About melissa Major
Melissa has a passion for animals that has existed since childhood. In 2001, she began volunteering in animal welfare, later working for the BC SPCA. It was then that she took an interest in dog training. How can so many animals be given up by their owners for behavioural problems? Surely, many of these problems are fixable if owners only had the tools and know-how to train their dog to be an obedient member of their family.
Dogs are pack animals, and when we bring a dog into our household we become their pack. Leadership is a learned skill and owners often need help to develop such a skill. Dogs without leadership are often disrespectful and develop unwanted behaviours. Whether this results in a dog that jumps up on strangers, bites the neighbour, or gets hit by a car because it ran into a busy intersection, it is detrimental to the dog and often results in families giving up their dog, or even worse euthanasia.
Melissa is a strong believer in balanced training. Dogs need leadership. Your relationship with your dog is of utmost importance. Building a bond, using positive motivational tools, but also teaching them what behaviours are unacceptable is paramount to having an obedient, well-mannered dog.
While Melissa is involved in agility, tracking, competition obedience, etc., her client focus is on pet obedience (including, for example, problem behaviours and recall), and protection training.
Melissa validated with her German Shepherd Dog Jax in 2015 at the Justice Institute of BC for security-protection. Melissa currently trains all 3 of her shepherds in CKC obedience. Jax earned his C.D. (Companion Dog) title in 2018, with a High in Class.
Melissa’s clients include dogs of all sizes and breeds. Melissa offers one-on-one lessons where she can focus on the needs of her client. Whether the problem is lunging on lead and barking at dogs or not coming when called, Melissa is able to give people the tools needed to be a good dog owner and have a happy, balanced dog.
Meet the Westcoast K9 Pack!
Jax was born October 3, 2011, and is trained in obedience, protection, tracking and agility. Jax validated for Security-Protection at the Justice Institute of BC in 2015. Jax earned his Companion Dog title in CKC obedience trials in 2018.
Zulu was born January 28, 2016 and is being trained in obedience and protection. Zulu earned her Pre-Novice title in CKC obedience trials in April 2019.
Hunter was born May 15, 2018 and is being trained in obedience when he’s not busy being a puppy!
Gromit was born September 12, 2006. Gromit was re-homed due to a divorce in her family. Gromit is a senior gal, and a typical lab who loves food, long walks and swimming. Gromit has basic obedience and some protection training.
Farley is a terrier mix born in 2013. For a little dog, Farley has a big personality, which was a little too much to handle for his last owners. Farley is a rescue dog and enjoys both obedience and agility training. Farley earned his CKC Canine Good Neighbour in 2018.