On this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions, training tips and information for local dog owners in the Newtown Square, Main Line & suburban Philadelphia area.

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What are your qualifications for dog training and behavior consulting?

Dog training is an unregulated industry, but for all the dogs out there in need of help, I felt a responsibility to raise the bar. Dogs deserve more and they deserve to have the knowledge that science can give us to their care. To that end, I have earned multiple certifications to ensure that I am receiving, then utilizing, the best education and information available.

I am an honors graduate of Jean Donaldson’s world renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, where I earned my Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), which is a national certification demonstrating that I have passed rigorous standards of science-based education in dog training. I studied with Malena DeMartini and graduated from her intensive training program to become a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). I am a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT), and have attained a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. As a Fear Free Certified Professional, I am committed to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs during veterinary visits.

Why should I hire you?

I am committed to using methods that are not only humane and safe, but effective. I will help you reach your goals with your dog without causing any pain or fear and with the end result you are looking for: a nicely mannered best friend!

Click here to read more about Melanie Cerone and her dog training credentials.


What services do you offer?

Currently, I offer in-home dog training during the day, which allows me to work with your dog while you are at work. Day training is a nice way to take training off guardians’ very full plates, because I do the heavy lifting and then transfer the skills to you.

I also work with issues around fear and reactivity as well as food aggression with humans.


My dog is aggressive on leash. Help!

The dog-dog aggression package is designed to help people better understand what’s happening for their dogs while on leash and to give your dog skills to feel more comfortable when he sees people, dogs or objects he finds uncomfortable.

Some dogs look aggressive on leash, but are actually frustrated by not being able to greet people or other dogs, so we’ll assess for that as well.


My dog is not comfortable walking in crowded locations. Do you recommend a place in the Newtown Square or Delaware County areas?

We are fortunate to have several lovely dog walking areas in our local community! The Okehocking Preserve in Willistown Township offers about seven miles of mown and natural surface trails. Additionally, there is a leash-free field located near the Delchester Road entrance to the park where dogs may enjoy off-leash frolicking their friends. Ridley Creek State Park in Edgmont, Middletown and Upper Providence Townships offers 12 miles of hiking on four main trails through rolling woodlands, including one of the longest creekside walks in Delaware County. Rose Tree Park in Media offers rolling meadows, woodlands, and trails where you may walk your dogs.

Please abide by the leash laws when walking your dog in any of these parks to ensure that everyone enjoys a safe and positive experience! 


My dog HATES going to the vet. Is there any way you can help with this?

Absolutely!  Dogs will need to see the veterinarian for their whole lives, and we can actually help dogs who have had not-so-great experiences become cooperative participants in their own care.


Will you travel to my home to train my dog?

Yes! I come to your home for our sessions, though at times we may take field trips – whether for socialization, to the vet’s office for practice, or to work on leash skills outdoors.


I have a newly adopted dog and I’d really love to get him off on the right paw. What services would be best for this?

I would recommend that we start with a consultation so that we can sit down and talk about your experiences to date with your new dog. From there, we can talk about expectations, needs, and whether to focus on basic manners or issues related to fear – some of which can be related to big changes for your dog and may need more attention.


Do you offer services in Chester County?

I do! Currently, I offer services in the following areas:
Ardmore, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Exton, Chadds Ford, Devon, Garnet Valley, Glen Mills, Haverford, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Malvern, Media, Newtown Square, Paoli, Phoenixville, Radnor, Rosemont, St. David’s, Strafford, Unionville, Villanova, Wallingford, Wayne and West Chester.