RufF lOve dOg traiNIng inC.

Staten Island, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am not only a Holistic Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Animal Behavior Specialist, I am also New York's first Certified Personal Trainer for People & Pets! I have graduated from the only school licensed by the New York State Board of Education as a Proprietary School of Supervision. I am also a graduate of New York University, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Certified by Teachers College Columbia University and Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. My years of expertise coupled with my people skills and knowledge and Personal Training approach is what sets me apart from the rest!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am one of the luckiest individuals in the world for "Those Who Love What They Do, Never Work A Day In Their Life"! Not many people can say that, I can : )
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Location

Staten Island, NY 10305

Background check

Complete

Years in business

26

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

34

Reviews

22 Reviews
  • Jennifer V. Sep 14, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice is just wonderful!!!! She helped us with our pittbull Lucy!!! Alice is extremely knowledgeable!!! My whole family lives when she comes!! I have seen a huge difference in our dog, and we have Alice to thank!!
    Alice M. Sep 14, 2017

    Hi Jenn, it was great working with you and your whole family. Please keep up the work with Lucy and I'm sure everything will be just fine going forward. RufF lOve, Alice🐶❤️

  • Melissa D. Aug 16, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice is simply the best! We were so lucky to have found her. After just a few hours, my 9 year old cocker spaniel is behaving so much better. It was an extremely difficult situation as my dog was showing bad signs of aggressiveness, and anxiety. Alice showed us how to control his anxiety and stop aggressive behavior. She is amazing!
    Alice M. Aug 20, 2017

    Hi Melissa, I am so very happy we were able to make so much progress during our Consultation. Creating harmony in your pack was of the utmost importance to me. Keep up the good work and remember to be patient w/all in your pack:) RufF lOve, Alice <3

  • Marie J. Aug 8, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I think Alice is exceptional. She is very professional and caring. Though I have only seen her once I think she is right on the mark with her training. I can't wait to see what we learn in her next session.
    Alice M. Aug 11, 2017

    Hi Marie, I do believe this little rescue of yours is the luckiest pup to have you & your hubby to lOve him while working on his aggression so he can become a balanced dOg & you both can reap the rewards yet come. Let's keep up the work we started and remember patience, consistency & boundaries will bring it all together:) Looking forward to see his continued progress at our next session. Alice<3

  • Jill S. Jun 9, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I was very impressed with our initial consultation. Alice was very friendly and made us feel at ease immediately. She was very thorough in getting to know my dog Mac and personalizing an action plan to put into place. I am looking forward to attending her Boot Camp in the near future. Thanks, Jill
    Alice M. Aug 9, 2017

    Hi Jill, the pleasure was all mine & don't forget to join us @ "dOggie bOOt cAmp" in September. Looking forward to seeing you there🐶❤️🐾

  • Oriana S. Jun 6, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice is the real deal! During our first meeting, we discussed all the members of the household (pets & humans), from diets, behavior, issues, schedules, to activities, grooming, and much more. We were able to resolve basic commands and for the first time, we were able to master the walk with both pets, all during the first visit. Needless to say, I booked more sessions. I can't wait to see the improvements we will make as a pack over the next few weeks! Thank you, Alice & RufF lOve dOg traiNIng :) From Dylan, Omie and their newly trained (very happy) humans. xoxo
    Alice M. Aug 9, 2017

    Oriana you rOck! It was great working w/all of you & I look forward to seeing you real soon @ "dOggie bOOt cAmp" w/the furkids & Mom! Please give give them kisses from me😘💋💋🐶❤️🐾🐾

  • Lesley W. May 26, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice is amazing! I don't know how she does it! Alice is training my dog. Milo learns really quickly.He loves Alice. I truly believe she is a dog whisperer1. I am looking forward to the next class!
    Alice M. Aug 9, 2017

    Milo is a pleasure to work with as were you. I hope to see you in September again @ "dOggie bOOt cAmp" this time for some socialization & fun learning w/me & the "pack"!

  • Diane M. Feb 19, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Harley's first experience with a trainer
    She was excellent with Harley, and I plan to call her again for another session. Then send Harley to her dog camp.
    Alice M. Aug 9, 2017

    Thanks for the opportunity to work w/Harley & hope to see you @ "dOggie bOOt cAmp" soon!

