The following APF Canine Academy classes will be on hold for the remainder of the 2020 year.  

  • Puppy Basics 
  • Basic Manners 101 
  • Basic Manners 102 
  • Canine Good Citizen 
  • Therapy Dog International 
  • Agilio, Nosey Dog, Tricks & Games, Walking Workshop 

Thank you for helping our trainers make our outdoor classes a success. As the weather begins to shift and the daylight shortens we have decided to end our outdoor classes. The Canine Academy team will be shifting their focus on making a plan to transition back into an indoor training space and resume January 2021 classes. 

If you are in need of immediate assistance with your dog, please contact our Pet Behavior Helpline at 518-374-3944 x 106. We would be happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you in your training journey. 

Please continue to watch our website and Facebook page for updates. 

Upcoming Classes

Our approach to training is a motivational one, always using positive reinforcement to achieve success. Training with the APF also helps homeless pets, as 50% of your tuition benefits the shelter. The minimum age for handling is 16 years old if accompanied by an adult. Take a look at our class calendar or click the class title for the session you are interested in for more information and to register. Loading Events

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Don’t want to register online?

Online registration will ensure your spot in a limited class; however you have the option of completing and submitting your registration form through the link below.

Please note: that your registration will not be complete until your payment has been received. You may submit your payment by either calling (518)374-3944 x 150 or in person at the APF front desk, 53 Maple Ave Glenville. Register

Meet The Trainers

Our instructors possess certifications through Animal Behavior College and the American Kennel Club. We are also able to offer approved Canine Good Citizen evaluators. They are committed to training through positive reinforcement techniques and strive to teach the tools needed for a successful relationship with your dog.

For the betterment of all dogs and owners, they continue to further their education with workshops, conferences, and working with rescue dogs.

Kathy Snowden has been involved with dog training and the APF for over 20 years. Her commitment to training evolved from seeing first hand so many dogs given up because of behavioral issues that the owners did not know how to address. Kathy develops and continues to update the training program to meet the needs of the dogs and the dog owners. Her goal is to keep the dogs in their homes and to help bridge the communication gap between human and canine. Kathy is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Kathy is certified by the Animal Behavior College as a Dog Trainer and a Shelter Dog Trainer. She also serves as a mentor to future dog trainers with the Animal Behavioral College.

Cydney Cross teaches Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International classes at the APF. She is co-founder and president of Out of the Pits, an organization for the education, rescue and placement of “America’s favorite dog,” the American pit bull terrier. Cyd is often asked to serve as an expert witness for court cases and for the evaluation of dangerous dogs. Highly committed to keeping pets in their homes, one of her specialties is working through the challenges that put dogs at risk for relinquishment. Cyd is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is an adjunct professor at the SUNY Cobleskill Dog Training program.

Registration Requirements

  • Proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations are required.
  • Bordetella (for kennel cough) is highly recommended, but is not a requirement.
  • Flea and tick prevention is recommended but is not required

Your veterinarian may fax records to us at (518) 982-5246. We kindly request a minimum 48-hour notice if you are unable to take the class.


With the exception of Puppy Basics, all dogs enrolled in Canine Academy training classes must be spayed or neutered.

 Special Discounts

  • APF dog adopters receive a one-time $15 discount off their first training course.
  • There are no discounts for: Canine Good Citizen, TDI, Nosey Dogs, Tricks & Games, or Walking Workshop
  • 50% of Canine Academy tuition benefits the shelter!

     Cancellation and Refund Policy

    We often have waiting lists for our classes. In fairness to all, refunds minus a $10 processing fee will be provided only if the cancellation is made prior to 48-hours before the first class. (Example: If class begins on Monday, cancellation must be received by the previous Friday.)