Our Staff

Our Team

Skilled and knowledgeable trainers, motivated by success.

Nicholle Clint – Tampa, FL

Nicholle has been training dogs in New York since 2015.
While training with BFDT she is very popular with our clients. She did in home lessons, board and trains and ran lifetime group classes.
Nicholle in November of 2022 moved and opened a branch in Florida. We are excited to have her expand in the Tampa area!

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Susan Denkewitz – New York

Susan recently started with BFDT in the summer of 2021, but she is a long-time friend of both Scott and Frank, and has been privately training dogs for over 25 years!
She was a certified trainer at Petco for three years while she was also a manager, and has done AKC handling, obedience, and agility in her younger years…she then moved on to IPO, IGP, Mondioring and PSA.
She has achieved many titles with her own dogs as handler/trainer.

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Erin Adam – Virginia

Erin has been with Best Friend’s Dog Training for about two years.
Spending most of her life with horses, she quickly translated that experience into the ability to train and care for dogs.
Erin is our training supervisor in Virginia where she teaches the Board and Train dogs, and can often be found teaching at the RVA group class.

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Michele Calvosa – New York

Michele has been with BFDT since 2017, and began training dogs in her teens!
Using a combination of building motivation and hope for reward, she teaches dogs to actively think and understand that there are consequences for doing and for not doing in the face of conflict and distractions.
She believes training needs to fit the needs of the client and deal with the specific problems of each dog.

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Rihanna – Virginia

Rihanna grew up in the family business of training and competing with horses. She learned to train dogs quickly and has an extreme passion for training. .
She now provides In Home and Board and Train services for our Richmond and Arlington Virginia  clients.

Frank Bonomo – Virginia

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.

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Scott Michelsen – Naples, FL

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.”

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Frank Bonomo – Virginia

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.

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Scott Michelsen – Naples, FL

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.”

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Have one to train?


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