About Us

About the owner, Melissa

My passion for animals started at a very young age. As a child, it felt as though all the stray dogs and cats found me.  To my mother's dismay, I was sure to bring home every animal I thought needed my help. I brought home everything, including dogs and cats, to snakes and snails.

I started working in the veterinary field when I was 16 cleaning kennels at a small Veterinary Clinic in Iowa.  I moved up from kennel work and became an assistant. Later on, I began doing reception work in general and emergency veterinary clinics. I then moved on to become a Veterinary Technician when I was 21. 

As I continued on my career path, I took a particular interest in animal behavior, fear-free practices, and game-based training.  At 29, I decided to take the next step and open Harmonious Handling. I am sure you will quickly see my passion for working with animals in our time together, and I look forward to meeting you and your pup. 

Concept & Game-Based Training

Harmonious Handling's training methods are primarily based on having fun with your dog through games and positive reinforcement methods that help build on concepts your dog needs to solve behavior problems or start a puppy off right! One of the best ways to strengthen your bond with your dog is to have fun with them! If the training is enjoyable for both you and your dog it is easier to follow through and enhance your relationship.  Concept training using games allow you to start training in your home to get a real-life result without putting to much stress on your dog.

Something For Everyone!

We strive to have many different ways to accommodate everyone with different schedules and lifestyles. We offer evening and weekend training, personal (one-on-one) group classes, at home, and virtual training.

We love all breeds of dogs and all ages. No dog is too young or too old to begin training! We are here to help with new puppies, training dogs who have behavior problems or help with fearful and anxious dogs.

Our Mission Statement

Harmonious Handling wants to help every dog owner enhance the human-animal bond with their pet. We use positive reinforcement and game-based training methods to teach basic manners, advanced training, and help recondition/reshape problem behaviors. Through proper training and handling, we help create a deep, meaningful connection with your dog and create mutual trust.