- The incredible joy and value of Pet Therapy
- Practical solutions for behavioral issues
- Improved confidence for dog & owner through Agility
Clients attest to her ability to quickly understand & diagnose problems and provide practical, concrete solutions. A member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, as well as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she avidly pursues canine continuing education. When not working, she loves to hike with her Blue Lacy puppy Doolin.
In addition to putting agility titles on nine of her own dogs, Barb has shown and titled dogs in obedience, breed conformation, herding, tracking, rally and flyball.
She then moved to the Garden State to work as an Instructor for The Seeing Eye, training dogs to guide blind and visually impaired people. Melissa was responsible for all aspects of the training and husbandry of 8-10 dogs at a time for a four month training cycle. When the dogs are placed, she would teach a class of 4 to 6 person-and-dog units on the streets of Morristown for another three and a half weeks. She would also travel to client’s homes to troubleshoot problem behavior issues. She spent ten years working with guide dogs and their handlers in the USA and Canada.
After eight years training two small humans, Melissa is excited to be helping dogs and their owners have happy, healthy lives together.