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Empire of the Dog - 42 Reviews - 415 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY - Specialty Animal Services Reviews - Phone (917) 723-5233

Empire of the Dog

415 Grand St (at Powers Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(917) 723-5233
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Empire of the Dog - Brooklyn, NY
Empire of the Dog - Brooklyn, NY
Empire of the Dog - Brooklyn, NY
Empire of the Dog - Brooklyn, NY
Empire of the Dog - Brooklyn, NY


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My Mookie was a big bad Brooklyn street dog when he adopted me. (Literally, he just wouldn't leave.) A couple days after I took him in, he started showing signs of aggression that...


A while ago I took my dog to this trainer and got none of the results I was looking for. There results were beyond terrible. I had to actually get my dog retrained with another ...

Denise saved Mookie's life! 6/7/2011

My Mookie was a big bad Brooklyn street dog when he adopted me. (Literally, he just wouldn't leave.) A couple days after I took him in, he started showing signs of aggression that scared me--and I don't scare easily! I was seriously considering having to euthenize him when...somehow...I found Denise. (I don't remember how anymore!) more

Thank you Denise for all your help!!!! 5/10/2011

My sweet 5 year old pembroke welsh corgi Oliver and I have taken many classes with Denise beginning with puppy kindergarden then obedience and Tricks classes and even a frisbee class. Thanks to Denise my little Ollie gives a great high five and does a quick roll over when I point my finger and say bang bang! more

Superb Urban Puppy K 3/6/2011

Denise's Puppy K is a fantastic program for all puppy owners. We had so much success with our first puppy that we enrolled for our second pup 18 months later. She is extremely effective in giving you the proper tools to raise a confident dog, one who will be a well-behaved companion, well-adjusted to urban life and our hectic lifestyles. more

Very good trainer- responsive, caring, and helpful ;) 8/16/2010

We hired Denise to come for a private session to help us with our 3 year old rescue pit mix. She arrived on time and ready to get right to work! First we addressed his separation anxiety issues and worked with kong toys to try and keep him occupied. She gave us helpful tips on how to slowly get him used to keeping busy, so he wouldn't freak out when he left. We then worked on "the walk"! After only a few minutes of training, we had our dog following our lead as opposed to the other way around! The day after the session we noticed some slight improvements in our walk, however we knew his behavioral changes would not happen overnight. We definitely had to keep working with him for a long time. more

Empire of the Dog 7/30/2010

I have a new puppy that was giving me some "normal & expected" challenges. I saw a trainer at her puppy play group sessions. However I felt that each dog has there own set of unique circumstances and challenges due to there home environment that that session trainer did not understand. more

FANTASTIC...we can't thank Denise enough! 11/12/2009

I cannot thank you enough for your help/advice. We have followed your separation anxiety diagnostic for the past week religiously. Your advice was comforting and pragmatic. I guess ?training the dog? really starts with ?training the master.? We needed a plan and you gave us one. It turns that while Mars does seem to have ?separation anxiety? since he doesn?t really eat when we are not home, he does NOT bark when are not home...and we know this now because of your suggestion to record him during the day. Now we can completely discredit our nasty neighbor who has filed complaints against us AND Mars thanks you for the Kong idea...he loves them! You single-handedly solved our problem without having to step foot in our house. Your quick response time and advice was not only comforting at a time when we were very stressed and upset, you approached our situation with the soul of someone who wants to help and is not out solely for personal gain. If we ever have any issues with Mars in the future...we will definitely come straight to you. We will also recommend your services to our friends and family in need of some dog/master-training assistance. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Pros: Effective Techniques, Knowledgeable more

Wonderful, Understanding Dog Trainer 10/21/2009

Denise is a great dog trainer. I volunteer as a foster parent for a rescue group and fancy myself somewhat dog-savvy, however I could not help my little Chihuahua girl get over her terrbile fear/aggression towards other dogs while out walking her. In a non-judgemental, effective and clear way, Denise helped me to understand my dog's reactions and worked out a training plan that I could follow to help my dog be less fearful of other dogs. The training is 100% positive, no negative or "corrective" manouvers, and I an already see my dog is improving. Pros: Effective Gentle techniques that work Cons: None more

Fantastic Trainer 2/9/2009

I posted an initial review of Denise's training skills in February (see "We now have the best puppy ever") but wanted to add a review about a second training session we recently had. Our puppy has grown up nicely - but had developed some new behaviors that we needed help getting under control. So we brought Denise back for a tune up session. Pros: Knowledgeable, friendly, successful trainer. Cons: None more

Fantastic results for my jumpy dog! 12/27/2008

When I got my dog, Mocha, from a local shelter, he had separation anxiety and was generally nervous and jumpy. It was a real concern because he's also very strong. After a few sessions with Denise, he is the most mellow and calm dog. He still gets excited, but we can calm him down in seconds by following the tips she taught us. It's like night and day. And we know he's fine now when we leave him alone that he won't tear anything up or chew on his paw like he did when we first got him. He's a big love hound that we can have around children now. more

