K9 Mania Dog Trainers & Facility Staff

Our mission is to provide exceptional and progressive balanced dog training, with the highest quality service. The goal is to allow our clients to have a better experience by unleashing their dog’s true potential and guiding dog owners.

The process includes helping dog owners understand, communicate, work with their dogs, resolve training challenges and behavior problems in a real world setting.

We have a team of dog trainers and dog behaviorists in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan areas with the passion of helping dog owners achieve a happy and harmonious relationship with their dogs.

From the simplest to most severe behavioral problems, K9 Mania dog training will consistently deliver results that are proven to exceed our clients’ expectations.

We work with all breeds, any dog, and any problem. If you are ready to transform your dog and your life, we are ready to help!

Elliot Rosenberg

Elliot Rosenberg

Owner/ Head Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Born in Long Island, Elliot Rosenberg is a Certified Master Trainer and Behaviorist who joins positive reinforcement with balanced training methods to instill trust and respect in the dogs he trains.

For over 10 years he has rehabilitated and trained hundreds of happy dogs to compete professionally in obedience, tracking, herding, agility, and protection sport. Fostering a lifelong love for learning how dogs communicate, he coaches dog trainers and pet parents on basic and advanced obedience, search and rescue, and behavior modification.

Previously Elliot spent 7 years in Costa Rica training high-drive (working) dogs in a variety of dog sports. But his passion remains with owners who are desperate for help. Highly skilled in the diagnosis of behavior issues in dogs with aggression, fear, and separation anxiety, Elliot puts together specialized individual programs to tackle each problem.

Elliot holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Queens College. His best pet memories are of his Dutch Shepherds, Momba and Sergeant, whom he trained in elite search and rescue, and his German Shepherd, Troy Hartis, who he competed with internationally in Schutzhund and IPO/IGP dog sport.

Ashlee Ottaviano - Head Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviorist

Ashlee Ottaviano

Head Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Ashlee Ottaviano is an outstanding dog trainer and animal lover with over 5 years of experience modifying dog behavior. As a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Ashlee is familiar with the best standards for good dog behavior and responsible dog ownership. She has been putting her knowledge to good use by helping owners build better, more harmonious relationships with their dogs.

Even before becoming a dog trainer, Ashlee already had a knack for calming aggressive dogs. She had started out working with dogs as a kennel technician during her vet technician program, where she mainly worked as a behaviorist. Her passion for helping dogs eventually had her shifting gears and joining an apprenticeship program where she primarily worked on behavior modification.

Growing up surrounded by animals and animal lovers, Ashlee believes in looking at every dog as a unique being with unique needs. For Ashlee, the first step in dog training is understanding the dog’s behavior. As a balanced dog trainer, she favors training techniques that encourage building good relationships between dogs and their owners.

To her, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is watching a dog successfully learn something new—especially if it’s to help the dog overcome severe fear and fear aggression issues.

“Show what you want to see in your dog. Owners tend to think dogs don’t know what the right behaviors are, or think that they are ‘bad’ when it’s really that they haven’t established a form of communication and shown them when certain behaviors are considered appropriate.” — Ashlee’s training tip for dog owners

Ashlee is also the proud owner of an eleven-year-old blue nose American Staffordshire and a five-year-old American pitbull, both rescued dogs she trained and rehabilitated herself. Being the owner of rescue dogs herself, Ashlee has a lot of sympathy for owners concerned about their dogs being fearful or aggressive and delights at the opportunity to help them.

Jake Muller - Head Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviorist

Jake Muller

Head Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Jake Muller is a Certified Dog Trainer from Oceanside, whose family has been raising award-winning show dogs all his life. Surrounded by these skilled trainers, understanding dogs became second nature, which is why he has spent the last 5 years working with dogs to help improve their behavior and help them live happier lives.

Working at K9 Mania Dog Training, Jake has touched the lives of so many fur parents by helping them with their dog’s behavioral issues. Thanks to his presence at our dog training facility in Deer Park, Long Island, he helps transform even more lives along with everyone else on the staff.

