Michelle is very active in both dog training and competition with over 15 years’ experience. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and enjoys competing in Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Dock Diving, and Frisbee. Michelle is the Captain of her local K9 Toss ‘n Fetch league and was featured on ESPN with her dog Cali as part of the special “Dog Day” and with her dog Kya as part of the special “Bark in the Park”. She teaches weekly obedience classes and can often be found working with her personal dogs on both obedience and sports.
Michelle believes wholeheartedly in the bond between humans and animals and has dedicated herself to the development of training programs for emotional support partners. Michelle and her dogs Raena, Cali, and Choco are a registered therapy team that enjoys visits to local hospitals and with retired and active military. From her Columbia, CT farm “Hidden Haven,” Michelle hosts NEHAB’s Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy programs. She is Certified by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. As a Reiki II practitioner, Michelle applies these principles to promote a calm and healing environment for all her training and interaction sessions.
Craig is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has been teaching obedience since 2017. He is trained by Path INTL (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Craig’s devotion to the therapeutic benefit of the human-animal bond is shown through his weekly volunteer session with both horses and dogs.
Lexi has 10 years of experience working with horses and four of those years have been spent working in equine therapeutic programs. She is currently attending school at the Animal Behavior Institute and is expected to graduate in March 2022 with an Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate. She is also taking her internship at the New England Human Animal Bond Foundation, where she has participated in equine therapy sessions with veterans and kids and accompanied the therapeutic dog teams to an assisted living community.