  • Jitha J. Sep 6, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    awesome!
    She was an awesome trainer, helpful and informative. I would love to take my puppy there for more session.
    Alice M. Aug 9, 2017

    Thank you & hope to see you @ "dOggie bOOt cAmp"!

  • Danielle B. Jun 23, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice M. Jul 2, 2016

    I lOve working you your pack Dani!

  • Justice V. Sep 20, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Keep in contact until date
    Alice M. Sep 23, 2015

    Justice, I am sorry I was unable to work w/you due to a scheduling conflict & as my vacation Holiday was pre-planned for the month of September I had to refer you to seek another trainer that would be able to meet your needs in a timely fashion. I hope you were able to find another dOg trainer & wish you the best of luck w/your puppy:) Sorry I was unavailable. RufFly yours, Alice

  • Mona K. Aug 7, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Alice M. Sep 23, 2015

    Mona & pack... it is my pleasure to work w/your pack & I lOve Rocky to pieces!!! RufF lOve, Alice

  • Sharon Q. Jun 20, 2015
    Alice is a very experienced trainer with a huge heart. She offers free clinics on Sunday which are very informative. She came to my house and gave me some very good advice with my little dog. You will not be sorry should you hire her to train your dog. Sharon Quattrachi
    Alice M. Jun 22, 2015

    Sharon, That little tiger of yours is precious. I'm so happy to have had the time w/you & your pack to set everyone up for success & a balanced life together:) RufF lOve, Alice

  • Enza H. Jun 18, 2015
    We called Alice a few weeks before our son Lorenzo was due, just to ensure we wouldn't have any issues with our dog Rocco. Well I can say everything Alice did in such a short time made a remarkable difference in Rocco! Taking him on walks was a completely different (and much better) experience. He doesn't lunge at people when they walk in the door anymore. And as far as his behavior towards Lorenzo, simply awesome! She prepped Rocco for all scenarios, including for all the crying he would eventually hear. Sure enough, Rocco doesn't flinch when he hears the crying, and just loves him so much. This transition was as smooth as we could possibly imagine. Thank you so much Alice!
    Alice M. Jun 22, 2015

    Enza, What can I say but I'm so happy you followed through w/the short time & lots of work needed to do to prepare Rocco for the new beautiful baby Lorenzo. Just remember to always give Rocco his time, as he was your first baby boy:) May God Bless Your Family Always... RufF lOve, Alice

  • Michelle L. Jun 11, 2015
    Alcie Marino is a true professional when it comes to understanding the canine world. Her techniques and strategies for training your pooch are terrific. I have two large dogs who were trained by Alice. They were extremely destructive and did not understand who was the boss. Through my training sessions with Alice, they are two of the most wonderful, well-behaved dogs. They are easy to walk and do not destroy anything in our home. In addition, Alice works with your entire family to ensure that your all in the household are aware of the expected behavior of your dog. She truly is amazing and I would highly recommend her services!
    Alice M. Jun 22, 2015

    Hi Michelle, Working w/your pack was a blast from day one! Bailey & Bosco were the sweetest little devils when I met them but w/you & your entire families determination & effort they truly ended up being the sweetest little angels, w/an occasional dirty face or two:) :) I lOve you & the whole pack very much. RufF lOve, Alice

  • Susan A. Jun 10, 2015
    Alice is a fantastic trainer. My dogs have gone to the free doggie boot camp and the regular group classes. Not only did the dogs learn a lot but so did we! I highly recommend her.
    Alice M. Jun 22, 2015

    Hey Susan, You, your hubby & the furKids have come a long way from the first time we met @ dOggie bOOt cAmp. I'm proud of all 4 of you and that you continued their training in private group bOOt cAmp as well. Always a pleasure to see you & the pack:) RufF lOve, Alice

  • Carmel F. Jun 4, 2015
    Wonderful dog trainer! I highly recommend her!
    Alice M. Jun 22, 2015

    Carmel, It was such a pleasure working w/you & Pippin:) I am always here for you, I think you know that... RufF lOve, Alice

