Melissa Dallier, CPDT-KA, was raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has always been a bit, well, dog obsessed. She has always been fascinated with how these creatures worked, with how we were able to have animals with big sets of teeth and no real way to communicate, live in our homes. She wanted to learn to communicate with them. In order to become a compassionate, successful trainer, she combined her love of dogs with another interest: a love and curiosity of the human condition and why humans do what they do. Melissa studied acting and was an actor in New York City for about 10 years. This combination of a love of both dogs and people can be difficult to find among people in the animal world. Many people get into this business because they love dogs and soon find out people come along for the ride, but Melissa is thrilled to work side by side with both to help them understand each other and learn to live harmoniously.

Melissa now lives in Campbell, CA, with her husband and two dogs: Moxie, a spitfire of a pit bull mix who taught her most of what she knows about high arousal and driven dogs, and Rodger, a goofy shepherd mix with 2 bionic knees and a heart of gold. They are active and enjoy hiking, swimming, and finding new adventures! There’s also Tobey and Sparrow, the kitties who actually run the house.

When she isn’t training her own dogs, teaching group classes, or helping private clients, she is in a constant state of education. She is always striving to learn more about how dogs perceive the world, their emotional state, the most effective ways to help modify challenging behaviors, and how she can help better their lives and the lives of their owners in the most humane way possible.


Education:

2013 Dr. Ian Dunbar Workshop: The Science Dog Training With Feeling

2014-2016 2 years Academy of Dog Behavior : Trish King & Tricia Breen
        Learning Theory
Working with Shelter Animals
Reactive Dog Training
Working with Pit Bulls and Bully Breeds
Working with Fearful Dogs

2016: How to Work Aggression Cases: Instructor Michael Shikashio, CDBC

2016: APDT Annual Conference & Trade Show:
Various workshops and speakers. Focusing on puppy socialization, fear and aggression in shelter dogs, resource guarding.  
Dr. Susan Friedman, Victoria Stillwell, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Grisha Stewart, Jean Donaldson

2016: CPDT-KA Certification Earned

2017: Denise Fenzi Academy: Engagement, Play, Shaping.

2018: Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer Program

2018: CSAT Certification Earned