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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 potty training 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:

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. For some useful information...All classes are full until February, so if your interested in reserving a spot, please contact me soon!

December 22-I just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Happy whatever you celebrate this time of year. I know a lot of you are getting puppies for Christmas so please remember food and plants that are poisonous to pets this holiday season and to keep everyone safe. Don't forget about getting your puppy some socialization after you get your new bundle of joy. There's puppy playtimes, many choices for puppy classes and other training options to get your puppy on the path to being a well-behaved puppy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 2nd-Well, I finished school. I'm just waiting to have that very expensive piece of paper in my hand. I'm now finally able to see the light of day and actually accomplish something other than work, school, and sleep! I'm working on writing my 2 case reports to be a Certified Animal Behaviorist. I'm also working with Diva, which is one of my recent adoptee's to pass her CGC and her CGCA. She too will be doing Therapy work now that I actually have time to work with her and train her. She'll be a breeze once I actually start it. I also wanted to post about training beyond puppy/beginner class. A lot of people ask why do I need more training? Well, let me ask you this. You started Fido at 10weeks right, so is he a fully trained dog at 16 weeks of page? Yeah, I thought so! Getting through adolescence with dogs can be challenging for a lot of pet owners so don't discount Intermediate and Advance these are when the fun actually begins. All dogs know the basics, but wouldn't it be great to take your dog into a pet store and have everyone else saying 'WOW! That dog is so well behaved! There's more to training beyond puppy class, continued socialization, fun tricks, service work, therapy work. There's a lot of things you can do with a dog that's well behaved and getting there takes more than puppy class! To the left is Scout. She's been in training since she's been 8wks old. She's gone through Puppy, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. She's now passed her CGC and will be going onto be a Therapy Dog. Congrats Scouty! I loved watching you grow up!

November 23rd-Well, sorry I've been silent for the past month or so but I was trying very hard to get through my externships for school without loosing my mind! Now that I have 3 more days left I can breathe(which is superly awesome) and of course write another post! I really have nothing new or exciting to post other than starting in January I'll be going to school for dog grooming. As for the nitty gritty...The next Therapy Dog Class is Tuesday, January 27th at 8pm. The next testing will be sometime in January/February. The classes are filling up quickly. The soonest I have is December 6th, so if your thinking Fluffy needs to come to class please be sure to sign-up sooner rather than later to reserve your spot! I've updated the calendar to reflect what's full and what's not so that's all accurate. Other than that, I really don't have much. I'll leave this for now and I'm sure the next post will be celebrating my excitement of no longer having to get up early(I'm not a morning person by ANY means)!

April 24th-Butter and I were on TV supporting Memorial Hospital's Therapy Dog Program! Take a Look!

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