About Shelly

Shelly has pioneered a "control through kindness" approach to dog training. In his mind, it is affection and the reward of praise that trains dogs, not fear of punishment.

Shelly Leibowitz has been training dogs for over 40 years.  Born in Brooklyn, he started out training companion dogs in the New York City Metropolitan area. From there, he expanded into other areas of expertise – training dogs for law enforcement, contraband/bomb detection, personal protection/guard work, all the while serving as a training director or guest speaker at various dog clubs.  He’s given seminars for Schutzhund clubs all over the world. Shelly has also directed training for handlers in law enforcement agencies, private detection, and other private businesses.

His amazing work in solving behavior problems in dogs has led to television appearances and numerous articles in various newspapers (Click Here to Read Press).  He has a loyal following of happy owners and dogs throughout the country. Shelly has also been selected to represent the United States on the Schutzhund World Team (essentially the olympics of Schutzhund), where he competed against the best of the best from countries around the world.  He has trained hundreds of dogs that have gone on to win awards and titles.

Shelly was formerly the President and Training Director of the Garden State Schutzhund Club, exclusively geared towards competitive Obedience, Tracking, and Protection work. Though Shelly teaches classes and conducts training courses at the school, he is frequently invited to teach at dog training seminars throughout Europe and the United States. He’s also proven to be an excellent mentor, teaching students to become professional dog trainers.

Shelly has pioneered a “control through kindness” approach to dog training.  In his mind, it is affection and the reward of praise that trains dogs, not fear of punishment.  Subsequently, many of the dogs he’s trained have shown incredible improvements in self confidence and general demeanor. Shelly’s training involves four important aspects referred to as the four P’s of dog training:

  • Praise
  • Patience
  • Practice
  • Persistence

As he says, “You always get more with honey.”

Shelly’s success in training dogs – especially in resolving serious behavioral problems – is demonstrated in numerous testimonials and referrals.  The innovative and humane training programs established by Shelly are widely endorsed by the veterinary community.  Some local examples are:

  • Alan Farber, DVM-Marlboro
  • Rogers M. Fred, III DVM-Red Bank
  • Sherwood Gloth, VMD-Freehold
  • Gregg Jewel, DVM-Manalapan
  • Barry Kopp, VMD-Matawan
  • Kathy Salmeri, DVM-Red Bank
  • Larry Weiner, DVM-Manalapan

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