High Quality and Effective Dog Services with a Friendly Touch

Welcome to Friend to the Furry, and thanks for visiting!  In this confusing world of online information, it’s our goal to help you make the best possible dog training decisions and smoothly pave your road to a happy, well-behaved, and well-adjusted dog.

Why Friend to the Furry?

At Friend to the Furry, we believe in the potential of dogs and the dog-human relationship. We help dogs reach their full potential using only the most humane and scientifically proven positive reinforcement dog training methods. Through teaching people to communicate better with their dogs and better understand their dogs, they are able to meet their dog's needs and incorporate these needs into the training process.  As a result, dogs learn better manners, and fears and anxieties that often cause undesirable behaviors are alleviated by getting to the root of the problem. 

Here are some more reasons to choose Friend to the Furry:

  1. Because of the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your dog is being kept safe and healthy by someone who is knowledgeable about the canine species.
  2. Because dogs have more needs than just physical exercise, and Friend to the Furry knows what to do to meet these needs incorporating play, mental stimulation, and health maintenance into every service offered.
  3. Because Friend to the Furry has a philosophy that the time spent with your dog should be the best part of his/her day, and has a strict policy of keeping your dog out of trouble through only the most humane methods and positive reinforcement training.
  4. Because of the bond that forms when your dog is taken care of, and the happy dogs that it creates.

Associations & Credentials

Friend to the Furry is proud to have the following associations and credentials:

  • Certificate in Training and Counseling from SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers
  • CPDT-KA Designation from Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild
  • Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Certified in Pet First Aid from American Red Cross of Greater New York
  • NAPPS Certified Pet Sitter
  • Licensed, lnsured, and Bonded


Jen Strum, Dog TrainerJen Strum, CTC CPDT-KA is a positive reinforcement dog trainer, dedicated to the humane treatment and compassionate care of animals.  She has chosen to spend her life working with dogs and helping them and their owners to maintain healthy relationships. She attended an intensive program at Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA, where she received her certification in dog training and behavioral counseling. Prior to attending the SPCA program, she volunteered at multiple shelters walking and training dogs, and devoted time and attention to studying Animal Behavior and Psychology, which gave her a great understanding of the canine species, adding to the rapport she always had with them.

She acquired further knowledge in these subject areas under the direction of experts in the topic at the SPCA. Having worked with a large variety of dog breeds from chihuahuas to mastiffs, she feels very comfortable around dogs of all sizes and dispositions. She is a lover of all animals, working to ensure their happiness and safety. Along with dog training, Jen Strum is also an experienced pet sitter and dog walker, where she employed her knowledge of animal behavior, administration of medications, as well as how to handle medical emergencies (Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid).  She continues to educate herself in all matters of responsible pet care and the latest developments in dog training in order to ensure the best possible care for her clients, and shares her expertise to help the pets and pet owners of the NYC metropolitan area.