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Dog & Puppy Training Programs

//Dog & Puppy Training Programs
Dog & Puppy Training Programs 2017-12-11T17:46:02+00:00

North Shore Animal League America’s commitment to animals doesn’t end when our four-legged friends are adopted. Most behavior issues and concerns can be modified and/or controlled with proper guidance. We provide affordable, quality services that can help families struggling with behavioral and training issues, or assist new pet parents looking for some guidance in raising their new canine family member.

We offer a variety of classes taught by certified dog trainers from our dedicated Pet Behavior team at our Port Washington, N.Y. campus. Each six-week program is designed to make your furry friend the best canine companion they can be.

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This course will focus on socialization, which prevents many serious behavior problems, such as aggression and fear that may develop as your puppy matures.

  • We will slowly expose your puppy to other dogs and puppies for generalization, and hold playtime groups where you and your puppy will learn vital socialization skills. So as to foster good temperament, other dog owners will also handle your pet.
  • The curriculum will give you tips on socialization, household manners, house-training, nutrition and health, crate training, nipping and biting.
  • We also practice problem-prevention techniques to act as the foundation for a well-adjusted puppy.
  • Fee: Adopters $125, Non-Adopters $175
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In this class, we will be allowing puppies to play in order to continue their socialization and practice of talking dog. You will learn more about body language and how dogs communicate with each other, as well as humans.

  • Dogs will be taught to pay attention to their person to “sit”, “down”, and “come,” along with impulse control.
  • We will give you tips on socialization, household manners, house-training, nipping and biting.
  • We’ll also practice problem-prevention techniques to act as the foundation for a well-adjusted puppy.
  • Fee: Adopters $125, Non-Adopters $175
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This course is designed to teach pet parents the basics of dog training. The goal is to give you the information and skills you’ll need to provide your dog with the tools to become the best four-legged family member you ever had.

  • Behavior problems will be addressed.
  • Dog will be taught how to “sit & stay”, “down & stay”, “come”, leaving distractions, and “watch” cue.
  • Leash manners: How to walk on a loose leash, polite leash greeting, introducing “heel”.
  • Fee: Adopters $125, Non-Adopters $175
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Imagine arriving in a foreign country where nobody spoke English and you were asked to perform a task based on a 15-minute lecture outlining what was expected of you in intricate detail. Are you starting to get anxious? Now think about how your dog feels – English, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese – it’s all foreign to them. He or she speaks Dog, which is a much more simplistic language. And it’s a language, our Pet Behavior Team will help you understand so that your dog can communicate better with you, and you can communicate better with your dog. Depending on the behavioral issue, we can use behavior modification techniques or basic training to address your concerns, including:

  • Excessive Barking
  • Destructive Chewing
  • Housetraining
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Shyness and Fear
  • Counter Surfing
  • Jumping on People
  • Begging for Food
  • Pulling on Leash

You will also learn about canine body language so you will be able to better read your dog’s signals preceding reactive behavior, the right kind of equipment to help manage your dog’s aggression, and behaviors to teach your dog how to defer to you rather than react. We can address concerns such as:

  • Leash Lunging
  • Aggression towards people and other dogs
  • Food Aggression
  • Possession Aggression
  • Territorial Aggression
  • Body-Handling Issues

Fee for private sessions is $75 per hour.

To learn more about the Professional Behavior Training Program, call 516-883-7900 ext. 342 and ask to speak with a Behavior Specialist.

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Meet The Team

Dorit Shevach-Shani
Feline Behavioral Specialist and Enrichment Manager

Dorit has been with the North Shore Animal League America for over 16 years and has a wealth of hands-on feline experience. Throughout the years, Dorit has honed her skills in various areas of cat handling and behavior, and is responsible for writing and implementing individual feline behavior protocols for all the cats in our care. Dorit is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, and has successfully rehabilitated thousands of cats with behavior challenges throughout her years at Animal League America. In addition, as our Feline Enrichment Manager, Dorit ensures that all felines in the shelter experience the most happy and stable environment while they wait for their forever homes. Dorit also helps match potential adopters to the perfect cat or kitten for their home and family.

Erica Knors
Canine Enrichment Manager

Erica has been with North Shore Animal League America since 2010, first joining on as a volunteer, then transitioning into a kennel associate, and eventually a trainer. Currently she is Animal League America’s Canine Enrichment Manager. In her current position she is responsible for providing enrichment activities (play, relaxation, brain games, etc.) to our canines.

“I love seeing progress when training dogs, making placements, and providing comfort for the dogs having a hard time adjusting. My favorite thing is a tired dog. I love to see them play hard, work hard, then sleep hard!”

Tracy Mesisca
Dog Trainer

Tracy has been with North Shore Animal League America since 2014. She’s worked in animal welfare for seven years, previously with Bobbi and the Strays [Queens/Long Island Animal Adoption Center]. After working in accounting for most of her adult life, she began working with animals professionally after her first rescue pet needed some extra love and care with his behavior. The experience training her own dog helped Tracy realize her true calling.

“I love working with the more challenging cases because it’s very rewarding when you see them make progress. I also love running play groups, and I try to treat all of the animals here like they are my own.”

Brittany Savine
Dog Trainer

Hired in December of 2016, Brittany is the newest member of North Shore Animal League America’s Pet Behavior team. Having worked as a bather, a dog walker, dog park attendant, a dog sitter, and most recently, a trainer, Brittany brings a vast skill set to the department.

“I have always loved animals. I’m the person who asks everyone if I can pet their dog every time I see one, so having the opportunity to work here is a dream come true. My favorite part of working with animals is that once you gain their trust they love you unconditionally, and of course the feeling is mutual.”