is no way to train any given dog/handler team. With an intelligent blend of pure positive/operant conditioning and proper application of inhibition, Bob's approach, "Is the most down to earth, sensible, and kindest that I have ever experienced." says long time dog owner and client Jan Teigen.Nationally-recognized by leading behaviorists and trainers across the country, Bob brings his high-caliber methods to the local Rochester area.

Brian Kilcommons, co-author of eight books and consultant to Comcast Pets On Demand, says "Bob is one of the most talented dog trainers I have the pleasure of knowing. His caring, knowledge and expertise has benefited thousands of dogs and people on a daily basis. I have the utmost respect for his efforts, commitment and knowledge achieving a better understanding with people and their canine companions.

Bob is the real deal." Most recently, Bob's behavior instruction inspired nationally-sought-after leadership consultants Sherri McArdle and Jim Ramerman to develop the book, Why Dogs Wag Their Tails: Lessons Leaders Can Learn About Work, Joy, and Life. McArdle writes in the book, "[he] showed me how to become the leader Scout needed me to be."Bob takes pride in working with people and their pets, solving behavior issues and preserving the bond between people and their pets.

Certifications: Professional dog trainer and has trained in the United States, Canada and Germany with world renowned trainers and behaviorists

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training


Mary Bradford

My career started in pet dog training under the mentorship of one of Rochester's most talented trainers. In 2009, I was certified through the former DTIP program. I have continued my formal education through workshops and seminars with some of the world's greatest trainers, including Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Sue Sternberg (to name a few). From 2014 to 2016, I lived in Maryland for my work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind preparing future guide dog puppies for their careers.

Although I have helped many Rochester area families with behavior modification services for fear, anxiety and aggression,

my passion is in training puppies and their people; getting their relationship started off right!

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification services for fear, anxiety and aggression


Kate Senisi

For over a decade, Kate's specialty has been working with urban behavior challenges including anxiety and aggression. Always taking an integrative approach, she loves to problem solve and create plans that are easy for guardians to implement and yield results.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Since 2011, School For The Dogs has been helping owners and their dogs thrive in New York City. Using humane, reinforcement-based training methods, our Certified Trainers will help you change your dog's behavior, cultivate leadership and improve your relationship. Train your dog with us in New York City at our East Village school, in your home, or virtually.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation Anxiety, Leash Pulling, Leash Reactivity, Aggression, Nipping, Jumping, Leash Walking, Anxiety, House-Training, Puppy Socialization, Resource Guarding, Basic Manners, Possessiveness, CGC Preparation, Tricks Training, Relaxation Techniques and more!

Training methods:

What kind of dog training do you do?
We like to simply call it 'good' dog training! It is 'good' because it works, 'good' in that it's kind, and also 'good' in that both people and dogs tend to enjoy it.

We strive to make training accessible to everyone, to give our clients easy-to-implement training protocols, and to solve behavioral problems with the least invasive, most humane and effective methods possible.

There are lots of other labels that can be applied to the kind of training we practice, among them: reward-based training, progressive reinforcement training, clicker training, and science-based training. It is perhaps most frequently referred to as Positive Reinforcement training. This label can be a little problematic for two reason. First, positive reinforcement is only one of many tools we have in our toolbox, and secondly, it is easy to misinterpret the 'positive' in this name as having something to do with smiley face emojis. The 'positive' in this context just refers to addition. It has nothing to do with being friendly and nice - two qualities that are not-essential to being a 'good' dog trainer. However, we do happen to be both friendly and nice!

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people communicate more effectively with their pet dogs!

Service areas: NYC and surrounding areas


Aron Winter

I have been working with animals, including dogs, for over 10 years. I was a pet sitter for many years before deciding to go back to school to be a dog trainer during the 2020 lockdown. I graduated from CATCH Canine Trainer's Academy and worked under Danielle Basciano at CNY Pet Training and Behavior in Syracuse, NY for several years. Recently, I purchased land in the Hudson Valley and now have my own business!

Certifications: CCTA Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT)

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer private dog training sessions at my training center in Hannacroix, NY or in your home. I offer training in everything from basic obedience to mild behavior issues. I also offer puppy socialization, behavior evaluations, basic manners classes and even dog walking!

Behavioral issue focus: Most behaviors issues I see in my area include on-leash reactivity and pulling, barking and separation issues.

Training methods: My training uses the LIMA method (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) and I use a positive reinforcement approach when working with dogs. I focus on teaching owners how to work with their dog and build a lasting relationship that will make both dog and owner happy.

Why I became a dog trainer: As a pet sitter, I saw a lot of room for improvement in my client's dogs and it awoke a desire to learn how to help people make positive changes in their relationships with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing the 'aha!' moments in both dogs and humans. When owners put forth the effort and do the work, it really pays off for everyone involved. Success is the goal and when I see dogs really starting to 'get it', it makes it all worth it.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't expect a quick fix. Understand that changing behavior in dogs (and humans!) takes time and consistency.

