About Babette Haggerty – Trainer of “Once in a Lifetime” Dogs

Babette Haggerty has one mission: “To Train Everyday Families to Have Once in a Lifetime Dogs.” As an experienced trainer and dog owner, she fully understands the need of owners to live a stress-free life of harmony and balance with their dog. A mother of two, Babette knows first-hand the needs of a “dog” family who may be bringing home a new baby or have children who need to be able to control the dog.

For four generations the Haggerty Family has been involved in the joy of training, breeding, raising, showing, and handling man’s best friend. In 1962, Captain Haggerty began Captain Haggerty’s School for Dogs in Bronx, New York, and had since left a legacy that forever changed the dog training profession. Shortly before his death, he had been called “The Last Real Dog Trainer in the World.” Today the school and his legacy is being carried by his only child, Babette Haggerty.

A Bergen County native, she began working in the family’s upstate New York kennel as a young child. She continues her family’s tradition by offering private in-home lessons, puppy training, dog obedience classes, problem solving, house training and dog trick training throughout Midland Park and Bergen County, New Jersey and the greater New York City area.

On occasion she does travel to visit her Palm Beach clients where she owned the most respected dog training school from 1989-2007.

Babette is the author of three books, including the best-selling book, The Best Dog Tricks On The Planet: 106 Amazing Things Your Dog Can Do on Command (October 22, 2013).

Also authored by Babette are The Complete Visual Guide to Good Dog Training: The Balanced Way to A Well Behaved Pet (October 19, 2012) and Woman’s Best Friend: Choosing and Training the Dog That’s Right for You (September 5, 2003). This book sold out of its first printing in six weeks!

Babette attends at least 60 hours of canine seminars each year and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the elite International Association of Canine Professionals. Her credibility as an experienced and effective dog expert is bolstered by media coverage in The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other national and regional publications and radio stations. In addition, Babette has written articles for various national and local publications, including DOGS USA and Off-Lead magazines.

“I want to give families the dog that all of their dogs past and future are measured against.”

Babette has trained many dogs for “showbiz” jobs, here is some of her experience working with pups who appeared on TV shows, movies, commercials and other projects.

  • Trained dogs that have appeared on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock
  • Trained dogs for commercials and print ads for companies such as MasterCard and Bounty
  • Babette had her first theatrical dog training job for a Black and Decker commercial featuring former Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly in 1979
  • Her own students have appeared in movies with Colin Farrell, Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken
  • Taught Jimmy Buffet’s Maltese to dance when asked, “What do we do in Margaritaville?”
  • Trained Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Retriever to bark the correct number of major wins when asked, “How many times has Daddy won the Masters?”
  • Babette has appeared on The Today Show when she trained Natalie Morales dog to do a series of tricks
  • She was a handler for the periodic drug search on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
  • Supplied and handled dogs for The Guiding Light and All My Children
  • Assisted in the training of the first Australian Shepherd used for Guide Dog work
  • Babette has presented seminars to AKC judges on the German Shepherd and Belgian breeds.

Babette Haggerty will help your dog be the best it can be and allow you and your family to live and work more harmoniously with your pup! Contact Haggerty Dog Training at 201-444-9893 or send us a message on the contact page.


Dog Training Boarding School – Behavior & Obedience Training

Think you have a problem pup and need help getting your dog’s behavior under control?

Haggerty Dog Training Boarding School may be for you if any of the following apply:

  • You love your dog, but just need a break and thought it may be nice to have them get some training while away
  • Your dog is jumping, barking excessively or being aggressive- maybe they are just poorly behaved overall
  • Your dog hasn’t responded to some basic training classes that they took elsewhere and they need to brush up on their obedience
  • You are overwhelmed and just need someone to fix your dog for you?

We can help! Our facilities are conveniently located in Midland Park/Bergen County, NJ, just a 20 minute drive from the George Washington Bridge. We offer two different options for our dog boarding school students.

  1. The dog can board at Camp Bow Wow in Midland Park, NJ. They attend our day school each day, and then we will pick them up and escort them back to their dens in Camp Bow Wow each evening.
  2. The more popular program is placing your dog in the care of our family! Your dog will live with us and sleep in a home environment in peaceful Oakland, NJ.

