About Us

Nominated for NAPP’s Pet Sitter Business of the Year Award, It’s A Dog’s Life NY is a premium pet care & training service for New York City's most prestigious four-legged residents. Founded in 2005 by Pet Expert and Certified Dog Trainer Elena Gretch, It’s A Dog’s Life offers sophisticated services for city pets. Services include dog walking and training, pet sitting, and in-home boarding. Elena’s focus on education, training, and experience has allowed her to create a superior team of pet professionals.

At It’s A Dog’s Life NY, we integrate the values of positive reinforcement training into all of our services utilizing Elena’s Urban Dog Development™ philosophy. Her methods address the unique issues facing city dogs and their owners with topics such as housebreaking, socialization, habituation, and leash skills. Through a full array of pet services, we can support the healthy development in our puppies and mature dogs.

It’s A Dog’s Life NY is more than just a walk in the park. Every pet receives our undivided attention during each customized visit. We use specially designed walking harnesses that are gentle, humane, safe and secure.

Whether you’re a local or newcomer to the city, we are always here for you and your pet. Services are consistent, loving, reliable and promote the well-being of your dogs and cats. Above all, we pride ourselves in maintaining an excellent safety record for our furry friends in the city. Come join the IADL family and give your four-legged kids the safe, healthy, and fit lifestyle that they deserve.


It's A Dog's Life is proud to be a Green business, protecting our environment for pets and their people.


It's A Dog's Life is honored to be the pet service provider of choice for The Soho Grand, Tribeca Grand and Gansevoort Hotels.