Michaela with Einstein and Birdie

Michaela with Einstein and Birdie

Michaela Greif, MSW, CPDT is a certified professional dog trainer and the owner of Noble Hound Training.  She has taught obedience classes and provided private training for dogs with a range of behavior issues since 2007.  Michaela is also a staff trainer at Paws & Affection, where she trains service dogs for young people with disabilities.

Michaela began her professional dog training career after graduating from the Assistance Dog Training program at Bergin University, where she trained service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities. She has since created a PTSD service dog training curriculum for a prison dog program, and served as a board member for Paws & Affection prior to joining the staff.  Michaela has been active in animal rescue for over 15 years, fostering many dogs (and an occasional cat) in her home.  She has been a featured dog trainer on WHYY and NBC-10.

She holds a Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked as a therapist in residential and outpatient mental health facilities in the Philadelphia area.

An avid follower of developments in animal training and advocacy, Michaela frequently attends seminars and workshops.  As a certified Fear Free Trainer, Michaela is part of a professional initiative to reduce stress and fear in veterinary care and improve animal well-being.   She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Michaela lives with her husband, Dan, and two adopted dogs, Einstein and Birdie, in Philadelphia.