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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 the last 4 years I have been working with Dawn Scheu of Willow Service Dogs LLC doing virtual service dog training.  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 tops of their fields.


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.  Click the read more button below to learn more about my dog training education. 



Melissa'S Pups


Gunther odl Dhaquira de Fremery TKI CLASS -BA OPAT OGAD

Gunther is a Bouvier Des Flandres born in the Netherlands. He is trained in Gluten detection, Item Retrieval, Search for a person, and Deep Pressure Therapy. He also enjoys learning new tricks to earn trick dog titles. His favorite toy in the whole word is his ball! He loves his people and spending time where ever they are. 


Faisca Lieke V.H. Molengat TKA OPPT CCC1 TEAM1 OGAD

Freya is a Bouvier Des Flandres born in the Netherlands and she is trained in Gluten detection and is continuing her service dog training with public access training, item retrieval and search for a person. She is also training to compete in dog sports such as Rally, the Fenzi TEAM program, Nose Work and Obedience. Her favorite thing in the world is to be with her people either cuddling on the couch or training and learning new things.  

Private lessons at your home 

are available in the following areas on certain days:

Patch Barracks

Kelley Barracks

Panzer Barracks

Robinson Barracks

Stuttgart , Germany

HBB approved and Licensed by the German Veterinary Welfare Office (Veterinar- und Lebensmitteluberwachungsamt)


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Melissa has a way with animals. She also has a way with people. I brought my enthusiastic Corgi puppy to her for training and she instantly showed us how patient, clear and thorough she is with both people and their animals. Positive reinforcement doesn’t only work with puppies. In order to continue the lessons at home I had to pay close attention to her instructions. I also had to build my confidence (to show my puppy that I knew what I was doing). We still have work to do and I will continue to reach out to Melissa for training.

— Rachel H. (Roger, Corgi)

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