The Confident Dog was founded in 2009 by Taylor McKenna together with his wife, Dina. As co-founder, and head trainer of The Confident Dog Training Services, Taylor McKenna has dedicated his life to helping misunderstood canine companions for pet owners who believe there are no more options when dealing with canine behavior. Taylor has extensive experience and a high success rate in rehabilitating dogs all over the Northeast that are considered “red-zone” situations and/or “unfixable.” He preaches that firmness, fairness, patience,and a balanced energy are essential tools in the rehabilitation and handling of pets.
There is an answer to all behavioral problems without having to abandon or euthanize a pet. Taylor strives to educate people as to what those answers are by making them well-informed dog owners. The Confident Dog was created with Taylor’s fundamental belief that every pet owner must not humanize their dog, but rather, learn how to communicate with their pet in the best manner possible.
Also working closely with rescue organizations that include Project Pet, Ready for Rescue, Bobbi & The Strays, and etc., Taylor & Dina are dedicated to campaigning for shelter dogs in the New York City area who have been abused, neglected and discarded. Additionally, The Confident Dog connects with local police precincts to help abandoned dogs they find who are in need of shelter and food by providing temporary placement, whether it may be with The Confident Dog or in other foster homes. Usually these dogs require mental & physical rehabilitation in order to successfully find permanent families for them. The Confident Dog has re-homed many dogs and strive to continue to find loving homes to call their own.
Since the company’s inception, Taylor has had the opportunity to showcase his clients’ dogs by working in the entertainment industry with large canine breeds that were once misbehaved. Initially, he worked with Comedy Central as a trainer/handler of a red-nose Pitbull for a sketch comedy pilot. Additionally, Taylor trained a Great Dane who became a star (as himself) in a theatre play, “The Rehearsal: Playing The Dane.” Currently, Taylor is a weekly contributing writer for Men’s Journal for all things dog-related.