About Us

Andrea GiordanoAndrea Giordano

Dogs Among Us® owner Andrea Giordano is a graduate of the respected Instructor Training and Consulting & Problem Solving courses given by Dogs Of Course. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association (IVFSA). In addition, Andrea is a member of the Family Paws Parent Education team. As a licensed presenter of Family Paws Parents Education programs, Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddler®,  Andrea works with families to increase safety for babies, toddlers and dogs.

Andrea has many years’ experience working one-on-one with dogs as well as with people and dogs in group class settings. Before leaving her career in law enforcement to start Dogs Among Us, she attended high-level dog training courses on her own time and built the skill set and technical prowess that now makes her a first-class dog trainer and teacher. Andrea is the recipient of the 2011 Instructor Training Course Inspiration Award.

A big believer in continuing education and professional development, Andrea makes it a point to regularly attend workshops and seminars with some of the leading trainers in the field. Over the years, she has taken courses from such experts as Suzanne Clothier Dr Ian Dunbar (founder of the Sirius Puppy Training programs), Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Pia Silvani, and Sue Sternberg.

Andrea holds a BS in Psychology and a Master’s of Public Administration. She lives in Scriba, NY, with her partner John, they share their home with Mocha, their Aussie shepherd mix and Carter, their all-American mutt.

Recent Continuing Education

  • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, October 2012
  • Peaceable Paws: LV3 Advanced Behavior Studies, September 2012
  • Suzanne Clothier: Advanced Trainers Workshop, August 2012
  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference, October 2014
  • Suzanne Clothier: Advanced Trainers Workshop, August 2014
  • K9 Nose Work® Instructors Continuing Education Workshop July 2014
  • Suzanne Clothier: Trainers Workshop, June 2013
  • Suzanne Clothier: From Madness to Maturity Workshop May 2013
  • Suzanne Clothier: Trainers Workshop, June 2012
  • Peaceable Paws: LV2 Behavior Modification, April 2012
  • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, October 2011
  • Dogs Of Course: Consulting & Problem Solving Course, June 2011
  • Dogs Of Course: Instructor Training Course, May 2011

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What Clients Say

After finding the Dogs Among Us website online while searching online for local trainers, we read through the pages and decided to give Andrea a call. At the time, we had been through 4 other trainers with our lab/Dane mix who would fearfully bark when surprised. We had had many different experiences with the various trainers, but had not been given any tools to actually help. We almost didn’t bother trying one more trainer, and are so glad that we did!

Instead of being told we were doing everything wrong, Andrea noticed the strengths in our relationship with our dog and built on those strengths to give us the tools we needed. When we got our Great Dane puppy, I started Puppy Class at Dogs Among Us and had a great experience there as well. Andrea helped us expand our ideas of socialization and helped us build a great foundation. I continued through Basic Manners 1 and 2, and then Andrea introduced us to Nose Work. I can’t speak highly enough of all of these classes!

Thank you to Andrea and Dogs Among Us, we have helped our dogs build their confidence and were just able to take our nervous, barking pup out on his first hike in years– bark free!

SSA August 2014