Founder and Director
Joy Becker’s interest in dog training was sparked when she began to volunteer at Pets Alive Westchester Shelter in Elmsford NY and became inspired by their head trainer. Joy quickly developed a passion for helping shelter dogs get adopted using a positive reward based training program called Train-To-Adopt. She also volunteered to assist the head trainer in the shelter’s weekly group training classes, geared toward helping new adopters and their dogs.
Joy attended an eighteen month program with The Northeast Regional Training Academy, mentored by the Founder and Director of the Academy as well as Director of DogCentric Training, Bobbie Bhambree. Joy’s training took place mostly at the New Rochelle Humane Society, implementing their Train-To-Adopt Program, with a variety of both purebreds and mixed breeds. She continues to stay current in the field by attending seminars of some of the nation's most renowned reward based trainers and she is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Joy continues to devote time volunteering her training skills with the dogs at the Humane Society of Westchester at New Rochelle, in her ongoing commitment to help shelter dogs find loving homes.
Joy had a successful 30+ year career working as a Registered Nurse, specializing in the behavioral health of teenagers with emotional and behavioral dysregulation. As a retired RN, she is keenly aware that good communication and the understanding that behaviors are a reflection of emotion are essential to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Her perspective on dog training is much the same. She strongly believes that within the connection between humans and dogs lies their ability to form intimate bonds. Joy perceives dogs as perpetual toddlers who rely on a nurturing and stimulating environment to feel confident, safe, and secure in the world. Joy’s goal is to provide the knowledge and understanding of dog’s needs and behaviors to implement a reward based training program that adds harmony and happiness to relationships between owners and their dogs.