Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Hi! I'm Michelle Smith, the owner of Clicks Dog Training, LLC. Following my five years of Marine Mammal Training at the Aquarium of Niagara, my professional career shifted to 15 years in Corporate Human Resources and Communications. When opening Clicks in 2020, my intention was to bridge my passion for animal behavior with my desire to work directly one-on-one with dog guardians.
I have successfully achieved professional certification by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). I am also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). I train with positive effective rewards-based methods to modifying behavior without the use of choke chains, pinch or shock collars. The KPA training methodology is the same that I used when working the Zoo and Aquarium field. My Fear Free certification and membership to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) along with annual conferences and other continuing education opportunities, keep me committed to staying up on the latest science-based dog training approaches.
My formal education includes a B.A. in Biology, M.S. in Public Relations and a Masters Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership. This academic variety lends well to the science of dog training and working with people and their beloved pets.
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