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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

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.

Valeria Vallejo

Business Development Manager

Valeria is the dynamic Business Development Manager at K9 Mania Dog Training in Deer Park, Long Island. Known for her formidable leadership skills, Valeria is instrumental in upholding the highest quality of service and care for all aspects of the facility – from the dogs and their owners to the trainers, kennel staff, and the training facility itself.

In her role as a Business Development Manager, Valeria works on identifying growth opportunities, forging strong relationships with clients and partners, and driving the strategic expansion of K9 Mania’s market presence. Her previous roles in human resources, customer service, sales, and as the former Facility Manager have given her a well-rounded perspective, enabling her to excel in the responsibilities of business development.

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.¨

Dahiana Salazar

Facility Manager

Dahiana Salazar, K9 Mania Dog Training Facility Manager, is dedicated to fostering a positive work environment that encourages continuous learning and growth among the team. 

Dahiana’s unique blend of expertise in customer service and a strong academic background in financial forensics positions her not only as a leader of the team but also in the company’s operational and financial integrity. Dahiana is dedicated to nurturing a work culture that prizes individual and collective progress, ensuring that the facility’s team members are continually inspired to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Before K9 Mania, Dahiana gained experience in customer service, where she honed her interpersonal skills and developed a deep understanding of client satisfaction. Her ability to connect with customers and address their needs with empathy and efficiency has translated into a customer-centric approach at K9 Mania, ensuring that both human clients and their dogs receive the highest standard of service.

As a manager, Dahiana’s role extends beyond leading the team. She is intricately involved in the day-to-day operations of the facility, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Her financial forensics background empowers her to implement robust financial practices that promote the facility’s economic health and sustainability.

Dahiana Salazar’s comprehensive approach to management, her financial knowledge, and her devotion to employee development make her an invaluable asset to K9 Mania Dog Training. Her commitment to operational excellence and her vision for growth position the facility to achieve new heights under her guidance.

Ashlee Ottaviano

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

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.

Jayden Rowe

Dog Trainer

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

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.

Kali Keyes

Kali Keyes

Dog Trainer/ Dog Behaviorist

Kali Keyes 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.

Kerri Anne McHugh

Kerri Anne McHugh

Dog Trainer

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.

Erika Kohutka

Dog Trainer

Erika Kohutka is a talented dog trainer with an impressive decade-long career in the dog industry, including four years of dedicated dog training experience. With a lifelong passion for all things canine, Erika is a natural when it comes to understanding dog behavior and communicating with her furry clients. Erika’s fascination with dog training started early in her life and has only grown stronger with time.

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.

Monica

Monica Adam

Dog Trainer

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 Lucana

Zach Lucana

Dog Trainer

Zach Lucana, one of the K9 Mania Dog Training dog trainers, has worked closely with dogs since he started working at a dog daycare. His expertise in caring for the dogs led him to train dogs at the facility.

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.

Sophia Sturek

Sophia Sturek

Dog Trainer

Sophia is one of the dedicated trainers of K9 Mania Dog Training who has gained a diverse range of experience within the dog training industry. She started as a groomer, volunteered at various dog shelters, and eventually managed a doggy daycare and boarding facility.

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.

Frank Sacino

Dog Trainer

Frank Sacino is one of K9 Mania’s dog trainers whose experience with dogs is deeply rooted in his dedication to underprivileged and mistreated dogs. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly in multiple rescue shelters in New York and Florida, gaining valuable insights into the diverse needs and behaviors of dogs.

As a dog trainer, Frank incorporates playtime and affection into training while maintaining clear objectives during training sessions. Frank has successfully addressed challenging behavioral issues in dogs, including helping them overcome eating disorders and extreme separation anxiety.

For Frank, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is the ability to connect with both dogs and their owners. Witnessing the transformation in dogs and contributing to a better quality of life for both parties brings him happiness.

Frank’s best tip for training dogs is simple but proven to be effective: be patient and build on small victories. 

Frank holds a special affinity for Bull Terriers, often affectionately known as “the Target Dog.” Their distinctive appearance and charming personalities make them a breed he greatly admires.

Stella Parthenis

Dog Trainer

Stella Parthenis is a dedicated and passionate dog trainer with over seven years of experience working closely with canines. With a Bachelor’s degree in Technology in Animal Science with a concentration in K9 Training and Management, Stella has both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in dog training. 

For Stella, becoming a dog trainer stemmed from her desire to form deep connections with dogs of all backgrounds, no matter their behavioral challenges. She thrives on nurturing these bonds through affectionate yet structured guidance, transforming them into more confident and well-behaved companions to their families.

Her approach to training is tailored; recognizing that each dog and owner is unique requires personalized strategies for effective communication and lasting results.

Stella finds most fulfilling as a dog trainer is witnessing the transformation in dogs she works with—knowing that her commitment has contributed significantly to their development brings immeasurable joy. For Stella, nothing compares to the happiness reflected by a contented canine companion who has learned trust again.

In addressing misconceptions about dog training, Stella emphasizes the importance of continued practice post-training sessions. She educates owners on maintaining consistency at home. When asked for her top tip for training dogs, she insists on patience and confidence.

A lover of all breeds but with a particular fondness for Pitbulls due to misunderstood stereotypes surrounding them, Stella hopes one day to be an owner herself. Currently sharing her life is an energetic Yorkshire Terrier—an embodiment of love since joining her family as just a two-month-old puppy.

Gaby Kaufman

Dog Trainer

Gaby Kaufman is a seasoned dog trainer with years of dedicated experience in enhancing canine lives through a unique combination of expertise in both canine nutrition and behavior training. Her approach is holistic, and balanced and seeks to provide comprehensive support for dogs’ dietary and obedience needs.