With either option, the dogs will come to the training center in Midland Park each day. This is where they will have play time with other dogs, as well as training, along with mental and physical stimulation exercises and agility. In addition, the pup will have the chance to learn how to behave in an urban environment.

There’s field trips too! We typically take hiking field trips in the Ramapo Mountains.

Haggerty Dog Training Boarding School training includes:

Behavior problems such as:

  • jumping
  • digging
  • barking
  • chewing

The obedience portion includes:

  • Heel, automatic-sit, come, ‘Leave the Room’- If you drop a glass, for example, and you want your dog to leave the area, this will “command” her to do so. We also cover many other obedience commands.

We would love to have your dog stay here with us and get the training they deserve, allowing you the pet parent, to take the break YOU deserve. Contact Haggerty Dog Training at 201-444-9893 or send us a message on the contact page.

Doggy Day Care & Training in Midland Park & Bergen County, New Jersey

In 1996, Haggerty Dog Training created a new and unique way to train dogs and let them play all day- we opened one of the very first doggie day schools in the country.

Nearly 20 years later in 2015, in Midland Park and Bergen County, New Jersey, we have helped and continue to work with countless canine clients in our doggie “day care” program, where we train, exercise and play with our furry guests.

Dogs are not just pets to many dog parents/owners, they are a member of your family. Leaving your dog in the hands of other people isn’t something to be taken lightly. Wouldn’t you feel less guilty leaving your dog alone for the day after you head out to work if the pup had some fun and stimulating activities to keep him busy until you get home?

Haggerty Dog Training, Day Care and Training is a unique three-week program that provides a convenient way for dog owners to get away for the day while their doggy learns basic obedience, everyday commands and has lots of fun with the qualified trainers.

Our program doesn’t require you to be separated from your pup for more than few hours, so you can see their progress day-by-day. Enjoy better sleep (because the dog will be well-exercised and sleeping peacefully) and a better relationship with your furry companion because of their improved behavior.

Our Midland Park, NJ 3,600 square foot, climate-controlled facility boasts plenty of space for your pup to run about and get more than their daily dose of exercise in, helping to relax the pup and get them in a routine. Calming signals and techniques are also taught in this course.

After three weeks of daily fun, you and your pup will join Babette Haggerty and staff for follow-up sessions to help you and your dog “communicate” and apply their new skills they learned at the Haggerty Dog Training daycare and training program.

We will address common dog behavior problems such as jumping, digging, barking and chewing in this daily program, in addition to various dog obedience tactics and commands including the following:

  • Heel – Your dog will walk next to you on a loose leash while walking down the street- even as you pass other dogs and children.
  • Automatic-sit – When you stop walking your dog will sit without being told.
  • Sit-Stay – You can put your dog in a sit-stay for up to three minutes, walk away and she will stay where you left her even with distractions, i.e. children running past.
  • Come – Your dog will come to you the first time you call her from a thirty-foot distance.
  • Down-Stay – Your dog will stay while laying down for up to five minutes even with distractions such as other dogs, even if she can not see you.

Also included are numerous other commands in addition to the ones listed above. Bring your doggy on down to our Midland Park, New Jersey facility and visit with our trainers. Contact Haggerty Dog Training at 201-444-9893 or send us a message on the contact page.

Bathroom Command for Dogs

There is nothing more convenient than teaching your dog to eliminate on command. If you live in the northeast, like New Jersey’s Bergen County or the surrounding areas, it can be difficult when it’s raining and snowing to have your dog sniff and sniff and sniff until she finds a suitable spot for #1 and then #2. Also, if you live in a city where you must walk your dog instead of letting her out in the yard, the “do your business” command encourages her to go in an expeditious fashion.

A client asked if we could train her Pomeranian to go to the bathroom on command. “I have an apartment in New York City, and it is a nuisance to take her across the street to the park during a blizzard for her to sniff around taking her time to go to the bathroom,” my client said. I know many others who echo that statement. Having a dog is a joy, but it can also be tons of work. Minimizing the amount of time you have to spend in inclement weather or waiting and waiting for your dog to make is both convenient and makes your dog more obedient in general.

