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.
Valeria gained plenty of experience in human resources, customer services, sales and management that allowed her to take on the responsibility of being K9 Mania Dog Training’s Facility Manager.
Through her effort and effective leadership of her team, K9 Mania’s Dog Training Facility in Deer Park, Long Island continues to operate at peak performance every day.
As a leader, Valeria is responsible for ensuring that all operations at the facility run smoothly. Every day she strives to maintain diligence, responsible workload delegation, effective communication, and implement the company’s plans according to K9 Mania’s operational standards.
Valeria has a valuable combination of patience, efficiency, thoughtfulness, and years of experience working under pressure that helps her help the company reach its goals, making sure all dog training exercises go smoothly and that the canines at the facility are healthy, happy, and safe.
As a result, dog trainers and kennel techs can focus on their respective tasks without worry, dogs get the attention they need to learn, and fur parents can rest assured that they can come home to well-behaved dogs at the end of their training period.
¨As a leader, actions speak louder than words. A good leader has to embody the values of the business and hold people accountable to the highest standards. A great leader leads by example.¨
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.
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.
Jayden Rowe has spent a good chunk of his life transforming the lives of dogs the way they have transformed his, making him passionate about helping dogs and their owners build happy and healthy relationships.
With 4 years of experience (and counting!) working at doggy daycare and boarding facilities, Jayden knows all the tricks in the book when it comes to nurturing the well-being of dogs and bringing out their fullest potential, from basic obedience to behavioral modification and everything in between.
He has plenty of experience in caring for dogs, knowing what to look out for, and how to properly handle different situations so every dog’s needs are met.
Jayden likes to use balanced dog training techniques. With consistency and persistence, Jayden believes no dog is impossible to train.
For Jayden, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is witnessing their progress and transformation from start to finish. There’s nothing quite like being with them every step of the way!
“I love all the different personalities dogs have and the bond you can create with them. They have so much love they can express for everyone.” —- Jayden, on what he loves about working with dogs
One of the things that Jayden likes to do when handling dogs is to stay calm and composed. This, combined with a slow and steady approach, helps put dogs at ease and gives them a chance to get used to his presence at their own pace. Once he builds that initial level of trust, he then uses treats and pets to help make them feel loved.
He’s absolutely smitten by the charm and personality of pitbulls. He finds their big personalities and funny energy endearing.
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.
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.
Kerri Anne McHugh is an exceptional Dog Trainer with six (6) years of experience under her belt. She began her career in dog training in high school and continued her passion for the industry since. Her experience working with dogs started with grooming until her interest grew, leading her to explore dog training.
She has an extensive background and hands-on training during her 4-year canine training and management program in college. Her natural talent and love for dogs coupled with an in-depth understanding of dog training has equipped her with an impressive skillset and knowledge base.
Kerri’s training style is flexible and focuses on making the dogs happy, making her the go-to person for dogs with behavioral issues such as food aggression. Her secret to success? Consistency and communication.
She emphasizes the need to practice commands regularly as opposed to doing them only once – a common mistake most dog owners make. To help owners with this, Kerri works with them and breaks down training concepts into easily manageable steps, making sure that they understand how to properly and confidently handle their dogs.
At the end of the day, Kerri’s true fulfillment and joy comes from seeing the happiness and satisfaction from the owner’s faces when their dog is happy and well-trained.
As a proud dog lover, Kerri’s favorite dog breed is a Corgi known for its small legs and large ears. She’salso a devoted owner of an 8-year-old Goldendoodle who she describes as too smart for his own good.
She’s worked in various roles in the dog industry, including grooming salons, boarding and daycare facilities, and professional dog walking. But it was training dogs that captured her heart and became her primary focus.
As a trainer, Erika primarily uses positive reinforcement methods, but she also understands that every dog is unique and may respond better to different training styles. She has helped many families and dogs overcome fear aggression, leash reactivity, and other behavioral issues through training, confidence-building, and other approaches.
For Erika, it’s not just about training dogs—it’s also about educating owners. She takes the time to teach them how to handle aggression due to fear and the importance of consistent command repetition. Witnessing owners’ joy and satisfaction with their well-trained dogs is the most rewarding part of her work.
To Erika, consistency, repetition, commitment, and positive reinforcement are key to making progress in dog training. She emphasizes that patience and a positive mindset are also essential ingredients for a happy dog.
Erika’s love for animals extends beyond dogs (she’s also fond of fish) but she has a particular soft spot for Dobermans, Italian Greyhounds, and Mini Schnauzers. She is the proud owner of a sassy long-haired Chiweenie and a German Shepherd who loves nothing more than playing fetch.
What Dominique finds most rewarding about dog training is witnessing the positive impact it has on a dog’s life and their owner’s happiness. With her expertise, she has helped many dogs overcome a range of behavioral issues, from aggression to anxiety, with incredible success.
