As an animal lover her entire life Christina Micarelli finds nothing more exciting than working with dogs every day. She has always been very interested in learning about how to communicate with dogs to help their owners understand what they are saying and how to train them to be the dog they were always meant to be.
After graduating Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology it was clear to Christina that human psychology and animal psychology were closely related. She became the Behavior and Transport coordinator at a local animal shelter where she worked hands on with dogs of every breed, age and temperament. After several years at the animal shelter Christina began to realize that in most situations, dogs being surrendered to the shelter for adoption were due to reasons that could easily be altered in the home with training. This motivated her to start Paws and Obey Dog Training. She recently graduated from Animal Behavior College and now is a Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).
Christina is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (Member #84487)
Christina loves to volunteer her time working with local rescue dogs and she is the trainer and co-founder for a non-profit rescue called 4 Paws Dog Rescue. www.4pawsnj.org
I love watching owners shock and excitement when they see their dog do something they never thought possible.
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First step is a consultation where I come out to the home and meet with the client and their dog. We would go over any issues and goals in much more detail. Consultations are $100 for basic training issues/goals and $200 for any aggression based issues. From there I would design a training plan/proposal and email it to the customer with package and pricing options.
Bachelor Desiree in Psychology
Certified dog trainer - Animal behavior College
Pricing is all determined after consultation. It varies based on goals/issues and type of training the customer wants (board and train vs in home training).
I was the behavior and transport coordinator for a local shelter for several years. Part of my job was to evaluate dogs adoptability, design and implement behavior modification programs for dogs having issues and then teach staff how to work with the dogs. This sparked my passion for training and rehabilitation of animals.
I have worked with almost every breed and age, everything from puppy basics to severe aggression!
Helping a family keep their dog after it was showing major aggression. Working to rehab the dog, but more importantly helped them re-establish a healthier relationship with their dog.
Do your research, cheaper isn’t always better. A lot of my customers have gone to other trainers first based off of a cheaper price but had no luck with changing or fixing the dogs issues.