Rachel Witz

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Rachel Witz has been training people and rehabilitating dogs since 2008 when she first started volunteering in rescue.  Her training philosophy is true dog psychology.  
 
You can bring balance and harmony to a dog by training humans to have the right energy, create rules, consistency and understanding how to properly fulfill a dog.  
Positive reinforcement along with direct, clear communication to a dog, without negative reinforcement or punishment is key to being a calm, assertive pack leader and allows a dog to be relaxed and happy.  
 
In her view Leadership is Love. 
 
Rachel has a degree in Interior Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) , has done stand-up comedy and is a collector of antiques, vintage clothing., and is considers herself a street photographer 
You can check her out on Instagram
 
Rachel resides in New York City with her husband and 3 rescue dogs - Pinky, Hero and Mr. Chips, who she loves more than all the stars in the sky.

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May 28, 2019

You Can Totally Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

“Despite common misconceptions, seniors are plenty capable of mastering something new,” comments Rachel Witz, a dog behaviorist with Long Island Chihuahua Rescue. “Regardless of their age or background, dogs are instinctual and live in the moment, so teaching them new obedience commands, or ‘tricks’ is both possible and beneficial.”   

 

How do you go about teaching older dogs new tricks? Witz, who is also a proud mom of three seniors, recommends positive reinforcement and direct, clear communication. She also suggests playing games, like hiding a favorite toy or object and searching for it together, to help a senior’s mind stay sharp. 

 

“Learning new commands helps dogs feel accomplished, proud, and confident,” adds Witz. “Be calm and confident, a leader and teacher. Your dog will thank you for it.”

  - Mark Jason Williams