One such case involved a dog that exhibited toy aggression towards other dogs. Despite being incredibly well-trained, the dog’s unpredictable behavior made it difficult to correct. Dominique tackled the issue with patience and persistence, eventually overcoming the problem and creating a more harmonious relationship between the dog and other canines.
In another case, Dominique worked with a dog suffering from a lack of confidence. Having not been socialized as a puppy, the dog was terrified of new environments and objects. Dominique’s careful introduction of new things helped the dog gradually overcome its fear, resulting in a happier and more confident pup.
When it comes to dog training, Dominique firmly believes that consistency is key. Her favorite breed to train is the Labrador Retriever because of their food motivation, but her favorite breed overall is the Australian Shepherd for their loyalty. Dominique’s own dog, Virgo, an Australian Shepherd, is a testament to the breed’s loyalty and loving nature.
Criselda Quan is a lifelong dog lover who transformed her passion for dogs into a rewarding career. With years of experience in dog walking, sitting, and assisted dog training, Criselda pursued her passion for dog training after ten (10) years of working in the restaurant industry. Her journey began when she sought help for her own dog’s behavior problems ultimately leading her to K9 Mania. Through patient guidance, she helped conquer her dog’s challenges and found her calling as a trainer.
Criselda’s training approach emphasizes building trust and individual bonds with each dog. Her experience spans puppies, obedience, aggression, and behavior modification. She’s committed to helping dogs and their owners build lasting connections for a happier and healthier life.
Her advice for dog owners? Start training early, maintain consistency at home, and always be patient.
Criselda’s dedication shines in even the most challenging cases, transforming her dog’s behavior from aggressive to companionable. Recent successes include addressing boundary problems, leash pulling, and promoting weight loss. She believes the key to successful dog training, regardless of the breed, is understanding a dog’s personality!
For Criselda, every dog’s unique personality is what makes them special. From Bernadoodles and Pomeranians to Australian Shepherds and Pomskies, Criselda cherishes dogs for what they are, no matter the type or breed!
Meet Monica Adam, a passionate dog trainer at K9 Mania, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners, who wants to make a difference through her dog training knowledge and experience. As a dedicated dog trainer, Monica is passionate about helping dog owners form stronger bonds with dogs by improving structure and communication.
Aside from working with dogs for over three years as a dog trainer, Monica has a lot of experience working with dogs, from helping in rescue shelters to working as a veterinary assistant.
Monica helps dogs overcome challenging behaviors from being territorial and highly reactive by helping build their confidence and improving their communication. She finds that the most rewarding and fulfilling part of her job as a dog trainer is to witness dogs’ transformations and deepening their bonds with their owners after their training.
Her best advice for training dogs? – Monica firmly believes that “Patience and Consistency are key!”
Monica has a special spot for misunderstood breeds like Pitbulls and all kinds of Pitbull mixes. Though she may not own a dog for now, these breeds are definitely on top of her list!
Zach’s primary techniques for dog training combine command-based and a dose of love and care. Zach also incorporates playtime into their daily routine.
What Zach loves most about his job is the incredible ability to form a mutual understanding with every dog he works with. This sense of connection keeps him dedicated to improving the lives of the dogs and their owners every day.
Zach’s love for the dogs reflects his long-term relationship with Jackson, his 11-year-old mixed breed Sheltie/Golden/Corgi/Chow Chow. Their bond proves Zach’s love for the dogs.
As a dog trainer, Sophia believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach to training. Instead, she focuses on gaining a deep understanding of the psychological well-being of each dog. This approach allows her to address specific behaviors effectively and have a positive response from the dog.
For Sophia, the most rewarding part of her work as a dog trainer is when she empowers the dog owners to develop a strong bond with their dogs. She recognizes that most owners rely upon their dogs for mental security and emotional support, so her goal is to help strengthen their connection by creating custom treatment plans that benefit both the dog and its owner.
Sophia approaches challenging dog behaviors like anxiety and leash reactivity with patience and a gentle touch. Her ability to assist dogs in adapting and becoming a well-behaved dog is a testament to her dedication and expertise in dog training.
Sophia takes pride in being a Husky owner, and it’s no surprise that her favorite breed is the Siberian Husky. She appreciates their intelligence and the challenge they pose as a breed, which aligns perfectly with her passion for dog training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kameline Pavez is K9 Mania Dog Training’s Admin/Manager & Marketing Social Media Content Creator. She is a creative and dynamic team member that plays a vital role in K9 Mania’s success and operations.
With Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and an extensive skillset ranging from effective advertising to graphic design and social media dynamics, Kameline’s contribution to K9 Mania’s content creation spans from overseeing the creation of marketing materials to coordinating compelling videos.
