Michelle Gamage has worked her way from starting in the All Dog Adventures Apprenticeship program in 2017 to being our evening Tricks instructor, Manners instructor, and teaching a Stunt Dog class. Owning a sensitive dog, Willa, sparked Michelle’s interest in confidence-building and dog behavior. As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), ProDog Trainer (PDT), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), CGC and AKC Tricks Evaluator, and Stunt Dog Judge, she leads workshops and classes on building confidence in your pet.
Michelle has been training dogs competitively since 2010. Dabbling in many dog sports, she concentrates on Stunt Dog, Tricks, Disc Dog, and Rally. Her competition dogs, Willa and Basil, are Stunt Dog, Tricks, and Manners demo dogs. They have performed in front of audiences at local Richmond events. Willa, an All-American rescue, is a Grand Champion Trick Dog, Grand Champion Stunt Dog, and has her CGC and numerous Rally and Tricks Specialties titles. She competed at the Stunt Dog Nationals in 2018 and 2019, where she was runner-up in the Stunt Dog National Finals in 2019. Michelle and Willa enjoy recreational agility, barn hunt, nose work, and swimming.
Basil, a Mini Australian Shepherd, is a Grand Champion Trick Dog, Grand Champion Stunt Dog has his CGC and numerous titles in Rally and Tricks Specialties. Michelle and Basil enjoy playing and competing in disc dog sports and train in obedience, rally, agility, and other dog sports for fun. Michelle, Willa, and Basil are trick-aholics and build their relationship daily by playing games and performing tricks.