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More Than Just a Walk in the Park…

NYC’s Premier Pet Care & Training Service

Meet Our Founder | Elena Gretch

In 2005, It’s a Dog’s Life NY was founded by Pet Expert and Certified Dog Trainer, Elena Gretch. Elena frequently appears on TV and in the news with topics ranging from animal care and dog training to pet lifestyle, and entrepreneurship. Elena’s expertise has been featured in the national and international press, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNN and the London Telegraph.

Elena is certified by the Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers, an international testing and certification program for professional dog trainers. The CCPDT’s certification program is based on the most current knowledge related to the animal behavioral sciences and was created by the founding members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Elena uses positive reinforcement, science-based methods with an emphasis on operant conditioning in her training. Her Urban Dog Development™ philosophy is a natural extension of these methods. As a lifetime New Yorker, Elena understands that city life can impose unique constraints and demands on our pets. Her philosophy responds to the challenges and creates viable solutions for long term results. Her methods have a proven success rate in even the most difficult of cases.

Elena is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a proponent of animal rescue, working directly with charities such as the ASPCA and NYC’s Mayor’s Alliance to educate pet owners about animal behavior and training. Elena is inspired by all the animals in her life, including her two Portuguese Water Dogs, Splash and Diver.

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It’s a Dog’s Life NY

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, 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(s). 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 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 an eco-friendly 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.

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