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Founded in 1997, The Refined Canine, LLC follows the philosophy of The LIMA Principle, which means we employ the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive methods or tools to help foster a strong relationship based on mutual trust and respect between dogs and their people.  Our focus on enhancing the human-animal bond is at the forefront of our work.   All training methods are simple, based on universal learning principles, and proven to work.  We offer a unique, family-focused approach to training and encourage all family members to participate, including children.


Michelle Douglas is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC).   Michelle has published several articles on various aspects of owning and training dogs, and is featured in the books Top Tips from Top Trainers (©2010 TFH Publications) and The Dog Trainer's Resource, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog Collection (©2006 Dogwise).   Michelle writes a blog on DogStarDaily.com, the website of Ian and Kelly Dunbar.  She is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator for the Dogs & Storks™ and the Dogs And Toddlers™ programs, an approved AKC STAR PUPPY & Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College.  Michelle is also a past president of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest professional organization for pet dog trainers worldwide, and the Founder of the Connecticut Dog Trainers Association.  Michelle also served as Humane Education Coordinator for A Hand For A Paw, Inc.

Michelle is a recurring guest on Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8 and the Chaz and AJ morning show on 99.1 FM WPLR, and has also been a guest on Pet Talk on Southern Connecticut Cablevision's channel 12, as well as the My Doggie Says radio show out of Phoenix AZ. The Refined Canine, LLC has been featured in The New Haven Register and The Connecticut Post newspapers.

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E-mail: refinedcaninellc@gmail.com

Phone: 203-804-DOGS (3647)

Our Training Team:


Lisé Polard (Training Instructor) Lisé joined us as a student of Animal Behavior College in 2010.  After completing that program, we invited Lise to stay on as an Assistant Training Instructor.   Lisé has continued her education and is one of the best clicker trainers we know of in CT! Lise is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and continues to attend regular continuing education to maintain that certification. Lisé describes herself as "dedicated to constantly improving her training skills and knowledge through continuing education."  She is an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and is certifed in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross.  She and her German Shepherd Dog, Remington Steele enjoy training together, particularly in K9 Nosework.

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Jessica Tsutsis (Training Assistant) Jessy came to The Refined Canine as a student in 2008 with her dog, Bo. She and Bo attended classes for nine years, until his passing in 2017. Jessy has attended dog training camps and workshops, and become a valuable asset to our team as an expert trainer. Jessy continues to attend classes and help others with their training skills! 


© The Refined Canine, LLC 2015
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