Melissa Arteaga

professional dog trainer

I have loved dogs my entire life. My interest in dog training started while doing volunteer shelter work, where Timmy, a 4 month old pointer mix, came into my life. Timmy was a handful and full of energy. To keep him busy, I started trick training, as well as obedience work. After being attacked by another dog, Timmy developed dog reactivity. As a result, I dove into advanced behavior modification work with Timmy. While working with Timmy every day, I realized my true calling.

Since then I have been professionally training dogs in group classes and private lessons, including leash reactivity and aggression issues. To advance my work, I study with other trainers, attend seminars and workshops, and stay up-to-date on the latest canine behavior research to provide proven and innovative advice. I'm a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers A.P.D.T as well as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

I share my life with two dogs: Timmy and Karma (a cattledog mix). Timmy and Karma have a YouTube channel (over 1,500 subscribers) showcasing all their tricks. Timmy has been featured in USA Weekend for his fetch me a drink trick and in Chicago Now for his various other tricks.

Career Experience

dog trainer trick training

10+ years of experience as a Professional Dog Trainer

AKC good citizen

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator Certification as of 2012

professional dog trainer APDT

Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) as of 2010