About Melissa

Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer in greater Boston. She grew up in a dog-sledding family in rural Maine and now sits as the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC obedience club in the country. She has twelve years of professional dog training under her belt.

She currently teaches disc dog classes, basic manners, and tricks classes in addition to private consultations where she evaluates dogs who are having a difficult time living in urban areas.

Melissa writes alongside Dr. Sip Siperstein for Car Talk’s new FIDO blog.  She has been featured on PBS’s Design Squad, NECN’s The Secret Life of Animals, FOX 25 Morning News and other media outlets. When she has spare time, she keeps up The  MuttStuff Blog with resources for Boston area dogs, and is frequently updating the MuttStuff Facebook Page (which is the real reason this book took a little longer than planned).

She lives outside of Boston with her husband, Brian. They have a two-year-old daughter named Aislyn and currently have two cats and a fish named Bo.

The family greyhound, Zeppelin, passed away on Labor Day, 2013.

Sadie-Jane, the inspiration of this book and MuttStuff passed away last August.


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