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

Michelle is a nationally recognized Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Therapy Animal Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).   Dog Behavior Consultants are required to demonstrate competency in five core areas including  assessment and intervention strategies, counseling skills, behavioral science, knowledge of animal behavior and species-specific knowledge in order to obtain certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.   

Michelle has completed advanced certification programs in canine behavioral studies and stays current by attending seminars by certified trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians and other credentialed experts. 

Michelle offers group classes, private lessons, online training services and behavior consultations.  She teaches companion obedience,  specialized puppy programs, charm school, outdoor adventures, socialization outings  for puppies and adult dogs. Michelle offers seminars and workshops for dog trainers, training groups,veterinarians, groomers, shelter/rescue workers, dog walkers and daycare workers. 

Michelle has raised and trained Therapy Dogs who work in all areas of Animal Assisted Therapy.  She offers private consultations for clients pursuing Therapy Dog careers.   She consults with facilities in the U.S.  to develop Therapy Dog Programming and train staff.   

Michelle lives in Chelsea, Michigan with her husband and  Labrador Retrievers Hendrix and Dillon.