As a dog trainer, Gabby believes there’s no such thing as “difficult” behavior, only opportunities for improvement. She tackles complex health issues, including allergies and anxiety, using her nutritional knowledge to improve the overall well-being of every dog she works with. She also guides dogs with various forms of anxiety through tailored approaches designed to fit each individual case.

Her best advice is to embrace patience. Her emphasis on patience has transformed many scared dogs into confident, happy companions ready to face life’s unexpected moments with a wagging tail.

Gaby strongly believes that educating dog owners is as important as training their dogs. She strives to correct misconceptions, such as the improper use of crates as punitive measures. Instead, she teaches that crates should be a sanctuary, promoting positive associations and ensuring dogs view them as a safe haven.

At home, Gaby’s heart belongs unequivocally to two particular breeds—the noble German Shepherd and the spirited Doberman. Her six-year-old therapy-trained shepherd and her one-year-old Doberman, who enjoys demonstrating his obedience skills, are a testament to her training excellence—a truly dynamic pair.

Alaura Flynn

Dog Trainer

Alaura Flynn, a dedicated and passionate dog trainer, has been working with dogs for four years. She started her journey to become a dog trainer out of her love for dogs and her desire to help the owners and their dogs to have a more harmonious life.

Currently studying Canine Training and Management, Alaura’s approach to dog training is both scientific and heart-led. Her academic journey equips her with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide exceptional dog training services.

For Alaura, the most rewarding aspect of being a dog trainer is witnessing the remarkable transformation dogs undergo. She finds joy in seeing a dog evolve into the best version of themselves, knowing she played a part in their journey.

Alaura has tackled some of the most challenging behaviors, including reactivity and high anxiety in dogs. Through patience and skilled training, she has successfully helped dogs overcome these issues, transforming them into confident and friendly companions.

“Patience and consistency are key.” Alaura’s top tip for dog training is to maintain a steady and patient approach. She firmly believes that with time, patience, and consistency, anyone can achieve successful results in dog training.

Alaura is the proud owner of a Black Labrador Retriever named Willow. At just a year old, Willow is not only Alaura’s best friend but also a testament to the joy and companionship dogs bring into our lives. From playing fetch to cuddling, Willow embodies the spirited and loving nature that Alaura cherishes in all dogs.

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.

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. 

Rachel Blatt

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.

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.

Kameline Pavez

Admin & Social Media Content Creator

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.

Nicole Kropf

Office/Social Media Assistant

With a passion for providing exceptional service and extensive knowledge of social media content creation, Nicole Kropf helps K9 Mania consistently deliver engaging and fresh content for the company.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing and completed coursework in digital media production, Nicole’s contribution scoped from crafting compelling narratives to creating engaging content for K9 Mania Dog Training.  

As a Social Media Assistant, Nicole brings authenticity and innovation to K9 Mania’s online presence by working closely with Kameline, K9 Mania’s Social Media Content Creator. Whether Nicole is behind the camera, capturing moments with trainers and their dogs, or staying ahead of the curve by monitoring social media trends and analytics. 

Nicole’s commitment to excellence and her willingness to push boundaries make her an indispensable asset, ensuring that K9 Mania’s online presence remains relatable and refreshingly innovative.

Alexander Calero

Kennel Tech

Alexander Calero is one of K9 Mania Dog Training’s passionate kennel technicians. He has experience working with all kinds of dogs (from aggressive to calm) and handles each dog he works with according to their needs and problems.

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.

Karym Rodriguez

Karym Rodriguez

Kennel Tech

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.

Priscila Garcia

Priscila Garcia

Kennel Tech

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.

Mark Reisinger

Mark Reisinger

Kennel Tech

Mark Reisinger is a K9 Mania Dog Training team member, bringing youthful passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to his role as one of our newest additions to our roster of Kennel Technicians. His journey started working alongside his skilled aunt in a grooming shop, where he honed his bathing, blow drying, and basic grooming skills.

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.

Jennifer Guerrero

Jennifer Carvajal

Kennel Tech

Get to know one of K9 Mania’s passionate Kennel Techs, Jennifer Guerrero Carvajal! With her genuine love for the dogs, she is dedicated to provide the care for every dog in her care.
As a Kennel Technician, Jennifer understands how dogs tend to be anxious, so she makes sure to help them relax by taking them to a leisurely walk every now and then. For Jennifer, every day spent with these furry companions is a day filled with smiles, tail wags and pure canine happiness. She believes that love is the key to making dogs truly happy and her days are dedicated to showering them with affection. Although Jennifer doesn’t have her own dog yet, she greatly adores French poodles. Her admiration for French Poodles goes beyond their stunning appearance; it’s a deep appreciation for their loyal and affectionate nature that fuels her passion.
Humberto Junior González

Humberto González

Kennel Tech

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.

Nia Ortiz

Kennel Tech

Meet Nia Ortiz, our dedicated kennel technician at K9 Mania Dog Training. Nia embarked on her canine journey at the age of 17, fueled by a lifelong passion for our canine companions and a childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Nia has a diverse range of expertise in the canine world, ranging from medical knowledge and grooming skills to extensive kennel experience with confidently handling dogs of any and every personality and breed. There isn’t a dog she won’t befriend, and her commitment to their well-being is unwavering. One of Nia’s exceptional talents is keeping dogs content by providing constant enriching stimulation, whether it’s through interactive play, refreshing walks, or energy-releasing runs. She firmly believes in rewarding positive behavior as a crucial part of ensuring the happiness of our canine companions. Nia loves all dogs but has a soft spot for English Labradors because of their chunky build, thick coat, and calm demeanor. Nia’s exceptional skills and unwavering love for dogs shine through every aspect of her work, making her an invaluable member of our K9 Mania Dog Training team.

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

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