One of the recent families he’s helped is a German Sheperd Collie mix named Solo that struggled with crippling anxiety. Before meeting him, Solo used to refuse to leave the house and would bite his owners without warning. His owners were struggling to administer medication to calm him down and were even considering putting him to sleep. But after 3 weeks of training with Jake and the K9 Mania Dog Training family, Solo is now almost completely off his medication and is even willing to go on adventures with his family.

“I believe the most difficult behavior I’ve helped work with are fear and anxiety. There are dogs whose fears are so crippling that anything out of their comfort zone completely shuts them down. For some dogs, moving away from that kind of fear can be a very long process, while other dogs can overcome fear more quickly with the right support. You can never know how long this process can take. My advice to everyone dealing with that kind of crippling fear is just to be patient.” — Jake’s advice for working with fearful and anxious dogs.

To Jake, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is changing the lives of dogs AND their owners. Seeing the owners go from miserable to living the happiest life possible with their dog makes all the work absolutely worth it.

His approach to teaching is supportive, practical, and friendly and has earned the trust of many fur parents. Jake is a balanced dog trainer and uses all training methods at his disposal to achieve the best result. He believes that every dog is different and that every training style is unique to every dog. 

Training is a complicated process, and it can be frustrating for dog owners when the usual methods don’t work. Jake’s advice for dog owners is to simply ask for help, get educated, and exercise patience. By seeing and learning other training methods, dog owners can find out what training style suits their dog the most.

Jake loves boxers, partly due to his admiration and respect for his grandmother’s work with them in dog shows. He considers them an extremely intelligent and fiercely loyal breed.

Jaimie McKeon

Jaimie McKeon

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Jaimie McKeon started his dog training career back in 2012 when he wanted to do something meaningful that would bring joy to his life. Working with dogs did exactly that.

After finishing a dog training course to become a professional dog trainer, Jaimie spent nine months with a dog training company in Las Vegas as a volunteer. From there, he worked with dogs in various capacities until his dog training career really took off. Now he works as a dog trainer at K9 Mania Dog Training’s Deer Park, Long Island facility.

Jaimie’s training style started as strictly positive reinforcement but eventually expanded to balanced dog training after encountering more dogs that would benefit from a holistic, personalized approach.

For Jaimie, the most rewarding aspect of dog training is how it changes the lives of dog owners and their dogs. He loves being able to help make lasting, positive growth when cases involve aggression between dogs or when dogs show emotional issues like fear or anxiety.

Jaimie believes that when it comes to training dogs, consistency is key. Aside from this, he also notes that successful dog training relies on patience and just having fun with it.

Jaimie loves Samoyeds and is the proud owner of Kona, a Corgi-poo he adores.

Sean Reid

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Sean Reid is an exceptional dog trainer with a professional, down-to-earth approach to handling embarrassing or undesirable dog behavior. This Florida-born dog trainer and behaviorist brings endless energy and passion to any situation and his addition to the K9 Mania Dog Training family has changed the lives of many fur parents and their dogs for the better.

Sean’s dog training expertise has grown over 8 years of working with dogs of all kinds, having started by managing dog daycares for more than 4 years and later working with Korean dog rescue centers to save dogs from the dog meat trade.

Now, Sean uses all of his experience, expertise, and passion for training dogs at our New York dog training facility in Deer Park, Long Island. As a balanced dog trainer, Sean handles all cases he works on with remarkable professionalism and approachability that puts dog owners at ease.

Sean takes joy in seeing his clients’ faces after helping their dogs change their behavior, such as changing their habit of guarding food or toys and being able to take them out on peaceful walks outside.

When training dogs, Sean believes that the key to success is repetition and accountability.

A crate is like a baby crib. If you’re not paying attention to your new puppy, it’s best to have them crate-trained for their safety. It’s also good for preventing potty accidents and developing separation anxiety.” – Sean’s advice for new dog owners.

Sean enjoys playing basketball, allowing him to maintain an active lifestyle. By volunteering at animal rescue centers whenever possible, he maintains constant contact with canines in various conditions.

Dog Trainer Ashlee Stanco​

Ashlee Stanco​

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

With over 16 years of experience working with dogs, Ashlee Stanco is an exceptionally skilled dog trainer. She’s an expert at rehabilitation, behavioral coaching, and teaching basic obedience training. She regularly works with anxious and frustrated dog parents to give them the tools and confidence they need by introducing steps to make training a lifestyle.

