About the Trainer

MelonyMelony’s goal is to help facilitate happy, healthy homes for the dogs and their humans. Her group classes and private instruction works to this end using positive training and behavior modification techniques. Melony works with dogs of all ages and understands that any dog of any age can enjoy learning new things. The emphasis is on socialization and relationship building.

Melony Phillips, trained under the expertise of Joyce Clemens, CPDT, CDBC, for two years. Since then she has become the Lead Trainer for Best Friends Pet Care in Marietta


CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed

AKC-Canine Good Citizen & S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator

Licensed Presenter for Dogs & Storks


APDT: Association of Pet Dog Trainers

VSPDT: Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers

GADTF: GA Dog Trainers Forum

SSMR: Volunteer for Southern States Mastiff Rescue

Melony currently shares her home with Phoenix & Sahara,  Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Gage, an Old English Mastiff, 6 cats, and her husband, David.



May 26, 2010

One of the things I have enjoyed most about my training experience with you (notice I said my training experience...


A dog that is given consistent guidance from an early age grows up to be a confident dog. Education brings security, security brings confidence, and a confident dog has no need to show anxiety-based behaviors.




All VSPDT dog trainers:
  • Are hand-selected by Victoria.
  • Train dogs using only positive reinforcement.
  • Avoid force & outdated dominance-based methods.
  • Work personally with Victoria and her team.
  • Share Victoria's ability to talk and think dog - positively
  • Practice the highest level of courtesy and professionalism.
  • Respect you and your dog at all times.
  • Share the VSPDT mission of creating healthier, more balanced relationships between dogs and owners
  • Help the Victoria Stilwell Foundation support canine assistance organizations.


One of the things I have enjoyed most about my training experience with you (notice I said my training experience as I believe I have needed more training than Captain Jack. :) is your calm nature with the people and the pets. It has been amazing to me to learn that when I am calm, my dog (usually) is also calm.  Also, you have provided a foundation for us in the household to ensure Jack is a part of the family and not some kind of extension or nuisance to 'deal' with.  Louise Matthews Melony is a consummate professional. I have brought my dogs over the years to many different trainers and without a doubt Melony is far and away THE BEST!   Douglas Hanley Melony is a wonderful trainer and makes an effort to be available outside of class times!  DN