About Melanie, Emerald Coast Dog Behavior Training Experience in Santa Rosa Beach


I am a native Floridian and I have possessed an innate love for animals for as long as I can remember. I am Dog Trainer in Santa Rosa Beach passionate, patient, persistent and a pet-lover.

Before I wound up in the field where I was meant to be, I received my journalism degree from the University of Georgia and accrued a diverse background of many titles, including a tv reporter, newspaper reporter and photographer. Now  I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love every day.

Initially, I researched holistic animal care and received two certifications in Animal Aromatherapy, which utilizes essential oils. I do not associate with any of the multi-level marketing companies that produce essential oils. After researching over the years the different companies, I choose to use organic oils whenever possible.

 Next, I trained as a Canine Aqua Therapist. I own the premiere dog hydrotherapy program in Northwest Florida, with the only pool designed specifically to be used for dogs. It is neither chlorine nor salt, but is treated with a copper-based line of products, that are environmentally friendly.  I provide swim therapy for dogs with physical limitations, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, post-surgery, degenerative myelopathy, strokes and other conditions. I have even found that swimming helps to build confidence in timid dogs.

I now teach others to learn how to swim dogs through a 5-day program to help them become canine aqua therapists in their cities.


I offer energy medicine treatment sessions to all animals, as I spent one year studying to go through all 4 levels of the Healing Touch for Animals program, and then going through a 2-year certification process. 

Throughout my years of working with animals, my clients would always ask me if I “trained” dogs, because they had issues they were dealing with. Although I didn’t train officially, I did have experience with my energy work, which helps with behavior modification. Finally, I decided to make it official and started researching types of training. 

I was always a fan of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. Since I work with energy too, I really felt Cesar would be the perfect match for me. 

In November 2016, I traveled to Ft. Lauderdale where Cesar associated with a facility.  I trained under Cesar in his program Fundamentals I: Training Cesar’s Way.  In this class, there were 38 students from all over the world! In fact, students from the US were the minority in our class.

In June 2017, I traveled to Orlando for the opportunity to shadow Todd Langston for three days. Todd is one of Cesar’s two lead trainers. 

In September 2017, I traveled to Cesar’s ranch in Santa Clarita, CA to complete Fundamentals II: Training Cesar’s Way. 

In June of 2018 I again traveled to California, this time to shadow Cheri Lucas, a dog behaviorist. She worked alongside Cesar 20 years ago, training dogs with him.