lonestar wrote:thanks, but going to Staten Island is not an option.
Do you need training as in "these are new(ish) dogs that aren't trained at all -- unrulies who need some discipline"? Or is it "am at wit's end due to significant, even dangerous, behavior problems" (ripping up your house and-or each other, aggressive/snappish, neurotic, unpredictable)"?
If it's the latter you might want to see an animal behaviorist (who also would deal with training issues). When we thought that our dog might need one we got two recommendations from local vets:
-- Peter Borchelt, PhD -- http://www.animalbehavior.com
(certified animal behaviorist; Michigan State doctorate in comparative psychology/animal behavior; Brooklyn)
-- E'lise Christensen, DVM -- http://www.nycvetbehavior.com
(NYC's only board-certified veterinary behaviorist; Iowa State and Cornell; Am. College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Am. Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior; Manhattan, W. 50s)
We ended up not seeing a behaviorist: Our dog's problem was that he was terrified of everything (stairs, wind-blown paper, leaves, bird tweets, trashcans, plastic bags, glinting sun ...) but eventually he felt secure and came around. However, these are options if you think you might need one.