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The Dog Behaviorist NYC

Brooklyn, NY, Kings

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I specialize in Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) and I am comfortable handling any dog.
I've worked with most breeds and sizes: aggressive Pitbulls, shy, anxious Terriers, dominant Boxers, and over-excited Vizslas.
I rehabilitate and train dogs by working not only with the dog, but most importantly with YOU, the owner.

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18 December 2019

I recently rescued a 3 year old adult dog named Bonnie (beagle, terrier, lab mix).  She is a well behaved dog in many ways but we were having issues with her jumping on other dogs/people, rushing the doorbell and listening to my command/authority. I researched and found Dominik and am so glad that I did!!! Bonnie immediately took to Dominik and he helped me figure out how *I* should train my dog and not the other way around. Through 3 sessions, we were able to curb a lot of the unwanted behavior and Bonnie seemed to really enjoy it too. Dogs love direct commands and it as much of a learning experience for me as well. Really recommend and makes a huge difference to me and to Bonnie! More...

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2 November 2019

So grateful to have found and worked with Dominik to help with our new puppy Cody. My bf and I rescued our first pup and needed help addressing his fearfulness that was impacting our walks together. After an unfortunate fireworks scare, we were unable to walk Cody past our block for a few months. We tried easy-walk harnesses, lots of treats, and sound desensitizing, but nothing really seemed to work. Dominik taught us how to lead, heel, and place, and showed us ways to improve our relationship with our dog. There already was a huge change after our first session. His approach to training is sensible, firm, and kind. I really recommend him to anyone experiencing behavioral difficulties with their pups! More...

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29 September 2019

I recently became a first time dog owner to a Cockapoo puppy. I had no idea it would be this much work. I couldn't walk him outside because he would try to go in every direction and make walks a nightmare. I couldn't leave him at home because he would bark nonstop if left alone. These were very big problems.Enter Dominik. From the get go, Dominik instilled confidence in us that he knew his stuff. We were never pressured to buy more lessons than necessary. Within a very short time frame, a few weeks, Dominik helped transform our puppy into a well behaved good boy.Walks are now fun. He has learned how to stay at home alone without barking nonstop. All thanks to Dominik.If you are struggling with your dog and need an expert to teach you how to fix whatever the issue may be, I highly recommend Dominik. More...

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10 September 2019

Wonderful experience!   My small sized, older rescue, had many issues.   He still has some, but after just 3 seasons with Dominik,  the difference in his behavior is remarkable.  He is now, without all that worry,  much more fun to walk.  He also has learned to respond to commands,... something I might have thought nearly impossible.   Dominik's calm demeanor is conducive to the training,  and I am a happy customer. More...

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4 September 2019

Dominik is a natural with dogs. His help with our rescue dog was simple but amazingly effective. After just a couple sessions most of her fear was put aside and she was way more confident on the streets of New York.

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23 August 2019

Dominik is a wonderful, patient dog trainer. He helped me with my dog who's had a long history of anxiety and tearfulness, as well as general obedience training. We spaced out sessions and Dominik was always receptive to and responsive if I had questions. Highly recommended! More...

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23 August 2019

I rescued Rollo when he was about 4 months or so and he was always very noise reactive and generally fearful/anxious. With Dominik's help, Rollo has come a long way and is fairly ready for a big trip ahead. He never liked crates and is now comfortable being in one for travel. Huge thanks to Dominik for his patience and guidance with Rollo! Please consider him for your dog! More...

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17 August 2019

Dom is great.  Within minutes of the first session, I realized that my wildest expectations for my dog, Rothko, were too low.  Dom helped my wife and I meet our real dog.  He told us it would only take three sessions and by the end of the third it felt like the way forward was really clear and there wasn't much left to do.Dom also helped train us.  We couldn't always get the same results as him.  In those moments, he worked with my wife and me on how our behaviors were affecting our pup.  He's tough, but fair, and really helped us realize that expecting more from our dog isn't just good for us, but good for Rothko. More...