Ashlee started working in a kennel at a vet hospital before becoming a dog trainer at Petco. During that time, she saw dogs who were fearful, reactive, and anxious. She saw that with proper support, these were behaviors that could be helped. Wanting to be a person who helped them, Ashlee became a dog trainer and continued to train dogs for over 6 years, eventually training dogs on her own. 

Now, she’s with K9 Mania Dog Training and has been hard at work helping fur parents get a handle on their aggravating dog problems.

During her time at our dog training facility in Deer Park, Long Island, Ashlee, with the rest of the K9 Mania Dog Training family, has been working with dogs to fix embarrassing behaviors and help them live happier and healthier lives.

Ashlee is a balanced dog trainer but also utilizes positive reinforcement techniques when training dogs. Her method of teaching basic commands and encouraging behavioral changes in dogs favors a nurturing and understanding process. She employs a gentle mindset when dealing with dogs of all breeds and temperaments.

According to her, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is being able to help create a better quality of life for the dog she’s working with. Ashlee is thrilled every time she sees dogs get over their habit of guarding resources or when dog owners can take reactive dogs out on walks outside peacefully.

Ashlee believes that training has to happen between the dog owner and their dog—that staying consistent and following through is the key to successfully training dogs.

Before joining K9 Mania Dog Training, Ashlee worked as a mentoring dog trainer for groups and individuals. She assessed dogs on their behavior and recommended corrective action. Ashlee’s comprehensive and holistic approach to training means that both you and your dog will be happier and more peaceful in no time—and THAT makes Ashlee happy.

Olivia K9 Mania dog training kennel tech

Olivia Pfeiffer

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Olivia Pfeiffer has been working with dogs for a long time and has proven to be an incredible Dog Trainer for K9 Mania Dog Training. Her presence at our dog training facility in Deer Park, Long Island, has been amazingly helpful in keeping the dogs happy and healthy.

Olivia’s ability to work with dogs stems from her passion for helping dogs. She puts 110% of her effort when interacting with dogs and caring for their well-being. She also pays close attention to effective dog training and handling techniques used in K9 Mania and regularly applies them to her day-to-day interactions with the dogs.

As a Dog Trainer, she believes in the importance of consistency when dealing with dogs. By exercising love and discipline equally, dogs can find it easier to learn and stick to newly taught behaviors.

Having started out as a Kennel Technician, Olivia has plenty of useful tricks up her sleeve to help the team train dogs more effectively. One of the things she does is to help the dogs relax by giving them time and space and exercising patience. By gradually building a relationship with them, she’s able to earn their trust and make the dogs feel more at ease in their new environment.

What Olivia loves the most about working with dogs is the satisfaction that comes from helping an untrained dog develop into a happy, confident, and well-mannered canine. It takes a lot of time and effort, and being able to take part in a dog’s growth gives her a strong sense of fulfillment.

Olivia has two dogs and likes wheaten terriers because of their loving and intelligent nature.

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Janine Cantalupo

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Janine Cantalupo is a highly accomplished dog trainer who has dealt with an extensive number of cases involving dog behavioral issues with exceptional professionalism.

This led to her numerous successful resolutions of cases where desperate dog owners simply didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. Her vast experience, considerable expertise, and unbending work ethic have been a major godsend to K9 Mania Dog Training.

Janine’s track record with clients, both before and after joining the K9 Mania Dog Training family speaks volumes of her capabilities in fixing embarrassing or undesirable dog behavior. Her outstanding interpersonal skills are also a huge asset in allowing her to work with frustrated dog owners.

In fact, Janine makes it a point to stay in touch with clients even after their dogs have graduated from their training programs. This is why her clients put so much trust in her ability to solve their dilemmas involving their dogs. It also gives clients proof of her devotion to her calling as a professional dog trainer.

Janine has been an avid animal lover from a young age and grew up surrounded by them, particularly dogs. This allowed her to become comfortable around canines and ignited her desire to work with them in a professional capacity. Janine has an excellent sense of humor and a deep devotion to providing safe havens for dogs. 

