Amy Koel, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in developmental psychology. For over 15 years, she has been working with adults, children and families and their companion dogs – providing positive basic training for dogs and puppies and treatment of canine behavioral issues. She offers private in-home consultations and group classes of varied types and levels. Since its inception in 2002, she has been the evaluator and consultant for the “Pawprints” therapy dog visitation program at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is a member of the Newton Massachusetts Animal Response Team (NMART), sponsored by the Newton Police Department, and Newton’s Off Leash Area Working Group, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, for which she has also offered classes. She is a guest lecturer for the Mt. Ida Veterinary Technology Program. She does an occasional column for the Newton TAB on dog training and behavior.
To help you learn to understand and train your dog, to further a mutually rewarding relationship, and to help your dog feel comfortable navigating his world. And to have fun! Each dog and family is unique and I tailor my approach to your specific needs and goals.
In-Home Consultations provide individual attention when you need to address your dog’s behavioral or emotional issues. Or when you have a new puppy or adult dog and need assistance getting everyone settled. Or when you want to learn more basic training so your dog has the best manners. All of us can use a little polishing!
Group Classes provide weekly structure and the opportunity to build on behaviors over an extended time period. You receive professional feedback on training techniques, and your dog has built in distractions – other people and dogs.
Some classes offer basic training; others address specific issues or techniques.
Serving other nearby communities by special arrangement.