Sarah Westcott – Head Trainer

Dog TrainerSarah Westcott, CPDT-KSA is the President of Doggie Academy, Inc. As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed, she offers training and behavior counseling to New Yorkers and their dogs.

In addition to private sessions, she teaches puppy, manners, agility and behavioral group classes.

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed
  • Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Founder of the Brooklyn Dog Training Center
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Agility instructor at Camp Gone to the Dogs
  • Certified in Cat and Dog First Aid by the American Red Cross
  • Animal wrangler for television and print

Sarah officially launched Doggie Academy in 2007 after working with some of the top trainers in the United States to study the science of how dogs learn as well as how to be an effective teacher to their human companions. In 2009 she earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, then became one of the first people in the country to earn the Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed title.

Sarah is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and founder of the Brooklyn Dog Training Center. She has worked as a Trainer and Coordinator for The Good Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and certifying dogs for animal assisted therapy and a Behavior Counselor at a multi-location Manhattan dog care facility. Working with rescue groups like the ASPCA, Sarah has fostered several behaviorally challenged dogs including an aggressive Maltese, a petrified Pit Bull and one puppy that was seized by Humane Law Enforcement after being left for dead in an abandoned house.

She and her late dog, Charleston, volunteered as a therapy dog team for The Good Dog Foundation. Charleston was a Labrador Retriever rescued from the Humane Society of New York and appeared in catalogue ads and as a cadaver dog in an episode of Law & Order.

A31I2761_SarahSarah has a rescued Labrador named Hank and a young Border Collie named Fever (Speedoggie Going To Need More Cowbell). Sarah enjoys training & competing with her dogs in agility. Hank MXP MJP OF CGC APD RL1 has earned titles in AKC agility, USDAA agility and Cynosport Rally. Sarah and Hank were honored to be amongst the competitors at the very first Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster and were thrilled to win the 24″ Excellent Standard class! Hank has appeared in an episode of The Hunt with John Walsh.

Fever’s began competing in late 2016 and quickly earned her AKC Novice Standard and Novice Jumper titles. She will be seen in an episode of Blacklist: Redemption this season. Sarah and Fever also enjoy training in sheep herding and disc dog.

In addition to titles in AKC agility, USDAA agility, and Cynosport Rally, Sarah has also titled a dog in Barn Hunt and qualified in AKC lure coursing.

As a full service dog trainer and behavior counselor, Sarah draws from her extensive toolbox to craft a unique lesson plan for each client based on their needs and goals. She believes that training should be fun for both dog and human so that the journey is just as rewarding as the results.

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