Dog Trainer Nicole Poliseno

Nicole Poliseno

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Previously the owner of a successful dog training business, Dog Trainer and Behaviorist, Nicole Poliseno, brings a wealth of experience to K9 Mania. She has spent over 16 years helping some of the most desperate dog owners root out bad habits

often before they start. Nicole believes that if all dog owners do their homework and are proactive about finding the best trainer for their dogs when they are young, there would be fewer dogs in shelters. She trained guide dogs in obedience for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and has been a speaker and advocate for this worthy cause.

Nicole trained under Anthony Jerone and holds a Master Dog Training Certificate from the Academy of Canine Education, Inc. She is also qualified in Animal First Aid.

One of her proudest achievements was when she trained her tick and flea-ridden stray husky mix, Zak. Nicole is ready to help you take the first step towards a happy and fulfilling relationship with your dog for many years to come.

Philip Gray

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Philip Gray is a consummate animal lover and a dedicated dog trainer who is committed to helping fur parents have a more harmonious life with their dogs. He is particularly effective at fixing behavioral issues that are common among untrained dogs such as leash pulling and nipping.

Due to Philip’s experience, while working in the healthcare industry, he has developed a passion for helping others. This is exactly what he does as a dog trainer, where he correct bad habits and embarrassing behavior in dogs.

Philip’s commitment to working with dogs is also heavily influenced by his dream of becoming a K-9 trainer for military dogs in his younger years. Together with his love of working with animals, he is now using his talents to build deeper connections between dog owners and their dogs through effective communication.

A big part of how Philip trains dogs is using his empathy to understand the dogs he is training and their needs. Like any good dog trainer, he understands that every dog is unique and should be handled based on individual circumstances. This is his secret to successfully modifying behaviors and teaching dogs to obey commands.

Aside from dog training, enjoys cooking and going skiing. He also has a Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd that he loves taking to the beach.

Dog Trainer Tori Morretti

Tori Morretti

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Tori Morretti is an exceptionally experienced dog trainer and behaviorist who has handled a lot of cases involving embarrassing dog behavior. With her impressive rate of success, Tori has helped dozens of fur parents finally get the dog of their dreams.

Her addition to the K9 Mania Dog Training family has allowed her to reach even more dog owners to provide her services.

Tori has always been passionate about helping people with their dog problems. Everything from basic obedience training to rehabilitation falls under her list of specialties. Tori has a strong drive to give desperate or frustrated fur parents the solution they need to their canine issues. This is how she is able to give them the dog of their dreams.

Tori’s focus in training dogs is creating a positive environment and fostering companionship between the owner and dog. Much of this is down to her extensive knowledge of the neurological aspects of training canine companions. 

Tori especially enjoys working with dog owners who treat their dogs like their best friends. She applies this to help clients who want to give their dogs the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Tori has a pure-bred Boxer, Rocky B, with whom she has developed a strong bond during their 10 years together. She is passionate about ensuring that both the families and their pups are happy with each other through better communication and understanding.

Dog Trainer Dyese

Dyese De Vito

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Dyese De Vito is one of K9 Mania Dog Training’s elite dog trainers and behaviorists. She’s a top-notch professional who knows dog psychology like the back of her hand.

Her capability to understand the body language of canines is unparalleled, which allows her to communicate with them on unfathomably deep levels.

This is how she is able to expertly handle difficult cases where dogs display embarrassing, undesirable, or aggressive behavior. Complex issues require a considerable amount of experience, patience, and understanding of dog psychology. All of which Dyese possesses and then some!

Dyese specializes in training high-anxiety, fear-aggressive dogs, with an emphasis on rehabilitation and socialization. By doing so, she can help dog owners with canine companions who went through traumatic events.

Having grown up in a family of pet lovers and, Dyese has been interested in dog training from an early age. She started her own business and the person behind Unruffled Paws. At K9 Mania Dog Training, Dyese uses her passion for helping dogs to provide dog owners with solutions that will help their troubled canines. 

She loves working with clients who are open to learning new things and are willing to build good relationships with their dogs. Her own home now hosts a multitude of dogs, from labradors to golden retrievers to redbone coonhounds.

Dog Trainer Brittany Cubano

Brittany Cubano

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Brittany Cubano is an exceptional dog trainer and behaviorist, with the qualifications and experience to back it up. She is a graduate of Animal Behavior College with top scores, which provides her with a profound understanding of canine psychology and body language.

