Melissa Nicholson is a professional Dog Trainer.  She has been involved with dogs all her life and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to help ensure you enjoy having an obedient, loyal and happy canine friend.  Melissa prides herself on providing a friendly, successful service you will want to recommend to others.


About Melissa:

Melissa has had dogs all her life equipping her with extensive life experience living and working with dogs.  For the past 10 years she has been teaching owners to train their dogs in classes, individually or in workshops.   She is also a Community Education Tutor for Dog Training for the North Shropshire College in Whitchurch and Oswestry.  She teaches all levels of classes from puppies into adulthood.   She works with over one hundred dogs and handlers each week.  Melissa also offers 121training, home visits, Canine Hoopers and will support local charity events as a fun dog show judge or to offer advice.   Melissa has vast experience in supporting handlers to take their dogs successfully through The Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

Melissa is Affiliated to the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (visit having obtained a Certificate in Basic Instructional Techniques (winning 'Team of the Week' 2013).

She has also completed an Advanced Instructors Course with Odin Canine Services, holds a 1st Class BSc (hons) Degree, has a keen interest in canine psychology and behaviour, has attained all levels of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme and the Bronze Award National Pet Code with the BIPDT.  She is working towards furthering her professional qualifications with The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI scheme) and in December 2014 gained a BTEC Level 3 Award in Education & Training (formerly PTLLS).

In May 2017, Melissa became an Approved Examiner (A2 list) for The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze  & Silver Award Tests.  As a class instructor, she is eligible to also act as an assessor for The Puppy Foundation Award.

In November 2018, Melissa passed her Canine Hoopers UK Level 1 Instructors Program and is now qualified to instruct Hoopers classes from foundations up to Beginner Competition level.  More on this exciting new sport will follow in 2019.


She has also taught groundwork agility for fun (incorporating the BIPDT National Code Agility) and Heelwork To Music.   She has volunteered alongside Shropshire Council Dog Warden Service to help educate children on the safe interaction with dogs and responsible dog ownership at annual events.  Her family have also been involved in representing the Safe & Sound Scheme for The Kennel Club at Discover Dogs in 2015 and Crufta 2016.

Melissa currently owns a 6 year old Bichon Frise 'Bobby' who was rehomed by her when he was 10 months old.  A 17 month old Golden Retriever called 'Christie' joined the family in June 2017 as a puppy - bred by Melissa's parents - and has settled in very well to family life.


You may also meet Melissa's parents Rob & Carole Hill due to their experience and love of dogs.


About Carole:

Carole has Associate Membership of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (ABIPDT) having first attained a grade with them in 1988.  She has been a Dog Handling Community Education Tutor for the North Shropshire College for over 25 years across multiple venues.

She  ws involved with the Whitchurch Dog Display Team for over 35 years.  Carole has been training every possible breed/type of dog for over 35 years and has a significantly long and successful personal CV with numerous wins and placings in breed showing, working trials, agility, Display Team and Heelwork To Music (HTM).

Carole supports hundreds of dog and handler teams through The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme each year, has owned a Pets As Therapy (P-A-T) Dog and has represented the Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Crufts.

She is also an Examiner for all levels of The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme (B list).


About Rob:

Rob has also been involved in training, breeding, showing and running The Whitchurch Dog Display Team and has completed an Advanced Instructors Course with Odin Canine Services (run by John McNeil FBIPDT KCAI, Barbara Mc Neil MBIPDT).

Carole, Rob and Melissa share their homes with Purdy (German Shepherd), Sophie (Golden Retriever), Kasey (Collie), Bobby (Bichon Frise) and Sadie (Golden Retriever).  You may well meet some of our dogs too.


New photos soon.....