Animal Behavior and Training Department

Recommended Area Trainers

The following training programs practice similar training philosophies (positive reinforcement training) as the SPCA Serving Erie County. Recommended area trainers are listed below, but PLEASE NOTE: the SPCA Serving Erie County encourages pet owners to educate themselves on the benefits of positive reinforcement training and the adverse effects of punishment-based training. The adverse effects of punishment-based training can include risk of injury to you and your pet, and the potential for negative, possibly permanent damage to your pet’s mental and emotional health. Be sure to interview trainers and ask what methods they use before deciding who is right for you and your pet. The SPCA strongly recommends attending and observing a class prior to registration. For more information, please see this statement by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. 

Happytails Dog Training

Instruction for the family and your canine companion!
HAPPYTAILS training utilizes a positive method of motivation and reinforcement to give you a dog that will be a welcome member of your family and neighborhood. Humane methods are used to train and control the dog. Exercises are broken down into sequences for step by step training for all breeds of dogs and all ages. The training course lasts for 9 weeks, and each week features a one-hour session Monday nights at the SPCA. The instructor is Sophie (Moyer) Myers, who has taught people and their dogs for 29 years. She is a certified instructor of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). For an application or dates of classes, call 716-406-2373 or send an e-mail to

Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC
Miranda K. Workman, BA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, Behavior Specialist
716-465-5877,  PO Box 1228, Amherst, NY 14226

Magic Touch Animal Behavior Center
Sheryl Townsend, CPDT
(716) 867-6504

The Family Companion
Marcia Rafter Ritchie, LVT, CPDT, VTS-Behavior
(716) 592-0802 or

A Pawsitive Experience
6440 Schultz Road
Lake View, NY 14085
(716) 627-9234

Pet Works
Lynn Reece Broderick
P.O. Box 1132
Williamsville, NY 14231
(716) 810-3647

Positive Pet Training Canine Sports Complex
356 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 874-7505

Sit N' Stay Pet Services
P.O. Box 844
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 822-3287

Southtowns Dog Training Club
81 Buffalo Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 655-3891