About Melanie Schlaginhaufen

Highlights of Melanie's Career

*Experienced Professional Dog Trainer (30+ years)

*Experienced board member, officer of non-profit organizations

*Canine Behavioral Consultant

*Seminar speaker

*Founder of Best Friends Bed & Biscuit (1990)

*Published in many national dog magazines, since 1980

*Trainer of other trainers and behavioral consultants

*CDT (Certified Dog Trainer, International Association of Canine Professionals)

*Conformation handler of numerous AKC champion show dogs

Organizations Founded


*Central Arkansas Siberian Husky Club, 1978

*Special Friends, 1998, organization to help terminally ill pet owners

Past Affiliations, Awards, Recognition


*International Siberian Husky Club (President)

*Humane Society of Guilford County (President)

*Australian Club of America (first regional rescue coordinator for NC)

*Siberian Husky Club of America (first NC rescue coordinator)

*Animal Shelter Advisory Board (appointed by Guilford County Commissioners)

*Roanoke Kennel Club (past board of directors member, as Melanie Babb)

*Hampton Roads Siberian Husky Club (past board of directors member)

*Central NC Siberian Husky Club (past board member, rescue coordinator)

*TGRC Obedience Award (with Ch. Sunset Hill's Indiana Jones) 1987

*CNCSHC Appreciation Award for rescued Siberian Husky placement, 1995

*Annual Shelter Appreciation Award for Australian Shepherd rescue, 1995

*AKC Performance Evaluation Certificate for participation in training and evaluation of AKC dog show judges, Raleigh, NC, 1997

*Solving Canine Behavioral Problems continuing education, Cornell University (1994, 1996)

*Numerous certificates for continuing education in Canine Behavior and Assessment, Canine Aggression, Competition and Companion Obedience, Conformation Handling

Seminar Speaker

"Best Friend or Worst Enemy" general canine behavior seminar geared towards reducing dog bites, sponsored by Guilford County Humane Society and WFMY-2's Good Morning Show (Tracy Wilson, host), 1995

"Dancing with Dogs, Training Dogs and Their People", sponsored by and proceeds donated to Animal Rescue & Foster Program, Greensboro, NC, 1996

"Fear Based Canine Aggression" seminar, Greyhound Rescue of Raleigh, 1997

"No More Pulling" seminars, All Pets Considered, Greensboro, NC

"Conflicted Canine Seminar", at Bed & Biscuit,  sponsored by and proceeds donated to Doberman Rescue of the Triad

"Helping Fearful Foster Dogs", Animal Defense League Fund, Sanford, NC, 2005

Numerous presentations and small seminars for dog clubs, vets, local rescue organizations, pet supply stores (1985-present)

Media Recognition


*Pet care facility founded by Melanie, Best Friends Bed & Biscuit, featured in 3 page article in Greensboro News & Record, concerning upscale pet care, 1991

*Best Friends Bed & Biscuit, during the time of Melanie's ownership, also featured in High Point Enterprise, NW Observer and other publications

*Five day appearance on WFMY-2's Good Morning Show in reference to the seminar "Man's Best Friend or Worst Enemy" on dog training and bite prevention (1995)

*Featured pet behavior counselor on WGHP-8's "Your Turn", a call in morning program

*Numerous single interviews and appearances on WFMY-2 and WGHP-8 television stations. Frequently interviewed as canine behavior specialist when fatal dog bite attack incidents have taken place, and in reference to pet overpopulation and adoption programs.

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