Melissa is AMAZING! We rescued our pup Kooza, when she was 6months old and full of bad habits. Thanks to Melissa we now have a sweet, polite one year old. She is still full of energy, but now directs it in the right ways and is an absolute loved family member. Melissa is not only an excellent trainer, but as our pups daily dog walker we trust her implicitly. Our dog is always so excited to see her and to us that means everything! We are so glad we found Melissa and can't wait for our next class.

​-Nicole B.



Melissa is a fantastic trainer! You can tell she really loves animals and her job. She's a great teacher and very professional. Our German Shepherd loves her and listens very well with her! We highly recommend Melissa at Pawsome Dogs!

-Steph K.


Melissa is amazing! She's currently helping us train our 2 year old, rescue, Boston Terrier named Bosley. He was shuffled around a lot before we adopted him and had some trust and anxiety issues. He would lunge at people on walks and did not like it when people left or entered our house. Melissa has helped us learn the correct techniques to walk him, including great tips on products to buy. She has also worked with him on meeting new people. Bosley loves his training sessions and Melissa. He is eager to learn from her and so are we. He is so much better behaved after only a few lessons and we couldn't be happier! 
- Jillian A. & Shaun G.


"Hugo is a rescue who came to us well behaved but really needing to work on his manners. We struggled with him jumping, not listening to commands, and not walking too nice on a leash. We enrolled him in a training class with Melissa, and he immediately started to improve. After completing the class, Hugo now sits, stays, and waits on command, and his leash walking has significantly improved. The class is reward based, which we love and Hugo really responds to! Hugo loves his trainer and we will be coming back for many many more classes! Woof!"
-Stacy


Melissa is an amazing dog trainer. We have two dogs that have gone through several classes with her - a 3 year old terrier mix named Navi and 1.5 year old Wheaten terrier named Grimsby. Melissa shares a wealth of knowledge of different training techniques, and through her problem solving skills she is able to tailor certain techniques to our own dogs' individual needs. Classes are well organized and she is always able to help us with specific behavior problems we might be experiencing that are not necessarily a part of the class curriculum. She showed us how to motivate and stimulate our dogs to truly learn good behaviors, and not just to go through the motions. Having two very hyperactive dogs, we did not think that training was possible, or that it would stick. Years after the first classes, both of our dogs still retain their great training. Classes have all sorts of different learning styles which really helps in the training process. She explains not only how to do something, but why we do it a certain way. We look forward to class and so do our puppies. You can truly tell that Melissa loves her job. She is extremely patient, calm and confident when dealing with both parents and pups. We both highly recommend her to anyone that is thinking about taking lessons, whether you have a brand new addition to the family or just want to teach your older dog new tricks!
-Ryan L.


Melissa is an amazing trainer who is committed to success with her clients!  We enrolled Margaux in her beyond basics class after attending a beginners class with another popular trainer in Lincoln Park - we felt that Melissa's class and overall approach was more effective, and Margaux has learned and solidified so many commands.  She even learned a few tricks! We will definitely be using Melissa to continue her training in the future.
-Laura J.