Meet The Team
Founder, Owner, Head Trainer
I have had the honor and privilege to learn from, take courses and workshops with some of the greatest dog trainers in the world. As a Professional Dog Trainer it is important to continue education in many different venues to allow for a multitude of problem solving tools for owners and their dogs. It is a priority to continue to up my training game for the benefit of helping dogs/owners.
Just a few of the trainers that have had a major influence on me and my training: Ivan Balabanovl Chad Mackin, Jay Jack, Susan Garrett, Pat Stuart, Glen Cooke, Nelson Hodges, Wendy Volhard, Kayce Cover, and many more. Learning everything from Behavior Modification, K9 sports, Positive Training Methods, Scent Detection, Relationship Based Behavior Modification and A TON more. I am a Professional with IACP and a AKC CGC Evaluator.
When picking a trainer my advise is to pick one that understands behavior, understand that every single dog is different and unique which means there is NO one method that fits every person and dogs needs.
Certified Head Trainer | Club Dogs Master
Meet Christine one of our Certified Head Trainers and Club Dogs Masters. Christine began her work with dogs through rescue and for over 10 years has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of dogs needing a home. During that work she met Brandi who was providing the training for her rescue. Brandi and Christine formed a friendship that turned into Brandi mentoring Christine for over 5 years.
During that mentorship Christine took a strong interest in Behavior modification and obedience.
Combine her apprenticeship with her hands on experience through her rescue and you have a well rounded trainer.
Once The Hounds Grounds opened their first brick and motar Christine came on as Head Trainer. She runs classes, provides private training for puppies, adult dogs and specializes in behavior modification. Christine is a head trainer for The Hounds Grounds dog daycare program (Club Dogs) and also helps new trainers hone their skills in group classes after attending our trainer courses.
Christine has many years of experience with strong breeds and has a DEEP love for Pit Bull type dogs.
Understanding dogs and their needs is a vital component in dog training.
We are happy to have Christine as our family and vital piece of The Hounds Grounds Team!
Melissa started at The Hounds Grounds as a client with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Lulu. She exhibited wonderful skills in training Lulu and then her 2nd dog George came along. She maintained our training protocols and trained George beautifully and with such dedication and follow through.
She had a strong interest in Dog Training and we felt she would excel in our trainer program, we are happy to say - she did excel and passed our Foundations Course with high marks and became a Certified Trainer - WCCAC-L1CT
After completing our Foundations trainer course she shadowed our group classes and private training for a year and is now working with us through our day training programs and group classes.
Melissas dedication and follow through in becoming a dog trainer was no surprise at all, she proudly served our country and we all know what type of dedication, strength and follow through it takes to commit and succeed in service.
We thank Melissa for her courage and bravery and are so happy to have her as part of our family.
Owner | Canine Massage
Jenny is every dogs zen!
Jenny jumped on board The Hounds Grounds train as our Certified Canine Massage Therapist.
While spending so much time with Brandi and dogs she couldn't help but learn the basic needs of our 4 paw'd friends and began our Dog Walking Program. Jenny loves offering a specialized dog walk that will ensure your puppy/dog maintains all manners and training during their walk. She also has the magic touch and offers in-home dog massages after a nice walk when time allows.
Jenny is such a wonderful energy for your dog which adds a calming effect during a walk that will be beneficial to the overall physical and mental drain.
Social Media and more
Alexis completed our Foundational Dog Trainer Course as she wanted to learn more about dogs. She has become a VITAL part of our THG Family in helping with all of our Social Media and fielding training questions.
She shares her home with her husband and amazing dogs Maverick and Matilda along with owning their own media business.
We are so happy to have Alexis with us!!