Melissa’s love of dogs stems from early childhood as her father was an avid hunter who bred beagles. She marveled at the control and bond her father had with his dogs. Later on as a teenager Melissa worked in an animal hospital caring for dogs and cats, and assisting the veterinarians run their practice.
As an adult Melissa fell in love with the American Bulldog breed and got her first male named Jax. This dog proved to be a huge challenge that initially was overwhelming. He was dominant and very strong. Something like walking the dog became nearly impossible as he pulled her uncontrollably down the street! This is when a neighbor referred her to Eric at Beyond the Leash canine training and found her passion in dog training. The skills and techniques she learned were life changing. From there she decided she wanted to help others improve their lives (and their dogs lives) through obedience training resulting in a deeper bond like she was now enjoying with Jax.
As Eric's life partner Melissa has had 24/7 tutelage for 4 years. She has since had multiple solo classes and gained much knowledge, as she has worked as Eric's "right hand woman" for virtually every class since they've been together.