The Smiling Dog, LLC
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About The Smiling Dog, LLC


  The Smiling Dog - A Little Company with a Big Heart!

At the heart of The Smiling Dog is Lori Melhuish. Lori founded The Smiling Dog on the belief that dog training should be fun for both the dogs and their humans!

Lori is an Animal Behavior Consultant and owns and operates The Smiling Dog, LLC in Yorktown, Virginia.  Lori has an extensive background in animal behavior and training.  Lori has worked with both domestic and wild canids.  She was a Wolf Trainer at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  In addition to training the endangered Grey Wolf, she worked in the zoological department with a variety of animals including exotic birds, reptiles and small mammals. 

Lori is published in "Top Tips from Top Trainers," a book published by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (  She
has authored numerous articles on the subject of animal behavior and has given seminars for the Peninsula SPCA ( and Dachshund Rescue of North America (  

Lori specializes in canine behavior modification in pet dogs.  She is passionate about helping dog owners with their dog's behavior challenges, including aggression, separation anxiety, house training, jumping up and other common canine behavioral problems   She especially enjoys helping owners with rescued/adopted dogs. 

Lori's unique approach includes a system that she has developed through years of research and personal experience.   Rest assured that you will be in good hands with Lori, as she not only understands dogs, she understands people.  She will help you feel relaxed and confident in your own skills as a dog trainer, enhancing the bond between you and your canine companion. 

Lori resides in Yorktown, Virginia with her husband of 15 years, twin 3 year old identical twins and a 6 month old baby girl.  They share their home with their menagerie of rescued dogs, parrots and one charming Siamese cat. 


Lori is an advocate for rescue and adopted pets.  She has volunteered for Dachshund Rescue of North America  as a foster care provider, trainer and home visit evaluator. She has also volunteered for the Peninsula SPCA,, caring for adoptable dogs and providing seminars for staff and volunteers.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, their identical twin daughters and their pets. 

Lori  is insured by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Lori has developed several in-home training programs, each designed to achieve specific results. Her approach is not one size fits all. Some of Lori's programs include:

  • Puppy Preschool
  • Basic Manners Obedience Training
  • Behavior Modification
  • Aggression Control and Management
  • Housetraining 101
  • Walk This Way - Leash manners





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