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I’ve always had a love for animals, and dogs in particular.  In 1998, I became a volunteer at a local animal shelter, where I began by walking and socializing dogs, to help them become more adoptable.  My initial involvement with training there involved mostly traditional training methods.  Then at one point, I was asked to work with a group of developmentally challenged teenagers, who loved dogs and wanted to be involved with them in any way they could.  I knew that traditional methods would not work best for these kids, and sought to find a ‘friendlier’ alternative.  That’s when I learned more about Positive Reinforcement training methods, and I haven’t looked back since.  

Positive Reinforcement training is a people-friendly, dog-friendly method of training.  You learn to communicate with your dog through innovative, positive-reinforcement techniques that are both fun and effective.  You build a stronger bond, your dog will learn to respect you as a leader and a trusted friend, and you'll both have fun!

Ritsa Galitsis, CPDT

  •         Certified Professional Dog Trainer
  •         Extensive work with both pet dogs and shelter dogs
  •         Member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  •         AKC Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen Certification
  •         Guardian to KENSI, a boisterous Old English 

                Sheepdog, ANGUS, a sweet Flat Coated Retriever 
                Mix, BARON, a shy Foxhound Mix, and Bea, 
                adorable and funny pit mix.