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Michelle McCarthy is the Owner and Director of Training for K9 Home Schooling since 1999, which provides force free clicker training methods, located in Southeast Michigan.   

I'm a nationally recognized Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).   Dog Behavior Consultants are required to demonstrate competency in seven core areas including  assessment skills, general knowledge and application of learning science, species specific knowledge, consulting skills, knowledge of dog behavior, biological sciences as related to dog behavior and ethics, in order to obtain certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  I've completed advanced certification programs in canine behavioral studies and stay current by attending seminars by certified trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians and other credentialed experts. 

K9 Home Schooling teaches companion obedience, therapy dog training and specialized puppy programs.  I hold behavior consultations and private training for puppies and adult dogs on-site in Chelsea.  I have 23 years of experience working with common and complex behavior problems using science based methods and treatment plans.  All K9 Home Schooling Clients have access to our on-line library of over 100 training videos. To support dog professionals in my area, I offer seminars and workshops for pet parents, dog trainers, training groups, veterinary staff, groomers, shelter/rescue workers, dog walkers and daycare workers.   

I have 22 years of experience as a Therapy Dog Consultant.  Therapy Dog Consultants have expertise raising, training and preparing dogs for careers in Therapy dog work.  I help clients prepare their dog for testing with national Therapy Dog Programs.  I provide consulting services for facilities and staff to help them develop and run successful programs.   I've raised and trained dogs who work and volunteer in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and libraries.  

I have lived in Chelsea, Michigan since 2000 where I raised my family and live with my husband John and Newfoundlands Marshall and Duckie.