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Michelle Payson

ABC Certified Dog Trainer

Michelle Payson has actively been involved in training family dogs for 15 years. She is focused on providing effective and convenient solutions to her clients' dog training needs via private in-home lessons and group classes.  Michelle specializes in resolving fearful, reactive, and aggressive dog behaviors, because these issues can be most problematic for her clients and their families.  Michelle Payson Dog Training is well respected and referred by local veterinarians, groomers, boarding facilities, and other pet care professionals.

Michelle is a Graduate with Honors of Animal Behavior College.  Michelle also provides training and education to students studying to become professional dog trainers as an Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer.  Michelle has an extensive education in dog behavior and training, and continues her professional development by remaining current on industry literature, continuing education opportunities, and via an extensive support network of accomplished dog behavior and training professionals.  Michelle is also an American Red Cross Pet CPR and First Aid Certified Instructor, and Doggone Safe Be a Tree presenter.  Michelle is currently working on discovering Wyatt's hidden talents, her rescued Border Collie Whippet mix in training. 



Kelly Taylor

ABC Certified Dog Trainer


President and Director of The Boxer Rescue and ABC certified dog trainer, Kelly Taylor, has been passionate about dogs her whole life. As a child, she grew up around a variety of canine breeds as well as horses. Kelly’s journey began, when she rescued a dog that was in need of a forever home; he changed the path of her life. She starting volunteering for a local rescue and adopted her first Boxer, Memphis. At the time, she was unaware of how reactive her dog would be.

kelly bio pic 2 A year after Kelly adopted Memphis, she decided to foster a deaf white Boxer, Treasure, through the same rescue, and ended up adopting her as well. Both dogs came with baggage, Memphis was reactive with dogs and humans and Treasure suffered from compulsive disorders with lights, shadows and just about anything that flew, jumped, crawled, hopped or blew. Kelly worked with a dog trainer for years to help both of her dogs adjust to the real world but felt that there was more that she could do for them and for the breed. Motivated by her dogs, Kelly and her best friend started The Boxer Rescue.

As the rescue began taking in Boxers, they noticed the array of behavioral problems the surrendered dogs had. She decided to further her education to become a certified dog trainer. This additional skill would not only help her with her own dogs but also assist the rescued dogs to find permanent homes. Kelly works with the foster homes and adoptive homes to help make the transition easier for the families and for the rescue dogs, by helping them resolve and manage behavioral problems such as, separation anxiety, reactivity and aggressive dog behavior. 

Although both of Kelly’s foundation dogs have passed on to Rainbow Bridge, Kelly has a new addition to her family. She adopted a 3 month old white deaf Boxer this past March and plans to add another addition to her family in the beginning of 2016.  

Kelly graduated Animal Behavior College with honors and continues her studies in all areas of training. She has been working in rescue for over 10 years and teaching a variety of classes for over 5 years. She is an ADPT member, an AKC member, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.




Sociability vs. Aggression Thresholds in Dogs - Sue Sternberg

Ken Ramirez Seminar

Dog-Dog Group Dynamics Healthy Interaction vs Aggression - Sue Sternberg

TACT: A Training Program for Dogs that Are Fearful or Reactive Toward People

Behavior Evaluation - Seminar-Lecture - Body Language, Aggression, and Testing for the Ideal Dog - Sue Sternberg

SAFER Session Two: ASPCA SAFER Equipment & Handling  - Shannon Gramann; Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB, CBCC-KA

Helping Adopted Dogs Adjust to New Homes - Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB, Author

Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor Course  - Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA is an author, seminar presenter, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity.

The Impulse Re-Homing Phase - Jennifer Shryock founder of Family Paws Parent Education Through their two national programs, Dogs & Storks® and the Dog & Baby Connection™.

SAFER Session One: Canine Assessment: SAFER Overview and Research  - Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB

A Recipe for Behavior Modification Success: Behavior change for dangerous problems using antecedent control Angelica Steinker, M.Ed, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC, NADOI- Certified, to explore and investigate the power of Antecedent Control Procedures in Behavior Change Programs.

Introducing Fun and Educational Games Into Your Group Classes - Angelica Steinker, M.Ed, CAP2, CDBC, PDBC, Certified NADOI.

The Pitfalls of Negative Reinforcement - Jean Donaldson, principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers, and award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker and her latest book, Train Like a Pro.

Dog Park Etiquette & Safety. Learn About Dog-Dog Play  - Carol Byrnes CPDT-KA author of "The What is My Dog Saying" PowerPoint DVD series.

Defensive Dog Handling: Leash Skills and Body Language  - Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT

Inclusion for Success - Jennifer Shyrock founder of Family Paws Parent Education Through their two national programs, Dogs & Storks® and the Dog & Baby Connection™.

The Effect of Human Body Language on Dog Behavior - Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB, CBCC-KA; Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT

Learn How To Teach Kids To Be Safe Around Dogs  – Joan Orr Doggone Safe co-founder.

BOOM! Puppies and Noise 2012 - Helen Nicholls, CPDT-KSA, CDBC

Canine Communication: Understanding Canine Body Language  - Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB, CBCC-KA

Integrating Your Services With The Veterinary Community  - Join Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior)

The Canine Emotional Detox, The Missing Link  - Diane Garrod is a Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner, Dog Scouts of America Troop Leader, Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor (C.L.A.S.S.), Treibball Instructor and an expert in dog challenges (aggression, high level reactivity, sound sensitivities, separation anxiety and more).

Canine Communications: Dog Introductions - Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT






















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