Joana hugging a irish wolfhound during therapy dog class

 Joana Watsky - A Dog Behavior Specialist NJ

Sit and Stay Dog Training: Contemporary Reward Based Methods

“Training should focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing the reinforcer for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions driving the undesirable behavior. Behaviorists urge the use of positive reinforcement dog training techniques for behavioral modification in dogs.”

Joana Watsky, Owner

Joana Watsky, owner of Sit and Stay, has enjoyed teaching thousands of people how to establish lifelong positive relationships with their dogs since 1993. Joana started her dog training career apprenticing the Director of Training at the national ASPCA in New York City. The focus was on learning Dog Behavior, Pet Dog Training as well as Therapy Dog Training. She also studied with a PhD Behaviorist to further her education on Dog Behavior, and continues to attend seminars given by the top Trainers and Behaviorists in the country. Learning about dogs and their relationship with their human families is an ongoing process. Joana has worked with several Veterinarians to help them train their dogs, and consults with and is recommended by many Veterinarians throughout Northern NJ. Joana has a BA from Hunter College in NYC.

Joana has been interviewed on the Pet Stop with Dr. Voynick about Therapy Dogs, Channel 9 News report about Fireworks and Noise Phobia,  Trenton Times, North Jersey Pets Magazine, Newark Examiner, The Jersey Journal, The Bergen Record,, Bulldog Puppies Magazine,, and the Channel 12 news for her work with Therapy Dogs.  Joana’s expertise was also prominent in a segment on Channel 12 news to dissuade people from purchasing Dalmatians after watching 101 Dalmatians.

“We both worked with Joana to train our own dogs.  We were impressed with her logical and positive approach to dog training and enjoyed her personable, calm demeanor. (And so did our dogs!)  Joana was always accessible for our questions and concerns. We wholeheartedly recommend Joana to all our family, friends and clients.”

Dr. Marguerite Hoey DVM, and “Fosse” Hoey
Dr. Rachel Plafker Esrig VMD, and “Maisy” Esrig
Arlington Dog & Cat Hospital, LLC, Kearny, NJ