Meet our amazing team.
We’re a talented group of creative individuals who LOVE all things dogs.
From a young age, Michelle was training her family pets to perform tricks, and as a young adult got her first conformation show dog. Michelle progressed into showing poodles and began competing in performance sports. She has been winning titles with her dogs for over three decades and even owns dogs she’s trained in acting that perform in both commercial work and live theater.
In 1998, Michelle joined a Search and Rescue group and began training dogs in all disciplines of search work; tracking/trailing, area search, urban/disaster search and human remains detection. She has certified and deployed four canine partners over the last 23 years, having many successful searches to their credit.
Michelle is also an accomplished horse rider, trainer, and competitor, having grown up with horses, she competed in both English and Western events, as well as driving. She has been known to dabble in some occasional cat training, and is currently working with her newest pet, Fred the rat.
She believes that while teaching our animal friends, we also learn from them. Working with different species, both predator and prey, makes one a well-balanced trainer.
With the philosophy that training is not a “one size fits all”, she structures each program in a way that allows the individual animal to develop at their own pace to maximize their potential.
Michelle and the entire staff of PHRCC look forward to helping you and your dog deepen your bond through better communication and understanding.
Zach is an Arkansas native. Growing up in Rogers, he now calls Little Rock home. Zach always knew he wanted to work with animals and has been around them his whole life. For the past 6 years, Zach has enjoyed pursuing his passion for training dogs. Zach graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a double minor in Biology and Business from Ouachita Baptist University. While getting his undergraduate degree he gained experience working with primates and learned how they are trained in a zoo setting. He is now certified as a Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist from Starmark Academy. Dedicated and prepared to handle whatever training or behavior modification you might need, Zach is excited to work with your dog and be a part of the Pine Hill Ranch Canine team.