Michelle Dunlap, owner and founder of GCA, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is working toward her trainer's certification.Michelle is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has worked with dogs at local rescue groups as a foster mom, trainer, adoption counselor, and volunteer coordinator.Michelle holds a master's degree in education from UF and taught elementary and middle school before devoting herself full time to training, pet sitting, and animal rescue.Her
training method is ideal for shy or fearful dogs, those who have suffered abuse or trauma, and dogs who have previously had difficulty in training classes.Michelle
has vast experience dealing with dogs who show aggression and specializes in treating dogs using canine behavior theory.
helped a pit bull stolen for fighting earn her
Canine Good Citizen award.Phoenix and Michelle
were on the front page of the Gainesville Sun
the first day of 2005.Read about pit bulls in Gainesville
by clicking here:
foster dog, Shayla, a bulldog from Phoenix Animal Rescue, to help students learn about dog training.
took one of her
adoptable dogs, a Great Dane named Apollo, and her
dog, Strada.Both Strada and Apollo loved meeting all the students and staff at Kanapaha Middle School
.Michelle talked about what it was like to be a dog trainer and spoke with several students interested in a career with animals.
Apollo chose a student named Travis to be his
good buddy and Travis was a big help showing Apollo around.At 130 pounds, Apollo was quite a sight for the students!Strada met a friend named Danquan who spent lots of time with Strada.Danquan and Travis have a natural affinity for animals and it really showed in their knowledge of dogs and their compassion for Strada and Apollo.
Thank you to the students and staff at Kanapaha Middle School
for inviting Gainesville Canine Academy
to their Career Day!Apollo, Strada, and Michelle
had a wonderful time!