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7 August 2019

My fiancé and I rescued a 3 month old Pit/Lab mix, somewhat impulsively… but definitely worth it ;) After bringing our new pup home we kind of looked at each other and realized we had no idea how to raise a puppy. Then came Dominik.Dominik was the perfect trainer not just for our dog, but for us. Since our pup is part Pit, our first priority was to ensure our new pup had basic obedience training and would be a great ambassador for his breed. Dominik has years of experience working with Pits, which was one of the many reasons we chose to work with him. He taught us about the breed, and how to effectively communicate with our pup. We hired Dominik for 6 sessions, which was perfect for our needs. Our puppy, now almost 6 months old, knows how to sit, stay, down, shake, and has a good grasp on recall. We still have work to do to get our dog to off-leash status, but we have made so much progress from the hyper pup we started with. He now responds well to our commands and we’ve developed a better relationship with our dog. Our lives have been so much easier thanks to Domink’s guidance. I recommend his services to anyone I know with a dog, regardless of age. If you have any behavioral issues, or just want to start off your new puppy’s life to a great start - Dominik can help you. More...

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1 August 2019

My fiancé and I rescued a 3 month old Pit/Lab mix, somewhat impulsively... but definitely worth it ;) After bringing our new pup home we kind of looked at each other and realized we had no idea how to raise a puppy. Then came Dominik.Dominik was the perfect trainer not just for our dog, but for us. Since our pup is part Pit, our first priority was to ensure our new pup had basic obedience training and would be a great ambassador for his breed. Dominik has years of experience working with Pits, which was one of the many reasons we chose to work with him. He taught us about the breed, and how to effectively communicate with our pup. We hired Dominik for 6 sessions, which was perfect for our needs. Our puppy, now almost 6 months old, knows how to sit, stay, down, shake, and has a good grasp on recall. We still have work to do to get our dog to off-leash status, but we have made so much progress from the hyper pup we started with. He now responds well to our commands and we've developed a better relationship with our dog. Our lives have been so much easier thanks to Domink's guidance. I recommend his services to anyone I know with a dog, regardless of age. If you have any behavioral issues, or just want to start off your new puppy's life to a great start - Dominik can help you. More...

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29 July 2019

Dominik is a life saver. We got Yuki, a cream Shiba Inu, when he was a 10 week old puppy but he was extremely anxious and scared of just about everyone and everything. I read that Shibas were a real challenge training already but add on the fact I was a first time dog owners and Yuki's anxiety just drove me crazy. I had tried taking Yuki to Petco and Petsmart but that was a no-go from the first couple of sessions. I knew instantly that Yuki needed someone more hands on and willing to put in the effort and expertise in training him.In comes Dominik and my fears as well as Yuki's were put at ease. Dominik is really knowledgeable about a dog's social behaviors, anxieties and everyday training. He brought out the best friend that I wanted in Yuki and slowly built up my confidence in being an owner. More...

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20 July 2019

Dominik is a really great trainer. I was having some behavioral issues with my German Shepherd puppy and he gave me assurance that these were common problems among puppies, that my dog was not a bad dog and the steps I needed to take control. His balanced training methods of positive enforcement and corrections gave our puppy the necessary structure he needed. He showed me his methods of being calm but assertive towards my puppy and within the first lesson, I saw immediate results. His training gave me the foundation every dog should have. He's very knowledgeable and a down to earth guy. Could not be happier, highly recommend! More...

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17 May 2019

We contacted Dominik because our sweet dog Emma was struggling with anxiety issues that were so bad she refused to go to the bathroom outside. We had tried two other trainers but both only focused on training pups through treats for good behavior, which did not work for our Emma, as she was too scared to even take a treat once she saw a truck or heard loud city noises. Dominik helped us establish a dominance hierarchy with Emma that led to her trusting us and showed us that what we thought was letting her be a carefree puppy was actually not providing the guidance she needed and causing her anxiety. He showed us that gently correcting her and providing structure are the best things we could do to help her feel safe on noisy NYC streets. He is also very reasonably priced, and never pushed additional sessions on us (we went with the six pack of sessions). Dominik's methods work, and we would absolutely use him again if additional problems arose with Emma in the future. More...

