Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, SDC

Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, SDC

Owner and Behavior Consultant

Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, SDC is an internationally certified behavior consultant, a certified professional dog trainer and a certified service dog trainer. Meredith is a Modern Methods trainer who works to minimize the use of aversive stimuli and maximize the effective use of reinforcers to modify animal behavior. Meredith is also a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and completed her post-baccalaureate education at Tufts University. Currently, she is working on her Master’s Degree is Applied Animal Behavior.

Meredith was appointed by The Fulton County Board Of Commissioners to the Animal Control Hearing Board. She will serve the City of Atlanta and Fulton County as a professional expert, who will render advisory opinions involving pets that have been declared dangerous or potentially dangerous by an animal control officer.

Meredith was responsible in helping to create Canine CellMates, the jail dog program at Fulton County Jail.

Meredith is a creative problem-solver who works with dogs with severe behavior disorders e.g. phobias, separation anxiety, and aggression. She regularly conducts behavior evaluations of shelter dogs for rescue groups and local animal control agencies. She has rehabilitated abused and aggressive dogs, she has worked with service dogs, customs dogs, military dogs, and has even handled dogs in the confirmation ring.

Meredith has trained multiple species of animals including, dolphins, parrots, rats, chickens, guinea pigs, coyotes, wolves, and cats. In 2017, she completed an internship at Zoo Atlanta, and worked exclusively with the resident elephants, Kelly and Tara.

Meredith has worked with many celebrity clients including Usher, Emily Sailers from the Indigo Girls, Sean Mullins, and Falcons’s offensive guard, Andy Levitre, just to name a few.

Meredith is currently a mentor for Victoria Stillwell’s Positively Trainers and CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. In addition, local dog trainers, behavior consultants, and veterinarians, attend her classes and seminars, and often refer their difficult behavior cases to her. Meredith works closely with Veterinarian Behaviorists. Several veterinarian students from Auburn University and the University of Georgia have completed externships in behavior with Meredith.

Meredith has worked with celebrity dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell and has appeared on the show, Its Me Or The Dog. Meredith has appeared on the cover of the Atlanta Journal Constitution with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bullet. She has lectured at the Atlanta Kennel Club, and several elementary schools as a pet expert. For the past four years, Meredith has worked with the District Attorney of Dekalb County to develop PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, an event focused on creating awareness for the abused and neglected animals of Dekalb County. Meredith continues to play an active role in animal advocacy, fund raising, and training for various animal welfare organizations in Atlanta. She has personally placed 1000+ dogs in responsible, loving homes over the past 18 years.

Meredith has experience as the Event and Fund-raising Coordinator for a non-profit 501(c)(3), no kill, rescue group whose main focus is to save high-risk animals from life on the streets, shelters and gas chambers. She has been a guest on the Animal Hour/1620 a.m. radio, has hosted interviews on WSB radio and Q-100. She has also appeared on Channel 2 and 11 speaking about the plight of homeless pets in Metro-Atlanta. She was also featured on CBS Atlanta’s morning show, Better Mornings Atlanta. She has also appeared on CNN, 11-Alive, and Fox News as a pet expert. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/22997085/index.html

In 2011 and 2012, Bullet was invited to race at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Bullet has earned multiple titles, including "champion" in barn hunt, go-to-ground, super earth and lure coursing. She is the first dog in the United States to earn gold, silver and bronze metals in rally working trials.

In December 2013, Meredith became a Judge for Barn Hunt, LLC. She has previously judged Brush Hunt events for the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.

In January 2012 and 2013, Meredith traveled to India to sharpen her pet dog training skills and completed courses in search and rescue, explosive detection, cadaver detection, tracking, gun dog training, guide dog work, and hearing dog work.

Meredith’s personal dogs participate in nose work, tracking, rally obedience, toss and fetch (disc dog), flyball, agility, steeple chase racing, dock-diving, lure coursing, go-to-ground, super-earth, barn and brush hunt. Most recently, they have added "herding" to their resume.

Meredith volunteers with PAWS Atlanta, Atlanta Dog Squad, Atlanta Pet Rescue, Saving Shelter Pets, Atlanta Boxer Rescue, AARF-Atlanta, DREAM Dachshund Rescue, Lifeline Animal Project, Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue, Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue, BullsEye Rescue, Angels Among Us, and other private rescue groups. She also volunteers for Dekalb County Animal Control and Fulton County Animal Services.

Meredith is Pet Tech certified in CPR and First Aid.

Betty Emrey, CPDT-KA

Betty Emrey, CPDT-KA

Trainer

Betty began the journey into dog training through volunteer work at the ASPCA in New York City. Over five years there, she walked shelter dogs, taught other volunteers how to walk shelter dogs, introduced dogs to potential adopters, and apprenticed as a trainer.

