Michele started at SureFire Dogs Training Center as a student in 2013 and began training as an Assistant instructor in 2015. She has owned dogs all her life and at just 12 years old purchased her first dog, a Jack Russell Terrier named Max. Max developed many behavioral issues, the worst being aggression toward people and dogs. Michele spent a great deal of time researching and reading about behavioral issues and with the help of Emma Parson's Click to Calm techniques, she learned to manage his aggression and successfully introduce him to new dogs and people. Max passed away in April of 2012, but he was the most influential dog in her life. He inspired her to get involved with dog training and to learn as much as she can to help others.
Michele has always had a desire to 'do it all!' with her dogs and in 2010 Riley (Tartan's Keeper of the Secret MX MXJ XF T2B MXB MJB CGCA TKA RATO TDI CA SSA SG SN-C), a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever came into her life.
Riley and Michele are currently competing in the Masters level in AKC and on their way to earning their first MACH. They have just begun competing in USDAA Agility and are working on their Starters Agility Dog title. In the spirit of "doing it all" Riley has also earned titles in Barn Hunt, her Canine Good Citizen Advanced and Therapy Dog certifications she has also starting training in Nosework, Dock Diving and Lure Coursing. Michele's adopted hound mix,"Fynnegan" Mr. Fynntastic! TKN DDCN CN IN VN is currently working on Barn Hunt and Nosework.
Michele's newest addition Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Sirius (Honeyrun's Mischief Managed NA NAJ NF RATI CGCA SN-C), has begun his AKC Agility career in the Novice level and is competing in Barn Hunt and CDSP Obedience while preparing for AKC Obedience Competition.
Michele has experience training other animals as well, her cat Ryder can perform a sit, a high-five and sit pretty on command. She has also worked with a pot bellied pig teaching her a variety of tricks including agility.
Michele shares her life with her husband Dale Levitt DVM who shares her passion for animals, training, hiking and competition and their cat Ryder.
|Call Name||New Title / Tournament Name||Date||Org.|
|Riley||Master Bronze Agility (MXB)||12/10/17||AKC|
|Sirius||Novice Agility Jumper (NAJ)||12/4/17||AKC|
|Sirius||Novice Agility (NA)||11/24/17||AKC|
|Sirius||Agility FAST Novice (NF)||11/4/17||AKC|
|Riley||Time 2 Beat (T2B)||9/4/17||AKC|
|Riley||Trick Dog Advanced (TKA)||8/4/17||AKC|
|Sirius||Trick Dog Novice (TKN)||8/2/17||AKC|
|Sirius||Starter Novice (SN-C)||4/23/17||CDSP|
|Riley||Master Bronze Jumper (MJB)||5/14/17||AKC|
|Riley||Master Agility Excellent||4/30/17||AKC|
|Riley||Starter Novice Companion Dog (SN_C)||4/23/17||CDSP|
|Sirius||Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)||4/8/17||AKC|
- Agility Handling with Amanda Shyne 2013, 2014, 2015