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27 April 2019

Dominik is AMAZING! We adopted our dog, Whiskey, a very excited and playful pup. We purchased the silver package (6 sessions) to help with basic commands, walks, and sociability. Within the first session, Dominik gave us the tools to feel confident in helping Whiskey and educated us on why and how to help us better understand. Whiskey now knows his sit, stay, and down commands in addition to his place command which keeps him in his bed (particularly useful when we have food out because he loves to steal snacks!). Whiskey went from constantly pulling the leash on his walks, and honestly, walking us, to walking calmly by our side, at our pace, only budging when we gesture. Dominik also worked on Whiskey's impulse control- training him not to pick up food on his walk or run out of the house when the door is open. Dominik was wonderful in answering all of our questions and advising us in this new endeavor. We can't thank him enough!! And Whiskey loved him too More...

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27 March 2019

Dom is really great. He has given me the knowledge and most importantly the confidence on how to work with my dog. As a first time dog owner, I was overwhelmed to the point of tears with the various behavior issues my rescue exhibited after adoption. I appreciated that at our initial consultation Dom was confident in his ability to help us but was also clear about what realistic rates of progress would look like. With me being clearly desperate for help, I really appreciated that Dom was kind and matter of fact, confident in his abilities without ever overselling himself. Based on this, I decided to purchase 10 sessions upfront and have been very happy ever since.Dom has been consistent kind, calm, and patient yet firm and my dog has really responded to his approach. The very first session Dom had him politely walking on his leash, a behavior I had failed to achieve for a whole year! Now almost 6 months later my dog still follows through with this, because Dom made sure I had the tools to do this on my own. This focus on training both the dog and the owner has been the key to our long term success.Again, very happy with all the progress we've made and I will definitely be purchasing follow-up sessions in the future. More...

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26 February 2019

Dominic is THE BEST. Our little Frenchie is extremely dominant, demanding, and can be mean to our other male who is older. She showed signs of being able to learn skills prior to working with Dominic but she is so stubborn. He first asserted who was boss and created a new hierarchy. He then showed us the proper ways to walk her and keep her in line using the right kind of collar. She is such a great dog to walk now and we feel we have the tools to keep both her and us happy. I am no longer worried about her behavior with other dogs. For the first time, I can bring her to the dog park for socialization. She is 4 years old, so it's never too late to teach a dog how to behave. More...

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5 February 2019

We had a puppy from a rescue and we had some issues with house training going outside walking on a leash and just general behavior. Dominik came worked with us did a fabulous job with her she's a totally different dog after our training sessions. He's very kind good with the animals he commands their respect as soon as he comes to the door she always listened to him. Sometimes even I  felt like she was a different dog when he was here. I would recommend him for anybody who needs dog training in your home. His price is very reasonable and fair and very easy to work with. More...

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23 September 2018

I have a puppy shiba inu and Dom taught me with basic puppy training which included sitting, leave it. We purchased a total of 3 classes and the last class we went to the doggie park. It was overall a very good experience having Dom as my puppys trainer and will continue to use his service when we need in the future! More...

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1 September 2018

Dominik is the man! He managed to fix my dog’s separation anxiety in a few weeks.
Very knowledgeable and kind, and an all around great dude.

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2 August 2018

Dominik gave us our sanity back. We adopted our puppy Riley from a local rescue. A few months later we noticed she had a few bahavioral issues. The biggest being fear/aggression. This made everyday life very challenging. Taking her on a walk, a dog park, or near a busy road was a nightmare. We had no experience on how to deal with these issues. Desperate to change this behavior and have some normalcy back in our lives, I searched for a dog behaviorist in Brooklyn and Dominik popped up in my search. I sent him a detailed email about Riley and the challenges we were facing, anxiously awaiting to see if he could help us. He replied within a day and very confidently expressed he had experience with dogs who had this behavior and wanted to meet her for a consultation. After meeting with Riley, Dominik offered to have our first session right away and assured us he could help. We opted to go with 6 sessions first. After the first 2, we had already seen some serious improvement and were so excited to keep the momentum going. Not only does Dominik show wonderful patience with both the dog and the owners, he has a remarkable way of explaining what he is doing, why he is doing it and how the dog perceives it. He is also extremely flexible. After our 6th session we decided to sign Riley up for an additional 4, at Dominik's recommendation, but he never pressured us into it which we really appreciated. We were so happy with the progress made that we wanted to focus on some smaller issues we began to notice after the fear/agression behavior was under control. I tell anyone I encounter who has a dog with any issues to reach out to Dominik because I can't say enough good things about him!! Thank you Dominik! We are forever grateful. More...

