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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.

Our Methods

Reward-based Techniques

Grace Dog Training & Behavior relies on scientifically proven methods to teach and build good behavior. Dogs learn manners while still having fun. Grace Dog Training & Behavior offers group classes, private sessions, phone consultations, workshops, seminars, and, coming soon, training via video conference. Our team has over 35 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 in a virtual training session
Decades of experience

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 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 stresses to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle leadership plays in their dog’s training.

Ana also donates her time and services to various rescue organizations in the Denver metro area. Ana lives in Lakewood with her husband, her daughter and her three amazing dogs. Chaka, her crazy-pants trick dog, Tatonka, her sweet 10-ish year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has gone from nervous, bitey and growly to happily and waggly, and her latest addition; Baldr, a sweet, baby Malinois/GSD X.

Check out Ana’s podcasts here:

Ana can be reached by emailing, or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

the man behind 'Jog the Dog'

Travis Otto

Travis is Ana’s husband. They met in N.Y.C. at the dog-run in Hell’s Kitchen. He has a background in para-medicine, firefighting and spent 6 years serving our country in the Army. In 2008 Travis started the Jog the Dog service for Grace Dog Training & Behavior.

Travis takes high-energy, special needs dogs out for runs, jogs and vigorous power walks in order to help families with busy schedules and to drain some of your dog’s energy in a focused mindful way. Jog the Dog is an excellent alternative for dogs who are not fit for a daycare environment and for dogs learning how to mind their manners out in public. A tired dog with all of his emotional needs met is a good dog.

Travis can be reached by emailing him at, or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

Meet our Daughter

Rebeca Otto

Rebeca is our daughter and she is perfection! She helps us socialize puppies and dogs to kids. She helps therapy dogs practice for reading programs. Rebeca has been working with dogs since she was an infant.

She has been riding horses from the tender age of 8 months and is currently exploring her artistic side by illustrating and painting. She loves skiing and exploring cooking classes. Rebeca is attending Montessori schooling and loves reading. She is planning on getting her own horse when she gets older!

Dog Trainer & Skills Specialist

Grace Corrigan

Sharing the Love

Creating a strong bond between you and your dog is what we live for.

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My dog was great with the kids (even when they were running around with silly string and screaming!) and just laid there on his mat with his chewy with everyone eating around him! I was soooo happy and he got so many compliments!

Lisa Avram and Boxcar

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