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.
Dog Training School Manager
JoAnne has been part of our training team for ten years and currently serves as the Dog Training School Manager. 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 has been part of our training team for nine years. She teaches a variety of group classes on such topics as puppy socialization and training, adolescent and adult obedience, level II obedience, tricks, and agility. Katrina also teaches private lessons, addressing everything from basic training to fear and aggression issues. She embraces a philosophy of behavior modification which focuses on positive reinforcement and consistent management.
Katrina is the creator of a first of it’s kind, after school class for kindergarten and elementary school children about dogs. Katrina also has a special interest in homeless animals and served as the Director of Behavior and Training at Animal Haven Shelter.
Katrina graduated with honors and earned a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior from Long Island University. While studying in Thailand, India, and Romania Katrina conducted an international independent study on stray dogs.
Katrina was a volunteer for the League of Animal Welfare in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1999 to 2005, and is an accomplished equestrienne. As such, she was an assistant manager at Apple Creek Stables in Ohio, where she designed course plans and instructed all levels of classes. She has applied her impressive understanding of animal behavior and training skills to a wide range of animals including dogs, horses, and even guinea pigs.
Both of her dogs Stella, a 5 pound Brussels Griffon, and Maeby, a 35 pound Brittany mix, are rescues that compete with Katrina in AKC and USDAA agility trials. Most recently, Stella qualified for the 2010 USDAA Nationals and Maeby is showing great promise as she begins her agility career. Katrina and Stella were also invited to be amongst the first competitors in the Westminster Masters Agility Championship in February, 2014.
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.
Kristi’s passion for helping animals led her to Best Friends Animal Society in southern Utah, where she completed an animal care internship. This valuable experience, her extensive apprenticeship with us, and her time as a valued animal shelter volunteer have provided Kristi with the knowledge and skills to help dogs learn using a smart, positive, and effective approach.
Kristi is an integral part of our team as a group class and private lesson instructor where she focuses on topics such as new puppy training and management, basic obedience and manners, leash skills, curbing reactivity, excessive barking, and separation anxiety. Kristi has also taken the lead as team captain for our walk and train program, which is designed to support pet parents in their endeavor to help their dogs develop good on leash manners and NYC street skills.
Kristi has shared her life with a golden retriever, a black lab, a pit bill mix and a terrier mix , and has fostered several shelter dogs in New York City. Kristi graduated with high honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in dance.
Casandra’s personal experience with dogs is extensive. She has been a pet parent to a Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Great Dane, Kuvasz, Maltese, Toy Poodle, Havanese, and Yorkshire Terrier. Her devotion, strong work ethic, and reliability are just a few of the attributes that make her shine and made it clear to us that she was going to be a valuable part of our team.
Casandra currently moderates socialization and play groups, and helps dogs develop better manners and skills through our walk and train program.
After completing her degree from Tulane University, Casandra worked for Omnicom Media. She continued to follow her passion for dogs through fostering, until she eventually took the big leap and decided to follow her passion full time. Casandra approaches animal care and training with patience and affection, and is an advocate for taking a positive, reward based approach to teaching our canine companions.
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.
In her five years as a Marine Mammal Trainer at the Brooklyn Aquarium, Angie spent most of her time with California sea lions in addition to having the opportunity to train a wide array of species, including Nurse sharks and Pacific walruses. Her work also supports her love of SCUBA, and she is a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). While her interest in animals gave her the motivation to pursue her career as a trainer, Angie has discovered a love for teaching and communicating with them through positive reinforcement. She’s looking forward to taking steps onto land, as she begins gaining experience in the dog training world. Angie joined our team as an apprentice in early 2015 and is already well on her way to become as adept at teaching dogs and their people as she is with marine mammals.
Angie grew up in a house of brothers and Labrador Retriever mixes. Though she considers herself to be a Boston native, Angie has lived in almost every state on the East coast. Angie earned her Biology degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and although she considers herself to be a Boston native, she has lived in almost every state on the East coast. Angie grew up in a house filled with Labrador Retriever mixes and brothers, and has happily adapted to life in Brooklyn, New York.
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.
We love teaching dogs.
Since 1994, we have created a team of experienced and talented trainers who are leaders in the field of pet dog training. In our private sessions and group classes we teach
people how to navigate the potential challenges of life with their dogs in New York City and bring out the best in their dogs.
