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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, therapy dog training, 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 offers behavior consultations for puppies and adult dogs.  She has 18 years of experience working with complex behavior problems and uses science based methods and treatment plans.  

Michelle has years of experience working as a Therapy Dog Team in the community. Michelle worked with staff members to develop and launch a Therapy Dog Program at Chelsea Community Hospital called Paws-itive Comfort. She coordinated and launched R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Programs at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea District Libraries as well as various Elementary Schools. Michelle works as a Training Consultant and Tester for various Service Dog and Therapy Dog Organizations. She works closely with medical professionals and educators who utilize a Therapy Dog at  their work.  Michelle has trained and placed Therapy Dogs who work in medical facilities and private practices around the US.    

Michelle lives in Chelsea, Michigan with her husband and  Labrador Retriever Hendrix and Newfoundland Marshall.