Author. Professional Dog Trainer. Presenter.


Melissa’s new podcast project!

Melissa has been busy during COVID19. She volunteered to help kids in Somerville city by instructing a 5-week program on amazing animals (the playlist is available for free on YouTube for everyone to enjoy). But, to keep curious kids and their adults company during a long international crisis, she turned that class into a weekly podcast with deeper dives on these amazing animals who changed history, evolved interesting features or have helped humanity! BewilderBeasts episodes drop every Wednesday morning in most podcast apps and are always available for download at Feel free to share with your curious friends!

Barks from the Bookshelf PODCAST!

“Barks from the Bookshelf” invited Melissa to have a chat! It was so lovely – have a listen!  And DEFINITELY go back and listen to Nat and Steve’s conversations with Patricia McConnell, Ken Ramirez, Clive Wynne, Zazie Todd, and more! More information about subscribing to this must-listen podcast for dog trainers and dog owners alike can be found wherever you listen to podcasts.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melissa has moved all her classes to an online format.  There is a #DogTrainingChallenge (updated 3 times a week) on her brand new Youtube Channel. All currently enrolled students at Everydog Training Center have private playlists (scent work, manners 1 and tricks/games classes) while everything else is public to encourage people who are home with their dogs to stay active with them in new ways as we ride this out together, from our own homes. Stay safe.

Melissa is working on another book!

This is geared towards those who are interested in working with animals professionally (basically, the things “they” don’t tell you about being a dog trainer). As a result, she will not be taking private sessions or in-home clients for the foreseeable future. Contact her directly for responsible, reputable recommendations for dog training and behavior consulting.

New England Federation of Humane Societies has been canceled

Melissa was so excited to be invited to speak at the 2020 NEFHS annual conference April 4-6, 2020 in New Hampshire, but as a result from the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was (correctly) canceled. Stay tuned for more information as it comes out.

Please be patient while Melissa moves everything, including her MuttStuff blog and her parenting writing over to this new website.