Satisfied Customers

Connie V. and Bentley from Rockford / April 2013

This (puppy) class went way above and beyond my expectations. While MY training still needs improvement, Melissa helped me to understand it is a process. She is so thorough, helpful, kind and caring. The authentic love she has for dogs is carried through to her teaching abilities, which makes her so great at what she does! She is genuine and the "real deal"! ... I want to thank you personally, Melissa. From the bottom of my heart! You have truly started us "off on the right paw" to a great relationship with our new companion, Bentley. I look forward to seeing you at a future class soon!
2014-07-10T23:01:28+00:00
This (puppy) class went way above and beyond my expectations. While MY training still needs improvement, Melissa helped me to understand it is a process. She is so thorough, helpful, kind and caring. The authentic love she has for dogs is carried through to her teaching abilities, which makes her so great at what she does! She is genuine and the "real deal"! ... I want to thank you personally, Melissa. From the bottom of my heart! You have truly started us "off on the right paw" to a great relationship with our new companion, Bentley. I look forward to seeing you at a future class soon!

Gerry from Belmont / March 2012

I will recommend Happy Tails to other dog owners because it is such a great program. Louie, our dog, is living proof that it works... Thank you Melissa... You are wonderful at what you do. Hope to continue with you in the future.
2014-07-10T23:07:07+00:00
I will recommend Happy Tails to other dog owners because it is such a great program. Louie, our dog, is living proof that it works... Thank you Melissa... You are wonderful at what you do. Hope to continue with you in the future.

Joan from Ada / May 2012

Your classes are fun, relaxed with individual attention given to participants.
2014-07-10T23:06:42+00:00
Your classes are fun, relaxed with individual attention given to participants.

Anne from Lowell / November 2006

...did a wonderful job, both with {our dog} and our family! After all, it’s the family that is being trained too!! All of the training tools have been great – they really make sense... a great experience for all of us!
2014-07-10T23:13:31+00:00
...did a wonderful job, both with {our dog} and our family! After all, it’s the family that is being trained too!! All of the training tools have been great – they really make sense... a great experience for all of us!

Katrina from Rockford / Fall 2006

...above and beyond our expectations... useful tips for improving our dog’s behavior ... made more progress in one session than from the 6 week course we took.
2014-07-10T23:13:04+00:00
...above and beyond our expectations... useful tips for improving our dog’s behavior ... made more progress in one session than from the 6 week course we took.

Bev from Rockford / March 2012

All of Melissa's training advice was sound and useful and it worked!
2014-07-10T23:08:42+00:00
All of Melissa's training advice was sound and useful and it worked!

Marilyn from Kentwood / March 2012

In addition to being very friendly & showing a great love for my dog, Melissa was very helpful giving suggestons & the follow up emails are great reminders to continue in training my dog... I really want to thank Melissa for her enthusiasm & positive feedback. She is a wonderful, patient trainer.
2014-07-10T23:07:46+00:00
In addition to being very friendly & showing a great love for my dog, Melissa was very helpful giving suggestons & the follow up emails are great reminders to continue in training my dog... I really want to thank Melissa for her enthusiasm & positive feedback. She is a wonderful, patient trainer.

Shawna from Rockford / June 2012

Thank you, Melissa, for your excellent instruction. Puppy 201 has certainly been good for our entire family, training us as much as Moses! We appreciate your real‐life approach to training and thorough instructions. Your emails have been so helpful to remind us of the steps we should follow for each command and how to apply them... We appreciate your genuine care and the interest you take in the dogs you train!
2014-07-10T23:06:19+00:00
Thank you, Melissa, for your excellent instruction. Puppy 201 has certainly been good for our entire family, training us as much as Moses! We appreciate your real‐life approach to training and thorough instructions. Your emails have been so helpful to remind us of the steps we should follow for each command and how to apply them... We appreciate your genuine care and the interest you take in the dogs you train!