To ensure K9 Mania’s daily operations run smoothly, Kameline is always on top of her game by efficiently managing facility employees and schedules. When it comes to managing and organizing – Kameline’s skills are second to none!
Kameline Pavez is an invaluable asset at K9 Mania, and with her creativity, insight, and vigor, K9 Mania Dog Training can stay on top of the competition.
Joseph’s passion for dogs has followed him through different jobs that involve caring for dogs, working with dog trainers, and helping dogs in adoption centers rehabilitate and find good homes.
To keep dogs happy, Joseph makes sure that all dogs under his care get their daily dose of walks, playtime, food, baths, and medication.
He loves working with dogs, mainly because of their loyalty and hard work.
To help dogs relax, he likes to help them release energy through exercise and wind down with classical music. When he can, he also uses aromatherapy to help dogs under his care feel comfortable and at ease.
Having grown up with dogs, there’s nothing more satisfying to Joseph than knowing a dog is happy and treated well in a loving home.
He’s always more than happy to help dog owners develop a healthy and peaceful relationship with their dogs.
Joseph has Pitbulls and Huskies and absolutely loves working with dogs of the same breed.
Karym Rodriguez is a talented Kennel Technician with an incredible passion for her work in the dog industry. With experience working with dogs ranging from grooming, care, and strolls, Karym knows how to keep dogs healthy and comfortable.
Karym goes above and beyond to ensure the dogs under her care are happy and well-loved. She believes in the importance of nurturing and shaping the lives of vulnerable creatures like dogs, and her dedication and affection for them permeate her work.
When handling dogs, Karym brings a warm and loving energy to her workplace, making happier and more welcoming spaces for dogs under her care. She approaches her work by being calm and observant of each dog’s unique needs to help them stay relaxed. If a pup shows signs of anxiety, she takes dogs out to walk, talk, and show affection.
Her favorite thing about working with dogs is their character, which makes her work incredibly fulfilling and worthwhile.
Karym is an animal lover and loves all kinds of dogs.
Meet Priscilla Garcia, one of K9 Mania Dog Training’s dedicated kennel technicians! With a heart full of love for dogs, she’s committed to providing the best possible care for all the dogs she works with.
Her favorite part about working with dogs is feeding and playing with them, making sure to help them relax by taking them out for walks and giving them plenty of love and attention to help them feel relaxed and happy.
Priscilla believes the key to keeping dogs happy is empathy and building trust. She believes these can help accelerate the growth of dogs towards a healthier, happier, and higher quality of life.
Priscilla is a proud owner of German Shepherds which happens to be her favorite breed. She loves them for their commitment and loyalty especially when they look after her disabled parents.
As a kennel technician, Alexander understands that dogs can be vulnerable and fearful creatures, so he makes sure to keep the dogs happy and relaxed by using positive reinforcement and rewarding them.
To keep the dogs happy, Alexander rewards them with chicken or cheese during structured walks or training sessions when they behave correctly. He finds it truly rewarding to work with dogs and loves to see them happy and well-behaved. He loves seeing them smile and behave during walks.
He has always been passionate about dogs, and working with them and being surrounded by them is what Alexander finds to be the most fulfilling part of his job.
Although Alexander doesn’t have a specific favorite breed of dog, he adores his own dog, Teo. He adopted Teo when he was just three months old, and now, at two years old, he is Alexander’s beloved companion.
Mark’s formula for happy dogs is simple: shower them with love and stay positive throughout the whole process. He believes building trust is vital, and he achieves this by spending quality time with each dog he works with, ensuring they feel relaxed and comfortable. Mark’s favorite part of his work is the unique personality that each dog brings to the table.
While Mark doesn’t play favorites among breeds, Mask’s own Puerto Rican rescue dog holds a special place in his heart. This mixed-breed pup ignited his passion for dogs and led him to pursue a fulfilling career in dog care.
Humberto Gonzales, also known as “Junior”, is a kennel technician at K9 Mania Dog Training who has been closely working with dogs. With a passion for our four-legged friends, Humberto has quickly become an invaluable part of the K9 Mania team.
Keeping the dogs under his care is simple but oh-so-effective: a dash of pampering and a sprinkle of consistent training. Humberto always ensures top-notch comfort, health, and happiness for the dogs.
Humberto is also an ultimate dog whisperer. His way of helping the dogs relax
is through his gentle caresses and soothing, affirming words, which work like magic every time!
Golden retrievers have a soft spot in Humberto’s heart for their boundless enthusiasm, dachshunds for their comical charm, and bull terriers for their fearless spirit.
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.
K9 Mania Dog Training is a balanced dog training company Together, with our team of dog trainers and dog behaviorists…
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