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Online Service Dog Program

Learn to train your dog to become a Gluten/Allergen Detection Service dog from the comfort of your home with private online lessons in our online Service Dog Program!

My name is Melissa Cushman and I have been training dogs for over 20 years both professional and as a hobbyist. I worked in the Veterinary field as a Veterinary Technician for over 10 years while also working with dog training clients. My personal dogs have been trained in a variety of dog sports such as agility, tricks, rally, obedience, carting, mushing, service dog tasks and scent detection. 


For over 4 years I worked with Dawn Scheu of Willow Service Dogs LLC doing virtual service dog training before starting my own business training online.  Which means I am uniquely qualified to help you from anywhere in the world with remote training.


I continue my education at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy where I strive to stay up to date on the most recent advances in science based dog training and learn from other trainers who are at the top of their fields. Ensuring I am always teaching with the most effective and positive methods. In 2023 I earned my Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Sports Foundations Training Certificate.

I am a Control Unleashed Certified Instructor a program designed by Leslie McDevitt that is especially helpful for reactive dogs, sports dogs and new puppies, for more information about this program check out my blog on the topic.

I am a certified Family Dog Mediator a program created by Kim Brophey CDBC, BA, she is an applied ethologist, certified dog behavior consultant, creator of the Dog Key™ software, author of "Meet your Dog" and developer of the L.E.G.S.® dog behavior model which the Family Dog Mediation Certification program is based upon. This program teaches you to look at each individual dog and assess their needs based on their individual L.E.G.S.®. if you want to learn more about this check out my blog on the topic.


I specialize in Scent Based Service Dog Tasks for gluten and allergen detection but enjoy teaching all aspects of dog training. I believe in positive science based dog training. Dog and handler should enjoy working and spending time together as a team. 

I am an O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc. Obedience and Scent Detection Evaluator as well as an AKC CGC Evaluator, Trick Title Evaluator, Temperment Test Evaluator and AKC Fetch Judge.  Click the read more button below to learn more about my dog training education. 


Melissa Cushman with Gunther a Bouvier Des Flandres puppy in a backpack
About Me

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