Ingrid from Grandville / September 2007

Training is so much easier since we are incorporating it into our daily routine and making it fun.
2014-07-10T23:11:59+00:00
Training is so much easier since we are incorporating it into our daily routine and making it fun.

Kim from Wyoming / September 2011

Indy and Gus have improved so much on walks! We are so happy with their progress! We cannot thank you enough...we love those
dogs so much and just wanted to make our household a little less crazy at times!
2014-07-10T23:09:03+00:00
Indy and Gus have improved so much on walks! We are so happy with their progress! We cannot thank you enough...we love those dogs so much and just wanted to make our household a little less crazy at times!

Kelly from Belmont / July 2012

My kids and I learned so much and are seeing the results at home as we continue to work with our dog. Melissa is amazing!!!
2014-07-10T23:05:25+00:00
My kids and I learned so much and are seeing the results at home as we continue to work with our dog. Melissa is amazing!!!

Lauren from Hudsonville / August 2012

I loved how Melissa was able to come out to our house and train with us, as this is where the bad behavior was taking place ... very personal that way. We have noticed a huge difference in Brody after training and so have our friends and family.
2014-07-10T23:03:34+00:00
I loved how Melissa was able to come out to our house and train with us, as this is where the bad behavior was taking place ... very personal that way. We have noticed a huge difference in Brody after training and so have our friends and family.

Myra M. and Summit from Grand Rapids / November 2012

We loved Melissa's puppy class. Her real life situation teaching is serving us well as we go thru therapy dog school. She is calm and very positive, making one feel very comfortable asking questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for dog training.
2014-07-10T23:01:46+00:00
We loved Melissa's puppy class. Her real life situation teaching is serving us well as we go thru therapy dog school. She is calm and very positive, making one feel very comfortable asking questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for dog training.

Susie and Lee from Grandville / January 2011

You trained our Cavalier, Sir Walter, and did a great job with him. We would recommend you to anyone with a doggie. Great training, Melissa...
2014-07-10T23:10:20+00:00
You trained our Cavalier, Sir Walter, and did a great job with him. We would recommend you to anyone with a doggie. Great training, Melissa...

Deb from Grand Rapids / March 2012

You picked up on what I was doing well (something very encouraging to owners) and also pointed to things I could do differently. Both very much appreciated. You demonstrated the new techniques to me. Something that has never happened in other classes. I could watch and try, not based on "general" dog behavior, but based on my dog and me.
2014-07-10T23:08:14+00:00
You picked up on what I was doing well (something very encouraging to owners) and also pointed to things I could do differently. Both very much appreciated. You demonstrated the new techniques to me. Something that has never happened in other classes. I could watch and try, not based on "general" dog behavior, but based on my dog and me.

Tails on the Trails class participant / July 2012

Being out of doors in real‐life situations...walking in public with our dogs which is entirely different from training in a training
building. Melissa, you are an awesome instructor and dog trainer!
2014-07-10T23:05:02+00:00
Being out of doors in real‐life situations...walking in public with our dogs which is entirely different from training in a training building. Melissa, you are an awesome instructor and dog trainer!

Breanne from Dorr / August 2012

Thank you again for all of the valuable information! ... Before you came, I was feeling overwhelmed and defeated and stressed. After meeting with you, I feel confident and in control...
2014-07-10T23:03:56+00:00
Thank you again for all of the valuable information! ... Before you came, I was feeling overwhelmed and defeated and stressed. After meeting with you, I feel confident and in control...

Pam from Caledonia / June 2012

Enjoyed your class (Walking Companions Workshop) tonight. I got way more out of Dexter on leash than I ever have before... I really like your approach.
2014-07-10T23:05:55+00:00
Enjoyed your class (Walking Companions Workshop) tonight. I got way more out of Dexter on leash than I ever have before... I really like your approach.

Mari from Caledonia / November 2010

Thank you for helping us understand our dog.
2014-07-10T23:10:49+00:00
Thank you for helping us understand our dog.

