Head Trainer + Owner
Trainer / Behavior Consultant
Michelle Belio (Head Trainer/Founder of Pawsitively Waggin' Academy) CDBC, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Trainer, BA Psychology, MA Animal Behavior and Conservation 2021) is a certified dog behavior consultant and certified professional dog trainer. Our company uses force-free, positive reinforcement dog training techniques, which is the only training style that is backed up by science to help your dog in a safe effective manner. Michelle will be finishing up her graduate studies at Hunter College’s Animal Behavior and Conservation MA program in 2020.
Michelle's favorite types of dog clients to work with are those with fear-based issues. To her, there is nothing better than changing a dog's life around to one of complete anxiety to one without stress. In her spare time, she competes with her Border Collie Arya in Disc, Dock Diving, Rally, and Trick Dog. They are currently training to debut in Agility and Herding this year. Her future goals are to open up a force-free center in New York that includes a behavioral wing, and a dog sports center.
trainer / Behavior specialist
Animals have been a part of Nisa’s life for as long as she can remember. She was first able to pursue her love of animals through foster and rescue. In 2014 she began fostering for her local shelter and rescues, often working with young puppies and kittens. It was when she started a career as a shelter worker that she became enthralled with canine behavior. While in school, she studied animal behavior and ecology in depth before graduating with a BA in Anthropology. She continued to foster and aid in problem behavioral cases before moving back to her home state of New York.
Nisa now spends much of her free time competing in dogs sports with her dog Hari, which allows them to travel and explore much of the northeast. She furthers her knowledge on canine behavior regularly through the latest accredited articles, books, and podcasts. She is pursuing her MS in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare through Virginia Tech’s Online Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences program, as well as her CPDT-KA and Fear Free certification.