Growing up, Melissa had a passion for animals which grew into a career when. She graduated from St. Clair College in 2007 as a Veterinary Technician, and after registering with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, she worked in small animal practices in Burlington, Thunder Bay, Kincardine and Port Elgin.
She started to become interested in behaviour in 2011 when she got a golden retriever puppy named Oaklee, and was told during puppy class to jab him in the neck for playing too hard. Having previously taken positive based training with her older dog, Hemi, she knew that something else needed to be available. She started teaching puppy classes in spring 2012 through the Port Elgin Veterinary Clinic, and her classes have grown from there!
Melissa has taken numerous seminars on group classes and behavioural problems. She is currently enrolled in the Academy for Dog Trainers, taught by world renowned dog trainer Jean Donaldson. The program is also known as the “Harvard for Dog Trainers”.
Melissa lives in Port Elgin with her husband Corey and son Brantley; two dogs, Hemi (9 years old) – her “purebred mutt” as Melissa likes to call him – and Oaklee, 6 years old; and two kitties, Chao’s (10 years old) and Gina (8 years old).
In 2016 Melissa was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Brass awards. Find out more about her awards and nominations.