Meet the Wiggle Butt Team
Michael Miranda, FFCP, CPPS
Michael was raised in Dallas and had many dogs as a child, all of which he trained himself. He studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and, after graduating, worked in fine dining and music education while working as a musician, playing in several bands in the area and touring the southwestern United States. After getting his first dog as an adult, Michael reached out to Nicole Kohanski after coming across her name via the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Several sessions with Nicole sparked an interest in dog behavior, training, and the science behind positive reinforcement. He began learning the basics of training under Nicole while preparing to begin his formal education in dog training. Michael is a certified Fear Free Professional (Veterinary and Trainer) and Professional Pet Sitter and currently runs a boarding and training facility in Prosper, TX. He is working on obtaining his Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from the Academy for Dog Trainers as a recipient of the BIPOC scholarship. Michael's ultimate goals are to spread awareness of the benefits of, and sound science behind, positive reinforcement training methods, to combat the negative stereotypes of people of color and dog ownership, and to help as many owners as possible give their dogs a happy and healthy life.
Known as the "Harvard" of dog training schools, the Academy offers this two year comprehensive program with in- depth education in dog training, behavior modification and client counseling.
Academy studies "focus on two main themes: how animals learn and how best to change their behavior; and how to work with the people who will be your clients. For the dog training component, this includes training obedience behaviors and understanding basic behavior problems, but also includes working with fearful and aggressive dogs."
Certified Pet Sitter
To obtain this credential, professionals must pass the CPPS Exam, adhere to quality standards and a Member Code of Conduct and Ethics and complete 30 CEUs each renewal cycle.