Upstate Canine Academy

Dog waits patiently on a cot during a training class at Upstate Canine Academy in Clifton Park NY


The Upstate Canine Academy was founded by America’s Canine Educator, Tom Davis. Located in Clifton Park, New York, our facility specializes in canine behavior allowing our team to offer one-of-a-kind, high quality services to you and your dog. Specifically, we are most known for our behavior modification training with fearful and aggressive dogs. Our dog training and board & train programs are sought-after all over the country, with our clients ranging from everyday pet owners to professional athletes and politicians.

Our Dog Training Team

Dog Trainer Tom Davis sits on grass with a dog on either side


America’s Canine Educator




Taylor is our facility manager. She received her B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University at Albany. Taylor oversees all of our day-to-day operations. She is your go-to person for any questions or concerns. She has been working alongside Thomas for the past 3 years, learning the ins and outs of the dog industry and helping the Upstate Canine Academy offer the highest quality services.



Board & Train

Alyssa takes care of our board & train dogs after hours and on weekends, as well as making sure the cleanliness of our facility is exceptional! She is currently attending the Animal Behavior College.

“My position with our team at Upstate Canine Academy has allowed me so many amazing opportunities working with some amazing people and canines alike. To me, the best part of any day is seeing a dog progress. Knowing that we are able to aid the process of dogs overcoming obstacles and helping dogs become happier and healthier, relationships between dogs and their owners, is an all around great feeling. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”




Madison is one of our daycare attendants. She has worked in doggy daycare environments for several years, as well as pet sitting for family and friends.

“I love this job because I get to work with so many different dogs – personalities and breeds!”




Brittany is one of our daycare attendants. She has owned dogs all of her life and also worked on a farm with many different animals.

“My favorite part about my job is welcoming each dog into the Pack like they are family and creating a relationship with each of them like they’re my own. I have worked on a farm in the past with cows, pigs and chickens. Having to feed the calves and pigs, as well as collect and clean the chicken eggs, I’ve always loved taking care of animals and making sure they feel comfortable and safe!”




Zach is our associate trainer. He received his Bachelor degree in Animal Science with a concentration in canines, from SUNY Cobleskill. He is well versed in canine training, behavior, health and nutrition.  He was most recently in South Carolina working at a canine facility where he became experienced in canine psychology, sport & police dogs and of course, pet dog training. Zach is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Zach’s positive outlook in dog training makes our training classes educational and enjoyable.



Associate Trainer & Assistant Manager

Morgan graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2013 with a bachelors degree in Animal Science carrying a 4.0 GPA and earning an Academic Achievement Award.  After graduation, she spent 2 1/2 years at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in NY working with guide and service dogs full time.  After her time with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Morgan spent 2 years in Vermont working with pet dogs in basic obedience. After moving to Georgia, Morgan worked for almost a year training dogs specifically with the e-collar system. In her free time wherever she has been located, Morgan has worked with dogs at shelters and rescues. With 3 dogs of her own, 2 GSDs and 1 mixed breed, she participates in a variety of dog sports. Her oldest, mixed breed, has gone to DockDogs World Championships in the Master division in 2017 and was invited to North American Diving Dogs Nationals in the Elite division in 2018. The older GSD is usually her demonstration and distraction dog, having earned her CGC and trick dog title. Her youngest GSD is currently training in tracking, obedience and protection in the sport of Schutzhund and currently has his BH. In her free time, you can find Morgan hiking with her dogs and husband. Morgan’s expertise and well rounded skills allow our training classes to provide owners with knowledge and versatility in all aspects of training and behavior.