The first step is being able to tell when your pup needs to go. This is yet another reason to have your dog on a strict eating schedule- predictability. Having an eating routine means a more predictable bathroom routine, and hopefully no accidents!

Any time a dog is crated for a while or active- running around with the kids, etc- she will probably need a walk outside to eliminate.

The bathroom command also happens to be very easy to teach. Let’s take your dog outside:

  1. Allow her to sniff.
  2. As she sniffs and circles, say, “Do your business,” “Go make,” “Let’s potty,” or whatever else you would like to call it. Pick a statement and stick with it.
  3. As soon as she starts to relieve herself, stop the verbal command.
  4. It is not necessary to give her a treat. The reward is in the relief of having gone to the bathroom. Don’t you feel better once you go to the bathroom? Sure you do.

If you would like more advice on the bathroom command or house-training your new puppy, contact the Bergen County, New Jersey experts of Haggerty Dog Training by filling out the short contact form or calling 201-444-9893​.

Puppy Nutrition and House Training

Puppy food is a major factor in the success of “potty-training” your new puppy.

Nutrition plays an important role in house-training, whether you have a big dog or a toy breed– but, with so many foods on the market, how do you know what effect each will have on the health of your dog and the ease with which it is able to become house-trained in an efficient manner?

These general guidelines should help you narrow down the countless puppy food choices to find the formula that best suits your pets nutritional needs.

Pay attention to sodium content.

Make sure you choose a food that is low in sodium. Puppies need to drink a lot of water, and many commercial pet foods have high sodium content, which will make your new pup drink more water. Drinking water isn’t bad for puppies, but be aware that just like people, the more little Buddy drinks, the more he’ll have to urinate.

Sodium levels are generally higher in supermarket brand dog foods than the premium foods that use human grade ingredients. Moreover, dog foods that use animal by-products, which means the food consists of clean parts of the animal carcass (necks, feet, and intestines), may increase bowel movement size and frequency.

The first five items listed under the ingredients on the puppy food packaging are the most prominent in the food, as dog food manufacturers are required to list ingredients in descending order.

The frequency and amount your puppy eats also affects its bathroom habits.
It’s standard for puppies to eat three times a day through the age of six months. After that time period, you can go ahead and cut the feeding schedule back to two meals per day. If it’s not possible to feed your pup three times a day to start out with due to work schedule or some other limitation, twice a day is usually fine. Again, the more a pup eats, the more they will have to use the bathroom, so be sure to match the pup’s bathroom breaks with its feeding schedule.

Want more advice on house-training your new puppy? Contact the Bergen County, New Jersey experts of Haggerty Dog Training by filling out this short contact form or calling 201-444-9893​.

Potty Training Toy Breeds

Paper-Training is often a good option for toy breed dogs. When a client told me she wanted to paper-train Sugar, her Toy Poodle, because she traveled often between Palm Beach and Boston, I told her it would be easy, given Sugar was only 10 weeks old. The client’s apartment in Boston was across the street from a park, and she didn’t want to worry about going outside to take the dog out during bad weather. So for her, paper-training was the right choice.

However, if you have an older toy dog that is still not house-trained, paper-training may also be a good option for you. It doesn’t matter where you live, but owners of young pups throughout Midland Park, Bergen County, and all of northern New Jersey take note- we definitely see our share of wintry stormy weather.

Have an extra bathroom you rarely use? That’s a great option for a paper-training area. If you don’t have a separate room, you can simply block off a small area in your bathroom or kitchen. Instead of wall-to-wall carpet, the dog’s new “apartment” will be wall-to-wall newspaper, with a small spot for her bed and water dish.

The only place the dog will relieve herself will be on newspaper. After all, that is all that is on the floor. How can she go anywhere else? Over time, you will start making the paper area smaller, one small sheet at a time.

If the pup goes on a non-papered area, immediately go back to putting more paper down. Keep going until she only goes to the papered area. Give it time, persistence and patience. She will learn it well.

However, don’t make the mistake of starting your toy breed dog on newspapers with the thought that once she is older you will then house-train her. Putting papers down will teach her that it is OK to do it in the house.

