Trainers in upstate NY

Whether you’ve just adopted a dog, are having issues with your current dog, or everything’s just fine with your pack, German Shepherds benefit from spending time training with you!

While there are many quality and competent trainers in our area, BrightStar members have used the ones listed below for our personal dogs, and are happy to recommend them to you! As noted, some of them do give a discount and make a donation to us if you use them with a dog you’ve adopted from BrightStar, but we were happy with the experience before this arrangement was set up.


Off Leash K9 Training, LLC

https://rochesterdogtrainers.com or 585-445-3260, Rochester area

Off Leash K9 Training offers private lessons starting on a leash but quickly transitioning to off leash with an e-collar. They offer basic and advanced packages, a course for aggressive dogs, as well as a puppy course. You also may be interested in their therapy dog training, or a two week board and train where your dog will learn the basics, as well as a few advanced commands, while they’re being boarded with a trainer.

If you adopt a BrightStar dog and sign up with Off Leash, they offer a discount of $50 off of the basic course, $75 off of the basic & advanced package, $100 off of the aggressive dog course, and $200 off of a 2 week board and train. In addition, they donate a matching amount to BrightStar.


Animal Behavior Specialists, Inc.

http://animalbehaviorspecialistsinc.com or 585-889-0501, Rochester area, Chili based

Animal Behavior Specialists offers many group lessons at locations around Rochester. From puppy and basic classes to advanced training, rally, and AKC Canine Good Citizen classes, there’s something for everyone. There is a course specifically for aggressive dogs. In addition, private consultations and lessons are available, as well as a board and train program.


Positive K9 at Creekside

https://www.positivek9atcreekside.com or 585-727-3647, Macedon & Walworth

Positive K9 at Creekside focuses on dogs with aggression and other behavioral issues. In addition to private lessons and consultations, they offer a board and train program. They also offer day care and general boarding.


M&A Canine Training & Photography

caninetraining.photography@gmail.com or 607-372-2223, Binghamton area

M&A Canine Training & Photography offers evaluations, private lessons, off leash training, and in home training for dogs that aren’t ready to start training outside of the house yet. They work with dogs that are aggressive, reactive, or have other behavioral issues. Of course if you’re just looking for some mental stimulation, new tricks, and quality time with your dog, they have that covered as well!

When you adopt from BrightStar, M&A Canine Training will take $35 off a private lesson package, as well as donate $25 to BrightStar. In addition to training, they also offer photography! They’ll give each client who adopts from BrightStar 5 free family photos with your new dog!


Ebb Tide Kennels and Stables

http://www.ebbtidekennels.com or 585-638-5042, Holly

Ebb Tide Kennels and Stables offers training courses, a course for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and courses in agility and rally. They also offer grooming and boarding, and a two week board and train program. While you’re there, you can also take horse riding lesson!


C&C Southfork Acres

http://wagitwithus.com or 585-766-0483, Hamlin

C&C Southfork Acres offers group lessons, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program and a course for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Wag It Games, an AKC Trick Dog course, and scent work will also keep you and your dog busy! Individual lessons are available.