Etiquette School

Our dog training courses at Four Paws Hotel, Spa & Etiquette School are designed to create stronger human–canine bonds. Whether we are teaching the basics or correcting complicated behaviors, our priority is to give you the tools you need in order to be a successful dog owner and get the results you want with your companion animal.

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Miguel

Miguel

Dog Trainer

Miguel, a certified professional dog trainer, joined Natick Animal Clinic in 2009. Miguel was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts. After starting a career, post–high school, in the restaurant industry, Miguel turned his sights towards working with companion animals. He gained hands-on dog training skills through internships, apprenticeships and college courses. These efforts further encouraged his commitment to train dogs professionally and play a vital role in strengthening the human-animal bond. His interest in becoming a certified trainer stemmed from his own experience with adopting Madden, a pit bull rescue who had behavioral issues. To help Madden develop appropriate social behaviors, Miguel started to research and learn about the causation of poor dog behaviors. His personal experience with Madden showed him that proper dog training makes the difference between a dog succeeding or failing to be a forever pet, and this led to his passion for developing dog training skills.

Miguel has actively participated in working with rescue organizations such as PittieLove Rescue, Underdog ResQ and German Shepherd Rescue and helped develop doggie daycare programs at several businesses in the MetroWest/Boston area and at Natick Animal Clinic. His training credentials and accomplishments include: interning at New England Dog Training Club, moving from assistant trainer to head trainer in several behavioral training classes, earning the stature of American Kennel Club evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen program and completing a certificate program in dog training techniques and behavioral studies through Mount Ida College. Miguel believes that training skills are developed continuously in order to keep current with trends and new discoveries in training techniques.

He is an active member of the following professional organizations:

  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • International Association of Canine Professionals

Miguel has a beautiful family that includes a son and a daughter. He enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, traveling and playing with his children and four-legged “kids.”

For more information on training at Natick, call us at: 508-938-6479

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, you can reach out to our trainer, Miguel, at mdelvalle@natickanimal.com.

Alex

Alex

Dog Trainer

Alexandria joined Natick Animal Clinic in May 2016 as a Veterinary Technician. She was originally born and raised in New Jersey, until 2007 when she made her way to Massachusetts. Now, currently living in Worcester, MA became a Certified Dog Trainer in 2012. Alex has always had a love for animals and had dogs and cats growing up. Her Dog training career began at Petco, after undergoing their trainer program backed by Animal Behavior College. She spent 16 weeks working with Mentor trainers to build the skills she would need to succeed in the field. Although leaving Petco in 2016 to begin her career as a Technician at Natick Animal Clinic, she continued training dogs at clients homes. Settling in and enjoying her new found role as a technician, Alex decided to take on another role here as our second dog trainer, bringing both her passions under one roof. Alex focuses highly on positive reinforcement training methods, using treats, toys, and other rewards to set dogs and their owners up for complete success. She’s worked with local animal shelters, such as Second Chance and Sweetpea Animal Shelter of Rutland. Alex has also earned status as an American Kennel Club Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Program as well as an active member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She’s also had experience training dogs in Agility as well as dogs with minor behavioral issues. While Alex isn’t working at the clinic or dog training, she likes to spend her time with family, friends, and riding her horse, Toby. She has many animals at home including her dog Molly, who is a rescue from New England All Breed Rescue.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, you can call us at 508-938-6479.