About Melissa

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Melissa is currently the co-Training Director for New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge,MA. She also teaches disc-dog classes wherever she can grab space, sees students privately in their homes, and salso at the Wakefield Animal Hospital in Wakefield, MA. She manages the MuttStuff Blog, which features local resources, events, and training tips (like loose leash walking information),  but is more active on Facebook/MuttStuff.

She is available for private training, interviews, or articles pertaining to life with dogs.

Melissa can be reached at muttstuff@gmail.com if you have questions about classes, school presentations, or private training options for your dog.

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Melissa grew up in rural Maine, in a dog sledding family. She also worked with horses from the age of 8-20, including when she joined the Equestrian Teacher/Trainer Program at Lake Erie College, just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology, with a focus on learning theory and animal behavior.

In 2003, she adopted a border collie who named herself Sadie, and they competed in K9 disc for 4 years. Melissa believes that all dogs should have a job, especially if they live in an urban environment. She's most interested in the differences (and similarities!) between city dogs and country dogs, as well as how the medical and training worlds intersect when it comes to our pups. She spends her time researching different aspects of life with dogs, tries to cover all perspectives, and aims to put everything in one place for her students, which is why she started this blog in 2006.

Melissa earned her training certification in 2008 through the CCPDT association, is a member of the APDT, and has attended 40+ additional hours of training to better serve her students. She loves living outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, their toddler, two cats and Sadie.

She has been featured on NECN's "The Secret Life of Animals", Fox 25 Morning News, The Somerville Journal, and Dogtime, and is a Blogger for the Somerville Patch. She has also given presentations in schools aimed at preventing dog bites in children. She is working on a book to help her students cope with common questions about owning dogs in the city, due out this fall.

Melissa and "Sadie", 2006
If you are interested in classes, private training options, sports for dogs, dog bite prevention presentations for your school, or anything else related to living with dogs, feel free to contact Melissa: MuttStuff@gmail.com or use the "Contact Me" on the right side of the home page.