Meet Our Training Professionals
Melisa Clarke has 20+ years in the dog world. She believes that the most important part of training is forming a strong bond between dog and dog owner , centered on balanced training to include positive reinforcement and positive discipline. Melisa uses a combination of scientific and relationship-based training that has enabled her to train multiple dogs from the companion level to the AKC show ring. Melisa also has experience in breeding, socialization, basic obedience and therapy dogs. Most recently, Melisa has gained experience through assisting professional trainers with advanced obedience, off-leash training, scent work and service dog training.
Amanda Ingraham C.P.T. is an Army veteran with 15+ years' experience training both house dogs and Military Working Dogs. She is the current Owner/Operator/Trainer of Band of Canines, LLC. Amanda has trained with National K9, earning her professional certification in Dog Training (C.P.T.). She has also attended several military courses on training, handling and K9 Health while in the Military Working Dogs Corps. Amanda has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU), and Trick Dog Evaluator. She has learned to train off-leash with the British, Hungarians and Americans. Being a member of the Dog Trainers Association and a member of the International Dog Trainers Association, Amanda believes obedience is the foundation to a happy, social dog. Her training technique consists of a mix of Relationship-based training, Alpha dog training, and Reward and Discipline-based training techniques learned from around the world, as well as right here in America.