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Dog's Best Friend

It’s simple. We train dogs and we teach humans.  We give you the tools needed to help you achieve your goals. Our client’s success is not only due to the quality of the instruction received; but, it is also due to the relationships we build with our clients, the way we treat each dog and as an individual, and the strong educational background behind the advice that is provided.

What We Do
Who We Are

Rachel Lane, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Rachel Lane is a highly-skilled, sought after dog trainer. She is recommended by vets, has a multitude of certifications, and, as a candidate for Virginia Tech’s Masters of Science in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, Rachel  is among the most qualified dog trainers in NYC. 


She’s an avid student of positive reinforcement training and translates cutting-edge animal behavior sciences into city-smart training for your dog.


A happy dog is a safe dog. Rachel’s mission is to help you and your dog learn how to enjoy safe and happy city living, one paw at a time.


Although behavior is a complex science, Rachel believes  in creating training plans that ensure success for clients and their dogs, all while making those plans as straightforward as possible . With patience, practice, and consistency, Rachel helps you and your dog develop a deeper relationship while meeting your training goals. 


Though blessed to have shared her life with SO many amazing dogs, Rachel is the proud doggy-mom of Dustin, her almost twelve-year-old terrier mix. Dustin was adopted from NYCACC death row after failing all of his shelter evaluations.

With a lot of love and positive training, Dustin has gone on to earn his champion trick dog title, starred in a movie and has been in a professional children’s production of the musical “Annie.” He also competes in rally, nose work, canine musical freestyle and does agility for fun.


Dogs Rachel has worked with have gone on to do many great and wonderful things, but most importantly, they become beloved, well-behaved, family members. 


Waverly, Intern

Waverly is a local high-school student currently completing an internship with Leash and Learn. After getting her dog, Georgie, Waverly fell in love with training. 

She sometimes comes to appointments with Rachel, assists with note-taking, and sometimes take pictures and/or videos when appropriate. She observes Rachel, and helps with training if/when needed. 

In addition to helping during appointments, Waverly sometimes dog sits. She is

American Safety and Health Institute, Pet First Aid Certified, and is an Associate Certified Trick Dog Instructor. 

When not training dogs, Waverly loves Robotics, and is in her school's robotic club. They build robots and compete with other schools across the area. She hopes to  study robotics in college. She is also very crafty, and you can often find her at home creating something new and exciting. 

Helper Dogs


Breed: Unknown

D.O.B.: December 1, 2010

Titles: Rally Master Champion, Trick Dog Champion, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog Performer, Rally Intermediate, Agility Course Test I, Scent Work Novice Container, Scent Work Novice Buried (CGC, RN, RI, TDP, RL1, RL2, RL3, RL1X2, RL2X3,RL3X2, ARCH, ARCHX, ARCHEX, ARCHMX, SCN, SBN, ACT I, TDN, TDI, TDA, TDE, TDCH)

Dustin was adopted from NYC Animal Control in 2012. He did not do very well on his shelter evaluations. He did not have the best start to life, but since going home with Rachel, Dustin has come a long way. He starred in a short film, was in a professional children's theater production of Annie. And most importantly, he is a happy, healthy boy. He is up for any activity, loves to play with his toys, and has fun heading to dinner or the park. You can read more about Dustin Here




D.O.B.: December 10, 2020

Titles: Intermediate Trick Dog

Sometimes people see Georgie's adorable 6 lbs of fluff and think she is more of an accessory than a dog. But don't let her size fool you, Georgie can keep up with the big dogs. She loves any adventure, her 3 human siblings, belly rubs, and of course, treats. 

Georgie and Waverly are currently working towards her Trick Dog Champion title through Do More with Your Dog. 

How we Train

Together Everyone Achieves More



Steve Jobs once said, “great things are not done by an individual, they are done by a team.” And that is how we will train your dog, by working together as a team. You, your dog, and Leash and Learn will not be a team just because we are working together, anyone can work together. What will make us a great team is that we respect, trust, and care for one another. 

Training Philosophy

Leash and Learn focus on positive reinforcement based training. Simply put, it means I reward the behaviors that I would like to see repeated. That means that we spend our time and energy focusing on teaching your dog the behaviors we would like them to perform. Instead of wasting time and energy telling your dog 5-10 things we don’t want them to do, we teach the specific behaviors we would like to see happen.


Why should you train your dog using positive reinforcement though? By teaching your dog what we would like to see them do we create an active and engaged learner. We are not coercing them into doing what they must do or else something bad happens, we are teaching them to cooperate and make choices that we would like to see repeated. 


What types of problems does this type of training help fix? All of them! Whether you have a young puppy biting on your toes, a dog who barks at the door, or a dog who exhibits mores stressing behaviors like barking and lunging at people or dogs, it works! 


In addition to being reliable, trustworthy, kind, and knowledgeable, trainers at Leash and Learn must be appropriately qualified for the dogs and clients they are working with. Unfortunately, dog training is an unregulated industry and at times that can result in people misrepresenting themselves. Leash and Learn is dedicated to perpetual continuing education, and staying up to date on the newest research and literature in the fields of animal behavior, applied behavior analysis,
and dog training.


Rachel's Qualifications:

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed 

Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, Masters Candidate, Virginia Tech (completing 2023)

Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior, University of Washington

Family Paws Parent Educator Certified

Certified Trick Dog Instructor

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

American Safety and Health Institute, Pet First Aid Certified

Waverly's Qualifications:

American Safety and Health Institute, Pet First Aid Certified

Associate Certified Trick Dog Instructor

NYC Dog Training
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