Karen - "Michelle is an awesome trainer and I highly recommend her. She’s very patient and calm, but most of all, very knowledgeable. We look forward to every session!"
Dani - "Michelle is amazing! She is our 2nd trainer, and I’m so thankful we found her!! She is professional, tries to be flexible, and loves what she does....and it shows!
I would highly recommend her!!"
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Jonesboro, Ar 72401
About Your Next Favorite Dog Trainer
I started training in 2007 where I was blessed to be able to apprentice under several Trainers while in Atlanta, as I studied at Penn Foster for a degree in Dog Obedience Training Instruction. My goal was to be a Service Dog Trainer one day.
Having personally been touched by the harsh reality of how hard it is for someone to get a service dog. Once certified I continued to apprentice under well-known trainers in the areas of aggression and rehabilitation.
In 2009 I was involved with The Humane Society of the United States' End Dog Fighting Campaign. Teaching CGC and Agility Skills as a way of bonding with dogs instead of fighting them.
I moved to Rochester, NY in 2010 and started an apprenticeship with a Holistic Trainer and learned more about how to train the dog as a whole, for body, mind, and spirit. Working with the dog to help keep them in balance not just focusing on obedience skills.
From 2012 -2017 I trained in Retail settings, being Certified by both PetSmart, and Petco. With Petco, I was a Mentor who trained other trainers for the company.
In 2017 I left retail and opened Michelle Hill Dog Training Academy to focus on training Service and Therapy Dogs.
I also work with The Beck Center for Wounded Veterans to help Owner Train Service Dogs for local Veterans as well as being a Certified Service Dog Trainer and Owner Training Coach. I am a Canine Behavior Consultant with IAABC. A Certified Trick Dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog and AKC, as well as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with AKC.
I am also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Force-Free Professional Guild.
In 2018 I started writing for a UK magazine called Dogs Monthly as a Behavioral and Training Expert.
My services focus on teaching dogs to make the right choices on their own by building their self-control. I want to help every pet parent to be able to go out with their dog and do the things they want while enjoying being with their dogs. Not having to leave their dogs at home because their dog jumps all over everyone, or grabs everything they can their mouth on. Obedience skills are important but if your dog doesn't have the self-control to be able to make good choices the obedience skills will be hindered by their bad choices.
Service Dog Training
Service Dogs are trained to provide specific tasks that help with disabilities. I provide several different training options from board in train for puppies to professional led owner training to help with task work.
Animal Assisted Therapy & Play
Teaching dogs and Therapist the skills needed for Animal assisted Therapy and play Therapy is something I'm as passionate about as Service Dog Training.
My Behavior Consulting work involves an intimate understanding of your animal’s natural and individual history. Your pet has plenty of potential to learn and understand commands, and my techniques will lay the foundation for you to build upon. I combine your needs and wants with the natural attributes of your pet.
Therapy Dog Certification Prep
Have a puppy that you want to take into nursing homes and hospitals to visit people and bring them joy and happiness? I teach you and them all the skills needed to help you be able to pass any Therapy Certification course of your choice, as well as teaching your dog everything from basic obedience to tricks to make people happy.
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