Along as you are patient and persistent, you will successfully house-train your dog. If you have a toy breed, I can’t emphasize it enough: if she isn’t nearly perfect by four months, get professional help. One big mistake people will often make is that they try paper- training, then crate-training, and back to paper-training. That only confuses the issue and the dog. Pick what is easiest for your lifestyle and know you can both do it.

Contact the Bergen County, northern New Jersey experts of Haggerty Dog Training by filling out the short contact form or calling 201-444-9893​.

Puppy Pad Training Basics

People love their pets from the second they lay eyes on them, but many don’t factor in all of the hard work their new four-legged friend requires in order to settle into their new life. Owners of young pups throughout Midland Park and Bergen County, New Jersey will have to put up with some inconveniences and increase their patience level when teaching their puppy new things. We’re not talking about funny tricks, we mean the basics- such as simple obedience commands and the Number 1 “new puppy” problem we hear about here at Haggerty Dog Training: house training.

House or “potty” training can be the most frustrating, disgusting and disturbing problem for new puppy owners, and unfortunately, there are many breeds that have a predisposition to difficulty with house training.

Let’s break down the different types of “potty” training and their pros and cons.

Over the next couple of blogs we will break down the different types of dog “potty” training, along with pros and cons for each. We’ll cover pad (or paper) training here.

Based on their own convenience, some people want to have a pad-trained dog at first, but then decide later they want the dog to “make” outside instead (house training).

It’s important to note that if you use one method and then switch over to the other that it will be very difficult for the dog to decipher where it is supposed to go to the bathroom. Think of it this way: It’s like teaching a child that he is supposed to go on the toilet, but when it is more convenient (for you), he should just go in his diaper. So pick one, stick with it and be consistent.

People who live in large urban areas like New York City are encouraged by their veterinarian to not let the dog go outside until it has received all of its vaccinations and is at least four months of age. This can make house training difficult, since between 8 weeks and four months of age the dog is going to be forced to relieve itself on pads (wee wee pads), which creates a bathroom habit that you may choose to change once your pup is completely vaccinated and “of age.” If you think you may want to do pad training then house training, the best thing for you to do is have the dog go to the bathroom in a court yard, a roof garden or another outside area isolated from other dogs so that the dog does not have to be trained on the pads until it can go outside. This eliminates the need to train, break habit, then re-train.

Pad Training for Dogs

Taking the previous paragraph into mind, it makes a lot of sense for those of you who live in urban areas where it may be inconvenient to take the dog outside multiple times per day to pad train. Below are some pros and cons.


  • Makes it less likely the pup will acquire diseases and viruses from other dogs.
  • Pads are portable, so if you like your pup to tag along with you, you won’t have to worry about bathroom mishaps.
  • You and your dog won’t have to brave the cold or heat outside every time the pup has to relieve himself.
  • Cons:

  • Pad training can become very expensive, as the pads are not cheap. Some people choose to be more environmentally friendly and use newspaper. However, not everyone wants their dog to get the newsprint all over them.
  • Wet newspaper and pads can also create an odor in the house that not everyone wants.
  • Pads/newspaper does take up a bit of room in a home where space may be limited.
  • Is it time to revamp your pouch’s potty schedule? Contact the Bergen County, New Jersey experts of Haggerty Dog Training by filling out this short contact form or calling 201-444-9893​.

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    Happy New Year Doggie Resolutions 2014

    It is that time again where we resolve to lose weight, quit smoking, stop cursing and the list goes on.  How about making a resolution with your dog? Here are a few ideas:

    1.  Commit to a 15-30 minute brisk walk each day. You can both reach your exercise goals.
    2.  Commit to spending five minutes a day teaching your dog a trick. Roll over and play dead are easy to teach and fun for your dog.
    3. Help support a local rescue group. You can offer to foster a dog, walk a dog or even fundraise for a group. 
    4. Be a good neighbor.  Spend a morning at the local park and clean up the poop others left behind.
    5. Be a conscious consumer.  When traveling choose pet friendly hotels, whether you have your dog with you or not.  Let the management know too.  They will appreciate it.