  • Lynne B. Jun 1, 2015
    We hired Alice the dog trainer when we introduced a new Doberman into our pack. My Rottie was not so happy about him and she helped us deal with the new puppy training as well as the older dog's unwillingness to cooperate. She was fantastic and I would recommend her to any family dealing with training issues. Lynne
    Alice M. Jun 1, 2015

    Lynne, it was pAwsOme working w/your entire pack. I lOve Makara & Ferdinand & Kitty too! Hope to see you guys @ RufFminster dOg shOw & Spring Rescue Fair this Sat, June 6th @ the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. It's going to rOck the Island!!! RufF lOve, Alice

  • Maryangelyn M. May 31, 2015
    Alice is an excellent trainer who helped me and my rescue puppy. I was entertaining the possibility of giving my dog back to the shelter because he was biting me and acting unruly. Alice showed me how to deal with these issues and he has gotten so much better. Ruff Love's weekly boot camps and group training helped my dog with socialization and commands. My dog loves Alice and so do I. I recommend Alice to anyone who needs help with their dog!
    Alice M. Jun 1, 2015

    Maryangelyn, I'm so happy you stayed the course and truly got to see the greatness in your new rescue baby Jacques

  • Kelly B. May 31, 2015
    When I first got my fur baby, I knew I wanted her to have to best training possible and I would do whatever I could do to make that possible. I was giving a recommendation from a friend to try out Alice Marino ! Well, I couldn't have made a better choice to have her as my trainer! She taught me and my family the correct way to train our puppy! My puppy is now a year old and I still get compliments everywhere we go on how well behaved she is. I am so happy I decided to work with Alice, I have a fur baby that other owners are jealous of ! THANK YOU ALICE MARINO 🐾🐕❤️
    Alice M. Jun 1, 2015

    Kelly, I'm so happy to have met you & your "pack". I lOve Harley girl & was so proud to see her off leash listening to your every word. I also lOve that Ava can handle her like a pro even tho she's only 7yrs old. The compliments are well deserved, as you have followed through with every single thing I shared with you during your training... RufF lOve, Alice

  • Joanne K. May 31, 2015
    Alice Marino is a wonderful dog trainer. She was able to stop my dog from biting other dogs in just two sessions. I have recommended her to other people with problem dogs and they have all thanked me and told me that she was wonderful with their dogs and helped them overcome their problems.
    Alice M. Jun 1, 2015

    Joanne, I'm so happy I was able to train you to stop your furKid from biting others as well. You have always been such a pleasure to work with. Thank you. RufF lOve, Alice

  • Mike S. May 30, 2015
    I am very pleased with my experience with Alice. My 4 year-old Rottie, Zoey was developing some issues with other dogs and separation anxiety. Alice, though experienced with all breeds, is a Rottie expert and sized up me and Zoey pretty quickly. Alice's training sessions were to correct the deficiencies in MY handling of Zoey so that Zoey can learn what's expected of her. The key to success with any trainer is the owner MUST a) Accept the trainer's expertise b) Accept the corrections to the OWNER'S deficiencies and c) Most important - WORK WITH THEIR DOG EVERY DAY DILIGENTLY AND CONFIDENTLY. I've been doing just that ever since my sessions with Alice and the results are excellent. Zoey is much more under my control and breaks her fixation on other dogs after a very short time - before the training, nothing could break her concentration. Alice recommended a number of measures to ease Zoey's separation anxiety (destructive counter-surfing, spreading the garbage bag's contents all over and howling only when she's alone.) It worked. Zoey had to be confined to protect her and the house when I was away but in the last week, she's been free to roam the house in my absence and I have not returned to a mess. Most important, it is clear that Zoey won't require medication which is a great relief. Alice gave me one evaluation session (including nutrition advice and what devices to use to assist me in handling a 70 lb Rottie with a mind of her own) followed by two training sessions. Alice noticed immediately that I was beginning to lack confidence in my ability to handle Zoey and we worked on that. I use her techniques daily and Zoey's improvement has been steady. To the prospective client I say caution that you are the one that will be trained and you your results will depend on how diligently you follow her guidance and how often you work with your dog. Thank you Alice, Zoey and I are both so much better for our association.
    Alice M. Jun 1, 2015

