Canis Mountain Dog Training is a Dog Training Company focused on the LIMA model (least intrusive, minimally aversive). We provide various other Dog Services that are influenced by our training and behavioral philosophies and models as well as by our love and respect for the outdoors. All of our services are delivered while respecting the outdoors & the property we walk by.
We are a family owned, bonded, and insured dog services company, located in Avon CT.
Dog Trainer & Behavioral Consultant
In 2017, I decided to leave the corporate world and attend Catch Canine Trainers Academy and earn my Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Certificate (CCDT certification). While I worked vigorously getting my Dog Trainer certificate, I opened Canis Mountain Dog Training (formerly known as Bee's Dog Services) for business in May. We started with walking, hiking, and running while I earned my Dog Training Certificate. Once I completed Catch Academy, I started on my Dog Training Certification, CPDT-KA .
In 2014, we rescued a Aussie mix named Lexi, from a shelter in CT. After adopting Lexi, I decided that my passion was dogs, I love learning how to communicate and train her, as well as loved getting her outside for hiking or a run. Not only did I enjoy the exercise but I could tell she was acting better and seemed overall happier.
In 2016, we rescued another dog, a Doberman Shepherd mix, named Rue.
My family and I worked really hard on training her properly and giving her plenty of exercise, as she was a rescue dog that came with behavior issues that stemmed from her critical stages of puppyhood.
Early in 2018 we brought home a Border Collie named Murray and are currently training him in agility.
We also have a cat, Bodey!
We are passionate about our animals and my clients are our family. We treat your dog as if they are our own. We are proud of what we offer and our services! We love what we do and we love Dogs! We look forward to hearing from you and meeting those fur babies!
Growing up my family always had dogs and cats and it's safe to say I always have had a passion for animals. But it wasn't until 2014, when we adopted Lexi, that I was interested in training and communicating with dogs. They really do have their own language and ways of communicating, mostly movements and body language, and it was interesting to learn. She is very smart and picked up the training fast which drove my interest forward.
I think it is very gratifying to exercise and/or train a dog, it makes both of your lives better.
My family has always had animals, so growing up I was always surrounded by them. I have a golden retriever named Cooper, a cat named Chloe and a goldfish named Dave. I’ve always wanted to work with animals and get to learn and understand them better. I took the veterinary assistant program at Tunxis community college last fall and when I found out Bee was hiring I knew I would be a perfect fit. I look forward to the good times ahead.
I have been surrounded by dogs ever since I was a teenager. When I was 14, my parents adopted our first family dog, a Shepherd mix named Farley. When my wife and I first married, we brought an amazing Miniature Australian Shepherd named Bourbon into our life and a few years later adopted another Mini Aussie named Bella. Since they were very active dogs, we spent our weekends at Flyball tournaments for many years.
My wife’s parents raced sled-dogs back then and I very much enjoyed taking two of their dogs, Mitch and Charlie out to go skijoring (we even won a few races together)!
Now, many years later, we now enjoy walking and playing frisbee with our little Blue Merle Mini Aussie, Trixie!
I am very exited to bring my passion and experience with dogs to Canis Mountain Dog Training!
Hello! My name is Mel Romero. I have been an animal lover and dog owner my entire life. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs Colorado, and moved to Connecticut at the beginning of 2022. My best buddy is my five year old golden retriever/ boxer/staffordshire terrier mix, named Artie. We love going on hikes together, and snoozing on the couch. I truly believe that the bond between humans and animals is one of the most sacred and important. Dogs love us unconditionally, and I feel that goes both ways. It is a lifelong dream of mine to work with animals, and to show them the love and care they deserve.
Our Dog Handlers focus on both exercise and basic training aspects of each visit. Dogs are always in recording/learning/training mode which means we always have to prevent unwanted behaviors and reinforce good behaviors, each and every visit. They also maximize distance and speed while maintaining a controlled pace that your pups sets. This level of exercise is provided while promoting good walking behaviors that are reinforced with positive reinforcement training methods, as well as not promoting 'bad' behaviors. Bad behavior examples: Pulling, leash reactivity, eating items off the ground, drinking puddle water, relieving themselves in undesirable areas, and much more.
Our Dog Handlers are trained with our proprietary training system, which is designed from industry standard techniques and scientifically proven methods. All of our dog handlers have a history in dog training, want to learn more about dog training, or they are currently taking classes, beyond BDS proprietary classes, to become a dog trainer.
All staff is American Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid trained.
TDI Therapy Dog Certified
Lexi has spent the vast majority of her life helping puppies with their social skills as part of our in-home and group class Puppy School. Her love of puppies is only overshadowed by her love of people, whom she'd much rather socialize with. Her desire to snuggle up to humans and receive a nice rub/petting helps make her a great therapy dog. As of 2023, she will be retiring from her work as a puppy trainer and moving onto helping humans in her new career as a TDI Therapy Dog.