Hi, I’m Melanie, I started Melanie Scott K9 Training, I’m also the CEO and founder of the Not-for-Profit Foundation, K9’s 4 Valour, 6 years ago when I decided to move forward with a new career path, I made a really big choice of leaving the police force, during this time I found great comfort, joy and love for dogs, I wanted to be able to train dogs my way rather than be confined to a set of training methods, I found even more joy in creating fun ways for training methods, plus with the added bonus of being my own boss, it led to a win-win situation for me, as I also needed to be able to manage my health.
As a lot of people who go into business have concerns on a number of levels, I did too have my own concerns with my health issues, can I do it with my “chronic pain and PTSD?”, “Can I keep up with daily operations?” I asked myself these questions many times. I didn’t let those “What if’s” and “Can I?” questions stop me, after all the dogs and their owners need me and I know I have what it takes and the intellect to help them.
So I found ways to overcome these problems by pacing out my workload to lower the risk and limit the pain flaring up, I schedule in for me to take out time for myself so my mind, as well as my body can relax before I begin to feel overwhelmed.
I teach people how to understand their dog and how to get the best out of their dog regardless of the dog’s breed, age or size. Dog training is actually also people training, we are the ones who need to learn the skills just as much as the dog does, training people on how to train their dog plays a big part in all of my services.
- Puppy training
- Dog behaviour and obedience
- Assistance and therapy dog training
- Puppy and dog training on Zoom
You can get the same results training your dog online as you can get from a trainer in person, and also gives me the ability to reach people across the world and outside of my home base in Camberwell, Victoria, also giving you the ability to stay within the comfort of your own home, without worrying about restrictions or having someone having to visit your home, it’s super safe and Covid-19 friendly.
I use my dogs for demonstrations and answer any of my client’s questions during my consult and any of the chosen training services that I provide, what satisfies me the most is seeing a client proud of their dog, seeing that rekindling bond and my clients feeling satisfied and confident in the new training methods they have learnt themselves.
My love for dogs doesn’t stop there, I have 2, Paddington and Hamish, I also have 2 cats, Clawdia and Macy. You can donate or buy gifts to support our Not-for-Profit organisation.
“K9s 4 Valour provides Service Dogs to assist past and present First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”.
I hope that one day someone reads my story and is inspired enough to start their own business, one thing I suggest is “research your industry and target market, always be open to learning
new skills, ask for help if you need it and GO FOR IT”.
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself ~ Eleanor Roosvelt”.
Yours Kindly ~ Melanie Scott