Gaye Ann Amick, CPT is a professionally trained and certified dog trainer, and canine behavior modification consultant. She has been involved with dogs for over forty years and is the founder of Northern Sky Obedience Academy. Gaye has perfected her dog training skills through years of personal experience and studying canine evolution, behavior and learning theory. She attends various seminars and workshops to keep her training skills up to date. Ms. Amick studies and explores new training applications under the guidance of several of the world's top professional dog trainers. She is a graduate of the Ohio State Board of Education approved, National K-9 Learning Center's Master Trainer Program.
Ms. Amick developed Northern Michigan's first Train the Trainer Apprentice Program in 2004. She created and designed her apprentice program to give those interested in becoming professional dog trainers a solid foundation to pursue their dreams. She has been a mentor for The Animal Behavior College since 2005. Northern Sky Obedience Academy's Psychiatric Service Dog program was developed by Gaye in 2010. Her professional career reached an all-time high when a New York based talent agency requested she provide a trained dog for a motion picture being filmed in the Detroit Metro area.
Gaye is a past member of the board of directors for the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. She has active memberships within several top professional dog trainer organizations including; The International Association of Canine Professionals, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The National K-9 Dog Trainers Association and The Psychiatric Service Dog Society.
Ms. Amick is consistently recommended by veterinarians, groomers, boarding kennels, pet stores, dog walkers, pet sitters, shelters, rescue groups, dog trainers from across the USA, and thousands of satisfied clients. She is knowledgeable in a variety of training methods, including, but not limited to: Clicker Training, Behavioral Adjustment Training, The Michael Ellis Training System, Obedience without Conflict, Classic and Operant Conditioning, Training with Drive, Constructional Aggression Treatment, and Kayce Cover's cutting-edge Perception Modification.
Gaye is professionally trained and certified in the following areas; Canine First Aid, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Off Leash Training, Puppy Development, Breed Identification, Utility Training, Soft Mouth Retrieval, Tracking, Personal Protection, Behavior Modification and Scent Detection.
Gaye knows dog training is a special step by step process and not one to be completed using dominance, force, intimidation tactics or abusive techniques. She believes training is built on understanding and respect for the dog.
Lauren E. Richards is an Assistant dog trainer working under the direction of Gaye Ann. She has been very passionate about animals her whole life. At age seven, Lauren began volunteering at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society, located in Boyne City, Michigan. She was later employed as a Kennel Attendant at the Humane Society, where she worked for a year and a half. It was in February of 2016, during her employment at the Humane Society, that Lauren met Gaye Ann and discovered her passion for dog training.
In the summer of 2016 Lauren began learning under Gaye as an Apprentice and by that winter she had started performing private lessons without assistance from Gaye Ann. During that time, Lauren worked with everything from a Maltese to a Dutch Shepherd. In the spring of 2017 Gaye Ann hired Lauren on as her Assistant. The two now work as a team helping dogs and their owners achieve their goals.
Miss Richards attended North Central Michigan College in pursuit of a degree that would prepare her for a career in Animal Control. In the Spring of 2017 Lauren graduated from North Central Michigan College with an Associates of Arts degree, as well as, an Associates of Science degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. After graduating, she took a position with the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department as an Animal Control Officer. After working in Antrim County for nearly a year, Lauren decided to take an office position with the Parks and Planning Department in Charlevoix County and is currently employed there.
After many hours of learning, Lauren is prepared to share her knowledge with those who are seeking assistance with their dog. She believes it is important for all dog owners to learn how to properly communicate with their furry friend as well as learn the skills necessary to properly handle their dog.
Special Training Events Lauren has recently attended include:
- Canine/ Feline CPR (Winter of 2015)
- Michigan Humane Society Animal Welfare Conference (Fall 2017)
- Michigan Humane Society Animal’s in the Field Training (Fall 2017)
- Certified as a Canine Good Citizen Tester with the AKC (Winter 2019)
IACP Member as of 2018