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.



Dani Santanella, cpdt-ksa

owner & trainer | brooklyn

Dani has been training for over 10 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. 


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.



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.


Natasha Domanski

Assistant Trainer | Brooklyn & Queens

Natasha is currently assisting in private lessons, group classes, boarding and board and trains. She comes from the world of dog daycare where she has been an assistant manager at Eva’s Play Pups for three years. There she became immersed in the world of dog socialization and behavior.


Natasha is beginning her journey as a dog trainer and some of the recent seminars she has attended include dog socialization and obedience seminars from Chad Mackin, owner of Pack to Basics; as well as Dog Fear seminars from Debbie Jacobs, author of A Guide to Living with and Training a Fearful Dog. Natasha is involved with Canines for Companions Long Island division 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 has helped them acclimate to city life and worked with a variety of issues including house-breaking, basic obedience and leash reactivity. She is passionate about training and plans on attending Starmark Academy.


Upcoming Classes

Apr 24

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 on staggered dates listed below. This allows time for practicing in real life situations. 

Sunday April 24th

Sunday May 1st

Sunday May 15th

Sunday June 5th


Prospect Park Picnic House
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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May 07

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.

Class Skips On May 21st and Resumes The Following Week

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

socialization is so important.




Brooklyn Dog Training Center
213 21st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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May 07

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.

Class Skips May 21st and Resumes the Following Week


Brooklyn Dog Training Center
213 21st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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Brooklyn: 347-416-2535
email: Dani@UrbanK-9.com

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