Meet The Team

   The Doggie Du Good Team has achieved over 25 combined titles in Obedience, Agility, Conformation, Flyball and Dock Diving.

Melissa Connelly
Dog Trainer

Melissa began her dog training career when her eldest Boxer, Zeek was a few months old. Zeek needed some serious training. HE believed he owned the house and everything in it. Boy was he mistaken.  Melissa  began taking obedience classes. It was in the middle of their Intermediate class that an instructor demonstrated her dog doing Utility exercises. (Utility is one of the highest titles you can achieve in AKC obedience) Melissa was so impressed and enamored that she decided she would study and became a full time dog trainer and agility coach. Melissa has
trained over 2,000 dogs. 
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She maintains her knowledge of all aspects of dog training and sport by attending various seminars on a regular basis. She has trained with some of the top handlers in many sports: Susan Garrett, Greg and Laura Derrett, and Karen Holick in agility, Debbie Zappia Obedience and Patrick Shannahan (McKenzie’s Breeder) in herding. Additionally, Melissa is a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator.

Doggie du Good's Karen Smalley 
Karen Smalley

Dog Trainer
Karen has enjoyed the company of dogs all her life and has been training dogs in the Atlanta area for over 20 years.  Her main focus has been on pet-training and improving the quality of communication between owners and their four-legged friends.  With a BA degree in education, Karen excels at explaining important training concepts in a straightforward and easy to understand manner.  Karen recognizes that teaching people how to see the world through their dog’s eyes is the key to unlocking a dog’s true potential.

Karen is accomplished in the area of Obedience Competition.  She titled her Border Collie, Casey, to the prestigious Utility title (the highest level of obedience competition) with all first place finishes.  One of Karen’s proudest moments with Casey was earning their Open title with three consecutive legs and three first place finishes.  The average competitor shows thirteen times to receive those three legs, but Karen and Casey accomplished this feat in one weekend.

Karen is a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluator. She was also the temperament tester for the Forsyth County Humane Society Pet Therapy program for many years and participated in the Pet/Partner Volunteer Assisted Therapy Program with Casey.
Currently Karen is competing with her four year old Border Collie, Bodhi, in the sport of AKC Obedience Competition. Bodhi is also an actor who appeared in a Haverty’s T.V. commercial, several Stainmaster Carpet commercial's, as well as print ad photo shoots.  Bodhi is an excellent obedience demonstration dog and he never fails to charm our customers.  In her spare time Karen enjoys hiking with her family, dog photography, and playing disc with Bodhi.     

Titles: CD, CDX, UD
At The Bridge but very much still here.      


Ezekiel the Magnificent

Zeek is the love of Melissa's life. Not only is he the reason she is now a dog trainer. He is also the most patient and passionate dog she has ever known. Together they learned everything they know and he continues to teach her daily. 



Ch. Holther’s Gold Mine 
Karen’s dog, Bodhi (rhymes with Cody in case you were wondering), is a happy and handsome Border Collie who makes friends wherever he goes.  Bodhi has been featured in several commercials and numerous photo shoots.  However, he is much more than a pretty face! He is accomplished in the sport of Flyball, AND he excels in obedience competition with numerous first place finishes and a High In Trial award.    

Titles: AD, AG, AJ, NA, AAD
Red Top Mckenzie is Melissa's 5 year old Border Collie. She flew from Idaho when she was 11 wks old. She has a beautiful disposition and wants nothing more than to do her best at what ever task is put before her.  


No one knows it,
but being the house dog means I run the show, SHHH!

Nemo, A 5 yr old lab mix was picked out by Zeek from A rescue center. I introduced Zeek to two other dogs and he turned them away. When Zeek met Nemo he immediately licked his face and the two have been inseparable since. 





Zeek is currently the 4th ranked Boxer in the nation in USDAA agility; He also competed in dock diving.

Bodhi is currently showing in Conformation and training for Flyball and obedience competition. 

Currently, Melissa and her Border Collie McKenzie are competing in USDAA and AKC agility and Disc Dog.
And Nemo is still keeping the office safe!