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"We loved the classes & are excited about becoming a therapy dog! We appreciate all Melissa's work to help us get there!" - Veronica

"Melissa is an awesome trainer. Our dog is changed completely for the better."-Jennifer

"Melissa does a great job explaining the lessons and working with the dogs."- Melodi

"I loved the class. Melissa is great, very helpful, and overall a great trainer."-Kayla

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Welcome! I hope what's brought you to my site is the fact that you're looking to get your dog trained, whether you've just adopted a new dog or are looking for some solutions to a few behavior problems, I've certainly got the training and the obedience classes to help you and your new pet! I've been working with adopted and rescue dogs for over 10 years and have extensive experience handling dogs with behavior issues from your typical minor behavior problem to aggression. My ultimate goal is to help you and your pet understand one another through positive reinforcement training. Please feel free to browse my site, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
   

Monet, adopted through Heartland Small
Animal Rescue.

 


Aurora, adopted through Allies for Greyhounds

Eve, adopted through Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan

What I'm up to:

August 28th- I have good news all around. I'm still grooming full-time of course, so that's what I do during 'business' hours and then got the more awesome news. I've found a place to do obedience classes...inside to account for the elements. We can practice inside, in the store, and outside! It will be so fantastically awesome! The puppy class is starting September 10th, and the puppy playtime is September 13th. I'm super, super excited for this opportunity and I can't wait for you all to join me! I think that's all but cruise on over to the classes page to see what I'm up to and the dates/times for everything! I can't wait to finally be doing this on my own!

August 14th- I just received my official word for ABC...I'm an Animal Behavior College Professional Groomer! There's a few things in the works for doing classes in the winter time since outside isn't an option...I dunno about you, but I'm not a fan of the snow. More on that once things are solidified, but there's 3 options in the works just depends on how things pan out. Cinnabar is still waiting for his forever family and he's still on the adoptables page...I'd love to take him off you know. :D Therapy Dog Test is Saturday, September 12th at 6pm. Get your reservations in quickly because spots fill up quickly. The grooming position is going well and I enjoy my job, but in all seriousness I'd probably pretty much enjoy anything that worked with animals that bark, are furry, and have paws, but I digress. I think that's all for now...browse, enjoy my website...learn a few things...and if you need my help just toddle on over to the contact me page and give me a buzz. I don't have business hours, and my life revolves around the furries so anytime is just fine by me!

July 27th- I've officially finished grooming school, so that's now done and out of the way. The aggression cases are in full-swing and I have very little room, so if you are looking at getting some help for your dog, please contact me sooner rather than later. CGC and TDI Testing date will be coming up, so far I've only had 1 person express interest, so please contact me if you are interested in CGC or TDI Testing. I did end up getting a job as a groomer, so I am grooming...If you need your dog groomed it's another one of those contact me things, notice a pattern here? As for the next few months, the location of training and what I'm doing vs. actually posting on the website may change. It will simply be the location of the classes and only about 5minutes away from where they currently are, so no big deal but don't want anyone showing up at the wrong place! I do have a new adoptable on the adoptables page...all the info is there but here's another picture of him for good measure. I'm still working with him on some issues, but he's available to the right home that's just as special as he is! I think that's all the news I have for now.

June 19th-Not much is new, I'm-for now-off and running 'on my own'(that may change in a few months, so I'll just keep this blog updated in that regard. I've changed up my services a little bit and made a few edits to account for some minor changes, but nothing drastic. The same training everyone is used to is still here...plus a few more services. Anesthesia-free dentals are new. This is ideal for those dogs that don't tolerate or are unsuitable for anesthesia. We will refer to a vet if we find anything unusual(broken/loose teeth, etc). There's a lot of senior pets and others that can really use a dental, but can't tolerate the anesthesia so this is great for them. I have 4 Greyhounds, which is a breed known for having dental issues and they've had 0 issues with the procedure and have great mouths(at least according to the vet!) so it does work well. Last update, you heard I was going to grooming school...and I am. I have 30 more hours of my hands-on portion to complete and then I'm rockin' and rollin'. I've decided to offer free grooming for rescue dogs to help get them adopted. Don't forget CGC and Therapy Dog testing on July 11th.

June 14th- Sorry I've been away for a few months, it seems there was an issue with my website, but in reality there wasn't an issue at all so it's back. I've edited the "classes" page to reflect a few changes for the next few months, but whatever Fido needs I'll be happy to provide it! The next date for CGC Testing/Therapy Dog Testing is Saturday, July 11th. Please contact me for details.

March 19th-Well, apparently I'm slacking in the blogging department. I don't think I have an excuse as to why, so all I can say is sorry. In good news, as you all know I earned my AS in Veterinary Technology, but that wasn't good enough for me because I want to be able to help people with all facets of their pet so I decided to go to school for dog grooming. Yep, you heard that right grooming. So, as of right now I'm completing my education through Animal Behavior College and am really enjoying it. I'm currently almost half way through my program probably by tomorrow I will be 1/2 way. Much of it is repetition for me, but I'm also learning a lot. I hope adding this service will help you with getting your dog to enjoy the grooming process through training! I will also be Pet First Aid & CPR Certified! :) All for you, so you feel comfortable entrusting your pet to my care! :)

January 24th-I probably shouldn't post what I want to post, so I'll give you the next installment on my journey to be a trainer. I had started fostering dogs with behavior issues...Aggression, shyness, fearfulness. I would work through the issues and find them forever families. I was approached and asked if I wanted to me a dog trainer...and, well, I couldn't say no right? so, I went to 2-weeks of 'training' and that most definitely gave me a wonderful start. I still talk to the trainer that trained me today. We often swap stories, and seek out each other's advice if we have a challenging case. I then decided that I enjoyed it so much, I eventually started learning on my own. In the mean time, I started my own adoption group and was vice-president of the organization for about 5 years before I realized that that aspect of adoption wasn't for me. LOL. I prefer dogs to paperwork and numbers. I was then asked by the director of a service dog organization if I was interested in training service dogs....well, couldn't turn down that opportunity either so I started doing that all the while still reading up and learning about training so that eventually I could pass my CPDT-KA. I passed it on my first attempt and still remember the day I opened my letter. I'm pretty sure I was on cloud 9 for a good week at least! There's more to the story, of course, but for now I'll leave it at that.

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