Aimee Bench, LCSW, KPA CTP, is the founder and lead trainer of Long Island-based Mid Island Therapy Dogs (“MI-T Dogs”). MI-T Dogs is a private dog-training practice specializing in obedience, therapy, and assistance-dog training.
While she was working as a Clinical Social Worker, Aimee utilized animals to improve the therapeutic process. She recognized the incredible power of the human/animal bond, which led to her studying animal behavior and dog training.
Before founding MI-T Dogs, Aimee worked as a Coordinator and Trainer for the Good Dog Foundation, and as the Coordinator of the Pet-Assisted Therapy Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. In these roles, Aimee recruited, assessed, and trained volunteers and their dogs for visits with patients. She identified appropriate patients and matched them to a specially trained pet team. Through the use of positive, motivational techniques, Aimee maintained a playful and fun environment for the dogs, their partners, and the patients.
Aimee has received various awards and accolades and has been featured in the media, including a televised segment at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She is affiliated with Karen Pryor Academy, Pet Partners, American Kennel Club, and Bideawee Animal Shelter, and has been training dogs for nearly two decades.
Aimee and her dog Puffles enjoy romping in the park, playing fetch, and meeting/greeting new people and dogs at stores throughout Long Island.