Dog Trainer Chelsea NY

Dog Trainer Chelsea NY area: We specialize in puppy training, behavior training and trick training. We are known for the time and patience we take with our dogs.

" When animals speak, we listen. "
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Robb Hallberg
Head Dog Trainer, Chelsea Walk and Train

Puppy Training

We include all the essentials to raining a puppy in New York City with our puppy services. We help acclimate your pup to the sounds, sights and smells of the city. We help design a winning plan that reflects the realities of your lifestyle and where you live.

Leash Training

We want to help you enjoy your strolls around the city. Instead of fighting with your dog on the leash we hope to reframe things. Sometimes this means slowing down or giving more leash. There's always a solution.

Behavior Modification

We can help whether you're dealing with obsessive barking and destruction or something else. We put in the time and have the patience to find the right solution for you and your dog.

Trick Training

It's so much fun for you and dogs to include trick training. Instead of the same old process we can add jumps, spins and so much more. NYC dogs love to turn the City into their personal playground and so do we.

Why hire us?

One size does not fit all, and this is especially true of dog training. Every animal is an individual with unique wants and needs, and we are here to listen to what they have to say. Rob’s experience with training multiple species and years spent practicing how to listen to animals ensures a fulfilling and loving training experience.
We are first-time dog owners. Ever since we rescued our puppy a few years back, we've turned to Rob for his invaluable support and compassionate expertise. He helped us navigate our dog's anxiety (who knew white noise would get him to stop barking at the door??) as well as teach him some truly impressive tricks with practical instruction and thoughtful, personalized guidance. Cannot recommend enough. Our dog loves him.
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Service Areas

Walk and train services are available in Manhattan in the following neighborhoods: Chelsea, Flatiron, and the West Village
Individual training sessions are available in most of Manhattan. Send us an inquiry to see if we are able to service your area.

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All dog training services begin with a ninety-minute consultation ($200)

60 minute

Dog Training
$ 140 Per Session

90 minute

Dog Training
$ 200 Per Session

3 Sessions

Dog Training
$ 375 Total

1 Month Intensive

Dog Training
$ 2300 For one month

*** For virtual dog training please subtract 5% from each rate above. ​

Our Philosophy

Dog Training Chelsea NY

We believe dog training is about building a loving relationship between humans and dogs. Dog training should be about encouraging and teaching dogs how to make good choices. We take into account a dog’s individual wants and needs. They have their own thoughts and feelings, and a trainer should be considerate and conscious of that fact!
One size does not fit all, and this is especially true of dog training. Every animal is an individual with unique wants and needs, and we are here to listen to what they have to say. Rob’s experience with training multiple species and years spent practicing how to listen to animals ensures a fulfilling and loving training experience.

Our Systems & Processes

  • All of our walkers are trained for a minimum of 1 month, and go through continuing education for animal training
  • Walkers and trainers are equipped to deal with a variety of situations that may be stressful to your dog
  • We make sure all equipment is properly fitted and appropriate for your dog
  • All dogs are fitted with backup collars to ensure safety in case of equipment emergencies
  • Leashes are attached to walker safety belts to ensure no dog gets off leash
  • Individual walks ensure full focus on your pet. Walks with 2 dogs are possible for multi-dog households, or doggie friends
  • Walks are kept short in dangerous weather conditions; we have many ways to stimulate body and mind inside in bad weather

Dog Training Chelsea NY

Full service list:

-Potty training

  • Creating and maintaining a schedule and working with owners
  • Proper rewarding for success


  • Working with relaxation protocol
  • Staying under threshold
  • Acclimating to exciting stimuli

-Attention Building and Recall

  • Basic attention building all the way up to more complex heeling
  • Recall

-Leash Handling

  • Loose leash walking
  • Proper two handed leash technique

-Working with anxieties and fear

  • Proper attitude when dealing with fear and anxiety
  • Staying under threshold
  • Working with a dog’s boundaries
  • Reading canine body language in stressful situations
  • Avoiding stressful interactions and scenarios

-Desensitization and Acclimatization

  • Noise
  • Human and animal
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Body handling and manipulating

-Trick Training

  • Rob is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and has experience with teaching dozens of tricks
  • Certifying client’s dogs as Trick Dogs
  • Working with clients if they wish to become CTDIs
  • Creating a fun and stimulating bond with a dog
  • Priming a dog for advanced behaviors and quicker learning for any sort of training
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Our story

Meet Rob

Dog Trainer Chelsea NY

What is Your Personal History With Animals?
From my earliest memories, I wanted to work with animals. I would watch my VHS copies of various National Geographic nature documentaries on repeat almost every day, and I wanted nothing more than to be a marine biologist. I was constantly begging my parents to take me to the aquarium, and to buy me books about various animals. I had pets, too! I grew up with two cats, dozens of fish, hermit crabs, snails, and a lovely little dog.
I did follow my initial dream of being a biologist. I earned a degree in biology, and I worked in various ecology labs at Yale University working with Galapagos tortoise blood, and working with vector-borne illness control in mosquitoes and tsetse flies. So I was still working with animals, albeit not in the way I had dreamed.
Now, as a dog walker and trainer, I still keep fish, and now I am living with a wonderful little shih-tzu that I love very much. I am excited to continue increasing my knowledge, and helping many more animals and humans create long lasting, strong bonds with their pets.
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Rob's Professional History Working With Animls

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Moving to New York in 2015, I took a job as a dog walker. After walking for a few years, I had the opportunity to begin learning for how to become a dog trainer, and began to study as an trainer’s apprentice. I have been apprenticing and working as a trainer for almost 3 years. I currently have my CTDI (Certified Trick Dog Instructor) certification, and am studying for my CTDI-KA professional dog training certification. I have taken courses from Karen Pryor, Grisha Stewart, and have experience working on Broadway as an animal handler for goats and chickens. I have experience training and handling cats, rabbits, goats, rats, chickens, and of course, dogs.

