Andrea Arden

CEO
Andrea Arden

Andrea is Animal Planet’s Pet Expert. She can be seen on Dogs101, Cats101, Pets101, America’s Cutest Dog, America’s Cutest Cat, and Underdog to Wonderdog, and was the trainer for FX’s Emmy Award winning show, The Pet Department. Andrea can also be seen on Live with Kelly & Michael, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, CBS News, CNN, Fox, PBS, Fox News, and Lifetime.

Andrea is the author of Barron’s Dog Training Bible, Dog Friendly Dog Training, Train Your Dog the Lazy Way, and The Little Book of Dog Tricks. She has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy and The New York Dog magazines as well as a contributing writer for the AKC Gazette, Modern Dog and numerous other publications.

Andrea serves on the Board of Directors for The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system for three decades, and on the Board of Directors for Pets for Patriots, which advocates for the permanent placement of adult dogs and cats with every available, able and willing military family in the U.S. Andrea blogs for and answers questions on Pets for Patriots’, Petiquette with Andrea Arden.

She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Animal Haven Shelter in New York City, was part of the team that created the trainer certification program for the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, is an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, and has been an evaluator for the Delta Society’s Pet Partners therapy dog program.

Andrea founded Andrea Arden Dog Training in 1994, and has been named the best dog trainer in New York by New York, W, Time Out and Quest magazines and the Daily News.

JoAnne Basinger

Senior Instructor
Joanne Bassinger

JoAnne has been part of our training team for fifteen years and currently serves as a senior instructor. She brings to the company 20 years of marine mammal training and animal care expertise with the New York Aquarium/Wildlife Conservation Society. JoAnne is an honors graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers where she studied with Jean Donaldson. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). She has served as the featured dog trainer on television’s “Platinum Babies” and has had several articles published in the “Enriching Environments” column for an animal industry magazine.

In the mid 1990′s JoAnne began volunteering for her community dog shelter. Her devotion to helping dogs and their human companions grew out of her love for Danny and Gloria, the first two troubled shelter dogs she adopted. This experience led her to merge her expertise in marine mammal training with her passion for teaching and caring for companion dogs by joining the trainers at Andrea Arden Dog Training.

JoAnne teaches group classes and private lessons focusing on everything from raising, training, and socializing a puppy to considerably more complicated behavioral issues (rowdy dogs, dogs and babies, fearfulness, dog/dog reactivity, resource guarding, and other forms of anxiety and aggression). JoAnne is dedicated to positive training techniques and is committed to bringing these principals into the lives of dogs and their families. She believes training and enrichment are the keys to overcoming the everyday challenges of the urban dog and to building everlasting human/canine bonds.

She and her husband John currently share their hearts and home with Walter, a re-homed Brussels Griffon, Jack, a rescued shepard/pit/hound mix, and their formerly stray cat Flaco.

Katrina Krings

Instructor
Katrina Krings

Katrina has been with our team for 14 years. She has a wealth of dog experience and knowledge, and works with nearly 100 dogs and puppies per week!

Katrina teaches a variety of group classes including: Puppy Class Part 1, Puppy Class Part 2, Adolescent and Adult Obedience, Small Dog Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Urban Agility and Canine Fitness Part 1, and Urban Agility and Canine Fitness Part 2. She also teaches private lessons, addressing everything from basic manners to fear and aggression issues. She embraces a philosophy of behavior modification using positive reinforcement and management.

Katrina has a special passion for helping homeless animals and served as the Director of Behavior and Training at Animal Haven Shelter for six years. Here she designed the enrichment program, providing the animals with species-specific activities to reduce stress in the shelter environment. She is also the creator of a first of its kind, dog-focused after school program for children and elementary school children.

As an honors graduate with a degree in Psychology from Long Island University, her studies focused on animal behavior and included conducting an international independent study on stray dogs while in Thailand, India, and Romania.

Katrina spent 10 years training and competing in competitive agility (including the Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) with her rescue dogs; Stella, a 5 pound Brussels Griffon and Maeby, a 35 pound Super Mutt.

She grew up sharing her home and her heart with all sorts of animals including: dogs of all sizes, cats, horses, guinea pigs, rodents and amphibians. Katrina lives with her husband and their active 10-year-old dog, Maeby in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their favorite activities include going for hikes and watching movies as a family.

