Anthony: I have been with BFDT for about a year, and I was a K9 patrol/bomb detection handler for 15 years.
Anthony: I trained and worked two patrol/bomb protection dogs for 15+ years as a police officer with the MTA Police Department, and have bomb detection and patrol dog certifications; in addition, I’ve attended countless K9 handler courses and seminars.
Anthony: From experience, I have learned how to read and understand dogs, and find what motivates them to want to listen, and learn what the owner is trying to teach them. I feel that training the owner, and making sure they understand the program and why their dog is behaving a certain way is the key to any good trainer.
Anthony: I am in my high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Anthony: I enjoy coaching my daughter’s travel softball team, and attending as many concerts as possible!
Michele: I am a Bart Bellon® NePoPo® Gold School Training Program graduate and have NePoPo® Gold School Training Program Ecollar Training Certification. I am also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC Fit Dog Level 1 Instructor, and AKC ATT Evaluator. I have attended seminars with: Tyler Muto; Betsy Scapicchio & Linda Brennan (TopDog Obedience School); Diane Bauman; Karen Lechner, Suffolk Nassau Agile Paws, and am a member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals).
Michele: I have my own private company, GoDogGo K9 Academy, and I was also a Nassau Dog Training Club instructor.
Michele: As a school teacher, I work with students from high school to adults. Being able to connect with people and ameliorate their insecurities in a new area of learning is not easy. By trying to teach the practical skills and dog training language in a way that clients can process and understand using in every day language through every day experiences, it helps them feel comfortable with learning a new set of skills.
Michele: I am a foodie…I love good food, practicing culinary arts, and trying different, authentic, ethnic foods. I’ll try any strange ethnic food item twice, but I draw the line at bugs–not that I have not eaten one!
Michele: I studied music and dance most my life, and I play piano and sing. I competed in ProAm Ballroom dance. I coach swimming and teach American Red Cross lifeguarding and CPR classes.
Frank Bonomo has been one of New York’s premier dog trainers for more nearly two decades. President and founder of Best Friend’s Dog Training (www.muttmanners.com), as well as owner of the New York Academy for Dog Trainers, he has not only trained thousands of dogs, but has also gained a reputation as “trainer to the trainers” with his comprehensive New York Academy for Dog Trainers curriculum.
Frank founded Best Friend’s Dog Training in 1999 after completing his initial apprenticeship in obedience and protection training. He quickly made a name for himself in the dog training field, both for his ability to take on “problem dogs” that everyone else had given up on, and for his unique lifetime training program that provided one price “lifetime training” for all clients. His motto, “As long as you keep coming, I’ll keep teaching,” earned him numerous regular clients who stuck around for months and even years, and his weekly group classes quickly became so popular, he had to expand both the frequency and geographic reach.
Before long, he was offering three weekly classes at locations throughout Long Island and Queens. As his business continued to grow, he expanded his offerings even further, providing training for residents of Manhattan, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia – and has even had clients fly him out to France to do private training work. He has trained service dogs, rescue dogs, and numerous dogs that were deemed “hopeless,” and is an active supporter of the Therapy Dog program.
Frank built his business on the idea that trainers need to continually evolve, and as such, he has studied virtually every major training methodology. Unlike many trainers who take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to dog training, he believes that there is no one “right” way to train, but rather, the training method must fit the individual dog and the dog’s needs, as well as the handler’s capabilities.
Recognizing that many dog trainers end up trapped in the “one way only” training rut, he opened the New York Academy for Dog Trainers, with the goal of furthering the education of dog trainers from all over the U.S. To address the needs of new dog trainers, as well as trainers looking to broaden their training horizons and grow their businesses, he developed a comprehensive curriculum covering puppy issues (housebreaking, teething, socialization), basic dog behavior, body language and temperament, principles of obedience and behavior, clicker/marker training, treat training, leash training, remote training, problem behaviors and solutions, working dogs/dogs in drive, health and safety issues, as well as a host of business-related issues that dog trainers need to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace.
Frank holds certifications for narcotics and scent-detection training, has titled dogs in protection sports, and does continuing education on a regular basis at various locations throughout the U.S.
He has authored a regular column for LongIsland.com and hosts and assists with seminars for both family pet owners and Police-Only training seminars, and was named a Director for www.NADFK9.org, an obedience and protection dog sport.
He currently lives in Virginia with his wife Kathy and their two daughters, as well as their canine kids, a Malinois/Lab cross named Hemi (his current competition dog), a Malinois named Baci, and a Labrador named Dolce.
Scott has been a member of the Best Friend’s Dog Training family since 2014 but he is no stranger to training dogs! Beginning his career in 1996, he holds the distinction of being the one Frank (our founder) turned to as he started on this journey asking Scott “how do I become a Dog Trainer.”
Over the years as their careers progressed, Scott and Frank would meet up at dog events and competitions maintaining their friendship and ultimately Scott joined the Best Friend’s Dog Training team. In 2019 he left Long Island and opened up a Best Friend’s Dog Training in Naples Florida. He is running he lifetime classes all year round due to the amazing weather.
Scott is proficient in all methods of training and not only trains family pets, but he is also involved in competitions, including AKC Rally and Obedience, as well as Schutzhund/IPO with his own dogs.
Nassau County Dog Training, Long Island, NY