Instructors

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog


George Berger, CNWI

George Berger has had a lifelong passion for and involvement with dogs through obedience, Nose Work, and therapy dog training. He is a member in good standing of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). At PCOTC, he is teaching Nose Work classes.

For several years, George has been doing canine-therapy work, first with his Labrador/Golden Retriever, Dixie. The pair made over 500 visits at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the pediatric units at Roosevelt and Bellevue Hospitals, and the Hallmark Assisted Living facility, all in the New York metropolitan area. Now, George's second dog, Paco, a Chihuahua mix, has become certified and has 200+ visits worth of experience.

Berger coordinates the therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, and is the trainer for that program. He and his dogs have been certified/registered by the Delta Society, the Good Dog Foundation, and Intermountain Therapy Animals.

Berger was Publisher of AKC (American Kennel Club) magazines, 1999-2006. He has served as President of the Irvington (NY) Public Library, The O'Hara Foundation, and the Otsego County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is currently on the advisory Board of National Education Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), was President and is now Second Vice President of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club.


Nancy Field, CPDT-KA

Nancy Field is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and an Approved Evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. She began instructing Family Manners classes in 2005.

Her lifelong passion for animals has led to a unique combination of education and experience. During her college years, while completing a B.A. in Biology, Nancy spent summers working for the Children’s Zoo at the Bronx Zoo, and worked with horses as a groom at Finger Lakes Racetrack and at boarding stables in Westchester. She began working professionally with dogs in 1994, after completing a six-month dog training apprenticeship with the ASPCA’s Behavior Department.

Nancy is committed to force-free, reward-based training methods; her goal is to foster and enhance the human/canine relationship while building willing compliance. She continues to expand her knowledge of the latest training methods by attending numerous seminars and workshops covering a wide range of training topics.

She competes in obedience and rally with her Labrador Retriever, Emma (Legacy's Mrs. Peel, RL2) and is currently training Emma for agility comopetition. She previously competed with her dog Nigel (Matego Nigel CGC, RN, RL3), who was titled to the third (highest) level in APDT rally, and earned an award of excellence and a top-20 national ranking in 2005.

Nancy also offers private training and pet behavior problem solving in New York City, Westchester, and southern Fairfield, under the name of Harmony Dog Training.

You can reach Nancy via email at info@harmonydogtraining.com 


Jenn Michaelis, CPDT-KA

Jenn Michaelis is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She began her training career in 2003 teaching group dog training classes in Missoula, Montana and began teaching at Port Chester Obedience Training Club in 2011. Owner of SassyT Canine Academy, she also serves a variety of private training clients throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Her classes include all levels of family manners obedience, freestyle, and tricks classes. She also enjoys instructing K9 games classes, dog fitness, and CGC/TDI prep classes. 

Jenn is committed to training dogs with force-free positive-reinforcement training techniques that are fun, effective, and easy to learn. She enjoys empowering and educating dog guardians to create a rewarding experience where the dog becomes a cherished family member. Though blessed to have shared her life with SO many amazing dogs, Jenn is the proud doggy-mom of Terra, her five-year-old Cane Corso, and Ringo, her adopted 7-year-old Chinese Crested. They both train in agility, obedience, freestyle, and nose work. She is an active freestyle competitor with the Musical Dog Sport Association, and she also follows her dog’s nose at K9 Nose Work Trials with the National Association of Canine Scent Work. 

 Contact Jenn at jenn_michaelis@yahoo.com