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The American Dog Trainers Network is the creation and life's work of Robin Kovary who passed away January 6, 2001. She gave her spirit, care, concern, expertise, and time to this endeavor. Robin was a contributor to many humane causes and to all living things. She went out of her way to help virtually anyone who needed help, and at any cost to herself. This website is a reflection of her giving spirit: It is her gift to us, her contribution to dogs, and her legacy.

Contributions from Robin's former clients and friends have made it possible to continue the site. If you wish to make a donation, please e-mail Lori Sash-Gail at

The helpline which was also maintained by Robin is currently not in operation.

In Memorial

Robin Kovary has been training dogs and counseling owners for more than 17 years, and was voted "Best Dog Trainer" for the past two years by Manhattan File magazine. Robin is devoted to helping dogs and their people, and believes that dog training can and should be fun for all parties involved. She was a co-founding member of the Society of North American Dog Trainers, is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and currently directs the Canine Resource and Referral Helpline, and the American Dog Trainers Network.

Robin is a member of the a Dog Writer's Assoc. of America. She is the author of From Good Puppy, To Great Dog!, and The Dog Owner's Guide to Successful Housetraining, and is currently working on 3 other books. Articles by her and about her work have appeared in numerous local, national and international publications.

She co-starred in the video Children, Dogs and Safety for the Geisenger Foundation, and has been a guest on scores of television and radio programs throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She has also served as an agent and handler for TV, film and advertising.

Robin Kovary is a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a member of the Delta Society, Therapy Dogs International, and Therapy Dogs Incorporated. An active animal assisted therapy coordinator and volunteer for more than 10 years, she was responsible for introducing animal assisted therapy programs to St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital Center and the Young Adult Institute.

1n 1987, Robin co-founded the New York City Coalition for Dogs, a not-for-profit group whose primary goal was to establish enclosed, legal dog runs throughout NYC. She was instrumental in getting dog runs established throughout many areas of Manhattan, and has assisted in helping many communities in other areas of the country as well.

She shares her home with a Bullmastiff, Shiva (Buckshorn Guardian Angel, ATTS, CGC); a German Shepherd-Alaskan Malamute, Truckie (Truck Cayenne, ATTS), and an American Staffordshire Terrier, Ava (Kovary's Angelic Aviator).

Robin has been featured in and/or interviewed by the following broadcast & print media:
  • American Health
  • AKC Gazette
  • Bride Magazine
  • Business Start-Ups
  • Child Magazine
  • Cosmoplitan
  • Departure
  • Dog Fancy
  • Dog Sport
  • Dog World
  • Glamour
  • Good Dog! (columnist)
  • NY City Life (premier issue)
  • Pet House Resident (columnist)
  • Pet Life
  • Prime Health and Fitness
  • Time Out New York
  • Women's Health and Fitness
  • ...and many others!
  • Connecticut Post
  • The New York Daily News (5xs)
  • New York Newsday (3xs)
  • The New York Observer
  • The New York Post (3xs)
  • The New York Times (5xs)
  • Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO.)
  • Press-Enterprise
  • Roanoke Times (VA.)
  • USA Weekend
  • ... and dozens more!
Weekly and Monthly Newspapers:
  • The Manhattan Cooperative
  • The New York Press
  • Our Town
  • The Village Press
  • The Villager
  • Westsider
  • ...and others.
  • Animals As Teachers And Healers (Susan McElroy)
  • Dog's Guide To New York City (Jane M. Rohman)
  • DogSpeak (Numerous Authors)
  • Dogs Numerous Authors (Rodale Press)
  • The Great New York Dog Book (Deborah Loven Gray)
  • NY Dog Owner's Guide (Martha Kaplan)
  • Practical Pet Solutions (Editors of Yankee Magazine)
  • The Puppy Report (Larry Shook)
  • Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story (Stephanie Calmenson)
  • Your Dog's Life (Deborah Loven Gray)
  • Woman's Best Friend (Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor)
Books Authored:
  • The Dog Owner's Guide To Successful Housetraining
  • From Good Puppy To Great Dog!
  • How To Become A Professional Dog Trainer
  • ABC-TV News
  • CBS-TV News
  • FOX-TV News
  • NBC-TV News
  • WOR-TV News
  • WPIX-TV News
  • Good Morning, New York
  • 9 Broadcast Plaza
  • Maury Povich Show
  • Sally Jesse Rafeal Show
  • ...and numerous others.
Cable TV:
  • ARD-TV News
  • BBC-TV News
  • CNN-TV News
  • F/X (FOX Cable TV)
  • Nippas Productions
  • NY1 News
Speaking Engagements, Presentations & Seminars
  • Animal Vues Conference -- Canine Crossfire Panel
  • "Ask Me Anything" Dog Trainer Lecture Series
  • "Ask The Trainer" Lecture (numerous audiences)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (panel presentation)
  • Career Day Lecture and Presentation (numerous schools)
  • Children And Dogs Pet Safety Program (numerous audiences)
  • Conscious Singles Connection -- "Ask The Trainer" (interactive lecture)
  • "Dog Training and Behavior" Lecture" (numerous audiences)
  • Greater Rottweiler Club of New York
  • Humane Education Program (numerous elementary schools)
  • Mercy College (NY)
  • National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
  • No Standing Anytime Doggie Daycare Center
  • Society Of North American Dog Trainers
  • St. Vincent's Hospital
  • "Taming The Dominant Dog" (lecture)
  • The Children's Museum (NYC)
  • Washington Square Park Dog Run Association
  • "Will The Real Pit Bull Please Stand Up?...
  • "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn't Work"
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