Melissa Cocola, master dog trainer, knew at a very early age that she would never feel content unless she was surrounded by dogs. Her passion would become her career.
She began training dogs in 1993; in 1999 she graduated at the top of her class from the internationally recognized National K9 Institute in Columbus OH and has specializations in Basic & Advanced Obedience, Breed Identification, Tracking, Puppy Development, Personal Protection, Utility & Detection, Scent Detection, Police K9 and Kennel Management.
Melissa continues to work with top trainers in the industry and is regularly called upon for new product evaluations. She has been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS as well as the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and Rochester Business Journal.
Over 20 years ago she set out to find the perfect country setting to build the Rochester area's first All Inclusive Dog Resort. At that time there were less then a handful of traditional kennels here and she was confident that this new boarding and daycare concept would appeal to dogs and their owners. She looked at over one hundred properties before finding a perfect location for her training and boarding home.
Six years later, Positive K9 outgrew its first location; after seeing the joy that visiting dogs get from their country vacation, Melissa knew that a warehouse-style building or commercial setting wasn't what her four-legged guests (and their families) wanted. She found a second home in Macedon and named it Creekside Lodge.
And we've expanded again, adding Creekside Acres: A 50-acre, picturesque property with a beautiful Log Cabin set perfectly upon a blanket of endless green grassy hills that will make every dog happy.
"I am fortunate beyond measure to be surrounded by the most dedicated, compassionate, and supportive group of people that work each and every day to make sure that our dogs get the level of care that they would from their families."
— Melissa Cocola