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What people say about us
I’ve taken several classes with Andrea Arden Dog Training. The instructors are very informed, patient, and experienced. It takes the frustration out of dog training, and with patience, positive reinforcement and fun, the relationship between dog and owner grows. They make it easy. In fact, I doubt I would have a second dog if it wasn’t for Andrea Arden Dog Training. We began in the winter of 2007 and are still going back for more, including the small dog socialization groups. Can’t say enough~ except thank you!
Pet Parent Sophia C.
WOW! Say it with me: Cesar who? Andrea Arden’s Katrina Krings is the true Dog Whisperer! I called her to work with my 4 month old Maltese who I was hopeless at training. After only a few sessions she literally transformed my dog, and then worked with me to make sure I could keep the training up on my own! Kartrina, I cannot thank you enough!!!!!!! Suki is happy and I was told by my vet that she is the most well behaved dog they have ever worked with. (To be clear, they called me at home to mention this because they were so impressed by her calm demeanor and pure obedience) Great job!!!!!!!!!!
Pet Parent Lori L.
This dog training school is really excellent. The classes started on-time, the facility was clean and we got what we paid for; a well-trained dog. I would highly recommend to anyone (which means everyone) who needs a professional dog trainer to address the behavioral issues which are common to dogs.
Pet Parent Henry S.
This is the best place! I took my puppy here for training classes and would do it again in a heart beat. The trainers are highly informed in training dogs, love every puppy, and are VERY approachable. I have recommended it to a handful of people with new puppies. They even answered questions for me months later. Top quality!!! You guys are perfect!
Pet Parent Jill J.
We had one of the trainers, Katrina, come to our home for private lessons with our 7 month old dog. The lessons and follow up homework were clear and effective. Our dogs barking and house training problems are now under control.
Pet Parent G. H.
We just finished our 3rd private training session and can’t believe how much of a difference we see in our 8 1/2 month puppy, Omar. Our trainer Katrina has been an unbelievable wealth of knowledge — answering every question we had thoroughly, and proactively giving us additional relevant tips at every step. For anyone looking for excellent training for their dog... go to Andrea Arden Dog Training!!
Pet Parent Rosenstocke
I took a puppy class and it helped tremendously!!! The trainer was more than willing to answer any silly little question that i had (and anyone else in the class – believe me there were a lot!) She emailed us tasks & additional info too. I saved the emails & still refer back to these sometimes. Katrina was more than willing address any problems I was having with my pooch. The techniques that we were taught I still use. Recently I travelled up state where i had my dog off leash (which freaked me completely out) then i just used some simple targeting tasks we were taught in class . After a day i was completely calm with her off leash & every time I call her she comes running! This is something i dont think i would have been able to achieve on my own. Taking the class was definetly the best thing I could have done for my puppy!
Pet Parent H. A. P.
I got two new little schnauzer puppies and took them to Andrea Arden for training. Prior to taking them for training, they were very wild and hard to control. After our training sessions the improvement in their behavior was dramatic. The trainers here really have a way with animals and their love of dogs really shows.
Pet Parent S. Price
I recently completed Andrea Arden’s Adult Basic class with my newly rescued Wheaten Terrier. Over the class my dog’s behavior improved immensely, as did my knowledge of how best to train her. Andrea Arden Training uses reward-based training and my dog LOVES it – she now will spontaneously do obedience moves in the hopes that I will give her a treat. Our class was quite small (just 3 dogs), so it was almost like having 1 on 1 training. It was very helpful to see the trainers demonstrate the techniques. Additionally, many of the Andrea Arden trainers have also rescued dogs, so they have a good understanding of the different training issues rescued dogs face. Two paws up!
Pet Parent Ellen C.
We just got our new Goldendoodle and had a great trainer from Andrea Arden help us with house training and jumping. We were at our wits end with the nipping and chewing too. The trainer calmed us down and let us know that all this behavior is normal and showed us so many great ways to get control of the situation. She was really understanding and patient. Additionally, she went out of her way to assist our family beyond just the lesson. I was so pleased to find out that she purchased toys and treats to bring the next time she came. The entire experience with Lisa and the other staff was a great one. Bernie and my whole family give the entire crew a thumb and paw up!
Pet Parent Pat G.
I am a first time dog owner and needed to control my new little fury friend. The staff here is second to none, the facilities are fantastic, and my little pup loves it! He’s obedient, calm, and receptive to the training. Andrea and Jo Anne really care about the dogs and take a lot of time to make sure the little fellas are on track. Highly recommended!
Pet Parent Neil D.