6547 Cooley Lake Rd Waterford, MI 48327 phone: (248) 363-6262 fax: (248) 363–5630 info@unionlakepets.com Open 7 days a week.

Training Is an Important Part
of Pet Ownership

Pet Training

Often veterinary professionals are not sure to whom they should refer clients for animal training. It can be difficult to find a trainer who uses non‐punishment based training, appreciates and respects the human‐animal bond, and demonstrates good rapport and teaching ability with owners.

This dilemma has been resolved by the creation of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. Through educational assessments and hands‐on workshops, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners have demonstrated a high level of expertise and understanding of scientifically based positive reinforcement training methods.

Certified Training Partners have also shown that they can create a positive and safe learning experience for both the animal and owner. Graduates of the Academy are subject to a policed credentialing process (i.e. their credentials can be revoked), and are expected to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and ethics.

When referring to a KPA Certified Training Partner, veterinary professionals can be confident that their clients will be taught state‐of‐the–art humane training techniques, and will be treated with the utmost respect.

Pet Training

In order for your dog to be an enjoyable family companion, proper pet behavior is necessary. Experience has shown us that in order for your dog to be successfully taught, training has to be a fun, rewarding, and positive experience for everyone. Our objective is to motivate your dog to be eager and happy to please you, because he wants to, not because he has to.

Our training will achieve this goal through praise, positive reinforcement, guidance, and most of all by making our training FUN for you and your dog. We will teach you how to motivate and guide your dog to learn obedience for life.

We are committed to humane and gentle training methods that will quickly and easily get your dog to perform the desired behavior and respond to a variety of commands willingly.

See our current training classes and schedule, and other training options.

We offer the following training packages:

  • Puppy preschool
  • Drop-off training
  • Kennel training
  • Basic obedience
  • Intermediate obedience
  • Agility
  • Rally
  • Optional programs

Our Training Team

Melissa Fenstermaker, Head Trainer and Instructor

Melissa Fenstermaker, Head Trainer and InstructorMelissa has always had an interest in working with dogs. She started working at Union Lake in 2003. Shortly after joining us, she went to school at National K-9 to become a Certified Dog Trainer. In 2015, she obtained her certification through Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy and is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner as well as an AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Melissa enjoys working with every dog that walks through the doors of ULPS. The thing that she enjoys most is working with the owners of those dogs. Her goal is to improve the bond between owner and dog by opening up a line of communication through positive reinforcement training. Melissa currently teaches the Puppy Pre-School, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Agility, Trick Training, and the Drop-off & Kennel Training Programs.

Rebecca Nugent

Rebecca NugentRebecca started as a kennel attendant, veterinary assistant, and daycare attendant at Union Lake Pet Services in 2011 and has been a part of the Union Lake training team since 2012. She continues to immerse herself in the training and behavior world. Rebecca is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner and an AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She enjoys working with dogs of all ages and sizes, and her main passion is working with dogs with behavioral issues to develop ways of resolving those behaviors. Rebecca currently teaches our Puppy Pre-School, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Agility, Trick Training and Drop-off & Kennel Training programs.

Training Frequently Asked Questions

These training questions were asked at our recent Live Chat with our Trainers and we thought we'd share the answers with everyone. You can download this document for the full list!

If you have questions or concerns about your dog’s behavior, please contact our full-time certified trainers at (248) 363-6262 or email melissaf@unionlakepets.com. They are happy to discuss your pet’s behavior and offer training suggestions.

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