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Shelley, General Manager

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What makes Coventry special? Our amazing staff of dedicated professionals! Our staff are completing degrees in Animal Behavior, Psychology, Biology and Zoology. Some are Veterinary Technicians, successful competitors in various dog and horse sports and others have cross-species experience. All of them are dedicated to loving and caring for your dog!

Our Senior training staff has extensive hands-on experience in training, evaluating and modifying canine behavioral problems. Additionally, they possess years of formal education. Members of, and certified through, nationally-recognized organizations, ourBehavior Counselors are skilled in problems ranging from fear and anxiety to aggression. They hold Graduate Certificates in the Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation from CUNY’s Hunter College.

Learn more about our staff below:

ELISABETH CATALANO, M.A., CPDT-KA, CDBC, CPBC

Elisabeth Catalano, M.A., CPDT, CDBC (“Liz’) is a professional dog trainer and a behavior counselor with 15 years of experience in dealing with canine behavior problems. She is the Director of Behavior and Training and co-owner of The Coventry School, Inc., for Dogs and Their People. Liz is skilled in behavior modification techniques and is committed to scientifically-based animal training and the use of positive reinforcement methods.

Liz’s patient and compassionate guidance and her intervention continues to successfully solve a variety of behavioral problems. Liz is an experienced clicker trainer and instructs group classes from Puppy Kindergarten through Advanced training. In addition, she has extensive experience teaching and directing specialty classes, including adult dog playgroups and a group of well-known dog-to-dog aggression classes. Liz has extensive experience in creating classroom curriculum and has recently co-developed a new dog-to-dog aggression class called “Kranky K9’s”.

In addition to training dogs and their people, Liz has also provided instruction to trainers on learning theory, ethology, instruction skills, classroom management, and dog handling as part of a nationally recognized accreditation program. Dedicated to continuing education and skill improvement, Liz regularly attends training seminars and intensive study programs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), The Animal Behavior Society and the Deaf Dogs Education Action Fund (DDEAF).

Liz has been published in the APDT’s Chronicle of the Dog, is a regular contributor to “Pet Parent” Magazine, and appeared on “The Montel Williams Show” and local Channel 12’s “Pet Stop”. She published an article in a peer-review journal on the special considerations in training a deaf dog and has been quoted on the websites: The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America and The Australian Shepherd Rescue Helpline. She has been published in “The Dog Trainer’s Resource 2 – APDT Chronicle Of The Dog Collection” and has been a guest on Petliferadio.com’s popular “Teacher’s Pet” series with the segment, “Can You Hear Me Now?”. Liz was a featured speaker at the 2011 Hunter College Psychology Symposium and is scheduled to speak at the 2012 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Educational Conference. She is a blogger for DogStarDaily and writes a training blog for owners as well as a blog for training deaf dogs.

Liz’s own dogs are trained as a classroom demonstration dogs, are Certified Therapy Dogs, have earned titles in agility and obedience, Nosework and participate in sheepherding. They have appeared in books, calendars, commercials, fundraising campaigns and nationally-released training videos. When not training dogs, she is an amateur photographer. She has enjoyed the company of multiple canine companions for many years and currently shares her life with her husband and their rescued dogs: a German Shepherd, a Foxhound and three deaf Australian Shepherds.

Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and a Graduate Certificate in The Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation. She is continuing to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation from CUNY’s Hunter College.

VINCENT CATALANO, M.B.A., CPDT-KA, CDBC, CNWI

Vincent Catalano, M.B.A., CPDT-KA, CDBC, CNWI (“Vinny”) is a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor with nearly 20-years of experience in dealing with canine behavior problems. He specializes in aggression and multiple dog issues and has counseled countless owners over the years. He is the President and co-owner of The Coventry School, Inc., for Dogs and Their People.

Prior to arriving at Coventry, Vinny was the Assistant Director of one of the largest dog training schools in the country, for 16 years. In his role, he provided pre-adoption temperament evaluations and countless behavior modification protocols for shelter dogs.

Vinny co-developed a group of courses designed to rehabilitate dog-aggressive dogs. That program since became the model for other growl classes and was recommended by Behaviorists across the country. He has now co-developed a new aggression class called Kranky K9s that focuses on calming reactive dogs using classical conditioning and positive reinforcement.

In his role as Assistant Director, he developed a Therapy Dog testing protocols, helped streamline the canine coach (volunteer shelter dog training) program and continues to provide educational presentations at colleges for animal control officers. In addition, Vinny has served on the IAABC task force to develop shelter protocols and has served as a Delta Society Pet Partner Evaluator.

Dedicated to continuing education, Vinny attends numerous educational seminars and workshops. He is a recognized lecturer and has been a speaker at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) National Conference and at the International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors (IAABC) inaugural conference. Vinny was a featured speaker at the 2011 Hunter College Psychology Symposium and he is scheduled to speak at the 2012 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Educational Conference. He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), The Animal Behavior Society (ABS) and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

In 2010, Vinny became involved in K9 Nose WorkTM through the NACSW. In June of 2011, Vinny became one of the first Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) in New Jersey. Vinny and his German Shepherd, Rohan, have earned their NW1 title.

Vinny’s own dogs are trained as a classroom demonstration dogs, are Certified Therapy Dogs, have earned titles in agility and obedience, Nosework and participate in sheepherding. They have appeared in books, calendars, commercials, fundraising campaigns and nationally-released training videos. He has enjoyed the company of multiple canine companions for many years and currently shares his life with his wife and their rescued dogs: a German Shepherd, a Foxhound and three deaf Australian Shepherds.

Vinny holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and completed a Graduate Certificate in The Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation in December 2011. He is continuing to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Animal Behavior and Conservation from CUNY’s Hunter College.