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Madeline S. Friedman, M.A.


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I respond to public questions only. I'm not a veterinarian & do not respond to medical questions.Suggestions: Submit a question in one area of priority, as what I am able to address in this venue is limited. Provide as much detail re: the behavior & issue as you can. Tell me how & if behavior is a change from previous behavior & when the changes occurred. Let me know what you think may have triggered such changes & what you have tried so far to resolve it, & what the results were. Let me know what you want help with & what are your concerns & questions about the behavior. I have set up a payment/donation to myself for responding to questions. I donate most of it to animal shelters & rescues. I keep a small portion for my time. The minimum donation is $25.00 on PayPal. When I see that a donation has been made, I will respond to your question. You will be prompted to make the donation before submitting your question. When you have read & rated my response fairly, which must be at the time you read it, I will refund $5.00 back to you IF YOU REQUEST that I do so in your rating comments. If I ask for more details, please respond as a "follow-up" & not as a new question. If I don't respond to your question, I will refund your donation less $5.00. DO rate me fairly at the end of our exchange. I will be pleased if you DO nominate me for volunteer of the month - why not, if I was generous in my response? I may suggest something you were not necessarily ready to hear, but I am honest in the interest of helping your dog, & that is my goal. Please keep that in mind. Please do NOT contact me privately about Allexperts questions through my e-mail or website unless I have invited you to do so. That is an invasion of my privacy - thank you for respecting it. If you would like to contact me for actual dog training & behavior consulting, you may contact me through my Web site.

Experience in the area

Own & operate dog training & behavior consulting businesses, Hoboken Dog Trainer, and ny-njDogTrainer, in the NYC & NYC Metro areas since 2002. Work with thousands of dog owners & their dogs, & shelter & rescue dogs. Active volunteer in dog shelters and rescues (rescues being "no kill" and shelters being municipality-run urban shelters that can and do euthanize dogs). AllExperts volunteer in "Dogs, Category 701" and "Dog Training" and "Canine Behavior" since 2006. When you submit a question, please make sure it's being submitted in the appropriate category as I volunteer in two different categories. Make sure you agree to the Virtual Contract (the instructions I outline for question submissions) and agree to read and rate my response when I answer in the body of your question. I make donations to various animal non-profits based on YOUR ratings. If you don't rate my response, or rate it unfairly, you have just denied a dog rescue org or shelter a donation. Keep that in mind.


Professional Member of APDT for five years Founding Member of Animal Behavior Associates Behavior Education Network Former Board Member of IAABC, appointed by Founder Former Member of IPDTA in Canada Founding member of Behavior Education Network


Chronicle of the Dog (APDT, peer publication, numerous articles) Popular Dog Series magazine, numerous entries AOL in Tonowanda News Morris County News Vermont News Boston NOW New York A.M. Polo Trace Newsletter The Dodo AOL


Counseling Psychology, Caldwell College Animal Science, Rutgers University Master of Arts Degree Permanent New Jersey State Teaching Certification (teach public school and university level) Numerous workshops, lectures, and seminars on dog training and behavior Ongoing self-motivated study in my area of expertise

Awards and Honors

Best Canine Coach Award, 2006, Rondout Valley Instructor's Training Course Society of Illustrators, second place international competition Jellybean Photographics, second place international competition Fashion Institute of Technology "Commitment to Illustration" award

Past/Present Clients

Testimonials from a number of clients appear on my Web site at under "Reviews." My customers include: Puppy owners wanting to get their puppies off to the best start; owners of mature dogs who want their dogs to have more obedience skills; fosters and owners of rescue dogs or shelter dogs; customers with special needs who need to train or retrain their dogs; housetraining and housebreaking; owners who have behavioral issues with their dogs such as house accidents, aggression towards humans, aggression towards other animals, inattentive dogs, unmotivated dogs, overly-exuberant dogs; and, more.

What do you like about this subject?

I like studying motivation and helping owners and shelter staff understand dogs better. And, I love my customers - I don't work with everyone who calls me, and I'm fortunate that my selection process seems to weed out those with whom I wouldn't enjoy working (and, vice-versa).

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Everything currently under study, including neuroscience and neurobiology as they affect behavior, as well as how dogs understand speech. I have a special interest in canine metacommunication. I really just want to help people have the best relationship possible with their dogs so that dogs stay in the home and live happy lives.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Dogs have been scientifically shown to understand more than 1,000 words, as well as being able to parse elementary grammar! Dogs study human behavior and are experts at "reading" and interpreting our every move, since paying attention gets them what they want. Dogs are excellent metacommunicators just begging to be understood by humans!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Most vets suggest to dog owners that they NOT socialize their dogs until the dogs have had all their vaccinations. This can be a future death sentence for a dog behaviorally, as dogs' critical socialization period (for humans, other canines and environement) is right within that time frame, from 14 - 16 weeks. Get your pup to experience safe, new things every day!

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Recent Answers from Madeline S. Friedman, M.A.

2016-04-05 Black Lab - Feeding Frenzie:

Hi Marie,    Thanks for your question and reading my bio before submitting it. I have a question or two for you before I respond to it. What bothers you about your Lab's behavior that you described, and

2016-01-15 Fear of going outside since moving to the city:

This question was asked on 1/15 at about 9:00 a.m.  As of 1/19, four days later, you have not adhered to your promise to read and rate my response within three days, nor have you responded to my questions

2015-11-06 Training for Dog Trainers:

Hi Jess,    I thought I would post a follow-up addition to my answer a couple of months later.  I have another concern which I didn't post.  I understand the school in N.J. which you mentioned is teaching

2015-11-05 Training for Dog Trainers:

Hi Jess,    I appreciate your reading my bio and sending me your question. I don't mind answering it as I think it's a very interesting question, and I promise I won't "sugar coat" anything in my response

2015-08-07 Tissues in couch:

August 8th update:    Hi Matthew,    I had another thought which may apply. I see you read my earlier response, and since you read my bio, I would need you to rate my earlier response before I go ahead


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