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Mel's Best Friend
Mel's Best Friend

Mel's Best Friend

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Introduction: Hi! I'm Melissa. I have been working with animals since 2012 and have been studying dog behavior and dog training since 2018. With dog training, I focus on science based, positive reinforcement methods that rely on understanding your dog and force free training. When overnight pet sitting, I treat your pet and your home as if it were my own and take care to give them all of the love and attention they want while you're away.

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Hired 52 times

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1 year in business

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Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

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Jan - Jun

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, work quality, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

23 reviews


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McKenna H.

Dog Training

Before my consultation for training, I was feeling quite overwhelmed with the idea of reigning in my furry, tiny terror. Mel has made my worries totally vanish; she immediately sensed my dog Lando’s needs and approached us and our goals with curiosity and a solid plan. I’m really looking forward to our next few months of training, and can tell this will be an absolute game changer for me and my dog!
May 1, 2021
Steve C.

Dog Training

Mel was great! She started the day we brought Duke home and did a total of 5 sessions with us. Her knowledge with Dogs is key in her training techniques. She has a calm, assertive and positive approach to her methods. I would highly recommend her to anyone with a new pup to get going in the right direction. Duke is a Happy camper and so are we thanks to Mel!!
Apr 22, 2021
Byron B.

Dog Training

Stanley Poochi and I are so pleased to be working with Melissa. She is kind and professional and has given me so many useful training tools to help me raise this puppy to be the best he can be! I would absolutely recommend her services to any new dog owner.
Nov 24, 2020
Karen C.

Dog Training

I recently adopted a 4 yr old Chihuahua that needs basic training. Knowing nothing about dog training I hired Mel. She was prompt and has a lot of good techniques that my dog responded to.
Jul 10, 2020
Danielle C.

Dog Training

Melissa is awesome! I desperately needed help with my new puppy, Dude, and I am so glad I found Mel's Best Friend. Since the first time I reached out to Mel, she was always very responsive and flexible. We had 4 great training sessions where Dude learned many of the basics like sit, down, leave it etc. Dude absolutely LOVED Melissa and he was so excited every time she came over for training. Mel was incredibly gentle & patient with him which made the whole process fun and enjoyable while he learned. I cannot recommend Mel's Best Friend highly enough!
May 2, 2021
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Melissa Hunt


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Dog training consultations: $60 Private Dog Training: $110/ session If you purchase a pack of 7 sessions you save $77 and if you purchase a pack of 14 sessions you save $231. Overnight pet sitting consultations: free Overnight pet sitting: starts at $75/ night

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first thing I do with any new customer is set up an initial 30 minute consultation. The consultation gives us a moment to talk about your training goals, set up a training plan, and for you to ask general questions!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I was certified through a larger pet store back in 2018, trained for two years, and then when I moved on I began to further my education through Animal Behavior College.

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