After matching dogs with families as an adoption counselor and working with shelter dogs on socialization and basic obedience, Melissa realized one of the best ways to keep dogs out of rescues was to help restore the original spirit that caused dogs to bond with humans in the first place.
Melissa has been working with dogs since 2005 helping owners and dogs learn how to communicate with each other to better facilitate training and reduce the stress in their lives. Her methods are based on current research and tends to avoid dominance theory or other techniques with a limited view on dog's behavior. She received her CPDT-KA credentials in spring of 2011.
When her life hasn't gone to the dogs, Melissa volunteers for the National Disaster Animal Rescue Team, helping with emergency animal sheltering during natural disasters, puppy mill raids, and hoarding and criminal neglect or abuse cases.