Clifton Park dog trainer Tom Davis celebrates National Puppy Day on ‘Today’

Tom Davis’ successful career as a dog trainer and trainer will hit a new high on Wednesday when the South Glens Falls man is set to appear on ‘Today’.

During the 8-hour segment of NBC’s morning show, Davis will join hosts and dog owners in teaching puppy training tips and tricks on National Puppy Day.

“I’m very excited about it,” Davis said Tuesday. “It’s something I do every day, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help dogs on one of the greatest levels.”

Davis is the owner of Upstate Canine Academy, a training facility in Clifton Park.

He has worked with dogs for 14 years and has been a professional dog trainer for almost seven years. Himself the owner of two dogs, Lakota, 6, and Lola, 18, Davis is driven by his passion to help save dogs all over the world.

“I measure success by how much you help people,” Davis said. “So for me to be able to reach millions of people like I do every month is a huge success because it gives me the opportunity to save a dog from being euthanized or put in a shelter.”

Davis is able to reach millions of people through her social media platforms, with an Instagram page with over 150,000 followers and a Tik Tok account with over 1 million followers.


“Right now, I’m at a point in my career where I’ve worked so hard to grow my brand and build my platforms to educate dog owners,” he said.

Davis said a big reason there are gaps in how people connect with their dogs is their inability to understand their dog’s needs and wants.

“They feed off of everything we do,” Davis said. “That’s why it’s so important to us as dog owners. If we’re going to go out and save a dog’s life or rescue and adopt a dog, we can’t be selfish about it. If you don’t have the time and leadership to handle this situation…maybe someone else might be a better fit.

He found that the easiest dogs to train are Pit Bull Terriers and Labrador Retrievers. Shiba Inus and Siberian Huskies are more difficult.

For Davis, the most rewarding part of her job is not only being able to help dogs improve their behavior, but also educating owners to ensure their dogs live better, happier lives.

“That’s why I get up every day and do what I do, because there’s no better feeling in the world than finally being able to make an owner get it.”

Davis primarily helps dogs that are out of state whether they come to him or he goes to them. He also works as a mentor for the Animal Behavior College in California, where he helps certify dog ​​trainers remotely.

A resident of South Glens Falls, Davis hopes his accomplishments in the career he loves will inspire others in the Capital Region who may not think their dreams will unlock fruitful opportunities.

“This is just the beginning for me. I feel like I’ve reached a very small percentage of my full capacity,” Davis said. “I am delighted to continue to grow. And speaking to people in the Capital Region, I would like to encourage them to aim for the stars because they are there to be had.

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