ABC for PETS started in 1998 when Melissa came back to Cornwall having gained an HND in Animal Care and a BSC Combined Honours degree in Animal Behaviour with Ecology and Conservation. To begin with we just offered private training in the clients own home then in 2000 Melissa bought a property on Harbour Rd in Par and opened a small pet shop as well plus expanded to offering a dog walking service and group classes in a local church room one evening a week. In 2012 we moved to St Austell Business Park where we are today giving Melissa space to set up her own training space and offer the flexibility and range of classes you see available here on this website.
Continued professional development is important in a field such as dog training which is very much a science of new theories and discoveries. Melissa is always adding new books and DVDs to her library and attending workshops, seminars and courses to make sure she can offer her clients only the best professional service possible. This has included Melissa gaining a Distinction in both level 1 & 2 of Learning About Dogs clicker trainers competency assessment program as well as attending workshops on canine massage, canine first aid and the newest dog sport UK Rally. In 2016 Melissa was proud to pass assessments to become a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers.
Currently Melissa has two canine companions. Misi, born in 2005, is an English Springer Spaniel who Melissa has known since she was born as she was bred by Melissa's father. Misi has competed as a medium agility dog but retired due to injury but still enjoys learning tricks and UK Rally. Frodo, born in 2015 and rehomed to Melissa at 6 months old, is a Pomeranian. Frodo is the first dog in the UK to earn a Wag It Games Shadow Skills Novice Video Title, has his Uber Dude Trick Dog Title from In The Dog House and is learning agility and scent work. Occasionally you may also find Melissa has her sisters Border Terrier Teasel with her.