Dog Trainer Melanie Cerone Ph.D.

Melanie Cerone, Ph.D.

A Dedication to the Highest Training Education

Dog training is an unregulated industry. Unlike other professions, there are no mandatory requirements for education, certification, or the maintenance of professional standards.

Given the serious nature of dog training and behavior modification, Melanie chooses to take a professional stance toward ongoing education. Should you choose to work with Melanie, she wants you to benefit from the very latest scientific research in and practical applications of learning theory, applied behavioral analysis, and training. And she wants you to enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’re working with a trained professional dedicated to connecting the dots between your training goals and your training results.

Training and Behavior Modification Credentials

CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed

CTC: Certificate in Training and Counseling, Honors graduate of Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers

CSAT: Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer through the Malena DeMartini Separation Anxiety Certificate Program

PMCT: Pat Miller Certified Trainer, graduate of Peaceable Paws Aggression Academy

FFCP: Fear Free Certified Professional

UW-AAB: Applied Animal Behavior Certificate from the University of Washington

ABS: Member of the Animal Behavior Society

IAABC: Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

APDT: Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

PPG: Member of the Pet Professional Guild

Related Credentials:
APA: Member of the American Psychological Association, Division 6: Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars

Melanie regularly attends professional conferences, workshops, and seminars to study with leaders in the science of dog training, including Jean Donaldson, Bob Baily, Kathy Sdao, Susan Friedman, Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Pat Miller, and Patricia McConnell.

Local Volunteer Work

Melanie volunteers her time and expertise to also serve dogs who have not yet found their forever homes. Along with the Director of Operations at the Providence Animal Center, Melanie trains the shelter’s Training and Behavior Team, comprised of staff and volunteers, to improve the adoptability of dogs through basic manners training and behavior modification. She also provides enrichment and training services for the Women’s Humane Society.

A Background in Science

Melanie has always been grounded in science. A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology and extensive training in applied behavioral analysis, Melanie understands the importance of scientific research and training, and the ethical obligation practitioners have to hone their skills and stay on top of the latest developments.

Connecting the Dots Between Science and Dog Training

Always fascinated by the brain, particularly how synapses connect via neural pathways to form our thoughts and behavior, Melanie was naturally drawn to the science of dog training. Understanding the canine mind—and how to positively influence it through science-based dog training and behavior modification—provides Melanie a safe, effective pathway for creating change for her clients.

The Science of Positive Dog Training

Sadly, much of what passes for professional dog training is based on myth, misguided conventional wisdom, and personal experience. For Melanie, this is unacceptable, particularly when there is a large body of science around how dogs think and learn and how best—and most humanely—to train them. In fact, the continuing cultural debate over training methodology has been long closed in scientific circles. Unfortunately, without a professional governing body, that science has not yet become our norm.

Fortunately, leading organizations within the canine world have taken strong stands for scientifically-sound positive, reward-based training that eschews the use of pain, force, and intimidation as unnecessary, counter-productive, and potentially harmful. These leadership organizations include the American Veterinary Association of Animal Behavior, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, among others.

Forging a Path with Clients

Armed with science and a belief in personalizing training plans to fit the people, dogs, and households they’re meant to serve, Melanie works with each client to understand their goals and concerns, their needs and lifestyle restrictions, and what makes their dogs tick. She understands that one size does not fit all when it comes to training plans, and that a plan is only as good as its implementation and results. What matters most at the end of the day is positive change, and that’s what Melanie seeks for her clients.

Melanie Cerone with her dogs

Understanding the canine mind—and how to positively influence it through science-based dog training and behavior modification—provides Melanie a safe, effective pathway for creating change for her clients.

Ready to forge a path to better dog behavior with Melanie?

She’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 484.995.0932


“Sets everyone up for success”

“Melanie has a gentle, kind and scientific approach to working with both people and dogs that sets everyone up for success.”

–Dayna Villa, CPDT-KSA, Providence Animal Center Director of Operations