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 working toward her graduate degree in Anthrozoology at Canisius College. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and Good Day Philadelphia.
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 is over the moon excited to be 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, 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.
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.
From her earliest memory, Eleanor's passion in life has been dogs. Her family adopted their first dog when she was five. Since then they have adopted seven more dogs from shelters near their home on Long Island. Eleanor started volunteering at her local shelter when she was in High School. She walked the dogs and helped with fundraising and marketing.
After receiving her BA from Lafayette College, Eleanor moved to Manhattan. She has volunteered with Animal Haven in Soho for the past five years and continues to be an active member. She also owns her own pet sitting and dog walking business. She has developed wonderful relationships with the pets in her care and their owners.
Eleanor is a graduate of Animal Behavior College where she received a certificate in dog and cat training. Eleanor has a passion for working with 'less adoptable' shelter dogs and helping them find homes and families. Eleanor is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
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!
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 almost a decade of experience working hands on with dogs in NYC every day. 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.
Dog Training Apprentice
Nicheal Gadson was born and raised in New York City. Ever since she was little, animals have always been apart of her life. She has had several pets in her household, dogs, cats, even snakes! Nicheal currently has two cats. One named Lucy who was rescued during the winter and had kittens. Nicheal was able to find homes for them and kept one for herself, Little Baby.
Nicheal is thankful for the opportunity to work with Amanda Gagnon and her team of excellent trainers. "I hope to gain as much knowledge about dog training to help owners take care of their loved ones. I want to encourage more people to rescue animals from shelters and give them the love that they deserve."