We’ve coached thousands of families and dogs like yours!
My name is Leslie and I’m the founder and lead trainer at IT’S YOUR DOG School for Dogs.
Our School has been firmly rooted in Sussex County, New Jersey and the surrounding area for close to 20 years. During that time, we’ve coached thousands of families and dogs thru group classes and private in-home lessons.
This means that we know a thing or two about family-dog dynamics. And we’ve encountered a huge array of training and behavior challenges involving a variety of temperaments, breeds, sizes, ages and unique situations.
But even more importantly, we recognize how confused and frustrated you may be by your dog’s behavior and by the conflicting training advice that’s out there.
Perhaps your attempts to fix the problems have failed or you’re afraid to do more harm than good. Or maybe you just want to be proactive and ward off problems down the road. Either way, we’re here to help!
Leslie Wiesner, CPDT-KA, ACDBC, CSAT
Founder & Lead Trainer
Did you know that dog training is an unregulated industry? Yikes! That means no licensing, regulatory oversight or educational requirements! So you absolutely need to align yourself with a trainer who is transparent about their techniques and chooses to attain formal credentials. At our School, we pride ourselves in using only reward-based, fear-free, training methods built upon science-based learning principles. And all of our trainers maintain credentials which require mandatory continuing education. That’s a win-win for you!
Kelly Della Rosa, MA, BCBA, CPDT-KA
Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in the education of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum in academic, employment, and home settings. Coaching families to work with their dogs was a natural step for Kelly. In 2018, she completed an intensive 1-year internship with It’s Your Dog and has been teaching group classes and private lessons ever since. She is also an AKC Evaluator. Kelly’s warmth and love of teaching is obvious and you’ll be thrilled to have her as your coach! She is currently servicing in-home manners clients in the Vernon, New Jersey area.
Nicole Pesce, MA, BCBA, CPDT-KA
Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in the education of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum in academic, employment, and home settings. Her schooling and experience working with families made her a perfect fit for dog training (so much of it is, after all, about the humans). In 2020, she completed an intensive 1-year internship with It’s Your Dog and has taught group classes and remote private lessons ever since. She is currently living in Bergen County New Jersey and is available for in-home or remote manners coaching.
Our Northern New Jersey Service Area
(excludes Day Training)
Please Note: Travel is limited to areas west of Oak Ridge Road (off Rte 23 South)
and west of Canistear Road (off Rte 23 North).