Hi, My name is Michaela Anne Collins! I’ve been training professionally since 2009. I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and an Instructor for the DOG B.O.N.E.S Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts organization, and member of the Pet Professional Guild. Most recently, I have joined Dog Gone Safe and am a presenter of their "Be a Tree" Dog Bite Prevention Safety Program for children. What started as a hobby as a teenager, quickly became a passion when I got my first dog as an adult, and is now a lifestyle and I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else.
I take continuing education very seriously and have attended seminars in the dog education field with Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Emma Parsons, Sue Steinberg, and Ken Ramirez. I also look forward to Karen Pryor’s Annual Clicker Expo and the Pet Professional Guild Annual Summit. Honestly, I LOVE learning about canine behavior and the latest developments in the dog world and strive to be more educated each day for my clients. It has been truly amazing to watch the field evolve in just these past 10 years.
As a mentor with CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, I am able to support aspiring dog trainers. We have a wonderful community of trainers on the South Shore who support one another’s efforts to make a difference in the world of positive reinforcement.
When not training, I share my home with my husband, our two young sons, four dogs, four clicker-trained chickens, a turtle and beta fish.
Meet the Pack:
Lennox, the Boxer, is a trained Therapy Dog who specializes in visiting nursing homes, hospitals and rehabs and making patients smile. Getting him as a puppy, I wanted to make certain that I did everything correct to help him live the best life possible with our family. He has matured from a rambunctious puppy into a “nanny” dog that is doted on by his human kids.
Chopper, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a Therapy Dog who enjoys children most. His extensive resume includes the Boston Children’s Museum, the Easton Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Science as well as a few local libraries.
Trouble, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was once the naughtiest puppy who earned his name. His anxiety and resource guarding at such a young age were definite causes for concern. He now has his Therapy Dog certification and especially loves running agility courses.
Maker, the Great Dane behind the logo, is our puppy. He is just the gentlest soul with the responsibility of knowing his basic commands well enough that he listens to the 3 year-old who is much shorter than he.