Michèle Calvosa has been an animal lover all her life. She loves learning, and she loves dogs. Michele’s interest in dog training began at thirteen, and she started with books. When her neighbor's German shepherd pup dragged him down the street, she taught his puppy to heel and showed him how to achieve the same result. She started at BFDT as a client when what she wanted from her own dog outstripped her skills. Since then, she graduated from Bart and Michael Bellon's NePoPo® Gold School and apprenticed with Frank Bonomo. She specializes in the NePoPo® system of free-shaping and operant conditioning. She is dedicated to the idea that spontaneous behavior from puppyhood is the foundation of a stable and balanced dog who works with heart and soul to perform on cue. Using a combination of building motivation and hope for reward, she teaches dogs to actively think and understand that there are consequences for doing and for not doing in the face of conflict and distractions. She believes training needs to fit the needs of the client and deal with the specific problems of each dog.
Michèle enjoys coaching swimming and spending time with her daughter. She is a teacher of English, philosophy, yoga and DOGS. She owns and handles two wonderful sporting dogs - Esméralda, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Nerys, a Lagotto Romagnolo who have earned several AKC titles in Obedience, Rally and Trick Dog.