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 assistant. He is a Canine Good Citizen, Hudson Valley Howlers Dog Scout troop member, an Advanced Trick Dog, retired therapy and agility dog, and is currently competing in nose/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
After many years working in publishing as a writer, teacher and editor, Becky Stowe CPDT-KA has turned her focus and attention to her other great passion: Dogs! She recently retired from her job as Program Coordinator at Far Fetched Acres, where she wore many hats: Dog and People Trainer, Dog Wrangler, Play Group Supervisor, Kennel Supervisor and Office Manager. Previously, she was Dog Program Coordinator at Central Vermont Humane Society and worked for many years as a volunteer and then as Volunteer Coordinator at Columbia Greene Humane Society/SPCA. She has also volunteered at Animal Farm Foundation and is a current member of the ASPCA Field Investigation and Response Team. She holds a certificate in Shelter Training and Enrichment from Karen Pryor Academy and a certificate in Animals and Human Health through the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. A great believer in Continuing Education, Becky has taken workshops and seminars on Aggression in Dogs, Fearful Dogs, Reactive Dogs (she has one -- he's the best teacher!), Dog Communication, Play Groups, and more. Both her dogs have their CGC and have trained in Rally Obedience, Agility, Tracking, and Trick Dog . Becky is the author of three novels and taught creative writing for many years at the 92nd St Y in New York City. Her website is www.rebeccastowe.com
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.