I’m handing this blog over to my husband for a moment because he needs to tell you about the coolest thing he’s done in a long time. Ladies & gentlemen, Richie Wilson:
There are a few things in life that I really, really love. For those that know me, it comes as no shock when I say that I love my wife, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, riding a motorcycle, and my dogs…I friggin’ love dogs. I love my dogs, I love dogs I meet on the street, I love my friend’s dogs and I love dogs that I have never even met before.
That’s why when the boom was suddenly lowered and I was told that my job would be no more, I knew that this was the opportunity I had been waiting for to find some way to work with dogs. I needed to get the best training available so picking a school was a no brainer – I was going to make the most of my time off and spend it at Anthony Jerone’s School of Dog Training (http://DogSchoolNY.com). If you live in the 5 boroughs (especially Queens) and you are a dog person, then you who Anthony is. For many years I would drive down Francis Lewis Blvd, see his school and always think how cool it would be to be fortunate enough to work with “man’s best friend”.
Let me jump back a few years and tell you of my first interaction with Anthony. Everyone who knows me knows about the love I have for my Rottweiler, Elvis, who passed away. It was Anthony who is partially responsible for Elvis being the greatest dog I have ever known.
Elvis was 7 months old when I rescued him from a kill shelter and a rambunctious 7 month old Rottweiler can be a HUGE handful to deal with – especially one with no known obedience training. Luckily I found out about a free doggy boot camp Anthony runs on Saturday’s at Crocheron Park, Queens starting every April (http://www.dogschoolny.com/boot.html). After only 3 visits to the boot camp, Elvis was learning basic obedience (heel & sit) and that would eventually help him to become that dog that would impact my life in a way I never thought an animal could.
Now that I got that brief back story out of the way, let me tell you about http://DogSchoolNY.com . Anthony Jerone has over 40 years experience & is the ONLY trainer certified by both New York City & New York State and is the ONLY dog training school licensed by New York State. When first starting at Anthony’s school, I thought I knew a lot about dogs – more than the average person knows – but it turns out that what I knew could fit in a thimble compared to what I would know when I finished his course.
During my time there I learned everything from animal CPR, “new school” and “old school” training methods and even spent a weekend in NJ learning attack dog training – a weekend that I loved and at the same time absolutely terrified me! Imagine being chased down by a Belgian Malinois and having that dog latch onto your arm & not letting go until the release command was given
Have no fear, attending the attack class is optional but I strongly recommend taking it (although it doesn’t tickle).
What makes his school awesome is that YOU GET TO SPEND 150+ HOURS ACTUALLY WORKING WITH AND TRAINING DOGS!!!!
Who knew that after just a few minutes with a dog, I could get results like this:
and of course any chance I get to work with a Rottweiler, I jump on it!
If you are a person who wants to make dog training a career, works in the animal field, or just wants to understand your four legged friends better, this is the school to go to. There are both morning and night classes and you can go either full or part time. Luke Skywalker went to learn from the master Yoda and if you want to learn about dogs and how to train them, go to the Yoda of dog training, Anthony Jerone! I can’t thank the guys at http://DogSchoolNY.com enough for all they have taught me!
These days, I’m back to producing television shows but I couldn’t be happier training dogs at night. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to train dogs, I can’t possibly recommend Anthony Jerone and Dog School NY highly enough. Follow them on twitter (@DogSchoolNY), like em on facebook (http://facebook.com/DogSchoolNY) and DEFINITELY check out one of their FREE boot camp classes this summer (http://www.dogschoolny.com/boot.html).
PS! If you want me to train your pooch, tweet me at @OhSitTraining or email me at OhSitTraining@gmail.com. We make SIT HAPPEN!
Richie & I need a minute away. I’ve been SWAMPED lately with business stuff- most people don’t know that much like Clark Kent, I live a secret life. I run my own company- it’s nothing like what I do on camera, I’ll tell you about it another day. But here’s the point- I’ve worked the last 17 days straight and I think my need to chillax has just hit clinical levels.
The beauty of working with clients around the country is I can occasionally coordinate the combo work/pleasure trip. So this weekend, we’re grabbing the pooch & heading to the lovely city of Philadelphia. I’ve got a full day of intense client meetings Thursday and a couple hours Friday but the rest of the time will be dedicated to hotel jacuzzis and the great cheesesteak quest.
Side note on weddingy stuff- Richie got my engagement ring from Steven Singer, so we’ll stop by while we’re in Philly & check out wedding rings for him. He needs something edgy & cool, will let you know what we look at. Plus I’m on the fence with the whole engagement ring AND wedding ring thing- not that I don’t want 4 trillion diamonds, I just think the ring he picked is so beautiful by itself… I’ll blog about this debate when I get back. Who knows, maybe I’ll feel different after we swing by http://ihatestevensinger.com & see what they suggest.
Ideas on other stuff to see/do in Philly?
PS, we’re taking Rupert, not Elvis. Because one fits in the jeep better.