Michelle has always surrounded herself with animals. She's grown up working with and riding horses since the age of 3. Her interest in dog psychology and behavior began in 2010 while experiencing difficulty to get help that was effective with the behavior issues she was experiencing with her dog Cake. Over the years she saw 5 different professionals with Cake in search for help to make her a more balanced, social dog. The training consisted of in-home training, group classes, obedience, e-collar work, Schutzhund, and balanced training. While Cake was the most obedient dog, her behavior issues and lack of social skills continued to be a problem. What was the big missing piece? Michelle was still not able to make Cake feel differently. On this path, she's mentored under and trained with Cheri Lucas from California - longtime right-hand woman to famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, Simon Prins from the Netherlands, and Kimberly Artley of Pack Fit, also from Virginia.
Michelle found her niche in the dog world when she was introduced to the Fouche Way, a philosophy that teaches from the dog's perspective addressing them as individuals emotionally and hormonally. This is speaking to the dogs as nature intended and is the foundation of knowledge and techniques she practices when working with dogs.
Working at a vet clinic, volunteering for a shelter, and pet sitting were all eye opening experiences that made Michelle realize she was not alone in struggling to get help with her dog. This is what inspired her to work with other people and their faithful, yet misunderstood canine companions. She is passionate in helping others create a relationship with their dogs that is both mutually respectful and beneficial.