Melita is a graduate from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy a state Licensed, 10-phase course in dog behavior and training. She graduated with high honors in the comprehensive course of obedience training and behavioral consultation. Melita’s focus is on building a strong relationship between owners and their dogs by helping people have a better understanding of how dogs learn. She believes that educating people on the theory of learning will help them gain a better understanding of their dogs and will build a stronger bond. By using positive reinforcement she teaches dogs appropriate behavior so they can live in harmony within the world of humans.
Melita trains by using motivation not intimidation. She specializes in educating new puppy owners, helping people with their adopted dog, and behavior modification. She wants to teach people how to read and understand what their dog is trying to communicate to them by understanding a dog’s body language. Dogs don’t “speak” English but they have a lot to say. If we can learn to read a dog’s postures and signals we can better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he is likely to do. She trains by building trust and respect, not punishment and dominance.
Melita has had a life long love for animals. She grew up around horses dogs and cats. As most trainers, she started by training her own dogs then moved onto training horses in her teens. In collage she majored in early childhood education and minored in psychology. She graduated with a teaching certificate in elementary education. While raising her 4 children and numerous family pets she created the widely respected summer camp for kids. Lucky Dog Camp is a camp that teaches children the importance of respecting and sharing this planet with all the creature that call it home.
Her love and affection for dogs led her to helping homeless animals. She became Director of Adoptions for a local animal Rescue. It is there where she saw the huge epidemic of the over crowding of shelters. Many dogs were being thrown away because of behavioral problems. Unfortunately she also saw that some of these problems were too severe for the understaffed shelters to handle and discovered these dogs would never find forever homes. She started helping one dog at a time by fostering. She would bring dogs into her home and train them so that they would be more adoptable. She started taking seminars and reading everything she could on dog training.
After years of this she wanted more. She wanted to know why these dogs acted this way. What were they saying? She felt in learning “why” she would be better at “how” to help the dogs. She wanted to give a voice to the voiceless.
As a CATCH graduate, Melita satisfied the comprehensive course requirements of Professional Dog Training Study in obedience training and behavior consultation and earning her the title of CCTA Certified DOG TRAINER (CCDT). Now she works hard to earn her next certification - the CPDT-KA.
Melita lives on farm for retired horses in Pennington NJ. She lives there with her 3 adopted mix breeds, 6 horses, 6 chickens, 2 donkeys, 2 sheep. She is available for in home training, board and train, and private sessions in Mercer and Hunterdon counties.