Meet Elisabeth Weiss

We’d like to introduce you to Elisabeth Weiss from New York City. A dog trainer with a special talent.

Elisabeth Weiss - DogRelations NYCMy name is Elisabeth Weiss, and I own a company specialized in NYC dog training. This company is called DogRelations NYC (www.dogrelationsnewyorkcity.com) and was born from the desire to offer people an alternative to classic dog training methods. I believe in positive reinforcement, and I think that each dog is a unique individual that needs to be understood. From my experience, positive reinforcement is the only training method that creates a bond with the animal and allows it to learn properly. I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), ACK Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator. I was also given a Certificate in Canine First Aid by the American Red Cross.

But all those credentials and titles don’t speak about my beliefs, my experience and the tremendous joy working with dogs has brought me over the years. I used to be a professional violinist back in Vienna, and I got into dog training by owning dogs and seeing what beautiful and amazing creatures they are. My first dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Salome, was the talk of my neighborhood due to her perfect manners. I trained her myself. My first client was a beautiful dog who was dying from cancer. Her owners wanted me to offer her some peace of mind in her final days. I did more than that.

Music-RehabilitationI trained that dog to play the piano when I discovered she was a huge music fan. Each day I saw her making progresses. She was a very talented dog. After a short amount of time, she stopped being depressed. She had found herself a new passion and was excited about it. Despite the doctor’s prediction, she lived a year longer, and her final days were full of joy and love. That’s when I decided that every dog out there needs somebody to take care of it and understand it. And this is what I am doing: I am offering people the chance to strengthen the bond with their dog while training it and helping it discover its talents.