About Us

A little about London’s top dog training and behaviour experts

MICHELLE BLACK, CDBC

Michelle is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant (CDBC) and the founder and head trainer of PAWSitively Happy Home.  A lifelong animal lover she’s owned several dogs, cats, birds, fish and various other fuzzy critters. Dogs, however, have always had a special place in Michelle’s heart.

We understand the stress that a poorly behaved dog can have on the owner and the dog.  We work with you, teaching you to train your dog in a way that clearly communicates with them your desires and expectations. We use methods that motivate the dog to learn, and we never use fear or pain to accomplish our goals.  Even the most stubborn of dogs respond to our methods!

Our methods are firmly based in science and are used and developed by the world’s leading dog trainers and veterinary behaviourist

Michelle has formal education in psychology, advanced behaviour modification, teaching strategies, positive systems approach, ethology, animal behaviour and welfare, anatomy and physiology, pedagogy, training methods, and applied behavioural analysis.  She has had the opportunity to study with and collaborate with excellent trainers and behavioural consultants that are respected, successful and internationally known.

Education and development is an integral part of developing our business and passion.  Michelle is a member of The Pet Professional Guild, The International Association of Animal Behaviour Contultants, and the Animal Behavior Resource Institute, ABBA and others.  Continuing ededucations a part of Michelle’s regular schedule and she takes having the best more accurate information very seriously .

Michelle is also a proud licensed educator for the Family Paws Parent Education.  Allowing her to share not only her love of dogs, but children and helping foster positive relationships between babies, toddlers and pets. As a busy mom herself she pulls from her own personal experience as well as her extensive eduational background

Michelle’s jouney into training happened when she adopted our dog, Braxton.  A 6-year-old dog that was incredibly fearful- popular dog training techniques did not fair well for this sensitive soul.
Michelle began to use her skills from her work with people who have experienced trauma and those with behavioural concerns and applied them to Braxton.  Michelle became obsessed with researching scientific-based dog training positive reinforcement training methods.

The change in Braxton was drastic.  The dog that was terrified of the world and all those in it to a dog who cheerfully approached people.  His obedience increased, and he was so happy! Many of Michelle’s clients have met Braxton, the incredible and patient demo dog that works to help dog reactive dogs.

Over the years, we have added to our canine family through various rescues, and over and over again we have helped dogs come out of their shells, become more obedient and happier.

12 Years later Braxton is still with us and enjoying retirement and timbits.

Sarah

Sarah, a trainer with PAWSitively Happy Home. Sarah completed a 1-year intensive apprenticeship with Michelle. Sarah teaches puppy and basic obedience classes as well as an instructor for Reactive Dog Bootcamp

Sarah has a passion for working with reactivity- having worked with her own dog Chevy to overcome and manage his reactivity.  Chevy went from nightmare to walk to dream dog.  He regularily helps Sarah in class and performs as a demo dog in reactive dog class and on private consults.

Sarah is a passionate canine advocate and volunteers with organisations like SCAAR and K9 Ground Search and Rescue.

Sarah brings with her a passion for both ends of the leash, with the goal of making training simple and attainable for owners, and effective for their dogs.

Steph

Steph is the newest member of the PHH team.  Steph is a professional dog walker and dog training apprentice (and although we don’t have a photo of her yet. We do have a photo of her adorable dog Zipper!)

Steph is a long time animal lover with a long history of volunteer work with animal shelters and rescues.
Steph came to PHH two years ago with newly adopted Zipper, who struggled with severe anxiety.  Steph and Zipper have made tremendous strides in their journey together and Steph’s area of interest lays with puppies, newly adopted dogs in transition as well as working with anxieties and phobias.

Steph also has a passion for animal nutrition.  Steph and Zipper share their home with several cats and some scaly creatures as well!

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