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Second Act Dog Training


Positive Reinforcement Dog Training in New York's Hudson Valley


Becky Stowe, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Claverack, NY

(518) 965-7358

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Second Act Dog Training

Specializing in re-homed and adopted dogs… Because there are lots of Second Acts in American lives.

My passion is helping people develop the best possible relationship with their canine family members.  Whether you’re a first-time pet parent, an old hand having some difficulties with a new addition to your pack, or just want to have more fun with your Furry Best Friend, I’m here to help. 

Bringing a new dog into your life is a great joy -- but it can also be a big challenge. 


All dogs are individuals and come with their own personalities, abilities, likes and dislikes, skills and quirks. And, if they're rescues, they come with everything they've learned in life so far: some good things and some not-so-good things. 

I've been working with (and living with!) shelter dogs for over a decade and I understand the challenges and joys of opening your heart and your home to these wonderful, deserving animals. 

My goal to is to give you the tools you need to understand your dog and to help you communicate with her in a positive and humane way.


Training should be fun: something both you and your dog look forward to! You can learn how to replace behavior you DON'T want -- like jumping -- with behavior you DO want --  like sitting politely -- through Positive reinforcement training.  


Positive reinforcement isn't just about giving your dog lots of cookies. And it's not about "bribes." A reinforcement can be anything your dog loves: play, affection, a chance to go sniff or dig or chase a ball.  I will show you how to use the things your dog loves to strengthen the behaviors you want. 

Science shows us that positive choice-based training has better, longer-lasting results than old-fashioned force-based training. And common sense tells us that a dog who trusts us and finds joy in training is happier and more emotionally stable than a dog who fears us and works because he doesn’t want to get punished.

For more information about private training, see the descriptions below.  


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Private Training

A trained dog is a happy dog

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In home training

In-home private training to help you, your family and your dog/s have the best relationship possible. Issues I can help you with include:

Building confidence in shy/fearful dogs

Learning how to understand your dog's emotions through Body Language 

Creating calm behavior

Jumpy/mouthy dogs

Coming when called

Multi-dog household management

Crate training

Puppy nipping/jumping

Behavior modification

Loose leash walking

Greeting behavior

Excessive barking

Destructive chewing


When needed, I will work with your Veterinarian, Vet Behaviorist, or Nutritionist to come up with a holistic plan to address your dog’s needs.

Prices: ​


  • Initial one-hour consultation $125

  • Subsequent 45-minute private session $95

  • 3-pack $275

  • 6-pack $525

  • 1/2 hour phone follow-up (for "Packages" only) $50

Mileage charge for travel beyond 15 miles:  $25 per session

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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