He’s rehabilitated dogs when multiple other trainers couldn’t. He’s saved dogs’ lives when they were about to be put down. He connects with these animals in a profound way most people can’t.
We have our very own dog whisperer, right in Clifton Park.
Whether you have a dog who is in need of some serious love or training, or you’re just looking for doggy daycare services, Thomas Davis of Upstate Canine Academy is your man.
Davis started his own dog training business in South Glens Falls in March, but now he’s opening a new location in Clifton Park. There was a soft opening on August 15th; he and his staff of three are currently engaging in consultations until their grand opening on September 17th.
Why should you choose Upstate Canine Academy for your dog’s needs? Because no one can bond with these animals, guide them, and rehabilitate them the way that Davis can, and this is proven by his already strong client base.
Those seeking help for their dogs come to him not only from the Capital Region, but from other countries as well: Davis is in such demand his first two weeks of boarding and training at Upstate Canine Academy are already booked by international clients. He has taken dogs in when their owners have already been through several other trainers with no success.
“I like taking the dogs nobody else can work with,” Davis told Your Clifton Park. “I’ve taken countless dogs out of the euthanasia line.”
Davis didn’t start out wanting to be a dog trainer – the skills just came to him naturally. The 27-year-old has a 15-year-old dog, Lola, who helped him discover his true calling in life. He believes his connection with Lola has expanded to other dogs as well.
“I was naturally drawn to dogs,” Davis told Your Clifton Park. “I started off as a dog walker and as a pet sitter. It grew from that. I work with canines the way dogs treat dogs. I pick up on how they treat each other and throw that into the mix.”
While Davis’s services extend to doggy daycare and training therapy dogs, his specialty is rehabilitating aggressive dogs. Many dogs who are marked as “aggressive” are actually misunderstood. Davis turns these dogs’ lives around by figuring out the root of their problems – why they act the way they do.
“I get to the root and source of the issues based off the relationship of the dog and their owner and also the information the dog gives back to me,” Davis told us.
Davis explained that dogs only show behavior they have learned or felt the need to learn – this is not unlike humans, who act a certain way based off experiences and personality.
“By being able to communicate with canines on a different level with my experience and study, I am able to act accordingly when a certain behavior is exposed and/or presented,” Davis said.
Working with and studying dogs for many years has certainly contributed to Davis’s talent, but he’s taken his research a step farther: observing wolves for the past three years at the Mission Wolf Sanctuary in Colorado. Davis camped out at the sanctuary for weeks at a time, studying the wolves and learning how to be calm around potentially dangerous animals.
Davis chose to open Upstate Canine Academy in Clifton Park because of its perfect centralized location. Dog owners come to Davis from Albany, Schenectady, Troy, New York City, Canada, and beyond.
Upstate Canine Academy offers discounts to law enforcement, veterans, and soldiers.
To learn more about Davis and the amazing business he’s built, check out www.americascanineeducator.com.
- Your Clifton Park: Davis, 27, brings Upstate Canine Facility to Clifton Park