About Us

Based in Brooklyn, Urban K-9 offers a full range of private dog training programs as well as group classes in and around NYC. Choose an option below for more details or check out our video gallery to see our techniques in action.

Trainers

dani

Dani Santanella, cpdt-ksa

owner & trainer | brooklyn

Dani has been training for over 12 years, using motivational, results-oriented techniques to open lines of communication between dogs and their owners. She is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers. 

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Previously, Dani has taught group classes through the Brooklyn Dog Training Center, served for four years as a behavior counselor at a dog daycare facility in Manhattan, and worked at several board and train facilities in New York and San Diego. She draws from a variety of techniques that are scientifically proven, motivational, and results oriented. Dani is passionate about training and continues to attend workshops and seminars with other professional trainers to expand her skills.

Dani is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Field Representative for Paws With A Cause. She has competed in Competition Obedience with her Husky Mix, Mila, earning a UCD title and is currently training her Labrador, Rain, in Agility and showing in Competition Obedience. Rain has earned an American Kennel Club CD and CDX title and a United Kennel Club UCD title, and is a certified service demo dog with Paws With A Cause.

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Natasha Domanski

Trainer | Brooklyn & Queens

Natasha Domanski is a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist and is a Graduate of Star Mark Training Academy. She comes from the world of dog daycare where she was an assistant manager at Eva’s Play Pups for three years. There she became immersed in the world of dog socialization and behavior. She decided to further her animal knowledge by attending Star Mark Academy, in Hutto Texas.

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Natasha is passionate about dog training and attends seminars regularly and is a graduate of the most comprehensive dog training program in the country. Natasha is versed in a variety of different methods and uses her vast toolbox to help clients from puppy training, to basic obedience to more complex issues such as leash reactivity. Natasha is also involved with Canines for Companions and assists in their fundraisers when possible. Natasha uses the rest of her free time to volunteer with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue by fostering dogs that were recently rescued from kill shelters in the South. She adopted her most recent foster, Luca from them. Natasha is available for private lessons, group classes, day training and board and train and assists in all aspects of caring and training of the board and train dogs.

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TAMAKI SHIMADA

Certified basic canine trainer, dog walker and dog sitter | Brooklyn

Tamaki is a very passionate person when it comes to taking care of animals. During Tamaki’s childhood years living in Japan, she grew up owning a large variety of animals, which included nine Yorkshire terriers, a cat, a ferret, two hamsters, five parakeets, a squirrel, a rabbit and many others. Her interest in animals garnered her compassion in caring for those with health issues and disabilities.

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When Tamaki was a teenager she adopted a Yorkshire terrier named Taro. Taro was an aggressive dog that was timid and fearful. His behavior problems were not easy to contain during their first encounter. He was not sociable with other dogs or with people; he was also abandoned twice before he was embraced by the Shimada family. Having to live with Taro, Tamaki was curious to know why Taro had such behavior problems. This is when she started to study dog behavior and psychology. After reading many books she started training Taro. The methods she learned helped change Taro’s behavior immensely. From that moment, Tamaki found a whole new joy and it became her mission to help other animals change their negative behaviors. In 2010, Tamaki earned a Basic Canine Trainer certification from the dog training school Walk This Way located in Brooklyn, New York. Tamaki is currently enrolled in Catch Canine Training Academy and is currently apprenticing with Urban K-9 and offering animal care and walking to Urban K-9 boarding clients. Tamaki works with many dogs through Animal Loving Care and is always learning more about canine training and animal behavior.

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Rain

Demo Dog | Brooklyn

Rain often accompanies Dani to lessons and group classes to help other dogs ease their anxiety, gain social skills and just have a calm neutral dog around to help with facilitating behavior modification, obedience or socialization. She is a wonderful obedient companion and the dog love of Dani’s life. She holds a UKC UCD Title as well as an AKC CD, and CDX Title and is currently training in Utility Obedience. She dabbles in Agility here and there and is just an overall amazing friend. Rain’s passions are her frisbee, tugging, eating and of course retrieving.

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Upcoming Classes

Sep 18

Puppy Obedience Rockaway

Queens | 10:00 AM | 5 Weeks

This class is for puppies 8 weeks to 20 weeks of age. This class focuses on socializing with other puppies and people. Your puppy will learn basic commands such as attention to name, sit, down, place, leave it, and drop it. You will learn tools to housebreak, crate train and correct nipping and biting. This class sets the foundation to build on and teaches you to have a wonderful relationship with your dog.

Class Meets Every Sunday For 5 Weeks

Please click on the link below to read the article on why puppy socialization is so important.

avsabonline.org

 

$199

Rockapup
145 Beach 116th St
Queens, NY 11694
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Sep 18

Basic Obedience Rockaway

Queens | 11:00 AM | 5 weeks

Basic Obedience is the foundation you and your dog build upon. This class teaches you and your dog how to communicate properly and effectively. This class will teach you how to get your dogs attention, sit stay, down stay and go to place, leave it and drop it and heel on a leash so you can enjoy your walks.

 

Class Meets Every Sunday For 5 Weeks

$299

Rockapup
145 Beach 116th St
Queens, NY 11694
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Sep 24

Puppy Obedience

Brooklyn | 10:00 AM | 4 Weeks

This class is for puppies 8 weeks to 20 weeks of age. This class focuses on socializing with other puppies and people. Your puppy will learn basic commands such as attention to name, sit, down, place, leave it, and drop it. You will learn tools to housebreak, crate train and correct nipping and biting. This class sets the foundation to build on and teaches you to have a wonderful relationship with your dog. We teach marker training during this class which is the use of a clicker or the verbal “yes” to mark good behavior.

 

Please click on the link below to read the article on why puppy

socialization is so important.

avsabonline.org

 

$200

Brooklyn Dog Training Center
213 21st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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Sep 24

Basic Obedience and Marker Training

Brooklyn | 11:00 AM | 6 weeks

Basic Obedience and Marker training is designed to open up lines of communication with you and your dog. Marker training is the use of a clicker paired with food or the verbal marker “yes”. We use markers in our training because we believe and know they are powerful and precise and make training so much clearer for you and your dog. We incorporate the clicker or yes marker into all of your basic commands. This class creates a fabulous foundation that you can continue to build on. We teach eye contact, attention, sit stay, down stay, place, leave it, drop it, and walking on a leash politely.

 

$300

Brooklyn Dog Training Center
213 21st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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Sep 24

Intermediate Obedience

Brooklyn | 12:00 PM | 4 Weeks

This class is designed to help teach your dogs to be more reliable in distracting situations. We use marker training paired with leash training to create happy, reliable dogs. We utilize clickers, verbal markers, food, toys, trainings collars such as Star Mark Collars, Herm Sprenger Collars or Martingale collars. This course is designed to build on existing obedience and proof existing commands. A prerequisite for this class is a basic class.

 

 

$200

Brooklyn Dog Training Center
213 21st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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Oct 16

Reliable Recall Prospect Park

Brooklyn | 10:00 AM | 4 Weeks

Recalls or come when called is the most important behavior your dog can learn. It gives you and your dog more freedom to enjoy the outdoors and it can keep them out of harms way. This class focusses on the tools to get your dog off leash. This class takes place in Prospect Park and uses the use of reward markers, food, toys, and long line training to establish a more reliable recall.

Class Meets Every Sunday For 4 Weeks

$200

Prospect Park Picnic House
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Brooklyn: 347-416-2535
email: Dani@UrbanK-9.com

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