Sarah and Echo from Grand Rapids / September 2012

I was so impressed with the Recall workshop! I have done a lot of training with my dogs, so the fact that Melissa was able to give me some new pointers that I hadn't already heard really surprised me. By the end of the 1 hour class I had my dog stopping from a dead run and coming when I called her which is a HUGE accomplishment because she is so easily distracted. She makes it fun and I love that it is all positive reinforcement since I have been told from other trainers that using a shock collar was the only want to get a reliable recall! I can wait to do future training with her!
2014-07-10T23:03:13+00:00
I was so impressed with the Recall workshop! I have done a lot of training with my dogs, so the fact that Melissa was able to give me some new pointers that I hadn't already heard really surprised me. By the end of the 1 hour class I had my dog stopping from a dead run and coming when I called her which is a HUGE accomplishment because she is so easily distracted. She makes it fun and I love that it is all positive reinforcement since I have been told from other trainers that using a shock collar was the only want to get a reliable recall! I can wait to do future training with her!

Kathy from Caledonia / March 2007

...truly find that {he} is a much better young dog because of you and your patience... appreciated your guidance, professionalism, and patience...
2014-07-10T23:12:19+00:00
...truly find that {he} is a much better young dog because of you and your patience... appreciated your guidance, professionalism, and patience...

Caralyn from Kentwood / August 2011

We just LOVE Melissa and find her help and suggestions invaluable! We first worked with her when we adopted our oldest dog 3 years ago. When we adopted his sister, a mini golden doodle we knew exactly who to call to teach us how to blend her into our family and help the dogs be the best they can be and teach us how to be the best humans for them possible! Melissa rocks!
2014-07-10T23:09:24+00:00
We just LOVE Melissa and find her help and suggestions invaluable! We first worked with her when we adopted our oldest dog 3 years ago. When we adopted his sister, a mini golden doodle we knew exactly who to call to teach us how to blend her into our family and help the dogs be the best they can be and teach us how to be the best humans for them possible! Melissa rocks!

Judy from Alto / October 2007

...really listening to needs... went the extra mile... able to go with the flow and adjust to chaos & distractions that occur during
training.
2014-07-10T23:11:38+00:00
...really listening to needs... went the extra mile... able to go with the flow and adjust to chaos & distractions that occur during training.

Idell from Wyoming / July 2012

Thanks for your help and knowledge on working for a better relationship with Jet...
2014-07-10T23:04:25+00:00
Thanks for your help and knowledge on working for a better relationship with Jet...

Mona from Grand Rapids / July 2007

I now have the tools to have well‐mannered dog! ...learning to communicate with my dog, not just teaching her 'dog tricks'. We had a lot of fun while learning!
2014-07-10T23:12:40+00:00
I now have the tools to have well‐mannered dog! ...learning to communicate with my dog, not just teaching her 'dog tricks'. We had a lot of fun while learning!

Lisa from Minneola, FL / February 2011

Thank you so much for the many tips you so willing e‐mailed to me. Even though you couldn't be here in person, you went above and beyond to help a friend with an overly energetic lab puppy make it thru her first year of chaos. You are wonderful & thanks to you Macy has become a dog I'm so happy to own.
2014-07-10T23:09:52+00:00
Thank you so much for the many tips you so willing e‐mailed to me. Even though you couldn't be here in person, you went above and beyond to help a friend with an overly energetic lab puppy make it thru her first year of chaos. You are wonderful & thanks to you Macy has become a dog I'm so happy to own.

Sue from Ada / July 2010

Your ideas and methods are working well... I am recommending anyone who gets a puppy to go to you for training!!! ...Thanks for your advice and assistance.
2014-07-10T23:11:17+00:00
Your ideas and methods are working well... I am recommending anyone who gets a puppy to go to you for training!!! ...Thanks for your advice and assistance.