Our Staff: Rick Pisani CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
As a child I begged my parents for a dog. They were not persuaded by my arguments. I was 25 when I finally realized my dream of owning a dog. I chose a Shetland Sheepdog that I named MacDuff (NOC OTCH Sir Malcolm MacDuff UDX 4).
I enrolled in a basic obedience class and quickly got hooked on dog training. Our training progressed from basic obedience to entering American Kennel Club Competition trials. MacDuff and I went from being a beginning Novice A team to earning the prestigious designations of Obedience Trial Champion, Gaines- Cycle Superdog and finally National Obedience Champion.
My love of dog training led me to a second wonderful dog, a Golden Retriever named Troy (CH-OTCH Wingmaster’s ounce of Gold UDX 3, VCX, WC, Can CD) Together we obtained the designation of Confirmation Champion and Obedience Trial Champion. He was the fifteenth dog in the history of Golden Retrievers to obtain the dual designation.
My third partner in the obedience ring was a great Border Collie named Bob (OTCH Shoreland’s Wild Thing UDX, RA, OA, OAJ).
In 2004, I participated in an Instructors Training Course at Sue Sternberg’s Roundout Valley Kennel for Adoption. I adopted an Australian Shepherd which they had named “Nani”. In Japanese “Nani” means “What”, so called because she was born deaf. Nani’s deafness has opened up a whole new world for me as a dog trainer. Nani is one of the few deaf Agility Dog Champions in the USDAA venue of agility.
My current canine partners are two Border Collies, Disco and Tom. Disco had a successful career in Agility and is a training for his Utility title in obedience. He is an incredible dog… fast, sensitive and fun. We have had the pleasure of training with some of the country’s top obedience and agility trainers. Tom was born 12/20/17. We are building our relationship and he is enjoying being a puppy.