About Canine Minds

Melissa’s Training Philosophy

Dogs use a difference language than their human friends. That means training is learning how to communicate with your dog, as your dog learns how to communicate with you. This understanding is essential to build the trust and respect needed for a strong, happy, lasting relationship. It is important to communicate effectively and to teach them what is expected in their environment. Without guidance, and clear consistent leadership, dogs will make up their own agenda, which leads to unwanted behaviors. They want to know what the rules are, and it is up to us to teach them right from wrong!

Every person and dog is different. There is not one way to solve any problem. I design and formulate my programs in such a way that targets the current behavioral issues. I will customize a training program that you and your dog are comfortable with and one that works for you. It is imperative to fulfill the mental and physical stimulation your dog needs to live a happy, healthy life.


Melissa has been working with dogs since 1990. She started her career working as a kennel attendant, and then supervisor, at a dog boarding facility. This proved to be the start to her lifelong journey dedicated to the overall health and happiness of dogs. Melissa also spent five years working as a veterinary technician, as well as animal care nurse, at two different veterinarian hospitals. Throughout those years, she gained insight, knowledge, and years of experience in several capacities with dogs.

In 2005, Melissa attended Triple Crown Dog Training Academy, where she obtained her certification as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. Since then, she has been training dogs in basic obedience and resolving behavioral issues for all breeds. She is a professional 10-year member of IACP and continues her education by regularly attending seminars and conferences. Melissa is versatile in several training techniques and methods, in order to meet you and your dog’s specific needs. Her focus is on motivational methods, making learning a positive, fun experience for your dog!