    These few things can easily become habits which can be incorporated into your life and help make the world better for you and your dog. Read more ›

    Cold Weather Tips for You and Your Pooch

    Well judging from the storm I drove in this past Sunday for 12 hours, which included sleet, rain and snow from Virginia to New Jersey, Old Man Winter is upon us.  So we must keep our dogs, and cats safe.

    I love walking my dogs in all kinds of weather and especially enjoyed it this morning on our walk as it began to snow.  However, it is important to watch your dog for signs of cold such as shivering and  lethargy. This morning, as I watched my student and my own dogs eat the snow, it looked awfully cute but while it looks cute  stuck on their nose, it can also quickly bring down their internal temperature and I don’t know what is in that snow, which can become dangerous.

     As I sit and write this, my Frenchie curled up on my lap and the fireplace is giving me much needed warmth but when you are a dog and you are walking in the snow, the snow can become firmly packed within the pads of the feet and create a painful walk as well as help the body begin cool down too quickly. This is especially true if you have a dog with Cushings, diabetes or arthritis, keep this in mind as you walk. They can not regulate their temperature as well as younger, healthier dogs.

    Be certain to continually check your dog’s coat on longer walks as the snow can also become little ice balls and get stuck in the furnishings on his coat.

    The salt on the road and on the sidewalks can also irritate your dog’s skin. When you return, use a dry, warm towel to dry his feet. I use a wet, warm washcloth to clean the feet.  Watch that they are not licking their paws. You do not want them ingesting any of the chemicals found in deicers.

    Always keep enough food and water in the house, should you become stuck.  Canned pumpkin is always a good emergency food as it is nutritious and if you are short on dog food, mixing that with rice short term will help prevent any diarrhea when you return to their regular diet or if you have to change foods.  

    If you exercise your dog a lot in the cold, be sure to increase his food intake as he will burn more calories in the cold. Also don’t leave him outside but if you must, remember the water bowl will freeze so you need to check it frequently or better yet, get an electric heater for the bowl. 

    I keep a towel by the door and like to put rain coats on my dogs. It keeps them drier and my floor cleaner.  I lived in South Florida for 18 years and if my dogs got wet from going outside to relieve themselves it wasn’t cold out and it would be a just a sprinkling of rain on their coat. Now that I am back up north, when it rains, it is usually cold and heavy so toweling them off after the walk is good but a rain coat makes it easier and less time consuming.  

    Not only do you need to be careful for your dog’s safety when walking, but yours as well.  Remember in the snow, cars slide, so be watchful of the cars around you.  Also be certain that you have voice control over your dog. If you should take a spill, please make sure your dog will not become frightened and run, if you drop the leash.  And please, make sure you are not using a retractable leash with your dog. That is even more dangerous in the ice and snow.  Teach your dog the simple commands of come and stay, as well as, leave it and heel.  This will stop them from picking up something they shouldn’t and not allow them to pull you down. Also be watchful of icy waters, just as people can fall through, so can your dog.   

    When you leave in your car, you may not have a cat, but your neighbor’s cat may have decided to crawl up into your car to keep warm. Before turning on the car, give it a good tap on the hood so that cat can jump out before starting it.

    If you follow these steps and your own common sense, there is no reason why you and your dog can not enjoy winter’s snow and all the peace it brings safely.  ImageImageImage 



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    Good Dog Obedience
    Location: Haggerty Dog Training
    24 Central Avenue
    Midland Park, NJ 07432

    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    10:00 am – 11:00 am

    6 weeks for $250
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    Puppy Socialization Hour
    Location: Haggerty Dog Training
    24 Central Avenue
    Midland Park, NJ 07432

    12:00 – 1:00 pm

    Saturday, April 29, 2017


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    Babette Haggerty helped write The AKC Train Your Puppy Right book. She will be teaching this class and at the end of the class your dog will take the AKC Star Puppy test for certification. Housetraining, nutrition and basic problems such as biting, jumping, chewing will be addressed. This course is designed for puppies 8 weeks- five months.

    Refresher Training Session

    Open to Day School, Private Lesson and Canine Enrichment Students ONLY!

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 am-10:00 am


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    Advanced Obedience
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    Midland Park, NJ 07432


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    Off Leash Obedience
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