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Grace Dog Training & Behavior
The Grace Dog Training & Behavior team is a member of APDT and all trainers are either certified CPDT or training and studying for it.
Grace Dog Training & Behavior relies on scientifically proven methods to teach and build desired behavior. Dogs learn skills and manners while still having fun. Grace Dog Training & Behavior offers in person private private training, phone and video consultations, on-line and in person workshops and seminars. Our team has over 25 years of experience with basic manners, impulse control, and aggression management. We will design a training program tailored to your needs, creating a safe and effective training environment for you and your dog.
Ana Melara, CPDT-KA
Ana Melara has been working with dogs and their families for over two decades, originally in N.Y.C. and since 2001 here in Colorado.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is TAGteach Advanced Certified. (This means that she’s also very good at teaching people.)
She keeps herself current by attending and hosting various workshops, seminars and conferences. Her training techniques are founded on praise-based, dog-friendly and people-friendly methods, and a fundamental belief that, as dog guardians, we are responsible for their well-being and training. Whether she is teaching basic manners, puppy house-training or addressing a dog’s aggression issues, Ana emphasises to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle guidance and loving leadership plays in their dog’s training.
Ana lives in Lakewood with her daughter and her three perfect dogs:
- Chaka, her 8.5 year old, brilliant, silly, crazy-pants trick dog who was found as a stray in Dumont, Colorado.
- Baldr, her sweet 6.5 year old baby Malinois/GSD X who has self appointed himself as the family therapist who drags around his queen sized woobie. He was found as a baby with his siblings.
- Nelly, her year old pitty who at babyhood was confiscated from a sketchy breeding, drug, and violence home.
All of her dogs help her with training and demos for her private clients as well as teaching her students at the Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Trainer Academy.