Say Hello to the Dog Whisperer of Queens
by Stephen Geffon
Oct 02, 2008 | 5054 views | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dog Trainer Robbie Aufrichtig with Sam (left) and Brandy (right).
Dog Trainer Robbie Aufrichtig with Sam (left) and Brandy (right).
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Although Robbie Aufrichtig does not actually whisper to the dogs he trains, the animals do listen to him. After five lessons spaced about a week apart, combined with socialization sessions at the Forest Park Dog Run and homework for the owners, the dogs have learned basic obedience and good doggy manners. Aufrichtig teaches the owners techniques of how to stop their dogs from chewing, biting, barking, and other excessive behavior.

Aufrichtig uses positive reinforcement – a treat or a “good-boy” – when the dog does a command correctly. His training methods work in harmony with the dog’s basic drives and instincts, teaching the owner how to communicate with their dog. Aufrichtig gives the owner homework that requires about 20 minutes a day working with their pet.

“While you are doing the training during the week you are building a bond of trust and understanding with your dog that will carry on for many years to come,” said Aufrichtig, adding that dog training is a continuing process.

Since dogs are basically “pack animals,” Aufrichtig said that in order for an owner to get the dog’s respect he must be the “pack leader.” He said that unfortunately most owners see and treat their dogs as human and not as dogs.

“It’s very important that the owner of the dog become leaders and the alpha of the pack,” said Aufrichtig.

He said that to do that the owner must use calm assertive energy. Aufrichtig recommends that as part of the dog’s training, the owner take the dog on long walks.

“Not only is it good physical exercise for a dog to walk, but it’s also mental exercise,” said Aufrichtig, adding that a dog needs 30 to 45 minutes of exercise a day.

Aufrichtig has been professionally training dogs since 1984, working with dogs from 8 weeks to 8 years old.

Aufrichtig recently gave a talk to the members of K-9 Korral’s Round Up in Forest Park. The group runs the Forest Park Dog Run located on Park Lane South and 85th Street in Woodhaven.

Group president Paul Toomey said after Aufrichtig’s one-hour talk, “Our members got a chance to address some of the problem areas they were having training their canines. Most walked away having learned something new about their dog and all appreciated Robbie’s humanitarian and positive approach to dog training that he’s learned over the last 20 years of training dogs.”

Aufrichtig recently wrapped up an intensive two-week in-house training session of a five-month old Doberman Pincher named Brandy. Owner Joann Orobello of Howard Beach brought the puppy to him for a course in behavior and obedience. In addition to requesting that Brandy be house-broken, Orobello wanted Aufrichtig to correct Brandy’s penchant for tearing up flower beds.

When Orobello met Aufrichtig and Brandy at the Forest Park Dog Run she was delighted with Brandy’s transformation from when she first brought Brandy in for training.

Aufrichtig said the most important thing in his training is getting the owner and their dog to form a bond.

“This is what makes for a good, quiet, peaceful family life,” he said, “and that’s what makes me happy.”

Aufrichtig offers an initial free evaluation and consultation for your pet, and can be contacted at (646) 402-2388 or robbierich11@yahoo.com.

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