I started training in 2007 where I was blessed to be able to apprentice under several Trainers while in Atlanta, as I studied at Penn Foster for a degree in Dog Obedience Training Instruction. My goal was to be a Service Dog Trainer one day.
Having personally been touched by the harsh reality of how hard it is for someone to get a service dog. Once certified I continued to apprentice under well-known trainers in the areas of aggression and rehabilitation.
In 2009 I was involved with The Humane Society of the United States’ End Dog Fighting Campaign. Teaching CGC and Agility Skills as a way of bonding with dogs instead of fighting them.
I moved to Rochester, NY in 2010 and started an apprenticeship with a Holistic Trainer and learned more about how to train the dog as a whole, for body, mind, and spirit. Working with the dog to help keep them in balance not just focusing on obedience skills. I fell in love with Rally Obedience as a fun way of learning to work on leash and communication skills.
From 2012 -2017 I trained in Retail settings, being Certified by both PetSmart, and Petco. With Petco, I was a Mentor who trained other trainers for the company.
In 2017 I left retail and opened Michelle Hill Dog Training Academy to focus on training Service and Therapy Dogs.
I also work with The Beck Center for Wounded Veterans to help Owner Train Service Dogs for local Veterans as well as being a Certified Service Dog Trainer and Owner Training Coach. I am a Canine Behavior Consultant with IAABC. A Certified Trick Dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog and AKC, as well as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with AKC.
I am also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Force-Free Professional Guild.
In 2018 I started writing for a UK magazine called Dogs Monthly as a Behavioral and Training Expert.
In 2020 I moved my blog from it’s home at www.dogtrainergirl.com over to www.downtoearthdogtrainer.com to better fit in with the visions of my business as well as to take my dogtrainergirl blog and change the focus of it to a more personal blog since the platform it was on did not allow everything I needed.