In addition to that, Brittany has also devoted countless hours volunteering at her local animal shelter. This gave her an unparalleled ability to communicate with dogs, especially canines with difficult cases that involve unwanted or even dangerous behavioral issues.

Brittany’s love for dogs allows her to understand their fears and the roots of their aggression. She believes in treating fear to help dogs get over their source of anxiety as a great way for them to start living healthier and happier lives. She is passionate about helping dogs and their owners develop better communication and a deeper connection to achieve the best outcomes. 

This is how she is able to consistently produce the best results when correcting undesirable dog behavior. Brittany is perfectly capable of allaying the fears and desperation of clients by expertly deconstructing and explaining what the issue is with their dogs and how she can help. Her impressive rate of success reassures clients that their dogs are in good hands. 

Brittany’s passion extends to children and sports, as well, and has spent six years teaching fencing to children. This helped her develop endless patience and the ability to thrive in hectic environments.

Tracy Brett K9 Mania Dog Trainer

Tracy Brett

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Tracy Brett is a phenomenal dog trainer and behaviorist who has an incredible grasp of dog behavior.

Her uncanny ability to understand canines is almost instinctual, which is how she is able to produce amazing results as part of the K9 Mania Dog Training family. 

She has resolved a multitude of behavioral problems, including pulling on the leash, jumping, obsessive barking, and aggression. In fact, one of her proudest accomplishments is being able to rehabilitate a dog with a major history of biting, thus saving him from severe consequences. Tracy is particularly passionate about giving dogs and their owners many happy years together.

What really makes Tracy so effective as a dog trainer is her remarkable ability to also understand the owners. This is essential in bridging the gap between fur parents and their canine companions so that true, deep communication can be established.

Clients who have already tried many trainers and methods to fix the problems with their dogs find success with Tracy because she truly cares. That’s why she loves working with dog owners who are frustrated because they want their dogs to reach their full potential but are having trouble doing so.

Tracy’s love for dogs goes all the way back to her younger years when she got her first dog as a little girl. Since then, she has been fascinated by how the canine mind works. During her personal time, she likes to do gardening, listen to music, and spend time with her German Shepherd, Astrid Freya.

Keith Smith

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Keith Smith is a highly skilled dog trainer who specializes in working with aggressive dogs. He looks forward to collaborating with dog owners like himself to change how dog training is done.

Keith is naturally curious, ever asking questions, ever finding solutions to dog training problems. Through his training of aggressive dogs, he can fulfill a childhood curiosity about what most people would deem too complex. 

Keith looks forward to working with aggressive dogs and their owners. He believes that changing the lives of dogs and owners alike through proper dog training is a noble cause.

With his vast knowledge about dogs and their behavior, Keith is confident that he can help root the cause of aggression and modify them. Keith finds working with dogs worthwhile. He believes that there is no problem too big for dog training

As someone who enjoys every bit of his time surrounded by animals, Keith is looking to help dog owners who would like to learn about their dogs in the process

His outdoorsy nature makes him the perfect trainer. Reaching out to and helping more clients achieve their goals for their dogs is a breeze for Keith. 


Keith has had a great love for dogs for as long as he can remember. To this day, he continues to train dogs and help dog owners prepare for a great life with their furry friends.  


Jay Lawrence

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Jay Lawrence is an excellent, down-to-earth dog trainer who has extensive experience in the industry. He’s passionate about helping dog owners build their relationships with their dogs and always finds joy in seeing how well the quality of their lives improves after training.

He is committed to fixing bad behavior among dogs, teaching them to obey commands, and generally turning the average dog into the perfect canine companion through a rock-solid foundation of trust, respect, and responsible dog ownership.

Jay loves interacting with dogs in every capacity, but he especially enjoys helping canines learn to curb embarrassing or undesirable habits. He also works hard to help dog owners build better relationships with their dogs through stronger communication.

Clients who are open-minded and truly want to learn how they can help their dogs are always a huge plus for Jay. He emphasizes that being able to reinforce all of the training that the dogs get from him is the key to enjoying a healthy and happy life for the whole fur family.

Jay also wants fur parents to understand that reaching a true understanding with their dogs is one of the best ways for them to get the dog of their dreams.

