Melanie has more than 40 years of experience in dog training and in caring for a variety of other animals. For the past 15 years she has been the owner and trainer of Loveline Golden Retrievers, breeding and, more recently, training therapy/assistant-quality golden retriever dogs.
In 2008, Melanie founded Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Concierge, an all-positive pet training and pet care service. This business allows Melanie to use her training skills and her passion for helping people enjoy their pets. Melanie assists owners who are looking to learn to partner with their pets in day-to-day companionship, in therapy work, or as a team for some competitive dog sports.
After researching various methods and techniques of dog training, Melanie determined that clicker training best suited her style of dog training, as well as the training needs of most canines. Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) offered the best clicker training program for trainers. In 2009 Melanie enrolled in the KPA Dog Trainer Program and became a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP).
Melanie has always had a special interest in helping other people enjoy their pets and improve their pets’ lives. For more than six years, she has enjoyed training therapy dogs and canine assistants to work with various handicaps. Melanie has worked with several therapy dog organizations in the Atlanta area, including Dreamworkers, Inc., Happy Tails, Therapy Dogs International, Therapy Dogs, Inc., and R.E.A.D. For the R.E.A.D. program, Melanie takes her own golden retriever dogs into nursing homes, schools, and rehabilitation centers.
Melanie obtained her Pet Sitter Certification through the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and has received her certification in Pet CPR and First Aid through the Atlanta Humane Society. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a certified Operation Socialization Trainer, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructorand a certified Diakonia Dogs Instructor.
Melanie trains and competes with her own dogs in Rally Free Elements, agility, and K9 Nose Work. She is also a K9 handler with ALPHA Team Search and Rescue and the Georgia Body Recovery Team.