Melissa Torres, CCDT, Dip.CBST – Trainer/Behavior Consultant

Melissa posing with one of her dog clients.

Melissa began her career working with animals at the Monmouth County SPCA. During her fourteen years working in animal rescue, she gained extensive experience working with dogs of many different breeds, sizes, and personalities.

Melissa completed a rigorous, intensive program on canine behavior through the Companion Animal Science Institute (CASI), earning her diploma in canine behavior (Dip. CBST). This program helps dog training professionals build on important skills and gives them the knowledge to help their clients resolve challenging behavior problems.

Melissa graduated with distinction from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy’s Master Class Program, earning her CCDT designation. CATCH is a government and state approved school licensed by the NJ Department of Education and NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This certification is based on the standards of the nationally respected Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Melissa is a Fear Free Certified Professional. Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.

Committed to using a force-free, reward-based approach when working with dogs, Melissa’s passion is coaching pet parents how to better communicate with and understand their canine companions.

Melissa is also a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild (The Association for Science-Based, Results-Based Force-Free Professionals) and understands the importance of continuing education.

Credentials and Certifications

Catch Dog Training Academy Logo
Fear Free Corporate Logo
Pet Professional Guild Member Badge

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