Owner & Head Trainer
Whether you're wanting to get off on the right paw with your new best friend or your dreams for dog ownership are already drowning in chewed-up furniture, endless barking, or threatening growls, I can help. Hi. I'm Melissa Childs and I'm a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) with 12 years of training experience. That means you can rest assured that I know my stuff after demonstrating a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of dog behavior and maintaining 12 hours of continuing education per year.
And, I promise that I'll never use pain and fear to teach you or your dog. I specialize in helping you effectively address behavior problems and bond with your dog in a way that you'll be proud of and your dog will enjoy.
Give me a call and let's talk about how we can begin.
CARING. EXPERT. PROFESSIONAL.
"MELISSA IS EVERY BIT A PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER. WE WERE VERY SATISFIED WITH HER PROFESSIONALISM AND KNOWLEDGE OF DOGS. YOU CAN ASK ANY QUESTIONS AND GET THOROUGH ANSWERS. SHE’S PATIENT AND VERY HELPFUL WITH ANY CONCERNS YOU HAVE."
$100 Per 6 Week Class
Puppies in our Intro to Good Manners class learn core cues (sit, stay, come, etc.) and self-control, while their families learn how to address or prevent problem behaviors like play biting, chewing, and housetraining problems. Puppies are welcome in class as early as eight weeks old. Classes are held at the Indian Hills Airport Campus on Sunday afternoons.
BARK & GROWL
$75 Per Session
We offer private, in-home support to help your dog stop barking, growling, or snapping at other dogs and people. Our methods don’t just suppress the symptoms, but address the underlying cause, overcoming fear and promoting positive relationships with others. Share more about your dog here and we’ll reach out with more information:
We can help you train your own dog for diabetic alert, seizure response, mobility assistance, and more at home and in public settings. We can even help you find a dog from a shelter or breeder that has the right characteristics for your particular needs. Tell us more about your needs and your dog’s history here and we’ll reach out with more information:
Build strong public manners and sociability, and get help navigating the assessment process to become a therapy team, visiting schools, hospitals, long term care centers, and more. AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing is available both individually and through our Good Manners II Class. Tell us more about you and your dog here and we’ll reach out with more information:
TRAINING YOUR DOG IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST COMMANDS. GOOD TRAINING BUILDS MANNERS, SELF-CONTROL, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND A DOG WHO ENJOYS BEING WITH YOU AS MUCH AS YOU ENJOY BEING WITH THEM.