Head Trainer + Owner
Trainer / Behavior specialist
Michelle Belio (CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Trainer, BA Psychology, MA Animal Behavior and Conservation 2020) is a certified professional dog trainer and the founder of Pawsitively Waggin’ Academy. 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 and Dock Diving. Her future goals are to open up a force-free center in New York that includes a behavioral wing, and a dog sports center.
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 plans to pursue an MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation in 2020.