Meet the Team
Amanda Gagnon was mentored by one of the best dog trainers in the industry, Dr. Ian Dunbar. She is one of a very select few who have received the honor of carrying on his legacy of innovative, fun, and effective dog training. She continues her education at seminars and conferences around the world, because Amanda is committed to offering the very best coaching methods for the dogs and humans in her community.
Amanda is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Star Puppy Evaluator. She sits on the board for Muddy Paws Rescue. She is currently completing her graduate research studies in Anthrozoology at Canisius College, where she focuses on dog-human cultures around the world. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends, Good Day Philadelphia, Manhattan Sideways, and The West Side Rag.
Amanda is the founder and head trainer of Amanda Gagnon Dog Training, where she teaches group classes, private training sessions, online courses, and apprenticeship programs. In addition to dog owners, she also coaches dog care providers and their staff.
Sam Gedymin is a real life son-of-a-vet! Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sam spent the first years of his life assisting his mother at Cherry Hill Veterinary Clinic and rehabilitating found birds and squirrels with his siblings. Sam is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and he is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Upon his arrival in New York in the summer of 2009, Sam found work walking dogs and medicating the occasional ornery cat. While working as a dog walker, Sam saw a need for higher quality dog care in the area and he founded his own dog walking company, Far Fetched Pets. Far Fetched Pets continues to provide loving care for dogs and their humans on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Victoria loves working with Amanda and the team at AGDT. Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Victoria’s love of dogs began when her father brought home a little terrier mix named Princess.
Victoria has a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, and she spent many years working in administrative jobs before finding her way to the NYC ASPCA. Her love of the dogs at the shelter inspired an education in behavior and training, and (after a lot of hard work and study) it led to a career as a dog trainer.
Victoria is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and she is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She teaches private sessions, group classes, and phone consultations. Her clients appreciate her for her gentle, knowledgeable approach to behavior modification and training programs.
Victoria, her husband Oliver, her baby Oskar, and their boxer-mix Gina enjoy cozy nights on the couch watching tv and taking long walks on the weekends in Central and Riverside Parks.
Cassidy Ingram grew up in Colorado constantly surrounded by animals. Since moving out to New York she has become very passionate about helping all dogs live their best life! When she's not working playgroup or training, she is hanging out with her two beautiful pups! She adopted her baby Moon, a fuzzy lovable cock-a-poo in August of 2016 from the ACC. Since then she has been volunteering with AMA Animal Rescue where she adopted her newest member of the family Lenny, a three legged stray from Puerto Rico. Cassidy is so excited and thankful to be a member of the AGDT team, "I love being able to help as many dogs as I can live a happy healthy life!" Cassidy is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Originally from Manhattan, Meghan grew up in upstate NY with her two best friends and constant companions - a dachshund and a wirehaired pointing griffon. After graduating from college, Meghan returned to Manhattan and spent five years working in finance until she adopted a bonded pair of terrier mixes. At that point, her lifelong love of dogs evolved into a passion for training and studying dog behavior. She is thrilled to be working at AGDT and is very grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a talented team.
Meghan is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and she is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. When she is not working, Meghan enjoys spending time with her dogs, Conan and Aussie, as well as coming up with new treat recipes for her constantly hungry pups.
Guest Teacher & Senior Trainer
Stef Corbeil is the Founder of TAO DOG® YOGA and offers classes and workshops in CT, NY and throughout the US. Stef is passionate about cultivating strong relationships between dogs and their humans. You can join Stef for a TAO DOG® class here at AGDT!
Stef graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science, holds an international certification as a Certified Guide Dog Trainer/Instructor, is a member of APDT and is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Teacher. Her experience includes work as a veterinary technician, animal control officer, shelter supervisor, shelter outreach with Petfinder.com, canine procurement specialist for an explosive detection company and training and behavior consultations for shelters and private clients. Stef held a full-time position at a guide dog school as Puppy Program Coordinator. Following her work with guide dogs, Stef worked with Suzanne Clothier as the Director of Program Development and assisted in training seminars, created online courses for dog trainers and performed evaluations for dogs, puppies, and litters.
Stef believes that growth and education are essential in dog training. Her philosophy is sometimes we are a teacher, sharing the knowledge we have to help others, and sometimes we are the student, always eager to learn more.
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Assistant Trainer/Playgroup Specialist
Cheyanne is very proud to work with Amanda Gagnon Dog Training! She feels it's a dream, as she has been living and working with animals her entire life. Growing up in rural Virginia allowed for her family to keep a menagerie of 'critters' in and around the home at all times.
From lizards to squirrels, cats to horses, she loves them all equally and feels an almost spiritual connection to the magical abilities of canines. As a child, she participated and placed in a variety of local dog and equine competitions.
Cheyanne has more than a decade of experience working hands on with dogs in NYC every day. She has been working with Sam’s playgroup since its original inception. Many of the dogs in that group have known her since they were only a few months old. Her favorite aspect of helping dogs learn how to live with humans and other animals is observing their growth. "I love every dog I meet, pretty much immediately, but witnessing the various personalities grasp the training and gain confidence from it over time...that's the most rewarding part," she insists with a smile.
Naomi is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is certified by the Certification Council for Profession Dog Trainers. Naomi has a masters degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Naomi is excited and proud to be a member of the AGDT team! Her sense of humor and upbeat teaching style make puppy classes and private sessions fun and instructive for clients and their dogs. She loves making connections with new people and dogs around the city and helping improve the human/puppy bond for each of her clients.
In her spare time, Naomi trains and plays with her own pup, Uri, a mini American Eskimo mix, and explores the city with her husband, Jimmy. Rio the cat holds down the home-front.
Naomi is currently a remote trainer and is available for phone consultations.
Eric was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He grew up with an absolute love for animals and nature. He feels very lucky to continue to help furry four-legged creatures live the best life they can in NYC. When he first arrived in the big apple he worked as a full time dog walker. He made sure every pooch he encountered was getting the best care they could while cruising down the city streets. He wanted to combine his love for animals and his passion for working in small business which lead him to find Amanda Gagnon Dog Training. He is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team who work with the hippest pups in the city! Eric has a 3-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Oliver. Oliver is a very needy and emotional pup, so most of his time outside of the office is spent loving the big fella and making sure his pup brain is as happy as can be. He loves to watch pups enjoy all the smells of the earth with their sniffers! Woof! Woof!