Michele Willox is the owner and lead trainer at Diverse K9 Training. She had an unusual entrance into the world of dog training, but it has only propelled her career forward. Michele has worked in diverse dog communities for over half a decade. From volunteering in rescues, to internships, to dog walking, and pet sitting - she has extensive experience working one on one with dogs. She has a certification of completion from the NePoPo Service Dog Training school with Victoria Warfel. She has a certification in Pet Psychology, and was named one of the top five dog trainers in North Carolina by YoloPup L.A. Additonally, she was named one of the top 135 dog trainers in the country. Her passion was recognized when she brought home an adult dog from a Humane Society. As many shelter pets do, the dog came with a fair share of baggage, and it was the challenge that dog brought on that helped Michele find her calling. In short, Michele can relate to her clients because she has been in their shoes. She has been the owner of an extremely difficult dog. She has been the one seeking a trainer for help. Michele’s goal is to be the trainer she wish she could have found when she desperately needed it. She wants to be the trainer who brings a happy ending to every “difficult,” dogs journey. What sets Michele apart from other trainers is her ability to step into the owners shoes, and be flexible by seeing things from their point of view. Michele is very passionate about dogs, but more so about helping humans. Through extensive research, studies, online classes, podcasts, seminars, and hands on experience, Michele has grown her knowledge to become the trainer she is today. She has experience in all methods of dog training, but found that balanced methods were the most efficient. She also has experience in dog sports, competition obedience, and continues to grow in the dog community.
Griffin Cox is an assistant trainer with DK9T. He currently owns a beautiful English Labrador who works full time as his service dog. Griffins goal is to become a successful balanced dog trainer as well as a breeder of quality labs. Outside of being a training assistant with DK9T, Griffin works at a local pet store. On the weekends he competes in dog sports and other trials, and hopes to eventually show his current lab, Ellis. Griffin has extensive experience rehabilitating dogs with severe behavioral issues,
as well as raising puppies for both service dog homes and pet homes. He also has experience in trick dog training, and his personal dog holds several trick titles. Griffin was the missing piece to our puzzle here at DK9T and we are so grateful to have him as a part of our team!
Anne Patterson is an assistant trainer with Diverse K9. She currently owns a golden retriever who works full time as her service dog. Anne has always been very interested in dogs and took on training her own service dog. What started as a hobby became a passion, and she has decided that dog training is the path she wants to take. Anne works extremely hard to grow her knowledge base, and is always willing to help out and keep hands on learning. She has extensive experience working with young dogs to shape behaviors that will last them a lifetime. Anne works closely with the advanced obedience program, and helps set up owners for success with their dogs. Aside from training, Anne assists in the business side of things as well! She has been a phenomenal addition to our team, and the dogs love working with her!