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2 August 2018

Awesome Trainer! He had an instant connection with my Lab Cooper who was a handful when I first got him. Dominik showed me some helpful tips and tricks which turned my rambunctious, jumping and destructive Cooper into the well-behaved and calm dog he is today.

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2 August 2018

Dominik basically changed our lives. My partner and I rescued a puppy in the fall and by winter time we were very discouraged due to her fearful and aggressive behaviors. It was nearly impossible to walk her as she was afraid of every little noise or movement on the street. She also barked and pulled with any other dog we came across on walks. We felt defeated and thought we might have made a mistake by bringing this pup into city life. We first tried a group basic training class and that was a flop. She couldn’t even concentrate because of the other dogs around and the trainer couldn’t handle our case. So we searched a bit more and found Dominik! We had a phone chat and then he agreed to meet us at our home for a consultation. After a walk around the block with our pup, I knew he was the trainer we needed. Dominik was very patient with us and is excellent in explaining his methods. With just a few sessions, we were able to walk our dog on a loose leash with no strong arming or bribing. We have worked on a variety of issues and have made vast improvements in all areas. Dominik is an amazing teacher and very talented. We seriously can’t thank him enough for changing our lives and helping make our pup the happiest she’s been. She had a rough start to this life and it brings me to tears (happy) to know she’s comfortable and carefree now. It is with a strong recommendation to contact Dominik if you have any dog training needs. More...

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2 August 2018

I have a two year old pitbull named Lucky who has has severe anxiety and aggression issues. He would lunge, bark and try to bite other people and dogs, he would pull on his leash like a maniac and I honestly was thinking about giving him up. I didn’t know what to do anymore, I tried different trainers but with minimal success. He was out of control. Then I found Dominik on Yelp and he saved my dog’s life. Over the course of several weeks he worked with Lucky and me together. He showed incredibly calmness, love, patience and positivity and I couldn’t be happier to have found him. He has a great gift with dogs.I can now take Lucky on walks without issues and we even started going to dog parks and he loves it. Once he got over his fearful state of mind, I saw a different dog and his true happy go lucky nature started showing. Dominik is a wonderful trainer and I highly recommend him! More...

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2 August 2018

I searched the web for a dog trainer and came across Dominik's website. After seeing his success stories I knew he was a great match for my dog Buster. After a few session I now have a more confident, obedient and happy dog. I can have guests over at my apartment and Buster is no longer scared and aggressive. I would totally recommend Dominik to a friend. He is amazing! More...

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2 August 2018

I highly recommend Dominik to anyone who’s having issues with their dog.
He had a great training plan for my rescue Husky and accomplished more with him than I ever thought possible

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2 August 2018

Dominik helped Chewy work through his anxiety almost overnight. He provided the tools for us to create structure where Chewy would flourish! After having my daughter Chewy took on the role of our family's guardian. He would bark when he would hear the doorbell, be on edge throughout his walks, and be anxious whenever we would leave the house without him. It was heartbreaking to see him so upset and distressed. We knew we needed help. When inquiring, Dominik got back to me right away.  He was in tune with our furry boy and made the experience seamless. More...

