Sophy is a roadrunner who loves being outdoors. She left the corporate environment to follow her true passion for dogs. "Dogs are a lot like humans, you can learn so much from them. And why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness? I think it's because they are so pure & genuine. These furry angels do speak, but only to those who listen. I've been blessed with this joy from being a mom to a Pug and Pomeranian for over 15 years. Building relationships with four legged clients is a dream come true!" Sophy is a Certified Pet Care Technician (CPCT) from DogNostics Career Colleger

Melissa Artbitman CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer -Knowledge Assessed -CPDT-KA

Certification in Pet Dog Training - CTC

Certified Family Paws Parent Educator -  FPPE

Ashley Hill Ccdt

CATCH Certified Dog Trainer -CCDT

Venance Gouvi



Professional Affiliations



​Venance shares in our passion for dog welfare and positive reinforcement –he is a strong yet gentle soul, coming to us from the continent of Africa. A world traveler and nature lover. He was in China for three years prior to establishing roots here in NJ. He has a background in Business Administration and he is a spots guru – “I believe in keeping a fit body and healthy mind, I think the same holds true for dogs”, “Dogs need much human intervention to keep a healthy strong body and a lot of happiness –to keep completely healthy” – “I like to surround myself with people who keep it simple, positive and happy, this is the reason I joined Hudson Barks”. ​
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Sophy Mak 



Certified Professional Dog Trainer -Knowledge Assessed - CPDT-KA

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Certified Dog Trainer -CCDT

Dog *Tec Certified Dog Walker - CDW

Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Instructor


 Ashley is a graduate of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and is currently pursuing her CPDT-KA certification. She has completed a host of mentorships, seminars, and training courses with top training professionals in the US and Japan. Including, Mentorship and Fieldwork with national Canine Aggression Specialist and President of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Mike Shikashio, CDBC of Complete Canines in Mystic, CT, Graduate of Susan Garrett’s ReCallers online training academy, Karen Pryor Academy’s Emma Parson’s Reactive Dogs Seminar at Tails-U-Win in Manchester, CT, Dr. Ian Dunbar’s 4-Day Training Academy online, Dr. Ian Dunbar’s K9 Reliability and Games Workshop at Paws’N’Effect in Hamden, CT, Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC’s Shelter Behavior Seminar, Anne Andrle’s OMD Agility Techniques and Sequences Workshop.
Ashley’s rescue and shelter work experience includes, leading as an executive officer for a large New England rescue group, pulling dogs from high-kill situations and arranging for their care and remedial training until screening and solidifying placements. In the process, she provided a training and foster home for many dogs in need of intensive individual treatment. Later, Ashley served as the shelter trainer for Valley Shore Animal Welfare League in Westbrook, CT.
Ashley is interested in the benefits of early puppy training and socialization, canine nutrition, and the physical conditioning and specialist training of performance dogs in the hunting and sports fields. Her current dogs are Jinbei, a Japanese Miniature Red Poodle and Piper, a Verein Deutsch Drahthaar. Jinbei and Ashley currently compete in agility under Coach and One Mind Dog’s practitioner Mary Champagne.

In 2009, Melissa attended The San Francisco Academy for Pet Dog Trainers and obtained her Certification in Training and Counseling (CTC) with honors. She completed an internship at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and then achieved her Certification in Pet Dog Training - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT - KA) from the Association for Pet Dog Trainers in April 2010. In addition she has a BA in Psychology(the basis for dog training) from Hunter College.  She has also served as the Assistant Behavior Manager at the Monmouth County SPCA.  Melissa is certified in animal disaster rescue and has volunteered on spay and neuter rescue projects around the world, traveling to Panama, Romania, and Nicaragua with World Vets. For the past 10 years she has worked with dog rescue organizations, trained, and walked dogs. Melissa currently offers private training sessions and group classes for dogs and puppies in NYC.  She lives with her dogs, Ginny, an Australian Shepherd/Boxer mix, and Pippa, a Pit Bull mix.​


Jennifer is the Founder of Hudson Barks LLC, a full-service dog training, dog walking and behavior assessment service provider. She has extensive knowledge and experience with dogs of all breeds, sizes, age, personalities and behaviors in a variety of situations. For Jennifer, “Starting ‘Hudson Barks" in 2015 was the fulfillment of a life-long dream to improve relationships between dogs and their humans, rooted in an understanding for both.”  Jennifer completed her education withCATCH Dog Trainers Academy  , with a  Master’s program and an intensive  on-campus course at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, a part of CATCH University for Dog Trainers. Her training was led by Pia Silvani CPDT-KA, CCBC,  and David Muriello, CPDT-KA, CCDT, CATCH.  Jennifer received a certificate of completion for Puppy Start Right Instructor from Karen Pryor Academy. She is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, APDT, Jennifer’s education and hands-on experience is rooted in modern science–based training with positive reinforcement techniques and extensive behavior application including interpreting dog body language and developing behavior solutions. 

 Jennifer's shelter experience includes training at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, and the Liberty Humane Society, as a trainer and behavior assessment evaluator, and she has worked with rescue organizations. Jennifer is an evaluator and trainer with The Good Dog Foundation, a non -profit organization dedicated to training and certifying for animal assisted therapy. A certified Dog Walker from Dog *Tec, Jennifer was trained by Certified Professional Dog Trainer Denise MazzolaJennifer is a Mentor Trainer for CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.  At the heart of Jennifer’s work is her concern for the dog-owner relationship. She is keen to the human’s emotions in relation to their dog(s). She is an experienced Mental Health Professional with Twenty Five years of experience in the mental health arena, weaving in and out of direct care and management.   She has a Master in Clinical Art Therapy (MA) fromLong Island University. She is aLicensed Clinical Art Therapist (LCAT) and she has a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Hofstra University.