Service areas: I serve the Hudson Valley, including Albany, Colonie, New Baltimore, Hannacroix, Coxsackie, Ravena, Glenmont


Ani Bertot

CPDT-KA dog trainer, Ani Bertot Dog Training LLC, APDT Member, CPD Pet Psychology, KPA Foundations...but my friends call me "treat lady"

Certifications: CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Dog Camp, agility exercises, discdog, treibball, group training, socialization, behavior modification, exposure therapy, social psychology

Behavioral issue focus: social anxiety, play manners, leash etiquette, over-energetic, hyper-awareness, impulse control, sharpness, body awareness

Training methods: I like to curate a balanced group with 100% positive reinforcement training and supervision. My program consists of picking up a small dog pack and taking them to a safe outdoor space where the dogs get to socialize and bond and each pup gets their own individual sport-specific or behavioral conditioning training. I'm a very small company that can personally tailor a client's experience depending on a dogs' natural characteristics, needs, and benefit from the program.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because it feels like my calling and I'm happy to pick up every day.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I get to laugh. A lot.

My #1 dog training tip: Training never stops!

Service areas: Manhattan, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York, Long Island City, Hamptons, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Battery Park City, NYC


Ritsa Galitsis

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, fostering harmony between dogs and their guardians for over 20 years.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic Manners, Behavior Modification, Aggression

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Resource Guarding

Training methods: Positive Reinforcement Training methods, In-home training

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Strengthening the relationship between dogs and their guardians.

My #1 dog training tip: Notice and reward behaviors you want to see more of!

Service areas: Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, New York, Long Island


Ana Melara

Ana Melara has been working with dogs and their families for over two decades, originally in N.Y.C. and since 2001 here in Colorado.

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is TAGteach Advanced Certified. (This means that she's also very good at teaching people.)

She keeps herself current by attending and hosting various workshops, seminars and conferences. Her training techniques are founded on praise-based, dog-friendly and people-friendly methods, and a fundamental belief that, as dog guardians, we are responsible for their well-being and training. Whether she is teaching basic manners, puppy house-training or addressing a dog's aggression issues, Ana emphasises to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle guidance and loving leadership plays in their dog’s training.

Ana lives in Lakewood with her daughter and her two amazing dogs. Chaka, her 7 year old, brilliant, silly, crazy-pants trick dog and her youngest infant son; 5 year old Baldr, a sweet, baby Malinois/GSD X who has self appointed himself as the family therapist who drags around his queen sized woobie.

Ana can be reached by emailing [email protected], or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: basic manners, polite leash walking, potty training, coming when called, aggression management...

Behavioral issue focus: aggression, fear, over arousal...

Training methods: I train with praise-based, gentle methods. I see dogs and their people in person and virtually.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was put on this planet to help dogs to stay in their homes and to help homeless dogs to get a good home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs to be more lovingly understood.

My #1 dog training tip: Start training as soon as you get your dog or puppy.

Service areas: Denver Metro


Michele Monteiro

I is a CPDT certified dog trainer. I received my CPDT certificate in Obedience Training and Behavior Consultation. I began in the corporate world straight out of college but a couple years later realized my true calling was to work with animals. I took the leap and was paired with an amazing mentor and began my journey in dog training. I was certified within a year and never looked back.


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Pet Therapy
Good Canine Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: In home private training covering everything from basic puppy commands to Advanced obedience including off leash training, reactivity training and impulse control. I also teach group classes covering Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Impulse & Reactivity, Tricks & Agility.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with puppies and see their training through adulthood. I also work very often with reactive dogs & impulse control behaviors.

Training methods: My training plans are positive reinforcement and are always laid out very clear and concise for my clients to see and follow.

Why I became a dog trainer: I always knew my true calling was to work with animals, but that I needed to be as engaged with them as possible and training was the best option to do that. I love learning about dog behaviors and how to help them through an issues they are experiencing. Its truly amazing to meet a dog with behavioral issues and be able to help them and their owner get through those issues and come out so amazing on the other side.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part is getting to know the dog and build trust with them for them to understand I am there to help them have a more positive life.

My #1 dog training tip: Have patience and positivity while training your dog.

Service areas: Westchester County, Putnam County, Fairfield County


Tessa Romita

I offer training and behavior modification to people and their dogs. I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Control Unleashed Certified Instructor (CCUI) and an Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) also through the IAABC. I completed the Canine Behavior Science and Technology (CBST) program with excellence with the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) with James O'Heare, Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) course and Terry Ryan's Chicken Camp, as well as numerous graduate-level courses in behavior.

Certifications: CDBC, ADT, CPDT-KA, CCUI, TagTeach Level 1

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer in-home foundation and behavior modification training tailored to meet the needs of you and your dog.

Behavioral issue focus: My speciality is working with "fearful and aggressive dogs". However, the majority of the behavioral issues I work with are what I would consider life skills, such as waiting at open doors, coming when called, greeting with four feet on the floor.

Training methods: I offer an initial in-home assessment and training session during which we meet and review your goals. I will also give you some training homework to get you started. I then write-up a training plan that will guide our sessions and recommend that we meet weekly. Every week, you should see progress toward your final goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: Most trainers either grew up surrounded by dogs or adopted a dog with severe behavioral challenges. I'm of the latter camp. When I started making progress with my girl, it felt magical. I was changing the quality of her life (as well as ours). It was all I ever wanted to do from that point on.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: So many parts ... Observing the quality of life improve for both the dog and people is the most powerful.

My #1 dog training tip: It's all about relationship.

Service areas: Based in Stone Ridge, I offer services throughout the Hudson Valley


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Sniffspot New York Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are New York dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in New York as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these New York dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in New York?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the New York trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in New York cost?

New York dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a New York dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in New York you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in New York?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in New York was $36,025 per year and $17.32 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.

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