The smallish in-house store sells training and specialty collars and leashes, “real meat” treats (“Not made in China,” emphasized Garelick), and play toys engineered to stimulate a dog’s mind. She specifically does not sell canine pampering or beautification products, arguing that her goal is to address social behaviors, and does not plan to offer grooming services either.

The dog daycare will have a twist, she said: It will actually be affordable, said Garelick. She is in the midst of creating the kennel space on a second floor aloft to accommodate up to 50 dogs, leaving the ground floor for dog play and socializing. There is an outdoor courtyard and pee/poop station as well.  The dog daycare will be operating within six months she said, and the “meet and greet” canine café will be opened within two years.

Joann Redder of Saugerties, a former Chinese sharpeiowner and breeder, now has a 19-month-old yellow lab named Flynn, who has been a pupil in Garelick’s classes since he was nine weeks old. “[Garelick] is a genuine, intelligent wonderful giving individual who will spare nothing to help make someone a better dog owner,” said Redder. “I trained with other trainers in other dog clubs, and her approach is very novel. She incorporates not only obedience training, but agility training as well which seems to strengthen the bond between dog owner and companion.”

“It’s about what animals have done for me,” said Garelick. “They’ve made this business for me because they made me realize what my talents are, and they brought out my talents.