    Mike, I knew you could do it from the moment we met. PS. I always train the human(s), the dOgs are a snap, lol. I'm so pleased you were able to find your inner confidence & share it w/Zoey so she knows you are her pack leader and she can just enjoy her pAwsOme life being a dOg!!! RufF lOve, Alice

  • Max I. May 29, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    The best dog trainer in the world. Watch out Cesar Milan. Alice Went above and bet on with Training my new pup
    Alice M. May 29, 2015

    Thank you very much, the pleasure was all mine:) RufF lOve, Alice

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have a Consultation/Evaluation/Session fee of $250 locally on Staten Island. Off the Island there is a small travel fee based on location. Thereafter, my per session fee locally is $135 and packages begin at 4 sessions w/a price reduction to $110/session or $440, 5 sessions w/a price reduction to $105/session or $525 and 6 or more sessions @ $100/session starting @ $600 pkg. There is a small fee for non-local travel.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I start w/a 2.5.hour Consultation/Evaluation/Session w/the entire "pack" preferably. Thereafter, we usually work together on a weekly basis to accomplish all the goals set forth in our Consultation and get the job done. You can pay full price by the session or buy a package of sessions at a reduced rate. Packages start at 4 sessions and can go up from there.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am trained "hands-on" in NY's only proprietary school for Professional Dog Trainers. I stay current by reading every journal, article, recall and new developments which are all at my disposal and I share all the pertinent information on my 3 fb pages daily, as well as share the info w/my contact list via email on a regular basis. I also attend as many Conferences as possible and regularly take online webinars, classes & compile data from dozens of resources.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a Certified Personal Trainer for 25+ years, I began incorporating my client's dOgs into their workouts and called it "Bodies by Alice" goes K9!!! The response was good, but not good enough to fulfill what I was attempting to do, so slowly but surely over the years (about 10-15 yrs) I phased out the humans and moved onto what I found to be my TRUE PASSION & CALLING... dOgs!!! And that's how it began :)
What types of customers have you worked with?
I personally work w/ALL dOgs, whatever breed, age, weight/size from puppy kindergarten to advanced aggression on humans/dOgs. Many will not work w/a Tea Cup Yorkie or Chihuahua and move on to a Cane Corso, Rottweiler or Pit Bull. I personally have had small to large personal experience inside and outside my home. I currently have a 98lb Rottie, a 19lb Mutt, an 8lb Havanese and until very recently a 13lb Yorkshire Terrorist and a 56lb Pittie. I have had a fur-kids, aka dOgs, ranging from a 178lb Great Dane and an 7lb Yorkie. I have also trained quarter horses back in the day, they don't get much larger than 1200-1400lbs!!!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I met a woman, living w/her boyfriend and immediately knew he was NOT the "one". This came straight from my gut and the dOg felt the same way as I. It was obvious as he cowered at his sight. I did find out he hit him several times and knew he had to go. After tons of work w/the dOg & his human Mom, we agreed to keep him away from the dOg, not even letting him help her to walk him. And so it came to be the "rescued" dOg actually "rescued" my client and he is finally gone from their lives. They (dOg/dOg Mom) are now living a peaceful, balanced, harmonious life together with a new dOg Dad that lOves him to the max!!! The End. Amen. PS. They are now getting married!!!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have not received a solid referral to a trainer, ask them for references. Ask questions that pertain to your situation, not the general public. See if they have any outdoor activities where you can observe them interact with dogs or participate with your dog. Check their credentials, are they certified? Was their education and training "hands-on" or on a computer via the internet? Which would you prefer? Hands-on, of course! That's one of the many qualifications RufF lOve dOg traiNIng's Holistic Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Animal Behavior Specialist Alice Marino can provide for you. Never be put off to ask as many questions as you have. Not everyone knows everything, but a well qualified trainer will investigate anything if they are not yet familiar with it, whatever it may be.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What they want to accomplish and if the "pro" enjoys their work. I truly lOve what I do and consider myself Blessed as I never "work" a day in my life! I learn from dOgs every moment of every day and am open to new methods as well as the tried and true old methods that work. My mind is a sponge with these babies and I'm willing and open to learning constantly.