After coming back home to Atlanta Betty began offering a variety of group classes, including basic obedience and puppy kindergarten as well as in-home training and consultations. Betty is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, having successfully completed the training requirements of The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

In addition to teaching, Betty also volunteers at the Atlanta Humane Society in adoptions and with the Paws 2 Teach shelter dog classes. She has competed in both Agility and Rally Obedience, but it’s her work with shelter dogs that inspires her as a trainer. So many great dogs wind up in shelters because of behaviors that could have been avoided or fixed with proper training. Her goal is to help dogs and their people stay together. Betty lives with three rescue dogs: a chihuahua from NYC, a rough coat collie from NOLA, and a black and white mix from the streets of Decatur. Betty serves on the Member Relations Committee of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a member of the Georgia Dog Trainer Forum and the Atlanta Rally Club.

Diane Silver

Diane Silver

Agility Instructor

Diane Silver believes a house is not a home without a dog… and that a fun activity will enhance your bond with your dog, making the intersection of dog and home all that much more enjoyable.

Diane has been involved in performance dog events for the past 12 years, teaching, competing and earning titles in agility, lure coursing, rally obedience, conformation and tricks. She has trained under a number of leading and world-class agility competitors.

At Canine PhD, Diane teaches agility and tricks classes and offers private lessons. She also is a certified K9 Fit Club instructor, focusing on conditioning and strength for dogs and people.

Diane began her journey in performance dog events when her young Havanese needed room to run beyond the condo they called home. The mental and physical stimulation of agility helped save their home, and now Diane shares her experience by teaching other dogs and humans the joy of the sport.

When she’s not teaching classes or competing with her dog, Diane is a public relations and social media consultant and creator of the blog To Dog With Love. Diane also works with brands in the pet industry to share her expertise in dog training and fitness, pet-friendly travel, and creating a pet-friendly home. You can find Diane and her current Havanese pup Rocco on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ToDogWithLove.

Malissa Williams

Malissa Williams

Office Manager

Malissa’s love for animals started at a young age. As a kid, she spent most of her time feeding stray animals or cuddling up to the new foster animals that her parents were sheltering. As her love for animals grew, she extended her services outside of her home and began to petsit for her family and friends.

While contemplating career and life opportunities, Malissa wanted to pass out love and attention to humankind’s companions by providing loving care to pets like her own. Malissa now serves as Canine PhD’s office manager and is able to share her compassion for animals and work with other dedicated pet lovers.

In her free time, she can be found venturing the outdoors or at home spending time with her two cats.

Amie Hendrix, CPDT-KA

Amie Hendrix, CPDT-KA

Trainer

Amie has always loved animals. Growing up, she worked at a stable and fell in love with horses. This was her first experience with reward-based training and behavior issues including anxiety, aggression, and phobias. She has owned an assortment of pets including: dogs, cats, fish, and ferrets.

Amie first came to Canine PhD in 2016 as a client who needed help managing her three dogs - Samus, Storm, and Starbuck.

After seeing the progress that was made with her own dogs, Amie decided that she wanted to give back to the community. She left the legal field and joined CaninePhD’s team. While studying under Meredith, she also does behavior consulting, supervises Socialization Sessions, and teaches various sports classes.

Amie has earned her CPDT-KA certification. She is also an AKC® Canine Good Citizen Evaluator®.

In her spare time, she enjoys martial arts, costuming, and dog sports. She currently competes with her dogs in Scent Work, FastCAT, and Barn Hunt.

Nirvana Pereira, CPDT-KA

Nirvana Pereira, CPDT-KA

Day Trainer

From a young age, Nirvana (she/her) had an idea that she would someday work with animals. Growing up traveling to and from her family’s home in Puerto Rico, she was always drawn to whatever critters scurried, slithered, or ran around her. Throughout her youth and into adulthood, she spent her time volunteering at shelters and her local zoo, eventually landing an internship position working with a sector of MassAudubon’s wildlife rehabilitation and education team.

It wasn’t until 2014 that she really became interested in learning more about the most common animal found in our own homes: dogs! Taking on a part-time dog walking job during college opened her eyes to the need for scientifically supported and rewards-based dog training. She soon began a mentorship at the New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA, and learned from some of the most respected trainers in her area. In 2018, she earned her professional certification through The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Since then, she has continued to supplement her training knowledge by attending continuing education seminars and conferences along the East Coast.

Throughout her dog training journey, Nirvana has worked to make basic obedience skills approachable for new pet parents and experienced owners alike via private lessons and group classes. She has tested the waters of various dog sports such as novice obedience, rally, and nosework. In her free time, Nirvana enjoys practicing yoga with her partner, Jordan, hiking with their two shepherd mixes, Sukie and Griffin, listening to podcasts, and working to spread awareness on various social justice/LGBTQ+ issues. It is a dream of hers to make dog training accessible and available to folks of all different economic backgrounds, and to continue spreading the wonders of force-free dog training to the masses.