ABOUT US

Our team has set out to be leaders in staff training and development, exceeding the pet industry standards.  Bark Avenue offers a variety of services to your furry family member that are provided in a clean, safe, and fun environment to offer peace-of-mind to all our clients and their pets.

Meet Our Team

Michelle

Owner & President

I have always been a numbers person which is why my first career path was in the finance and leasing industry. Little did I know that pursuing my Master’s degree would lead me to abandon my first career and open Bark Avenue Daycamp…what a hidden blessing that was. I have always loved dogs and I don’t remember life without them. Now I get to spend my days doing both passions, running a business and being surrounded by dogs both at work and at home. My personal dogs love the fringe benefits of having me for their mom!

 

 

Fun Fact: “I hate dog hair in my house!”

Kelly

Director of Training

Being raised with animals my whole life I always knew I was going to be involved in some way with pets. I worked for many years at dog daycare facilities where I observed and learned the nature of dog behavior. While attending University of Illinois getting a degree in Animal Science-Pre Veterinarian Studies I realized that training is where my real passion lied. After graduating I immersed myself into an intense dog training school in St. Louis, Missouri earning a certificate as a Professional Dog Trainer. There I learned many different training techniques and types of training including: narcotic detection, personal protection, competitive and non-competitive obedience, Schutzhund training and much more!

I currently have 4 dogs that I train for various competitions so my life is anything but boring!

I believe that every dog has its own personality and learning curve not unlike their human companions. My goal is to preserve their uniqueness and build upon their character while positively teaching skills needed for them to be a source of joy and companionship for you and your family.

My training is not approached with a ‘one size fits all’ mentality. Dogs learn in many different ways, therefore I utilize different techniques and skills. Finding the best way your dog learns not only produces results, but makes it an enjoyable and fun experience for both you and your pup.

Fun fact:  “People often ask if I’m from Minnesota because of how I speak…even though I’ve lived in Illinois all my life.” 

Marissa

General Manager

Having a love for animals at an early age guided me in knowing I wanted to work in the animal industry. My passion quickly turned into a career working at Bark Avenue Daycamp, allowing me to be surrounded by dogs. My experience in management, dog behavior and client services continue to grow and excel. Aside from work, I love spending time with my pets, family, friends, camping, staying active and eating Italian food.

Fun fact: “Growing up was like living in a zoo, we had dogs, snakes, turtles, bunnies, frogs, birds, fish, squirrels, hamsters and guinea pigs.”

 

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