Andrea Arden

CEO
Andrea Arden

Andrea is a pet expert for The Today Show, Live with Kelly & Ryan, and 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 has also appeared on 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, as well as a contributing writer for the AKC Gazette, Modern Dog and numerous other publications.

Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of 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.

She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional 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 (CPDT), and Andrea is an AKC CGC Evaluator, and may administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC, Video Home Manners and Trick Dog tests.

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, Quest, and the Daily News.

Jo Anne Basinger

Instructor
Joanne Bassinger

Jo Anne has been part of our training team for close to 20 years. She brings with her an additional 20 years of Marine Mammal training and animal care expertise. Jo Anne is an honors graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers where she studied with Jean Donaldson. She has served as the featured dog trainer on television programs, and has published articles about environmental and behavioral enrichment for professional animal industry magazines.

Jo Anne began her career in dog training in the 1990’s after volunteering for her community dog shelter. Her devotion to helping dogs and their humans grew out of the love and challenges she faced with Danny and Gloria, the first two troubled shelter dogs she adopted. This experience led her to merge her knowledge in marine mammal training with her passion for teaching and helping companion dogs by joining Andrea Arden Dog Training.

Jo Anne teaches virtual lessons, in-person private sessions, and group classes focusing on everything from raising and training a puppy to considerably more complicated behavioral issues (rowdy dogs, dogs and babies, fearfulness, dog to dog reactivity, resource guarding, and other forms of anxiety and aggression). Jo Anne is dedicated to using positive techniques and committed to bringing these principles into the daily lives of dogs and their families. She believes positive training, proper management, and behavioral enrichment are the keys to overcoming the daily challenges of the urban dog and building strong human/canine bonds.

She and her husband John have shared their home and hearts with many dogs, large and small. They currently are very happy loving Olive, a small energetic terrier mix, and Sam, a rescued Brussels Griffon.

Katrina Krings

Instructor
Katrina Krings

Katrina has been with our team for 16 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, Intro to Agility, Agility Part 2, and Puppy Agility and Enrichment. 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 and her Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Sierra, have earned multiple titles, including Trick Dog Advanced, Canine Good Citizen Advanced, Coursing Ability, and Rally Novice. Their newest endeavor is herding.

Stephanie is passionate about helping pet parents develop a similar bond and enthusiasm for positive training fun with their dogs. She teaches group classes and private lessons and moderates puppy play groups.

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

Instructor
Casandra Sultanik

Casandra has been part of our team of experienced, compassionate trainers for eleven 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.

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 seven years ago 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

CPDT-KA
Stefania Bedoya

Stefania Bedoya has over 12 years of experience training and caring for our four-legged friends in New York City. Stefania earned her CPDT-KA certification, teaches group classes and private lessons, and in addition to helping dogs and their families, she also mentors our apprentices.

Stefania has also run her own dog-walking business, which earned a stellar reputation for her commitment to providing pups with the best care and safe, enriching adventures in the city. Through the years, Stefania’s excellent handling and safety skills have earned her the trust of all manner of lovely canines, from the tiniest Chihuahuas to the largest Cane Corsos. Her passion to continue helping dogs—and to taking her already extensive skills many steps further—led her to join our team, where she fine-tuned her abilities with a two year apprenticeship. Stefania has since been part of the training team for seven years.

Stefania is an AKC CGC Evaluator, and may administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC, Video Home Manners and Trick Dog tests.

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

Lara Sullivan

Instructor
Lara Sullivan

Lara is a graduate of the Professional Dog Training program, a supporting member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and is Pet First Aid and CPR certified.

Lara teaches group classes and private lessons and has helped hundreds of clients learn to better communicate with their dogs and develop their skills and enthusiasm for training.

If her teaching style seems somewhat calculated, it may be due to her previous career as an accountant and financial analyst #accountinghumor (It's a thing. Seriously.) After leaving that career behind, Lara worked as a handler and team leader in dog daycare. This gave her exposure to over 100 dogs on a daily basis to learn about dog-dog and dog-human interactions. She's volunteered for rescue organizations in her home town of Sydney, Australia and here in NYC to provide enrichment activities and foster care for dogs, cats, rabbits and birds. She continues to provide foster care for rescue dogs in need of training to improve their prospects of successful adoption.

Lara is an AKC CGC Evaluator, and may administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC, Video Home Manners and Trick Dog tests.

Hannah Richter

Instructor
Hannah Richter

Hannah is the author of two dog training books, Teach Your Dog New Tricks and Clicker Training for Dogs. Hannah joined our team after five years in pet care, completed a two year apprenticeship with us, earned her CPDT-KA certification, and has since been part of the training team for five years. Hannah has worked with hundreds of dogs and their families to develop deep bonds and strong communication skills using positive reinforcement and management. In addition to being an integral part of our puppy training and socialization foundation programs, Hannah is passionate about ongoing enrichment, including canine fitness, advanced obedience, tricks, and agility.

She has been a pet parent to a Labrador Retriever, a Wheaten Terrier, a Standard Poodle, and a Maltipoo, and is currently a 'dog mom' to a Yorkshire Terrier named Rupert and a miniature Australian Shepherd named Jenga.

Hannah is an AKC CGC Evaluator, and may administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC, Video Home Manners and Trick Dog tests.

Hannah is a graduate of Ithaca’s Musical Theatre program. When she is not training, she can be seen on stage in musicals and plays across the globe.

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Andrea Arden

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