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 has also worked as a service dog trainer at Paws & Affection, training service dogs for young people with disabilities.

Michaela made the transition to a professional dog training career after graduating from the Assistance Dog Training program at Bergin University, where she trained service dogs for adults 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 graduate degree 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.