I started training in 2007 where I was blessed to be able to apprentice under several Trainers in Atlanta, Ga while also studying 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 to as a ways 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 the obedience skill.
From 2012 -2017 Michelle 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 Helping Paws Training Academy to focus on training Service and Therapy Dogs.
I also works with The Beck PRIDE Center 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 Trick Dog Instructor with DMWYD and AKC, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with AKC.
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.
I want to teach you how to be a team with your dog, not just two ends of a leash!
I focuses 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 in their mouth.