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24 July 2018

I highly recommend Dominik to anyone who's having issues with their dog. He had a great training plan for my rescue Husky and accomplished more with him than I ever thought possible

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21 July 2018

Dominik basically changed our lives. My partner and I rescued a puppy in the fall and by winter time we were very discouraged due to her fearful and aggressive behaviors. It was nearly impossible to walk her as she was afraid of every little noise or movement on the street. She also barked and pulled with any other dog we came across on walks. We felt defeated and thought we might have made a mistake by bringing this pup into city life. We first tried a group basic training class and that was a flop. She couldn't even concentrate because of the other dogs around and the trainer couldn't handle our case. So we searched a bit more and found Dominik! We had a phone chat and then he agreed to meet us at our home for a consultation. After a walk around the block with our pup, I knew he was the trainer we needed. Dominik was very patient with us and is excellent in explaining his methods. With just a few sessions, we were able to walk our dog on a loose leash with no strong arming or bribing. We have worked on a variety of issues and have made vast improvements in all areas. Dominik is an amazing teacher and very talented. We seriously can't thank him enough for changing our lives and helping make our pup the happiest she's been. She had a rough start to this life and it brings me to tears (happy) to know she's comfortable and carefree now. It is with a strong recommendation to contact Dominik if you have any dog training needs. More...

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21 July 2018

Dominik gave us our sanity back. We adopted our puppy Riley from a local rescue. A few months later we noticed she had a few bahavioral issues. The biggest being fear/aggression. This made everyday life very challenging. Taking her on a walk, a dog park, or near a busy road was a nightmare. We had no experience on how to deal with these issues. Desperate to change this behavior and have some normalcy back in our lives, I searched for a dog behaviorist in Brooklyn and Dominik popped up in my search. I sent him a detailed email about Riley and the challenges we were facing, anxiously awaiting to see if he could help us. He replied within a day and very confidently expressed he had experience with dogs who had this behavior and wanted to meet her for a consultation. After meeting with Riley, Dominik offered to have our first session right away and assured us he could help. We opted to go with 6 sessions first. After the first 2, we had already seen some serious improvement and were so excited to keep the momentum going. Not only does Dominik show wonderful patience with both the dog and the owners, he has a remarkable way of explaining what he is doing, why he is doing it and how the dog perceives it. He is also extremely flexible. After our 6th session we decided to sign Riley up for an additional 4, at Dominik's recommendation, but he never pressured us into it which we really appreciated. We were so happy with the progress made that we wanted to focus on some smaller issues we began to notice after the fear/agression behavior was under control. I tell anyone I encounter who has a dog with any issues to reach out to Dominik because I can't say enough good things about him!! Thank you Dominik! We are forever grateful. More...

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18 July 2018

I searched the web for a dog trainer and came across Dominik's website. After seeing his success stories I knew he was a great match for my dog Buster. After a few session I now have a more confident, obedient and happy dog. I can have guests over at my apartment and Buster is no longer scared and aggressive. I would totally recommend Dominik to a friend. He is amazing!!! More...

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30 August 2017

Dominik was excellent with my sometimes anxious, fear-biting, 8 year old rescue shih tzu. Did an excellent job helping me adapt my own behavior to better help the little guy. He showed me techniques to handle and challenge my dog. After three sessions, my dog is calmer, happier, and clearly feels more secure. Dominik was calm and reassuring with him, and we also worked on sit and stay, to challenge his mind and create confidence. I know and understand my dog much better than I did before, and handle him with greater assurance. There's been a big improvement. More...

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16 January 2017

Great, Great just great!Prior to taking a much needed trip, I needed someone capable who I could trust to walk my extremely leash reactive german shepherd and upon coming across Dominik I decided to give him a try. I really couldn't be more happier or ask for a more positive experience, the guy is great with dogs, extremely knowledgeable and I did not expect the results I saw with my dog after introducing him to Dominik. He was able to successfully manage and control my dogs reactivity while taking him out for his walks, he instilled corrective techniques and worked with my dog with utmost patience and exhibited a high degree of professionalism. My dog seems to be visibly more happy and his entire demeanor seems to be shifting. I am happy to say that I look forward to many future sessions with Dominique and would 100% recommend him for taking care of your dog no matter their temperament. More...

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When owners tell me how much I helped improve their life and their dog's quality of life, it is so incredibly rewarding - especially when the owner had lost hope and was about to give up the dog.

Once I saw that there was a market for what I offer, I didn't hesitate and went ahead and started my own business.

I am a professional who loves his job and is good at what he does. I offer a balanced, common sense approach to dog training and I will produce results. I will always treat your dog with love and respect and I will help your dog live a happy life.

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