About Quing Canine

Quing: Gender neutral term for king or queen

Quing Canine believes in relationship and communication based training

But what exactly does that mean?


Relationship based training is understanding how daily interactions build & create wanted or unwanted behaviors from your dog. Dogs have thoughts and emotions just like all other living animals, so the type of relationship you create really matters. Every time you interact with your dog there is information being given.

Being a dog owner immediately makes you a dog trainer, whether it's realized or not. 

Communication based training is understanding the importance of timing, setting boundaries and mastering the skill of clear instruction and rewards. Help your dog succeed by teaching them in ways they can easily understand.

A dog who wins once will want to win again!

Quing Canine believes in having a large training tool set as every dog will be different. What works best for Bella the Cavapoo may not be the best for Ranger the black lab. Training methods and techniques stem from both sides of the training spectrum and in between.


Positive Reinforcement: Using food, praise, play, or anything of value to shape a desired behavior. By adding something to the equation, we are encouraging the dog to repeat a desired behavior.

Negative Reinforcement: Taking something away aversive that increases or maintains the frequency of a behavior. The ‘negative’ refers to something being removed, and ‘reinforcement’ means the desired behavior went up in frequency. Quing Canine utilizes training tools when needed. Training tools include prong collars & e-collars. 

Positive Punishment: Adding something to the mix that makes a behavior less likely to continue. Dog owners do this more than they realize! For example if a dog is barking excessively and someone says 'no' or 'stop', you are adding verbal words to interrupt and stop a behavior.

Negative Punishment: Something is “taken away” that your dog prefers from the mix that makes the behavior less likely to continue.

The art of dog training is knowing when to apply each quadrant depending on the dog’s personality.



Quing Canine was created inside the Brooklyns Women’s Help Shelter in 2019.

Originally, Quing Canine was a side gig to help earn income towards moving out of the homeless shelter. Soon after, Quing Canine became the main show. Since its creation, Quing Canine has strengthened relationships with hundreds of dogs and their owners around New York City.

Royah Nuñez, founder of Quing Canine has dedicated their life to educating dogs & their owners to create a healthy home.


Quing Canine has been featured in 2 New York Times Articles & on Netflix series "The Future Of". 

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Meet Royah Nuñez, owner and trainer of Quing Canine Dog Training!
 

Ethnicity: Black & Dominican

Pronouns: She/They

Community: LGBTQ & Bipolar 1 Warrior

Background: I grew up in Queens NYC & always had an interest in dogs. I was never an "aww so cute, can I pet your dog?" type of kid. It was always "What kind of dog is that? And what does he know how to do?"​ I would go home and bug my parents to use the computer and take me to the library so I could learn more about animals, dogs in particular.

 

Never in a million years did I think dog training would be my career.

We always had dogs but could never keep them. Oddly enough, my family aren't dog people. My father is from the Dominican Republic and views dogs in an old school sense. My mother disliked anything that required picking up poop, so a dog was nothing she wanted to live with long term.

 

Looking back, we did everything wrong with our dogs. 

As I got older and started going to school and working, I always felt like lost. I studied various topics in college,  jumped into Audio Engineering and then Pilot School. Lots of various jobs that left me with an empty feeling.

I felt like I was missing something.

I landed a job as a dispatcher and worked 13 hour shifts 6 days a week. I was making a great salary but was completely miserable. My mental health really started to decline. It pushed me to pursue a dream - training dogs. Telling my family the epiphany I had about my career was a comedy show, but I'm glad I turned a deaf ear.

"dOg tRaiNiNg iSn'T a ReAL JoB!"

 

Breaking into the industry can be a challenge with no professional experience. Being a dog lover is never enough on a resume, so I decided to switch to the nightshift. I began working overnights and would volunteer at animal rescues and shelters afterwards. I volunteered for 1 year before I was able to get my first professional handling position offering minimum wage. It was a huge decision, the salary was nowhere near dispatching. I also knew that if I didn't take the chance I would continue to feel miserable.​ By that point, Uber was just born and was quickly eating up dispatching.

 

The ship was sinking, and I jumped off.

The Break: I was happy with my new job, but I was broke. Throughout this, everything fell apart. I came out to my family as gay and the reaction didn't go as I imagined. I ended up getting kicked out. The dog handling company closed down, the dispatching position at my old job were filled, and I couldn't get a call back on any job application. I had some money saved and would stay at hotels applying for jobs until a big time training company reached out to me - the interview was in a completely different state.

I took my last bit of money, rented a car, drove to the interview and nailed it. The position came with a company car that became my bedroom for months. I was doing well and made an okay salary, but it still wasn't enough to get my own place in NYC. There's only but so long you can live out of a car, take showers at the 24 hour gym, and go to work pretending everything is fine.

I finally surrendered and entered the Women's Help Shelter in Brownsville Brooklyn, a 400 bed facility in 2018. Because of my mental health, I was placed in the Transitional Living Community inside the building - a program for homeless women with various mental health disorders.

The Birth of Quing Canine: Calling the homeless shelter "stressful" is an understatement. I felt like I slipped through the cracks when it came to getting help. I didn't have any kids, no history domestic violence, and was very functional despite struggling with Bipolar 1.

 

All of that equals to  "You are own your own".

A year into the shelter, I went from sad and afraid to angry and mean. I was still working for the dog training company but wasn't satisfied. I was finally offered a housing voucher which was a joke - landlords don't like renting to people who live at homeless shelters. They'd would say NO before even looking or having a conversation with me. I was a great dog trainer and decided to use that skill and earn more money on the side so I could finally move out of the shelter.

 

Once a year, the homeless shelter does a story with the New York Times on one "star resident" of the shelter. My caseworker asked if I was interested and I hesitated. I was embarrassed of being homeless, my entire story, and having my mental health on display to the entire world.  I took some time to think, and decided to accept it.

 

Once the article was published - BOOM! I was getting leads and working my own business after 9 hours of working for someone else. People all around the world were sending me messages and letters of encouragement and support!

 

 My days off were strictly for Quing Canine. Fast forward 3 months after the article, living at the shelter was slowing me down. I had people who wanted Board N Trains, clients who needed me during the hours I was working for someone else.

 I estimated I had enough saved to live and pay rent for 1 year. I jumped on Craigslist, found a dog friendly apartment, and gave him 6 months rent upfront before he hit me with a "NO". I packed up my locker, purchased a blow up bed and a plastic dresser from Walmart, and ended the shelter episode. I stayed with my full time job for about a month, continuing to work Quing Canine after hours and off days.

Once I got my balance, I left my full time job and focused only on building my own.

I've been working Quing Canine full time ever since.