Dogboy NYC

Practical, Urban Dog Training.  Since 2005.

OUR Mission

Relationship, Understanding, Practicality, and Results!

Dogboy NYC is a company dedicated not only to a dogs obedience and manners but more importantly, to nurturing relationships between people and dogs.  Educating people on the most current scientific knowledge of canine cognition and learning is paramount.  

With our guidance and application of knowledge, individuals will deepen their bond with their dog and gain a well-mannered, agreeable family member in return.  Our training is focused on practical application for busy NYC families and professionals.  

Dogboy follows strict ethical and moral codes similar to the Hippocratic oath, "first do no harm" is a major tenant of this code.  We believe that issues can be resolved or managed through scientific, fact-based methods leaving no room for excessive force and intimidation.  

All personally tailored training systems are driven by results and fostering an understanding between two species that nurtures all future successes.  



Robert Haussmann
CPDT-KA / Canine Behavior Consultant & Trainer
718 306 2190

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Robert Haussmann is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Canine Behavior Consultant, and Co-Founder of Dogboy NYC. He is licensed under the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and has been working with dogs and advising their humans since 2003. He founded Dogboy NYC in 2005 to help canine and human clients navigate the complex urban jungle of New York City.

Through creative, practical, and humane solutions, Robert specializes in helping dogs overcome behavior issues like fear, phobias, anxiety, and aggression. He advises owners on the best practices for making their dogs feel safe at home and beyond.

Since he was a child, Robert has had an inherent interest and deep connection with dogs. After college he contemplated a career with animals. Robert studied animal behavioral science with a strong focus on applied behavior analysis and operant conditioning to begin his education as a professional dog trainer. To this day, Robert is fascinated by the human-dog connection and continues to learn through professional and educational development.

Robert met his wife Kim in 2000. He quickly earned the nickname “Dogboy” through his ability to find, befriend, and safely return stray dogs to their owners and nearby shelters. When Robert and Kim began brainstorming business names in 2004, Dogboy NYC became the obvious right choice.

Robert currently facilitates Dogboy NYC Puppy + Wine Socialization, Basic and Intermediate Obedience, Introduction to Agility, Tricks, and Introduction to Scent Work group classes in Brooklyn. He is also available for private Behavior Consultations and private in-home training sessions.

Robert and Kim are the Co-Founders of Dogboy NYC and live in Brooklyn with their daughter and Josie, their fuzzy, lovable SATO rescue dog.

Jacklyn Knutson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She provides practical, humane solutions to training so dogs and their humans can communicate with one another and thrive in New York City.

Jacklyn’s passion for understanding dog behavior began in 2014, when she found an abandoned pit bull in a city park. Jacklyn gave the dog a home and named her Oatmeal. Besides being emaciated and still lactating from a recent birth, Oatmeal started to show several behavioral problems including dog aggression, resource guarding, and separation anxiety. Jacklyn quickly realized that restoring Oatmeal back to full health also meant giving her the structure and communication skills to overcome emotional distress and behavioral issues.

In the fall of 2014, Jacklyn began to apprentice with Robert Haussmann of Dogboy NYC. "I chose to work with Robert because his training methods involve humane behavioral solutions and years of experience." She spent the next three years learning as much as she could about dog behavior and training through hands-on sessions with Robert in addition to books, courses, and webinars. In 2017, Jacklyn became a CPDT-KA certified trainer and joined the Dogboy NYC team full time.

Since joining Dogboy NYC, Jacklyn's training expertise is focused on puppyhood, specifically the phases of development, house training, crate training, socialization, obedience & manners, leash and urban training.

Jacklyn currently facilitates Dogboy NYC Puppy + Wome Socialization and Basic Obedience group classes in Brooklyn. She is also available for private puppy and in-home training sessions.

Jacklyn lives with her husband and their adorable rescue Oatmeal in Brooklyn.




Practical, Humane Training for all Dogs & Issues.

How can Dogboy NYC help?
Because no two dogs or people are alike, Dogboy services are uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs of you and your dog.  Whether you choose classes or individual sessions, we will work to find the right training protocol for you, your family, and your dog. Contact Dogboy today and we can get started together.  


Private in-home training sessions tailored uniquely for you and your dog.  Individual sessions and training packages are available.  We come to you at your convenience.

Dogboy Private Packages
Private in-home sessions provide the most tailored and specific hands on training for you and your dog.  The training protocols will be based on your unique dog, bonding, behaviors, and environment.  Let’s do this together!