Mike Lustig

Instructor
Mike Lutsig

Mike is a wonderful example of how varied life experiences can be a recipe for a talented trainer who has superb communication skills with dogs and their people. After his apprenticeship with Andrea Arden Dog Training, Mike also completed the Instructor’s Training Course with Pia Silvani and Sue Sternberg where he received the Most Inspiring Trainer award. He currently teaches group classes, private lessons, runs puppy socialization groups, and is a certified evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

After volunteering for numerous shelters, Mike’s passion for teaching people how to better communicate with their dogs eventually pulled him away from a career in music, which included five albums and touring the country opening for Eric Clapton, No Doubt, and The Kinks, amongst others. Mike was also a professional poker player, an endeavor which added to his ability to accurately read people and situations and to recognize a sure bet; For pet parents that means focusing on dog-friendly training, enrichment, and consistent management.

Mike has shared his life with a Poodle, a Shepherd Mix, many foster dogs, and most recently a rescued spaniel mix named Betty.

Stephanie Teed

Instructor
Stephanie Teed

Stephanie began her career as a dog trainer participating with her Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Sierra, in multiple dog sports and activities, including agility, obedience, and tricks. Stephanie is passionate about helping pet parents develop a similar bond and enthusiasm for training fun with their dogs. After completing an apprenticeship with us, Stephanie progressed to becoming a group class instructor and play group moderator.

Stephanie was a manager at Cherrybrook Pet Supplies in New Jersey, a position which allowed her to develop an impressive knowledge of dog grooming and nutrition, and an opportunity to help pet parents at events such as Westminster, Meet the Breeds, Groom Expo, and more.

Casandra Sultanik

Senior Instructor
Casandra Sultanik

Casandra has been part of our team of experienced, compassionate trainers for eight years. She is well versed in the science of learning, is devoted to helping dogs live happier lives through improving manners and decreasing stress, and is patient and passionate when helping pet parents learn how to apply motivation based training with their dogs.

In addition to teaching private lessons and group classes. Casandra has been running our Small Dog Play Groups for three years. She has been a pet parent to a Havanese, Maltese, Toy Poodle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Great Dane, Kuvasz, and Yorkshire Terrier.

After completing her degree from Tulane University, Casandra worked for Omnicom Media. She continued to follow her passion for dogs through fostering rescue dogs, until she eventually focused on her career as a professional dog trainer full time.

Lucy Weaver

Instructor
Lucy Weaver

Lucy earned a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. In addition to her thesis focused on miniature donkeys, he has also worked on research in elephant cognition with her advisor, Dr. Diana Reiss. Her academic work has focused on helping humans and animals understand each other better, a trend she has continued with through dog training with people and their pets.

Lucy's extensive experience with animals includes working at animal rehabilitation centers, shelters, farms, and zoos, with a wide variety of animals including seals, goats, owls, parrots, cats and dogs.

Dogs have always had a special place in her heart, and Lucy is thrilled to now be focusing full time on helping pet parents and their canine family members.

Melanie Ward

Instructor
Melanie Ward

Melanie’s career with animals began at the Cincinnati Zoo, in her native state of Ohio. She taught summer camps for elementary school students that focused on learning about wild animals so that as adults they would have a personal connection to conservation. She handled a variety of species including prehensile tail porcupines, African grey hornbills, and rainbow boas, just to name a few. After working with such a breadth of different species Melanie decided to work with companion animals. This brought her to Andrea Arden Dog Training where she combines her love of teaching humans and teaching animals in an effort to help them develop a more cooperative, stress free, and joyful bond.

Melanie is a graduate of New York University. During her time at NYU she volunteered with multiple animal shelters. When she's not teaching puppies good manners Melanie writes, directs, and acts in a variety of different plays and films.

Stefania Bedoya

Instructor
Stefania Bedoya

For the past seven years, Stefania has run a successful dog walking business in NYC where she developed a stellar reputation for her commitment to providing the best care for her four legged friends, while providing them with safe, and enriching walks. Stefania has excellent handling and safety skills, and has been entrusted with the care of all manner of lovely canines, from the tiniest Chihuahuas to extra large Cane Corsos.

Stefania’s passion to continue helping dogs and to taking her already extensive skills many steps further, led her to join our team. Stefania fine tuned her abilities with a two year apprenticeship with our team and is now helping our canine and human students progress as well as our new apprentices.

Stefania shares her heart and home with her Miniature Poodle, Rygel, and her Pit Bull, Gemma.

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Andrea Arden

Andrea Arden

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Joanne Bassinger

Joanne Bassinger

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Katrina Krings

Katrina Krings

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Casandra Sultanik

Casandra Sultanik

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Mike Lutsig

Mike Lustig

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Stephanie Teed

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Lucy Weaver

Lucy Weaver

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Melanie Ward

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