Our Certified Dog Trainers

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Jeff Silverman, CDBC

As the Chairman of the Board of the world’s largest association of animal behavior professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Jeff plays a leading role in the dog training profession. He is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who specializes in aggression, separation anxiety, and behavior issues in shelter and rescue dogs. He has also served on the certification review committee of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. You can read Jeff’s work at Dr. Ian Dunbar’s website Dog Star Daily, where he is part of small group of regular contributors that includes Dr Dunbar, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Roger Abrantes, and other leading dog behavior experts. He has also been published in the Chronicle of the Dog and profiled in the St. Lous Post Dispatch. Jeff has lectured to local veterinary associations and a variety of animal welfare organizations and has been featured on WMUB ‘s free advice program.

Jeff’s volunteer work with shelter dogs led him to a career in animal behavior. After years of volunteering, fostering shy dogs, and studying animal behavior as a hobby, he began teaching classes with an AKC obedience club in 1996. In 1998, he started his own business in St. Louis, MO specializing in behavior consultations for shy and aggressive dogs as well as consulting for animal shelters on issues like behavioral enrichment programs, behavior help lines, temperament testing, obedience class curriculum, and development of volunteer and staff training programs. In 2004, he moved to Ohio to join Training Tracks and (more importantly) marry Mel.

Jeff does dog behavior consulting throughout Cincinnati, and does all of our in-home dog training in Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Indian Hill, Oakley, Mt. Adams, Clifton, and downtown Cincinnati.

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Melissa “Mel” Bussey Silverman CDBC, CPDT-KA

Mel is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who started Training Tracks in 1998. She has travelled the country studying with the world’s best dog trainers and specializes in working with fear, dog aggression, and deaf dogs; but remains most passionate about leveraging the knowledge gained working these difficult cases to develop simple practical solutions to families’ everyday dog behavior problems.

Mel has played a leading role in the professionalization of dog training. She served for 9 years on the Board of Directors for the world’s largest association of animal behavior professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her writing has been published in The Chronicle of the Dog and the book “The APDT’s Top Tips from Top Trainers.” She was featured in an episode of Dr. Ian Dunbar’s online TV series “America’s Dog Trainer” and on WMUB’s free advice program. She also teaches continuing education courses for other animal behavior professionals through Raising Canine. Locally, Mel serves as the Vice President of the Oxford Dog Owners’ Group (OXDOG) and has volunteered her time and expertise for the Animal Adoption Foundation, the Animal Friends Humane Society, and a variety of private rescue groups.

Mel teaches teaches our dog obedience training classes in Oxford as well as in-home dog training in Oxford, Hamilton, Eaton, and Richmond, IN. She also oversees our dog board and train program.