In his downtime, Jay likes to listen to music and work on building his home.

Josiah Arias

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Josiah Arias is a highly experienced trainer and dog behaviorist, with incredible insight into dog psychology. He can easily diagnose issues involving dogs, their behavioral problems, and what is causing them.

Josiah’s addition to the K9 Mania Dog Training family allows him to reach even more dog owners who are in need of his services.

His expertise allows him to help fix embarrassing dog behavior and bring out their full potential! Josiah has always been happy to be surrounded by animals and has a burning passion for helping people with their dog problems.

Josiah also loves working with dog owners who are fully committed to building strong and meaningful relationships with their dogs. He focuses on helping them reach a deep level of communication and trust. This allows dog owners to truly enjoy having their canine companions in their lives.

Rachel Blatt

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Rachel Blatt is one of the top dog trainers in the field and has a considerable amount of experience in handling challenging cases of embarrassing or undesirable dog behavior.
She started her own dog training business while very young and has since served hundreds of dog owners. This molded her into an extremely capable dog trainer and behaviorist.

Her experience and expertise in handling dogs allow her to provide the necessary training programs that would cater to individual needs and circumstances. Each dog is unique and each case comes with its own special conditions. Rachel tailors her approach to fixing behavioral problems based on factors that are unique to the dog.

Rachel has a profound understanding of dog psychology through years of resolving canine problems. She also has a knack for reassuring desperate dog owners that their issues can be resolved by understanding their needs. Her impressive track record of success in training and rehabilitating dogs is also a major point in her favor.

Rachel has a mellow personality and a taste for adventure. She likes to travel and meet new people, and even dreams of being a professional pasta taster! She has a 17-year-old Coton de Tulear named Chloe and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Boone.

Emmanuel Sosa

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Emmanuel Sosa is a highly trained and experienced dog trainer and behaviorist who has been in the industry for many years. He specializes in rehabilitating dogs who have suffered from trauma and especially enjoys seeing the looks of joy on the faces of dog owners to have well-mannered dogs.

Emmanuel has been working with dogs for more than 15 years and has been on the path of being a dog trainer since he was 9. He hasn’t looked back since and has helped countless dog owners get the canine companions of their dreams. This has earned him tons of praise from clients whose lives he has changed through his expertise.

Among the most common issues that Emmanuel encounters and deals with are dog aggression/reactivity, doorbell barking, puppy obedience, and leash pulling. Many dog owners often struggle with their furry friends because of these problems. Thanks to his expertise, however, Emmanuel makes these undesirable habits and behavior fixable through training.

Aside from being a skilled dog trainer, Emmanuel is also an experienced martial arts practitioner. He even dabbles in foreign exchange and has been doing so for the past 2 years. Emmanuelle also has a 2-year-old Morkie Schnauzer that he has extensively trained.

Jacquelyn Court

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Jacquelyn Court is a highly experienced dog trainer and behaviorist with an excellent track record in handling anxious dogs. While armed with a degree in Communications, Jacquelyn always knew she wanted to work with dogs as an adult.

Jacquelyn is naturally outgoing. She displays the same attitude when helping her clients through behavioral coaching. She exhibits incredible patience in teaching and guiding dogs to conduct themselves accordingly. Her training method allows dogs and owners to understand one another better. For Jacquelyn, training is not only  for dogs but also their owners. She furthers that each owner must understand their dog’s body language to communicate and build a good relationship with them.

Jacquelyn is determined to work with individuals looking to establish an excellent foundation for their puppies. She takes a particular interest in helping anxious dogs overcome their uneasiness. Inspired by the great feedback she gets from clients whose dogs have made significant progress in training, Jacquelyn continues to work hard to make the lives of dogs and their owners easier.

Jacquelyn grew up surrounded by and was raised with three dogs for most of her childhood. Today, she takes care of her dog Blu who has been with her for three years. Blu used to be a mental stimulation type of dog, but Jacquelyn describes him as calmer now that he’s older. For Jacquelyn, being around dogs and helping them grow is a dream come true, a giant leap of faith she knows she will not regret. 

Ashley Perwich

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Ash Rose is a highly accomplished dog trainer and behaviorist with a pristine record of successfully dealing with issues that involve embarrassing or undesirable behavior.

