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Hi I'm Michelle Smith, the owner of Clicks Dog Training, LLC. Following my five years of Marine Mammal Training, my professional career shifted to 15 years in Corporate Human Resources and Communications. When opening Clicks, my intention was to bridge my passion of animal behavior with my experience in human talent development. 

I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). I train with positive, quick, and effective reward-based methods to modifying behavior, without the use of choke chains, pinch collars or shock collars. The KPA training methodology is the same that I used when working in the Zoo and Aquarium field.  


When not working with my clients and their dogs, I volunteer weekly at the SPCA Cincinnati.  Utilizing my experience with clicker training through operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, my animal training skills are valuable to the Shelter as I support the socialization, enrichment and adoptability of the dogs.


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.

I am proud to have obtained the following certifications and memberships (click on logo to learn more). 

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Through my continued education, I am fully committed to staying up on the latest science-based dog training approaches through attending annual conferences and participating in web-based training.


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