Rocco Autero, CPDT-KA, founded Dogs Life Unlimited as a way to help busy-but-dedicated dog owners have the healthy, happy and well-behaved pet they’ve always wanted. With a wealth of education, experience and creativity, Rocco knows how to bring out the very best in your dog using the most humane, science-based training techniques.
Rocco first became fascinated by animals and their behavior while working as a pet photographer. Wanting to learn more, he signed up for a seminar in animal behavior – a decision that would ultimately lead to a new career in dog training.
For Rocco, however, the rewards of training don’t stop with the dogs. He truly enjoys helping you, the human on the other end of the leash, too. Whether through Day Training or Private coaching, his goal is to make your life easier and less stressful by getting to the root of your dog’s issues and finding a lasting solution.
In addition to Dogs Life Unlimited, Rocco also runs Elite Pet Photography, a successful pet portrait photography studio specializing in fine art photos of dogs and cats.
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, 2019
- CATCH Certified Dog Trainer CCDT, 2018
- Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer, FFCP, 2020
- CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Professional Dog Training Skills Certification, a one-week hands-on workshop at St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, 2016
- CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Body Language, Behavior, and Problem Solving Skills Certification, a one-week hands-on workshop at St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, 2017.
- CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Level 2 Workshop: A Week of Working Behavior Cases, a one-week hands-on workshop at St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, 2018.
- dog*biz Certified Professional Dog Walker, a three day in-person hands-on workshop in New York, NY, 2016
- American Red Cross Dog First Aid and CPR In-Person Class Certification, 2016
- Working with Aggressive Dogs 2 Day Seminar, with Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan Loehr, New York, NY, 2017
- Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Expo 2017, Stamford CT, 2017
- Advanced Dog Training Topics with Ken Ramirez, Secaucus NJ, 2019
- Feline Behavior Solutions: Teaching Foundation Behaviors for Modifying Behavior, IAABC, 2019
- Fear Free Animal Trainer Program, 2020
- Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Expo Live 2021, virtual three day conference via Zoom, 2021
- Canine Behavior Problem Solvers, 5 week virtual seminar, 2021
- Dr. Tim Lewis Biology of Dogs, 2 week virtual seminar, 2021
- Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Professional Member, 2017-2021
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Supporting Member, 2017-2020