Please review our services area before booking an appointment.

Dumbo/Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill,  Redhook, Carroll Gardens Vet Group/Waterfront, Gowanas, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant,, Crown Heights, Sunset Park

The Financial District, Tribeca, SoHo, West Village/Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Midtown West, Upper West Side


Group training classes take place at Dogboy’s partner facility, Wag Club, in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Classes include Puppy & Wine Social Hour, Basic Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Introduction to Agility, Introduction to Scent Work, and Tricks Class.  


This wildly popular class is perhaps the most important you will take!

Puppies go through a stage of social development that ends between 12 – 16 weeks. During this time, it is critical to expose them to as many social situations as possible. Puppy + Wine is the perfect opportunity for pups to practice their skills.  They will learn how to elicit and end play, how to use their mouths, and how to safely get along with other members of their own species.

Under the supervision of a trained professional, humans can ask puppy questions and learn about their own dog’s play style and personality. This fun and educational experience is enhanced with a FREE glass of wine from the good folks at Waterfront Wines. Sampled wines are also available for purchase at a discount!  

Due to the popularity of this class, we must limit the number of pups to 10 per class. You will need to register ahead of time with Wag Club and provide your vaccination records.

When:  Every Monday!
Time:  7:30 - 8:30 PM (No Class Feb. 18)
Where:  Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Robert Haussmann, CPDT-KA / Jacklyn Knutson, CPDT-KA
Prerequisite:  Puppies must be under 16 weeks of age and have 2 rounds of vaccinations with records.
Cost:  $20 per class.  
RSVP  is required!

Sign Up at Wag Club.


It’s nearly impossible for the typical urban canine to avoid distractions walking the streets of New York City. That’s why it’s especially important that your dog has street smarts and learns to mind her P's and Q's.

In this 6-week course we will teach you practical, humane, and scientifically sound techniques to promote healthy leadership and a lifelong bond of understanding and respect. Learn basic manners such as LOOK AT ME, SIT, DOWN, STAY, DROP IT, LEAVE IT, FOCUSED LEASH WALKING,COME WHEN CALLED, and more!


When: Begins July 31 / Wednesdays / 6 week course
Time:  8 - 9 PM
Where:   Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Jacklyn Knutson, CPDT-KA
Prerequisites:  None

Sign Up at Wag Club.


When:  Begins August 4 / Sundays / 6 week course (no class on 9/1)
Time:  6 - 7 PM
Where:   Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Jacklyn Knutson, CPDT-KA
Prerequisites:  None

Sign Up at Wag Club.


Wednesday, Sept. 11 @ 8pm (no class 10/2)

Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 6pm (no class 10/6)

Wednesday, Oct. 30 @ 8pm (no class 11/27)

Sunday, Nov. 10 @ 6pm

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 8pm

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 6pm


“Jump, Tunnel, Weave… Oh my!”

Looking for a fun way to exercise and mentally stimulate your dog while bonding and building confidence? 

This 5-week agility course is the perfect entry into agility training. This course will teach you and your dog how to work together as a team. Improve focus while you tackle jumps, weave poles, tunnels, and more! No experience necessary, just come with a willingness to learn and have some fun!

When: Begins July 30 / Tuesdays / 5 week course (no class 8/6 and 8/27)
Time:  8-9 PM
Where: Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Robert Haussmann, CPDT-KA
Prerequisites: Basic Obedience. Firm grip of basic commands us as SIT, STAY, COME.

Sign Up at Wag Club.


Did you know your dog has a super power? A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than humans! 

This 5-week Scent Work course will teach your dog how to track smells both familiar and novel. Your dog will improve their confidence, focus, and hunting skills while they engage in challenging searches and some fun olfactory games. Humans will also benefit by improving their handling and observation skills. Scent work is the perfect sport for the urban dweller. Burn off energy and mentally stimulate the canine brain in any space. Open to all dogs of all ages and abilities.  

When: Begins September 17 / Tuesdays / 5-week course
Time:  8 - 9 PM
Where: Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Robert Haussmann, CPDT-KA
Prerequisites: Basic Obedience. Firm grip of basic commands us as SIT, STAY, COME.

Sign Up at Wag Club.


Consider it “Middle School” for you and your dog. Intermediate Obedience is the perfect class for those students looking to revamp and improve upon their previous training. 

