Introducing the rest of the team!
Running a 6-figure dog training business is a full time job, so Michael and Jamie knew to help as many trainers as possible, they wouldn’t want to go it alone. All together there are 5 founding members of the Dog Trainer’s Umbrella: Jamie & Michael, Melissa Breau, Christina Schenk-Hargrove, and Liz MacHaffie.
Melissa has over 10 years experience with marketing specifically for the pet industry, and the last 5 years working with dog businesses specifically.
She is also the resident marketing geek at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy where she teaches classes on marketing and website building, hosts their weekly podcast, and runs the webinar and workshop programs. In addition to her classes for FDSA, she offers several workshops for their sister school, the Pet Professionals Program.
Her primary job these days is designing logos and building websites for pet professionals — you can learn more about Melissa on her website: www.clickandrepeat.com.
Christina is an attorney outside of Boston, Mass., with considerable expertise in business litigation, small business formation, contracts, expert witness preparation, and estate planning and probate administration.
In addition, she is a nationally published author on legal issues facing pet-related businesses. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and dog sports competitor with an intense interest in learning theory as it applies to both dogs and people. Christina lives with her family, three dogs, and various other pets.
Her goal is to use her legal experience and her research and writing skills to support animal professionals who use positive, science-based training and behavior modification methods. You can learn more about Christina on her website: www.cshlawllc.com.
Liz is the owner of Animal Insight in Durham, NC where she works full time as a professional dog trainer. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behavior from University of Lincoln, in England, and a Bachelor’s in Animal Behavior from University of Massachusetts.
Combine that with over 12 years professional experience in dog and cat training and behavior modification, and you get someone who understands the science of dog training and can get geeky with the best of us.