She specializes in dog behavior modification and therapy work. She trains dogs to provide companionship to owners suffering from anxiety and other psychological disorders. Ashley has also proven remarkably adept at handling stubborn dogs by curbing their more undesirable habits and poor impulse control.

A huge part of Ashley’s success in many of the cases brought to her attention is the formation of strong bonds between dogs and their owners. She did so by establishing excellent communication and trust, along with involving dog owners in the training of their dogs.

Her ability to communicate with and facilitate the wishes of the clients with regard to their dogs has also earned her significant praise from owners. The huge number of positive feedback she has received throughout her career says everything about her considerable skills as a dog trainer.

Ashley’s love for dogs stems from her own traumatic experiences that were alleviated when she rescued her first canine companion, Whiskey. This was also the period where she developed a huge appreciation for music, which she uses for therapy. Recently, her family was joined by a piebald pit named Gambit Ragnar.

Dog trainer Steven

Steven Petrovich

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Steven Petrovich has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and grew up near Chicago with three dogs and three cats. He also worked in the healthcare industry for eight years..​

providing leadership training and coaching courses at five NYC hospitals during that period. This led him to develop a passion for understanding dogs, which allowed him to cultivate the patience and drive to become a trainer. Steven loves working with dog owners who want to enrich their lives and that of their canine partners. His own blue American Staffordshire terrier helped him refine his approach at addressing behavioral issues in dogs and set him on his course to becoming a professional trainer.

Melody Myers

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Melody is a competent and highly experienced dog trainer who has achieved objectives and resolved unwanted canine behavior patterns. She has worked with dogs of many breeds and ages, utilizing positive reinforcement and a range of training practices, committed to helping find the solutions dog owners are looking for.

Melody began appreciating dogs and the art of training them at the age of 11 after growing up with numerous animals as pets. She’s a seasoned dog trainer who specializes in educating dog owners on how to interact successfully with their dogs to foster a closer bond. 

She is adept at diagnosing and treating underlying reasons for dog behavior issues. Her unique ability to comprehend owners is what makes her a great dog trainer. This is vital in establishing actual, deep contact between fur parents and their canine friends.

Now at K9 Mania Dog Training, she’ll bring her expertise to help dog owners achieve their goals and make their dogs reach their full potential.

Michael Holian

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Michael Holian is a passionate dog trainer that has been helping families improve their lives in his many years in the dog training industry. He loves being able to help anyone who needs it and has the extensive knowledge and skill to do it well—from solving behavioral problems to basic obedience to advanced, off-leash training.

Michael’s strength lies in his passion for helping people and dogs understand each other.

He finds joy in seeing the whole family find peace and love with each other and delights in being able to help dogs grow into loving and respectful family members.

His commitment to helping as many dogs and dog owners as possible shows in his work at K9 Mania Dog Training’s Deer Park, Long Island facility. Michael always brings clients at ease with his positive attitude and easy manner of speaking.

Michael is also a very versatile trainer. He works closely with dogs of all kinds. Because he trains his own dogs, he knows how to give practical advice when caring for different breeds such as working dogs, herding dogs, and terriers from first-hand experience.

He also likes to find multiple ways of training depending on the dog and its quirks.

“Proper training is being consistent and fair-minded all the time. Dogs and their owners must understand this to make a happy family” —Micheal’s advice for successful dog training

Michael is particularly proud when he can save dogs from terrible fates like being sent to the pound. Through patience and effort, he can make even the unruliest of dogs into valuable members of any family.

Micheal loves working with clients who keep an open mind and are willing to listen, such as dog owners who truly want to learn and are willing to do any homework assigned for training their dogs.

When not training dogs, Michael likes to play the bagpipe and do some Tai Chi. He also has an American Bulldog named Argus.

Kali Reyes

Kali Reyes

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Kali Reyes is a dedicated and well-trained dog trainer. She has been working with dogs since she was 17 years old and has been dedicated to ensuring the welfare and happiness of dogs for many years. Now, she’s one of K9 Mania’s best dog trainers and is committed to helping fur families get the dogs of their dreams.

Among the institutions that she has been involved with are veterinary offices, dog shelters, and doggie daycare facilities, where she deepened her connection to canines and learned to understand and care for them better. She then further supplemented this experience with her training to become a dog trainer.

