In 1993, before I ever thought of becoming a dog trainer, I adopted an 8 month old golden retriever named Zoey. Zoey was the dog from hell -- she ate couches, sheetrock, jumped on people, etc. I knew I needed help, so I contacted a dog trainer to come to my home. Not only did he train Zoey, he trained me too. I was so excited and amazed that I could train Zoey, I quit my job as a paralegal and apprenticed with this trainer. I've been training people and their dogs ever since.
How am I different from most dog trainers?
I believe all dogs are individual. Therefore, you can't train every dog the same. I believe that the dog needs to learn in a positive and quiet environment initially. Once the dog learns the behavior, I can bring in distractions. That is why I specialize in private appointments only, as opposed to group classes.
The best relationship with your dog is a trained one!
Why Dog Training is Important
A well behaved, obedient dog makes for a great companion. Statistics show that pet owners have a stronger bond with properly trained animals. They are relaxed, responsive and easier to manage which in turn makes for a pleasurable relationship. Along with your relationship with your dog, it's important that your dog gets along with others. Humans are social beings, and having a dog that gets along with others makes life so much easier. A dog should learn proper and acceptable language when out in public. This helps with general friendliness and safety.
Private Training Sessions
I specialize in one-on-one training (no groups). I will work with you to design the most effective and personalized training schedule for your dog. I am located in the New Haven, CT area. I conduct trainings throughout Connecticut, and will be happy to come to your home or the location of your choice.
• Training in the state of Connecticut since 1994.
• Completed courses at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University regarding animal behavior problems.
• Completed courses for the New England Dog Training Association.
• Dog obedience instructor for the East Regional Adult & Continuing Education Program.
• Veterinary Recommended.
• Member APDT.
• Completed courses for International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
Training is Essential
"I am so grateful for your skill, talent and compassion. If it wasn't for you, we would not have her as our baby (Magnolia)."
"I highly recommend Michelle McAdam for her professional dog training abilities."
"We highly recommend Michelle McAdam as a professional dog trainer for either basic or more advanced training. Feedback from our clients about Michelle's work has been outstanding."
"Thank you! You are truly a miracle worker! Jake has been a different dog..."
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