Hanna Fushihara CPDT-KA believes that the best kind of dog training should put a smile on your face and help you build a stronger bond with your dog. She doesn't like to toot her own horn so she asked some of her clients to tell you about their experiences working with her on our testimonials page. She has previously worked at Animal Farm Foundation juggling everything from adoptions, to shelter dog playgroups, to basic obedience, and behavior modification and has taught group classes and private sessions at Dogs of Hudson. She is a CPDT-KA certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Derek is Hanna's canine partner. He is a Canine Good Citizen, an Advanced Trick Dog, retired therapy and agility dog, and is actively competing in nose/scent work. He has earned his NW3-Elite title through NACSW as well as titles through Performance Scent Dogs and AKC Scent Work. He helps out by being the demo dog during class orientations, the neutral dog during therapy dog evaluations, and helper dog for clients with on-leash reactive dogs. He is lots of fun and extremely silly underneath his serious "on duty" face; a perfect mascot for Hot Fuzz Dog Training.
Photos above by Printz Photography
Becky Stowe CPDT-KA, is currently a member of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and regularly deploys with the ASPCA to work with dogs rescued from puppy mills, dog fighting cases, and hoarding situations. In addition to being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, Becky also holds certificates in Animals and Human Health from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and Shelter Training and Enrichment from Karen Pryor Academy. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Becky was Program Coordinator/Manager at Far Fetched Acres, where she wore many hats: Dog and People Trainer, Dog Wrangler, Play Group Supervisor, Kennel Supervisor and Office Manager. She has over a decade of experience working in shelters, beginning as a volunteer and continuing as Volunteer Coordinator, Program Director, and Dog Program Coordinator. Becky believes that training is not just for dogs: she regularly attends workshops and seminars and takes online classes and webinars. Her dogs have earned titles in Rally Obedience, Nose Work and Trick Dog. In addition to teaching classes with her colleagues at Hot Fuzz, Becky offers in-home private and semi-private classes through her business Second Act Dog Training.
Abbie Duchon caught the training bug several years ago and has been training with Hanna first (and always) as a student and for the last year as an assistant. She has attended several professional dog training seminars concentrating on science-based positive reinforcement trainingand animal learning theory while working with shelter dogs in both New Jersey and New York. Her goal is to help people live in greater harmony with their canine companions by sharing these reward based teaching practices. She and her Chinook, Eli (pictured above) skijour and bikejour in the winter, train for agility competitions in the summer, and practice good manners year round.
Like so many trainers, Tessa Romita-Herron developed her interest in dog training when her own dog showed signs of reactivity; hence, started her journey down the rabbit hole. When she was happily spending every free moment training and trying to understand her own dog's behavior, she realized it was time for a career change. In January 2015, she opened a pet sitting and dog walking business based in Stone Ridge. She soon found herself fascinated by dog behavior and wanting to help when her doggy clients when they were experiencing life's challenges. In 2017, she was fortunate to meet and begin observing and assisting Hanna. Tessa learned using "traditional" training techniques but is a now total convert to positive reinforcement based training. She is committed to helping dogs and their people find tools and strategies for living more joyfully together.