"FROM PUPPIES TO POLICE DOGS, WE TRAIN THEM ALL!"
Agility is a fun and fast paced sport where the dog is directed through an obstacle course by its handler. It's great for high energy dogs that need a job and we will train you for fun or if your goal is to compete.
Scent work is a great way to keep your dog's brain busy no matter what the season or weather. It consists of the dog finding a specific odor and alerting the handler. We will train you for nose work competition or just for fun.
Our group obedience classes will help your dog become reliable with all the basic commands despite distractions. We offer 6 levels of group obedience classes. Puppies can be started as young as 10 weeks old.
Rally Obedience is a version of competition obedience that mixes some agility elements, some traditional obedience elements and some tricks all into a course that dog and handler navigate together. Rally can be a fun way to break in to the competition world with your dog.
We offer bite work with our decoy for many different protection sports as well as personal protection. Our trainers actively compete in both W.D.A. and French Ring trials. We are comfortable working all breeds.
Do you want to learn how to show your dog? We offer a conformation practice class so that dogs and handlers can get used to the potential distractions that they will encounter in the conformation ring. Get prepared for your next show!
Happy Ratters is an organization similar to Barn Hunt where dogs sniff out safely contained rats in an "urban" environment rather than hay. Titles can be earned and it can also be a great outlet for your dog's natural prey drive instincts.
Does your dog need to shed a few extra pounds to get healthier? Do you have a sport you'd like to get your dog in shape to try? Or maybe you just need to tire your dog out ... our canine fitness classes could be a great choice! We have 2 treadmills, a slat mill and work with Fit Paws equipment!
DAY CARE PROGRAM
Tired dogs are good dogs! We now offer a canine daycare program where your dog can come and play with other dogs while being supervised by trainers and staff that are well versed in all aspects of canine body language and behavior. Your dog can even receive obedience training during the day while you work! All dogs must first pass a behavior evaluation with a trainer before being cleared to attend.
Does your dog have aggression issues with people or other dogs? Is he/she reactive or anxious while you walk down the street? Do you feel like you don't know if there is even hope to have a well behaved dog? We can help!!! Contact us for an evaluation today!!!
Does your schedule prevent you from getting in to a group class? Do you learn better one on one? We offer private lessons both in home and at our training center for basic obedience or problem behaviors.
Resistance training in the form of weight pull has been proven to help calm down anxious or excitable dogs. You can learn to compete or use weight pull just to give your dog an outlet for excess energy. You could even train your dog to pull in your fire wood for you!
MEET OUR TRAINERS
John Rose Nathalie Lussier Laura Yaghy
My career as a professional dog trainer started about 18 years ago after being involved with dogs my entire childhood. I started out as a Junior Handler in AKC Conformation and moved on to many different competitive dog sports including, Obedience, Agility, Rally, Weight Pulling, Nose Work, Protection Work, and ADBA Top Dog Events. I have been the director of Response-A-Bull Pit Bull Rescue INC. for bull breed mixes and American Pit Bull Terriers for over 10 years and successfully placed many dogs in new homes. My specialties include basic obedience, aggression, reactivity, anxiety and other behavior problems. I was certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, am an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, am the Vice President of the ADBA Empire State Working Dog Club and am also an ADBA Top Dog Event Judge. I have owned many breeds over the years including many mixes, a Lab, Beagles, Dogo Argentino, Standard Poodle, Australian Cattle Dog, Doberman, Dutch Shepherd, and my main love the American Pit Bull Terrier. I currently compete in various sports with my current group of dogs which include American Pit Bull Terriers, a Doberman and a Dutch Shepherd.
I started training with my first dog, a black Lab in 1986. I learned all sorts of sports with him including Obedience, Flyball, Tracking, Agility and even Bitework. I then acquired German Shepherds for Schutzhund work (German Police dog training.) I also owned a Beligian Malinois and currently a Toller (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.) I did Freestyle and eventually became a judge for the World Canine Freestyle Organization. I now own and breed Schipperkes and in addition to the Toller earned international titles in Conformation, Agility, and Obedience among other sports. Throughout the years, I perfected my skills in Agility, Obedience, and Rally and taught my dogs many tricks. I have participated in pet therapy for over 15 years and did demonstrations for many different organizations. I currently teach Nosework (or Scentwork,) Agility, Rally, Happy Ratters, and Conformation. I am a judge for American Kennel Club and Performance Scent Dog nose work organizations. I am also a Canine Good Citizen, Farm Dog and Trick Dog Evaluator for AKC. In addition to the sport classes I am also a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. In those thirty some years of training and teaching, I have learned a variety of methods and worked with many different breeds and temperaments. I find it VERY rewarding when my students excel in their sports of choice some with their first dog ever and some who are more seasoned trainers.
I started training dogs professionally in 1991. At that time, I was training mostly pet dogs but was drawn more to high level control and protection work. In 1995 I opened a pet store where we sold food, supplies, did some grooming and training. In 2000, after selling the store, I moved upstate and opened a kennel where we boarded, trained and groomed dogs. I also bred working American Bulldogs. That is when I started competing in dog sports. I wanted to test myself to prove my training method was worthy of the highest levels of competition. In 2006, I stopped boarding and grooming dogs to focus on my passions; American Bulldogs and training. In the next 12 years , I titled many dogs and placed in many of the trials I competed in.