Super Star Trainer 12/26/2008

Puppy K with Empire of the Dog was the best use of time and money (and not that much $!) .Denise thoroughly knows the hurdles and challenges of owning a dog in a city. She gave us smart, clear solutions to our own set of problems so that out of a class of 5 it felt very personal and one on one. I would urge any first time dog owner to seek out Denise, you will gain a wealth of knowledge in very little time. This class was as good for me as it was my naughty puppy, thanks Denise! more

Terrible Trainer! Not worth it! 12/22/2008

A while ago I took my dog to this trainer and got none of the results I was looking for. There results were beyond terrible. I had to actually get my dog retrained with another (BETTER) trainer. Of the three things you are suppose to list as your main concerns for having fixed only one was, and that wasn't done that well. I would not recommned this dog training service to anyone. It's too expensive for the medicore results you get. Save yourself the hassle and go somewhere else. Your bank account will thank you later... so will your dog. Get your pet trained elsewhere! Pros: Nothing Cons: Everything more

Sit! Go! 10/9/2008

Great dog training services. They do group or individual sessions (recommend group for a puppy to help get used to other dogs). They teach you lessons for you to use when you get home. Reasonably priced too, more

Small Change, Big Reward! 10/6/2008

A little over a year ago we got our dog Charlie. He was 2 years old at the time and demonstrated SEVERE separation anxiety. Throughout the past year we have worked with 4 dog trainers to address this issue. Denise is one of these 4 trainers, however, she stands miles above the rest. Let me explain... Pros: Effective, Knowledgable Cons: Busy more

Housetrained in Three Days! 9/27/2008

After three days of board training with Denise, our puppy is completely and PERFECTLY housetrained. More importantly, this was accomplished with positive and loving methods in a clean and secure environment. Our experience wih Denise's board training program exceeded all of our expectations. Pros: Effective, Warm, Honest more

Denise is a miracle worker!! 7/14/2008

I can't tell you how much your one "fix-it" session did for us. Our nine-month old puppy has responded so well to the training tips you recommended. I'd say 99% of all the issues we had with her (boredom barking, begging, nipping, housetraining problems) disappeared within two weeks of your visit. Thanks so much. more

The Best Dog Trainer Bar None 5/20/2008

I could tell you how Nogs, our nine month old chocolate lab, never so much as nibbled at a shoe or a piece of furniture after her first puppy kindergarten class with Denise. Equally, I could tell you how Nogs impresses our friends and guests when she performs such fripperies as the "paw shake" or the "puppy push up". Pros: local,convenient, small classes, lots of attention, great results Cons: graduation comes too soon, classes have to end more

Denise is wonderful! 5/6/2008

As parents (novice pet owners) who had finally given in to our seven year old's pleading for a puppy, we decided to try Denise's class. We found the class on the Internet, were a little unsure of what to expect. more

Effective and efficient 4/8/2008

I took my 7 month old puppy to Empire of the Dog for basic obedience. They squeezed me in to the class right before it started which I really appreciated. The class was fun, the instruction was simple and my dog got it right away. I enjoyed all the tips I learned as well. Truly is a great class for an urban dog owner. Pros: friendly, easy to follow instruction Cons: temperature wise - the space can be cold more

Dog Trainer Extraordinaire!!! 4/6/2008

Denise is amazing with my difficult dog and her training method is a perfect match for us. Her confidence, hard work and obvious love for animals is apparent with the success we've been having since the very first session. We are relieved that we can finally feel confident that we will succeed in fixing our dog's urgent behavioral issues. Do not hesitate to work with Denise...she's a keeper! Pros: Skillful, confident, affordable. Cons: Nope more

Urban Agility Fun! 3/25/2008

Urban Agility was the third class we have taken with Denise and we loved it! We learned new tricks such as over, under, through, up, and even got to play with a frisbee and skateboard. Not only was the course content excellent, but Denise gave each dog individual attention and tips. As always, she is patient and understanding with us as sometimes slacker parents who do not practice the homework as much as we should. more
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Dog training and consulting in one-on-one, group and specialty sessions; training based in learning theory and positive reinforcement

Owner Message

  • A Dog Training service for New York, Brooklyn & Baltimore offering "FIX IT" sessions that provide relief in one consultation. They also provide private sessions that are 90 minutes long. Dog Training, Puppy Training, Training Classes and Dog Training Seminars.

    GROUP CLASSES include:
    Small Dogs RULE!, PUP K, Adolescent Obedience, Baby Preparations and Tricks 101.
    We fix dog problems everyday! Barking, Housetraining, Puppy nipping, Jumping, General Rowdiness, Leash Pulling, Separation Anxiety.

    Denise's clicker training kits are available at pet stores nationally, and she has written articles for the award winning magazine, "the Bark", and Epinions. She has appeared on NY1, Animal Planet and WNBC.


  • Dog training and consulting in one-on-one, group and specialty sessions run by Denise Herman; training based in learning theory and positive reinforcement

  • 7/3/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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