Upcoming ClassesOur 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.
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Dates: May 19, 2021 - June 16, 2021 Day Of The Week: Wednesdays Duration: 5 weeks, 45 minutes-1 hour/week (Week 1- Class will be held at 6:30pm and no dogs) Time: 7:30 pm Location: Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave Glenville 12302 Instructor: Kathy Snowden Description: Class covers sit, down, wait, stay, come and walking calmly on a loose leash, and basic good manners. Requirements: Open to all altered dogs 5 months and older. Proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations are required. Bordetella (for kennel cough) is…Find out more »
Dates: June 23, 2021 - July 14, 2021 Day: Wednesdays Duration: 4 weeks, 45 minutes-1 hour/week Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Glenville 12302 Instructor: Kathy Snowden Description: This class will create a stronger relationship between you and your dog. We will build on previous training and bring it to the next level. This class addresses issues such as door dashing, pulling on the leash, impolite greetings and more. You and your dog…Find out more »
Meet The Trainers
Jessica Bukovinsky CPDT-KA is the Behavior and Training Manager at the Animal Protective Foundation. Jessica works with the shelter team to promote a deeper understanding of cat and dog behavior to adopters and the community.
Jessica joined the APF in 2019 as the Dog Program Coordinator, bringing with her over 15 years of animal training and enrichment experience, and was promoted in 2020. She has an A.A.S. in Animal Management, and a B.S. in Psychobiology. In addition to creating her own dog training business Wicked Pawsitive Training, she most recently worked at the New England Aquarium as a Marine Mammal Trainer working with seals and sea lions! Jessica is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), she is a member of the International Associate of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Kathy Snowden ABCDT 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.
- 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
Spay/NeuterWith the exception of Puppy classes, all dogs enrolled in Canine Academy training classes must be spayed or neutered.
- APF dog adopters receive a one-time $15 discount off their first training course.