Boarding & Behavior

About Us

All canine boarding care and behavior services are provided by Melissa R. Hartley.  Melissa is a Professional Biologist and Canine Behavior Consultant with yearly continuing education credits in the subjects of Applied Behavior Analysis, Canine Cognition and Emotion, Origins of Dog Behavior, Canine Sensory Perception, Canine Evolution and Ethology, Genetics of Behavior, Social Hierarchy and Relationship Dynamics, Pharmacological Complimentary Therapy, and Canine Aggression. Melissa has twenty-seven years of experience shaping behavior in canines and thirteen years experience as a department head in a major zoological park during which time she developed and implemented animal enrichment and operant conditioning programs for sharks, rays, chambered nautilus, octopus, teleost fishes, and loggerhead sea turtles.

Bachelors of Science, Marine Science
    University of South Carolina

Continuing Education
The Biology of Socialization
    Jessica Hekman, DVM, Ph.D.
Cat Behavior Consulting: From Intake to Resolution (Case Studies) (Seminar)
    Mikel Delgado, Ph.D.
Applied Behavior Analysis: Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals, Part I
    Susan Friedman, Ph.D.
Applied Behavior Analysis: Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals, Part II
    Susan Friedman, Ph.D.
Canine Hormones: from Molecules to Behavior (Certificate)
    Jessica Hekman, DVM, Ph.D.
Pre-Natal Stress and Anti-Depressants (Certificate with Honors)
    Jessica Hekman, DVM, Ph.D.
Behavioral Effects of Spaying and Neutering
    Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB
The Genetics of Canine Behavior (Certificate)
    Jessica Hekman, DVM, Ph.D.
Chicken Camp:  Poultry in Motion (Shaping Behavior in any species)    
    Terry Ryan, B.S. CPDT-KA
Fixing the Unfixable:  A New Look at Separation Anxiety
    Malena De Marini-Price, CTC, Gina Phairas, CTC, BSC Comms
Deconstructing the Growl:  Rethinking Aggression
    Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM and Sarah Kalnajs
Feisty Fidos: Reintegrating Them into The Canine Community
    Pia Silvani
The Umwelt of the Domestic Dog: Imagining the Dog’s Point of View
    Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, Ph.D.
The Wow and How Factor
    Victoria Stilwell and Kyra Sundance
Are You Thinking What I Am Thinking:  Cognition and Emotion in Dog Behavior
    Dr. Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
Origins of Scientific Study of Puppy Love:  A Literature Review and History of the Field
    Dr. Clive Wynne, Ph.D.
New Discoveries About Dog’s Understanding of Humans
    Dr. Monique Udell, Ph.D.
Human/Canine Cognition and Emotion as These Relate to Problem Canine Behaviors
    Dr. Myrna Milani
Dogs and Dominance:  An Ethological Perspective
    Dr. Pamela Reid, Ph.D.
Dogs and Dominance: Diagnosis and Treatment of Dominance
    Kristen Collins
A Dog Is A Terrible Thing to Waste: Behavior Problems and Solutions
    Dr. Pamela Reid, Ph.D.
Veterinary Use of Behavioral Drugs:  A Review of Drug Studies
    Dr. Barbara Sherman
How Veterinary Behaviorists and Trainers Can Work Together
    Dr. Barbara Sherman