Dog Training

Pawsitively Waggin’ Academy is a Force Free, science based, R+ dog training company based in the beautiful New York City. We offer obedience training, proper walking skills, AKC Trick Dog, service dog, therapy, AKC CGC, confidence building, Board & Train, Impulse Control, Separation Anxiety Training and so much more.

Why Force Free?

Force free dog training is the ONLY form of dog training that is backed up by science. Now, what does this mean?

Stress Free, Fear Free, Force Free

  • Force free dog training uses positive reinforcement as well as the science backed safe portions of the Operant Conditioning Quadrant in order to teach your dog to be the best version of him/herself.
  • Force Free dog training strengthens the human-dog bond, leading to better relationships at home between ourselves and our canine companions.
  • Force Free dog training does NOT use fear tactics to force dogs to obey.
    • Fear tactics using Positive Punishment (adding a stimulus to decrease behavior) have been proven to increase aggression, anxiety, and escape/avoidance of the owner

What does Science-Based dog training mean?

Check out what the AVSAB has to say about punishment and the dominance theory:

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior.

Ready to get started?

Contact us for information via email at michelledogtrainingnyc@gmail.com
Phone: 917-407-2553
IG: @PWAdogtraining
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New Clients Please do the following:

  • Email us at michelledogtrainingnyc@gmail.com
    • With your email decide on what program you would like to enroll your dog in!
      • Not sure what your dog needs? Contact us today!
  • Contact us to schedule an appointment!

Our Programs

Private Training Sessions

Our Private training sessions are designed to help you with man’s best friend in the comfort of your own home – which is often where the problems begin. These classes can be done in your home, your neighborhood, or a neighborhood park to work your dog for a variety of issues.

Length: 1 Hour unless otherwise stated

Cost: Contact us for information. Discounted packages available (Our most popular package: Foundation Skills Package 5 classes)

  • Puppy problems: nipping, potty training, foundation skills, socialization, husbandry
  • Pre Puppy/ Pre adoption education: How to set up your home for success
  • Crate Training
  • Foundation skills: sit, down, stay, come, leave it, drop it, place, leash walking success
  • Leash Skills
  • Impulse Control
  • Confidence Building
  • Enrichment

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Behavior Modification

Our behavior modification sessions are also held in the comfort of your own home. These classes can be done in your home, your neighborhood, or a neighborhood park to work your dog for a variety of issues.

Length: 1 Hour unless otherwise stated

Cost: Contact us for information. Each case is different and each dog requires a different B-Mod package. Contact us for information. Discounted packages available (Our most popular package: Foundation Skills Package 5 classes)

  • Reactivity
    • Door reactivity
    • People Reactivity
    • Dog reactivity
    • Car reactivity
  • Fearful Behavior
    • Dog/dog fear
    • People fear
    • Noise/object phobias
  • Anxiety
    • Seperation Anxiety
      • For Seperation Anxiety we offer Skype sessions which allows for us to tackle your dog’s SA with the help of technology. This gives us the advantage of making optimal progress with your dog throughout the training process. Contact us for information!
    • Situational anxiety
  • Resource Guarding
  • Attention Seeking Behaviors
  • Help! I’m on my third couch!
    • Destructive behaviors
  • Confidence Building

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Board & Train

Our board & train program is held in our home. This program is designed for dog owners who want a jump start on their dog’s education, or for those that have dogs who need to work on specific behaviors. We begin this process by interviewing and meeting your family and your dog to get down to where the problems lay.

Includes:

  • Daily updates of your dog’s progress
  • Written reports emailed weekly
  • Video recorded sessions uploaded to our youtube platform
  • 1 hour post-boarding session to make sure you can continue reinforcement after your dog leaves the program

Length: Minimum of 1 week, Maximum 2 weeks

Cost: $1050 not including tax for 1 week, $2100 not including tax for 2 weeks

Specialties: Trick Dog & Service Dog Tasks

Are you in need of a service dog due to disability? Do you currently have a service dog in training and need help with task work? We’re here to help! These classes can be done in your home, your neighborhood, or a neighborhood park to work your dog up to taking a PAT.

Are you interested in your dog being the talk of the town? Michelle Belio, CPDT-KA is a proud evaluator for AKC Trick Dog! If interested in this please check out the AKC website!

Length: 1 Hour unless otherwise stated

Cost: Contact us for information. Each case is different and each dog requires a different package. Contact us for information. Discounted packages available (Our most popular package: Foundation Skills Package 5 classes).

  • Locate objects on command
  • Alert to specific sounds at home or away from home
  • Retrieve based tasks
  • Carrying Based tasks
  • Mobility Assistance
  • DPT
  • Prepare for Public Access Test
  • Find _____
    • And more, need a specific task? Contact us for information.

Group Classes

Our Group training sessions are designed to help you with man’s best friend in the outside world environment! Dog’s do not generalize and it is important to teach them in a variety of settings to set them up for success.

Length: This class will contain 4 sessions (1 hour each) at 4 different locations in Queens and Nassau!

Cost: $150 not including tax includes:

  • 4 group sessions for an hour each (exact dates to be announced in the next week)
  • “In Training” Vest to be used for training sessions and training sessions for home use
  • Written reports per session detailed about your dog
  • Access to extra homework/opportunities via online portal

Your dog must be:

  • Up to date on Vaccinations: We will need them prior to the first class
  • MUST have a foundation in training (sit, down, stay, come, leave it, drop it, basic leash skills)
  • Friendly! Only friendly dogs will be accepted into this group class. We will be holding a separate group class for reactivity soon.

This class is great for clients who:

  • Are looking to take the AKC CGC exam
  • Want their dog to be well behaved in public
  • Need to learn how to communicate with their dog in a world filled with distractions

Want to know if your dog qualifies for this class? Contact us today!

Contact us to be put on the list (Please state in the comment that you are interested in Group Class Lessons). Let us know if you would like to be sent a class contract to fill out. We will only be accepting 4 dogs for this “out and about” class.

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