Kali has a ton of experience with dogs of all types, including ones that have more aggressive tendencies. She has even helped them become easier to adopt by helping them grow comfortable with close human contact.

At K9 Mania Dog Training’s Deer Park, Long Island facility, Kali is helping change lives by giving dogs the best training that their owners could ask for.

“It’s very rewarding to get to know the dogs and each of their different personalities and help them with their goals.” — Kali, on what she loves about working with dogs

Kali loves taking dogs out for calming walks following their training sessions and regularly plays with them to keep them happy and active. She also likes to help dogs relax is by sitting with them in a quiet environment until they settle down.

Kali’s favorite breeds are the working breeds. She has a Doberman and a bulldog at home.

Dog Trainer Jordan

Jordan Hayes

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Jordan Hayes is a highly experienced dog trainer, an extremely qualified animal care expert, and an incredibly knowledgeable dog behaviorist since 2017. He has a solid mastery of the Balanced Training method in teaching basic commands and managing behaviors such as aggression, anxiety.

Since his addition to the K9 Mania Dog Training family, Jordan has touched so many lives by helping frustrated and desperate dog owners in need of his services. His many years of experience and infinite passion to help dogs are why owners can fully entrust their dogs to him without worries.

This is made better by his excellent interpersonal skills, which allows him to have a good grasp of what dog owners go through. Understanding the plight of the family that cares for the dog’s well-being is a major part of rehabilitating and training dogs. Combining details from both fronts is crucial to a successful dog training program.

Through excellent training and encouraging better communication, Jordan is able to help fur parents have happier lives with their dogs. He also enjoys working with dog owners who are highly invested in the happiness and health of their canine companions. Getting that dream dog is about partnership and a good relationship, which Jordan actively encourages in his training programs.

Laura Juliana Bernal

Kennel Tech

Laura Juliana Bernal is a Kennel Technician for K9 Mania Dog training and is incredibly passionate about working with dogs. She has learned a lot about dog behavior since starting with K9 Mania and seeing what effective dog training practices look like up close. 

As a kennel technician, Laura works hard to keep the dogs in K9 Mania well-cared for during their stay with us. She looks after their health by keeping a watchful eye over their eating, sleeping, and behavioral quirks and works closely with our dog trainers to keep help the dogs during their training sessions.

What Laura really loves about working with dogs is the peace she feels when surrounded by them and the happiness she can feel from their owners when they come back to see how good and well-behaved their dogs were during training. She also really enjoys playing with the dogs and making sure they feel loved and motivated to learn new and unfamiliar things.

One of the ways Laura likes to motivate the dogs under her care is by taking them out for walks. By playing with them and regularly keeping them active, she does her best to help boost their confidence and build a better relationship with them, helping reinforce good manners and healthy communication outside of training.

Alexandra Moncada

Kennel Tech

As a kennel technician, Alexandra works hard to keep the dogs in K9 Mania well-cared for during their stay with us. With plenty of hands-on experience from working in veterinary clinics, she helps make sure that the dogs under her care are happy, healthy, and in the best condition to learn while they’re at K9 Mania Dog Training’s facility in Deer Park, Long Island.

She does this by walking the dogs to help them exercise, giving them their space to help them relax and stay calm, and making sure that dogs get nutritious meals at the right times.

She also works closely with our dog trainers to help keep them updated on how each dog is doing. She keeps a watchful eye over the dogs’ health and progress in and out of training sessions, prepares and maintains the cleanliness of their environment, and generally helps the trainers make the most out of their training sessions.

Alexandra’s love for dogs stems from the fact that working with them makes her happy.

“I love dogs. I find that taking care of them can be very relaxing, which helps because dogs can be sensitive to other people’s emotions. When I’m relaxed, so are the dogs.” — Alexandra, on what she loves most about working with dogs

Among Alexandra’s favorite breeds are poodles and labradors.

Our Team

K9 Mania Dog Training’s mission and promise to you is that we will provide the best and most progressive balanced dog training, with the highest quality service.

Our Method

K9 Mania Dog Training is a balanced dog training company Together, with our team of dog trainers and dog behaviorists…

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