dog-444929_1280

NYC Dog Training & Parks

Not every owner in this city is the Dog Whisperer and not every hound is best in show. Hence the 4,000 dog bites happening every year. But Spot can change!
If the Westminster Dog Show NYC hosts in February is making you feel guilty about the state of your pup’s education, don’t despair! We know a few professionals who can help teach you and your dog everything you need for a peaceful life together. We can also show you how to make dog training one of the best free things to do in New York City by pointing you to complimentary classes, playgroups, and dog parks where you can practice the tips and tricks you’ve learned.

The Best Dog Trainers by Borough

If you’re the proud caretaker of one of the city’s 500,000 canine residents, why not add some one-on-one or group training to your agenda of fun things to do in NYC today? Even a few sessions with a professional can turn your dog from an enemy into man’s best friend—or simply prevent future issues.

The following trainers have perfect 5-star ratings in Yelp, Google+, or YellowPages.com – this is the cream of the crop, the best NYC dog training there is. We’ve only included one professional per region whose lessons we’d be comfortable adding to our own NYC events calendar, but there are, of course, dozens more.  Look out for our upcoming full list of the best dog training NYC has to offer, along with business details and information about extra services like pet sitting, dog walking, and owner seminars.

 

 


Manhattan.

 

GREENWICH VILLAGE: IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

Owner: Elena Gretch
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

 

MIDTOWN EAST: SHELBY SEMEL DOG TRAINING

Owner: Shelby Semel
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

UPPER EAST SIDE / SOHO: ANDREA ARDEN DOG TRAINING

Owner: Andrea Arden
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

 

UPPER WEST SIDE: STAR PAWS

 -

Owner: Tammy Karecki
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? No

 

WEST VILLAGE: DAPPER DOG TRAINING

Owner: Jessica Jacobson
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

 


Brooklyn.

 

PARK SLOPE: CALM ENERGY DOG TRAINING

Calm Energy Dog Training

Owner: Anthony Newman
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

WILLIAMSBURG: EMPIRE OF THE DOG

Owner: Denise Herman
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 

 


Bronx.

 

BRONX-WIDE: SITS & WIGGLES DOG TRAINING

Owner: Ferdie Yau
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? No

 

 


Queens.

 

ASTORIA: GOOD TO THE BONE

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 5.35.36 PM

Owner: Wendy DeSarno
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? Yes

 


Staten Island.

 

STATEN ISLAND-WIDE: BACK 2 BASICS DOG TRAINING INC.

 

Owner: Elli Barbosa
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? No

 

 


New Jersey.

 

HOBOKEN: WOOFGANG LLC

Owner: Laura Garber
Private Sessions? Yes
Group Classes? No

 

 


 

 

dog-568118_1280

NYC Dog Parks

What if you and your dog have already been through some education—and now it’s time to practice (or test) what you’ve learned? If you’re wondering what to do in NYC today with your pup, consider taking them to one of the hundreds of dog parks NYC has to offer. (And if you just LOVE parks, you might also want to go to one of NYC’s many community gardens, botanical gardens, or free flower gardens.)

How to Find the Closest Park

The NYC Parks website lists each dog run and off-leash area in the five boroughs, along with rules, maps, and a listing of dog groups in the city. While opinions on the best dog parks in NYC vary widely, the city has a lot to offer any kind of dog and owner.

Of course, there are both risks and benefits in taking your dog to the canine equivalent of an elementary school playground. Dogs, like the rest of us, need physical, mental, and social exercise. Off-leash parks give them a chance to get out and burn off some pent-up energy. On the other hand, dogs can also get overwhelmed, sick, or threatened in crowded public places.

Tips for Taking Your Pup to the Park

The ASPCA recommends bringing well-socialized, healthy dogs—preferably young and preferably spayed/neutered—and considering leaving “dog dorks,” bullies, unvaccinated puppies, and anxious dogs of any age at home. If you’re looking for a new park to visit, or if your dog is a newbie to the social canine scene, check out the ASPCA website for tips on making your experience safe and pleasant for both you and your pet.

If you do have an anxious, aggressive, or unsocialized dog, don’t run off to an off-leash park just yet, but don’t lose hope either. Good professional training—including free lessons and cheap consultations—can strengthen your relationship with your dog and, as a result, your dog’s relationship with the world at large. While not every pooch has the potential to be best in show at Westminster, the vast majority are capable of living peaceful, happy lives at the feet of well-trained owners.



There are no comments

Add yours