Friday, March 16, 2012

2012 ISLIP CLASSES! The Town of Islip is offering this class once a month to all residents with the next class on:

Next Class held Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 6pm! Each one-time Free! Responsible Dog Ownership Class © will teach the basics such as:

* Puppy and Dog Behavior * Basic Training Advice and Techniques * Children and Dogs * Dog Park Etiquette * Nutrition/Health and Well Being * NYS Dog Laws

This class is for people ONLY, so please leave your dogs at home. (No dogs are allowed in the class, so please leave them at home!) Parents are encouraged to bring kids over the age of 10. The class will feature local trainers, vets, and other dog related professionals. There will also be a “doggie” bag with special treats and learning materials for you and your dog!

Space is limited, so please call to (631) 224-5660 or email to reserve your seat!

Sponsored by: The Town of Islip and Invisible Fence!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


“Hi Nancy,

I wanted to thank you for such a great class you gave last night at the Town of Islip. I'm sure that Riley and I will really benefit from all the tips and training that was shared. It was very fun as well as informative. I will definitely be telling my friends about the program. Now that I know I can take her to all the Suffolk parks, I'm going to spend more time hiking in the parks - I never knew that about our county parks. I want to be the best doggy mommy that I can be and I think your training will help me do that. Thank you so much!” Joanne Donnelly, Middle Island, NY

“I liked the fact that the class had different types of experts from the professional dog world. We were encouraged to ask questions. I wish that other towns offered these classes.”

Sean Keane Islip, NY

“I would love to see Responsible Dog Owners classes held in all towns across Long Island. Although I have been a dog owner for most of my 60 plus years, I did learn a lot when I went to a class in Islip. People who attended the class included a lady who was considering getting a dog. She was not sure if she would be buying or adopting, but what a good idea, get information before getting a dog! Nancy, who sets this up, is so dedicated and is a wealth of information about dogs. We were able to ask questions of a vet and trainers who also gave their time and had a lot of information. I have recommended this class to friends who attended the Huntington class. They have owned shelter dogs for many years, and were very impressed by all of the information that was available at the class. I feel so strongly if more towns offered classes like this there might not be so many returns or drop offs to the local shelters by people who really have no idea about the responsibility of owning a dog. Thanks to Nancy and all of those who make these classes possible. Alberta Hanko Islip, NY

“There was a great deal of useful information on a variety of subjects regarding our dogs. The class was better than I expected!” Joe Nakelski Huntington, NY

“Overall I thought it was excellent – the guest speakers were helpful and very knowledgeable. I’m glad we came.” Donna Hurley Wantagh, NY

“This class more than met my expectations. I loved everything about it and am so glad I could bring my daughter with me so she could learn as well. It was wonderful, thank you so much!” Kathleen Di Colandrea Independent Small Breed Rescue Babylon, NY

“I think the class was very informative. We all learned a lot about dog behavior, training, and medical information. We highly recommend this class to all dog owners!! Thank you very much.” Ray Quinones East Islip, NY

“In having had the chance to recently attend the Free Responsible Dog Ownership class in Huntington, I felt reinforced on how to maintain a better quality of life for my pet, society and me.Understanding how to deal with animal issues such as behavioral issues and training gave me that extra confidence to realize that it is possible to train my dog with proper techniques. Besides training and obedience issues the organizer Nancy Hassel touched on dog laws that are out there. Other topics that I felt were very important and that this class touched upon related to immunization, vaccines and nutrition.I truly felt that this class gave me a better understanding on how to take action in caring for a dog the right way. I feel that this class, being that it is an interactive class (questions/answers) betters an individual who needs some direction in maintaining a healthy obedient dog. Thanks for the class.” Assunta Ianiro Paralegal Glen Cove, NY

“As a non-dog owner I was interested and surprised at the amount of information that was discussed in the class. I found it most informative, particularly the discussion on courtesy for dog handlers. My daughter, who does own a puppy found the class equally as informative. I think the class definitely serves our community in a most positive way.” Maureen McKean Sayville, NY

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What is the Responsible Dog Ownership Program you ask? The responsible dog ownership program are classes offered by the Town's of Islip and Huntington on Long Island, NY, to it's residents for FREE! That's right. No catch or gimmicks here, just our local town governments doing a wonderful thing! I created this program out of frustration of meeting dog owners on a daily basis who simply didn't know better, have not had any education about dogs, or just needed help - and had no where to turn. Each one-time class, covers topics including but not limited to, puppy and dog behavior; training advice, techniques and tools; dog bite prevention; children and dogs; dog park etiquette; health and well being; and New York State dog laws. These classes were designed for human participation only. Why? Because dog training and education is not just about teaching your dog a new trick, but teaching dog owners how to properly care for, train, handle, work with and take care of their dogs. Classes are small in size, no more than 25 people, so each participant can ask the trainers, myself or veterinarian questions about their dogs, behaviors, health, etc. So your dog stays home and you and your family come to learn! Since March of 2008 we have reached over 500 people in this program, and each class has been full with people ranging in age from 10 years old to 80+! People who have considered giving up their dog due to a behavioral problem or not knowing how to train or correct the problem, have come to the class and I am happy to report are still working with their dogs! We also have goodie bags for each participant loaded with treats, toys and informational items for you and your dog. And free raffle prizes donated by CanineGenius, Invisible Fence Brand and more! What more could you ask for?