About Us

A Few Words About Us

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Best Friend's Dog Training (BFDT) was founded in 1999 by Frank Bonomo with the belief that anyone who is willing to invest in training deserves the best, most personalized training available. Over the past 12 years, Best Friend's Dog Training has adapted and changed the way we train to keep our dog trainers up to date with the best training methods available.

Best Friend's Dog Training is the ONLY company of Dog Trainers to offer, and require their trainers to understand, train and teach ALL major methods of training including clicker training, leash based training, and modern remote collar training.

We have trained over 12,500 dogs, including family pets, canine police and protection dogs, narcotics detection dogs, hunting dogs, therapy dogs, bed-bug sniffing dogs and even Westminster Kennel Club competitors!

We have a reputation of being able to handle, train and rehabilitate dogs that other trainers will refuse. We are often called upon by other trainers and behaviorists to consult with their clients when they are having difficulty. We train both large breeds and small, fearful and aggressive dogs as well as well-adjusted pets who just need brushing up on their “mutt manners.”

“If you need a leash, your dog's not trained.”

What Best Friend's Dog Training Can Do For Your Dog

Best Friend's Dog Training Offers:

  • Obedience Training
  • At-Home Personalized Training
  • Lifetime Group Classes
  • One Price for the life of your dog
  • Board and Train
  • Housebreaking
  • Puppy Kindergarten
  • Advanced Skills
  • Pool and Swimming Safety
  • Therapy Dogs
  • A team of qualified dog trainers
  • And more! Just ask.

We have found over the past decade that training isn’t enough. There must be a team of trainers available to help you when you need it. A solo operator or a husband/wife team who owns a training company simply can't offer that when they have family obligations, the kids are sick or are on vacation. Best Friend's is the only company that can say "Our team of trainers is here for you."

What We Offer

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Free Evaluations 

We are a little old fashioned when it comes to customer service. Although email and text has taken over the bulk of communications between people these days, we still prefer face to face meetings or a phone call between people and our trainers. Usually we can offer free evaluations for people interested in training. Sometimes we have to settle for a phone call. Please be patient if all questions aren't answered via email. Its worth investing a little time with our trainers while exploring the best training path for you and your dog.  

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Customized Dog Training Programs  

We can customize programs to meet your goals. We have had over 150 people "pay it forward " with therapy dog work.  Far more have passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen. We also have helped people with their show dogs, hunting dogs, and agility, sport or  protection dogs. Our staff of trainers have a variety of experiences and specialty skill sets so we use teamwork  to help you accomplish your goals. 

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Balanced Dog Training

The Best Friends Staff is trained to use all major training methods and tools. From food based Clicker Training, Leash Based training, and Off Leash Training, including modern Remote Collar Training,  we can offer you programs and methods that will work for you and your pup. Skittish Dogs, Happy Dogs, Reactive Dogs and Aggressive Dogs are welcome in our program. We help build confidence, reliability, and stability to dog training. We often can help rehabilitate dogs using behavior modification that need help. Best of all, we make happy dogs even happier!

Our Staff

  • Frank Bonomo

    Frank Bonomo has been one of New York's premier dog trainers for more than a decade. President and founder of…

  • Cindy McKinney

    Cindy knew as a young girl that she would work with animals. She had reptiles, horses, cats and, of course,…

  • Theo Rusnack

    Theo joined the Best Friends Dog Training staff in 2012 after graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in…

  • Scott Michelsen

    Scott has been a member of the Best Friends Dog Training family since 2014 but he is no stranger to…

  • Robert Galant

    Robert started as a client with Best Friends Dog Training and after training his own four dogs with us over…

  • Meghan Haggerty

    Meghan is the youngest apprentice we ever took on. Always a dog lover, she started with Best Friends Dog Training…