After pursuing her initial dream of becoming a lawyer, Danielle realized in her second year of law school that the quality of her everyday life would have to come from doing something she absolutely loved - dogs. Taking after her father, who always possessed an extraordinary connection with animals, Danielle began the journey to become a dog trainer. In May of 2009, Danielle began working with a therapy dog organization whose mission was to train service dogs for children with physical disabilities and veterans suffering from both the physical and psychological traumas. Upon seeing the dramatic and potentially life-saving impact that these service dogs have on people’s lives, there was no question in Danielle’s mind that this was the career path she was meant to take in life. Her work with service dogs led her to study and work with The Dog Wizard in Charlotte, NC which is a perfect fit for her diverse range of experience as a dog trainer. Training dogs is only half of the equation for success. Communicating the information to the dog's owner is the second part, and Danielle has found that her gift for being articulate in her communication with others serves her and her clients well. Danielle says improving the lives of the people and dogs she trains seems to be the formula for improving her own life as well!
Emily obtained a unique start to the dog-training world. She started out as a kennel cleaner and worked her butt off soaking as much knowledge as one can soak. Over time she began climbing the ladder through The Dog Wizard, learning little intricate bits and pieces along the way. She accepted every challenge with great resolve and grew into an unbelievable dog trainer. While climbing the tall ladder, Emily gained extensive experience working in the office at The Dog Wizard, giving her a unique more customer service perspective to the service of dog training. Emily has demonstrated that anyone who has the passion for something and determination can accomplish their dream. Emily also enjoys instructing a lot of the specialty classes. In addition, she validated her love for challenges by adopting and training a deaf cattle dog, Mayhem, who she now uses to demonstrate obedience to potential clients. Teaching a dog that cannot hear how to follow directions is very impressive to clients that have dogs who can hear and don’t follow directions :).
After many years as a supervisor for a construction company in Massachusetts, Corey needed a change of pace and applied to The National Canine School for Dog Trainers. He had adopted Aliko his German Shepherd, Nahla his Rottweiler, and Seiko his Akita, and soon realized that he preferred spending time with his dogs more than people. Training his dogs after work became the highlight of his day and he knew that becoming a dog trainer was the path for him. At NK9 Corey and Aliko learned Basic and Advanced Obedience, Tracking, Socialization, Behavior Modification, Police K9, Scent Detection, and Search and Rescue work. He applied to work at The Dog Wizard because he appreciated the business model and wanted to learn more from a long standing company. He now works with both the dogs and the students of The Dog Wizard Academy and is able to impact many lives with his knowledge of dog training. Corey’s three assistants are Aliko, Nahla, and Seiko pictured above. Corey says he chose these breeds to help break the stereotypes about aggressive behavior in German Shepherd’s, Rottweiler’s, and Akita’s. He has achieved his goal by raising three lovable companions.
Melanie, a lifelong Charlottean, has over 15 years of experience working with dogs. As a teenager, Melanie worked part-time as a grooming assistant and began a lifelong practice of rescuing any and every stray dog she could. To date, she has personally fostered over 30 rescues. After several years in the grooming profession, Melanie realized it wasn’t the full-time career for her and began adding pet sitting to her repertoire, as well as working as an assistant at a veterinary clinic. In 2005, Melanie became the manager of a day camp and boarding facility, where she oversaw the care of up to 130 dogs and 12 employees. Her responsibilities included organizing playgroups, feeding, medicating, training and hiring staff and keeping clients updated on their pets. Supervising dogs’ behavior over many hours on the play lot led Melanie to develop a more intense interest in how dogs could relieve their anxiety, nervousness or aggression issues. After covering so many other areas of working with dogs, Melanie naturally transitioned to a training career with the Dog Wizard. Melanie has an awesome assistants: Piper a hound mix and Foxy a pom mix.