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Our Leash Program

Here at Chelsea Walk and Train, we follow a core philosophy with two main points:
  1. We believe that dogs are friends, and they should be treated as such! They are our companions, not our servants, and our relationship with them should be one of mutual respect. However, dogs are not humans. They are dogs, and they are born only knowing only how to act like dogs. Our respectful relationship needs to focus on teaching them in a positive way how to live with humans.
  1. We believe that good training is largely based on offering choice to our dogs. Dogs are individuals with unique feelings, wants, and needs, and one size does not fit all. Learning how to listen to what our dogs are telling us and offering them safe, positive choices enables them to figure out for themselves what their best options are.
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Keeping these philosophies in mind, we will now talk about proper leash handling!
Before we start with techniques, we would like to make a few quick notes about human stress levels, as well as equipment. Dogs are great at reading body language, and if you are stressed, your dog will definitely feel that and get stressed out too. People who are stressed often keep the leash tight or yank on it, which is not very conducive to helping a pup stay relaxed and learn. Try to take some deep breaths, and keep the leash as loose as you can while still staying safe!
Regarding equipment, we prefer a front or back (or both) clipping harness, and a six-foot leash. Maybe a muzzle if you’re working with a dog that has a bite history. That’s about it! Equipment meant to restrict or inflict discomfort/pain is also not very conducive to relaxing and learning.
  1. Holding a Leash

Wrapping the leash loop around your right wrist, place your left hand halfway in the middle of the leash. Keep the space between your two hands loose, and keep the space from your hand to the harness loose. Your right hand is your anchor hand. Your left hand should be loose enough to let some leash slide.
  1. The Slow Stop

When the pulling begins, let a foot or so of leash slide through your left hand, with only a slight “warning” pressure. While the leash is sliding, slow down your steps until you come to a complete stop. If done correctly, you and your dog will come to a complete stop without any leash yanking or jarring sensations.
  1. The Fake Pull

If a dog is fixated on something, we can get their attention gently and without yanking on them by sliding the leash through our two hands, one over the other, like you’re pulling in a rope. Instead of actually pulling, you just let the leash slide, which creates a small, attention-grabbing sensation for the dog. When they look back at you, you can give a big, “Yes!” and encourage them to walk away with you.
  1. The Basic Heel

Perhaps the easiest way to encourage a good heel is to reward your dog when they are walking properly. Take some treats with you, and whenever you notice your dog walking where you would like them to (ideally, right next to your ankle), give a, “Yes!” and give them a yummy treat!

Why Do Dogs Pull?

The answer is, for any reason, really. They might be excited, happy, scared, uncomfortable, nervous, angry, hungry, or any other emotion. However, they never do it for the purpose of annoying their walker, which some seem to think!

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What Do We Do If Dogs Pull?

First, you should be reinforcing your heel as much as possible. If they’re rewarded for heeling, they’re less likely to pull. Second, utilize your slow stop if they do pull ahead. When you are in a complete stop, wait for both the leash to slacken, and for the dog to turn their head towards you. When this happens, try walking again. Repeat as often as necessary. Sometimes it might be every two feet down the whole block. That’s okay.
If she is distracted, you can use the fake pull to try and gently redirect her attention.
Sometimes, it’s good to know when to let a dog pull. If they are very nervous, scared, or way too excited to contain themselves, you won’t really get anywhere. If they are small, you can pick them up. If they are big, calmly deal with the pulling until you’re in a place where they can calm down.

Safety Concerns

When is the only correct time to yank the leash? If a dog is in direct danger, like running into the street, about to get into a fight, about the be stepped on, etc…
Otherwise, it is okay to smoothly but firmly pull a dog away from something that seems to be dangerous or might trigger them. Examples include seeing a trigger approaching around a corner and pulling them away because you both need to escape. It’s better to deal with the stress of a bit of pulling than the stress of a triggering event!
A few points to discuss for safety:
  1. Two Hands Is Better Than One

While leashes can be safely one-handed by experienced handlers, you will ALWAYS have better control with two hands. Save the one handing for open fields, big quiet spaces, and other very safe areas. Two-handing is the way to go in the city!
  1. Corners and Blind Spots

Most accidents happen when the walker isn’t paying attention to their surroundings. Leave the phone in your pocket, and keep an eye out for triggers! Check: building corners, hallways, elevators, street-side doors, intersections, and any spot where you can’t immediately see what is coming.
  1. Dog Fights

You should NEVER stick your hands into a dog fight, it’s a great way to get bitten or otherwise redirect the aggression to you. Instead, if you need to break up a dog fight, you can: pull them away if they’re both on leash, put jackets or blankets over them, spray them with water, or use a citronella spray in their faces.

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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