In this 5-week course we will focus on improving hand signals, boost responsiveness to cues, create a more reliable recall, sit, stay, come, and place. We may even throw in a fun trick or two! Discussions will be open, and we will troubleshoot common behavior issues so we can address any specific concerns related to you and your city dog. 

*A solid foundation in basic obedience and manners is required.

When:  Begins October 22/ Tuesdays / 5 week course
Time:  8 - 9 PM
Where: Wag Club, 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Instructor:  Robert Haussmann, CPDT-KA
Prerequisites: Basic Obedience

Interested in attending our next class? Contact Wag Club and sign up!



“As a first time dog owner, and not just one doggie but two, Robert was a real life-saver and counselor. I hired him to train the puppies, and not only did he accomplish that, but more importantly he trained me!!” 
– Dianna Taylor & Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“Robert is a natural with dogs. His insightful and positive approach to training and problem solving works! Our dog Lucy will do anything for Robert.” 
– Ann, Charlie, Francesca and of course, Lucy

"I can now leave her home alone (crate-free!), and she is cool as a cucumber when guests come by the apartment.  Truly, she is a completely different dog. Thanks, Robert!! “
– Elizabeth Janka


"Rob is an amazing trainer! We've worked together on all kinds of issues with our high-strung rescue dog Pepper: barking at guests, lunging at bikes, fear of the dishwasher. He has incredible intuition and understands the most subtle of dog signals. We always appreciate how much he explains the root of her issues and how to address them, so that we can apply the training to any situation. He's helped us develop Pepper into a much happier dog, and we all absolutely love him! Especially Pepper, who loves to take breaks from training to lick Rob's face!"
-Kristine, Ketan, and Pepper

"We have been so lucky to have Robert Haussmann and the DogBoy team in our neighborhood. What is so wonderful about Robert is his commitment to training techniques that are supported by not only his vast experience, but by the most up-to-date scientific research as well. He has been an invaluable resource for our clients and patients, and when we have training problem with one of our own pets, he's the one we call for help! Thanks Robert!"
- Dr. Neuman,DVM and Dr. Adelman,DVM
Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group Clinic


Robert Haussmann, AKA “Dogboy” has been featured in: 

My Ollie / Dog Park Etiquette You Need To Know
My Ollie /How to Teach Your Dog to “Drop It!” on Demand
My Ollie / How to Teach Your Pup to “Come!” on Command
My Ollie / Do You Have a Defiant Dog?
Pix11 Morning News / National Puppy Day: Dogboy Training Tips
Nat Geo Wild / How Dogs Got Their Shapes Episode
The Corporate Cat / Walk How to Prepare Your Dog for Baby
People Pets / Preparing your Dog for Thanksgiving guests
Brooklyn Bridge Park / Talks and Tours: Summer Wag-A-Long
Heritage Radio Network / Animal Instinct: Urban Dog Training
Heritage Radio Network / Animal Instinct:  Raising a dog in the Big Apple
Heritage Radio Network / Puppy Training 101 with Dogboy
NBC Dateline / The Secret Lives of Pets
Good Day NY Morning Show / Featuring Dogboy NYC / Dog Training Tips
New York Post / Why aggressive dog humping isn’t always about sex
The ‘How to’ Dog Blog / Common Mistakes at the Dog Park
Dogtipper Blog / Unleash the Love 3 / Celebrities to Judge
Ruff Rules / Video Series
FOX and Friends / The fastest way to train your new puppy segment
Dogboy featured in Barbara Meyers book "The Magical Link: Love Mystery and
Other Secrets about the Bond Between People and Animals"
Howcast.com original video series / How To Take Care of a Puppy / About Dogboy Inc.
Huffington Post / Dogs and Babies: Preparing Your Dog for Your New Born
Huffington Post / Letting Your Dog Sleep in the Bed- the Right Way
Brooklyn Heights Blog / Tips for New Dog Owners
The New York Times / The Mayor Stands Firm Against the Lobbying of Puppy-Dog Eyes
Bravo Pregnant in Heels Episode / Sausage Dog back into Shape
USA TODAY / Pet Talk: Bedtime with dog trainers
Dogster.com / A New Star Hits the Dog Training Scene – Catch Him on the Way Up
Adoptapalooza / Sponsored by Peoplepets.com / Mayors Animal Alliance in Washington Square Park
USA TODAY / Pet Talk: Trainers tell what to do when dogs attack


Robert Haussmann
CPDT-KA / Canine Behavior Consultant & Trainer
718 306 2190

Follow us! @dogboynyc