Meet Your Dog's Next Best Friend

For years dogs have been man’s best friend. But don’t you think it’s about time your dog had a best friend too? That’s where we step in!

Meet Rachel

Recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, & Trainers
Rachel Lane is a highly-skilled, sought after dog trainer. With a Masters of Science in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, Rachel is among the most qualified dog trainers and behaviorists in NYC.

She’s an avid student of positive reinforcement training and translates cutting-edge animal behavior sciences into city-smart training for your dog.

A happy dog is a safe dog. Rachel’s mission is to help you and your dog learn how to enjoy safe and happy city living, one paw at a time. Although behavior is a complex science, Rachel believes in creating training plans that ensure success for clients and their dogs, all while making those plans as straightforward as possible . With patience, practice, and consistency, Rachel helps you and your dog develop a deeper relationship while meeting your training goals.

Though blessed to have shared her life with SO many amazing dogs, Rachel is the proud doggy-mom of Dustin, her almost twelve-year-old terrier mix. Dustin was adopted from NYCACC death row after failing all of his shelter evaluations. With a lot of love and positive training, Dustin has gone on to earn his champion trick dog title, starred in a movie and has been in a professional children’s production of the musical “Annie.” He also competes in rally, nose work, canine musical freestyle and does agility for fun.

Dogs Rachel has worked with have gone on to do many great and wonderful things, but most importantly, they become beloved, well-behaved, family members.


Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed
Masters of Science, Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, Virginia Tech
Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior, University of Washington
Family Paws Parent Educator Certified
Certified Trick Dog Instructor
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Certified Fear Free Professional
AKC Trick Dog Evaluator
American Safety and Health Institute, Pet First Aid Certified


We have two training assistants, 2 official helper dogs, and many un-official helper dogs.

Boris works at Leash and Learn as a Training Assistant. In this image he sits to the right of a large dog who has black and white fur.


Training Assistant

Favorite Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog


Helper Dog



Training Assistant

Favorite Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog


Helper Dog



Dogs don’t lie, and neither do we. Like the best best friend, we promise to:

Like a best friend
we won’t:

Solve your problems for you… We solve your problems with you. And, most importantly, we’ll train your dog.

Feeling overwhelmed or unsure? Don't worry! Part of the initial evaluation is discussing your goals, and the best way to get you there.